Here are some of the places folks said serve the best burgers in the state.
River City Cafe
River City Café is a favorite in the Myrtle Beach area, with six locations along the Grand Strand. There are more than 15 ways you can order your burger, including a bacon cheeseburger, a chili cheeseburger, a blackened burger, a Jalapeno burger and a turkey burger. For the truly hungry, the R.C. burger is topped with chili, mushrooms, jalapenos, bacon, Swiss and cheddar. My favorite part is that roasted peanuts are always available, and you’re encouraged to throw the shells on the floor.
Sno-Cap Drive-In has been open since 1964 and is proud to say that it still has a very 1964 look. It’s one of the few places around that still offer curb service. In addition to burgers, there are dogs, salads, sandwiches and quesadillas.
Rockaway Athletic Club
Boot’s and Sonny’s Drive-In
Pawleys Front Porch
Pawleys Front Porch in the Five Points area of Columbia offers about a dozen types of burgers, and most are named after South Carolina islands or coastal communities. There’s also a scary-sounding one named Hugo. When Guy Fieri of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” visited, he tried the Fripp Island burger, which features Southern salsa (made with cowpeas) Boursin cheese and fried green tomatoes, and the Sullivan’s burger, with grilled pineapple and guacamole.
Sonny’s Dutch Mill
Carolina Wings might be better known for ribs and wings, but the burgers are popular, too. The restaurant has about a dozen locations around the state.
Ned’s Sandwich Shop
Rush’s has about 10 restaurants in Columbia, Lexington and Camden. As a teenager, I often went with a friend to the Rush’s on Broad River Road, which was the only Rush’s at that time.
Chicora Alley in Greenville features a Chicora burger, with pico de gallo and guacamole, and an Alley burger on a roasted red pepper bun.