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Abingdon Manor in Latta, South Carolina
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Sometimes the most memorable meals are served in places tucked away – places that locals know and love, that visitors can discover on a scenic drive.

South Carolinians can rattle off a hearty list of restaurants matching this description. Try this delicious dozen.

1. SeeWee Restaurant

Homey SeeWee Restaurant in Awendaw is known for golden-fried catfish and hush puppies. Daily specials showcase South Carolina signatures such as Lowcountry boil, a one-pot wonder of shrimp, corn and potatoes, and homemade desserts.

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2. Juniper

Juniper in Ridge Springs stays cozy while giving farm-fresh ingredients an upscale twist. Flash-fried local collard greens accent crab cakes, and whiskey gravy is drizzled over pan-seared South Carolina beef.

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3. Abingdon Manor

In Latta, reserve a seat for the prix-fixe dinner at elegant Abingdon Manor. Menus change nightly, featuring specialties such as Vidalia onion soup, coq au vin and champagne sorbet.

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4. Grits & Groceries

Two accomplished chefs turned an old country store into Grits & Groceries, praised for its Southern specialties. Try a sandwich of house-made pimento cheese, savory tomato pie and any of the fresh-baked desserts at this favorite in Belton in South Carolina's Upstate region.

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5. Peaches Corner

Near the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, Peaches Corner serves hot dogs and burgers piled with flavorful toppings – just as they have since 1937.

A view of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

A view of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
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6. Harold’s Restaurant

Since 1932, Harold’s Restaurant has been the spot in downtown Gaffney for chili burgers and hot dogs. Order yours all the way with mustard, chili and onions.

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7. Buckshot’s Restaurant

Combining Southern and soul dishes with seafood, Buckshot’s Restaurant in McClellanville tempts three times over with its carry-out menu. Watch for shrimp, whiting, crabs and chicken, too.

8. Bowens Island Restaurant

Off the Charleston coast, between Folly and James islands, a road ends at Bowens Island Restaurant. Upstairs, order golden-fried seafood and hush puppies with ice-cold beer. Downstairs, sample the briny delicacies created by the restaurant’s oyster roast.

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9. Restaurant 17

Surrounded by the mountains of Travelers Rest, Restaurant 17 in Hotel Domestique is a haven for impeccable food. Savor local ingredients, such as trout and artisanal cheeses, and Tuesday night Italian-inspired suppers.

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10. The Mill Pond Steakhouse

The Mill Pond Steakhouse in Rembert serves high-quality steaks, aged and cooked to perfection. But don’t overlook the shrimp and grits featuring Stone Ground Boykin Mill Grits, ground nearby.

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11. Pawleys Island Tavern

Pawleys Island Tavern serves just what a Southern beachfront diner should: golden-fried seafood and juicy burgers. Try the Psycho Burger, spiced with Pawley’s Island Sunburn Sauce of hot peppers.

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