It won’t take long for you to figure out that South Carolinians take their sides seriously. From rich mac ‘n’ cheese to fluffy cornbread, this is our version of vegetables—and we’re happy to tell you that carbs sure don’t count when you’re visiting. So load up your plate with a heaping helping of these signature sides. We won’t tell.
Whether you prefer a light potato salad or a hearty one, this go-to side is a Southern staple. Try it: Make tracks to Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ in Myrtle Beach—the delectable bacon cheddar ranch potato salad reigns supreme here.
Hash and rice
Often served over Carolina Gold rice, this delicacy is a savory blend of minced pork liver cooked in barbecue sauce. Try it: A time-honored dish that doesn’t use short cuts can be found at Roger’s Bar-B-Q House in Florence.
Barbecue baked beans make a steadfast companion dish to juicy pulled pork. Try it: Head to The Pompous Pig Barbecue in Anderson for their fan favorite baked beans, a mix of five different beans in a zesty house-made sauce.
Ground cornmeal cooked to creamy perfection yields a delicious side that can be eaten morning or night. Try it: Dip your spoon into the creamy Adluh stone-ground grits at Mr. Friendly’s New Southern Cafe in Columbia.
The great debate about cornbread is whether it should be sweet or not. Try it: FARM in Bluffton serves up a warm skillet of brown butter cornbread sweetened with cane syrup and topped with a generous sprinkling of flaky sea salt.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Count this decadent concoction of macaroni noodles and creamy cheese as a veggie—you’re in South Carolina, after all. Try it: Crave Kitchen & Cocktails in Mount Pleasant elevates its mac ‘n’ cheese with 10-year-cave-aged sharp cheddar.
Typically braised with ham hocks, collard greens have an exceptional depth of flavor, making them South Carolina’s official veggie and a coveted side when in season. Try it: At Gillie’s Seafood & Soul in Charleston, the collards are a perfectly seasoned tastebud pleaser.
Bring some of South Carolina’s most famous dishes to your table with these recipes.