I have seen that a lot of people may pass through this area going to Myrtle Beach, or just traveling I-95. I've tried to put together some of the restaurants in the area so there was a thread people could refer to in the future. I put some keywords in the title, so hopefully a search can pop this thread up. You can add any sites I have missed out on. I'm just going to group a post by the city, so I can add to it later if I see anything new. I figure this thread fits into "Where Should I Eat" better than "Trip Reports". FLORENCE, SC: Apple Annies (Palmetto Street, headed east, past 5 points): My favorite bar in town, sit on the deck because they smoke like crazy inside. I air my clothes out every night from this place. I would say that their wings are the best, but most of their sandwiches are pretty good and they have a great beer selection (for Florence). I also recommend the Thai Chili sauce on wings or the tuna medallions, they got the sauce from a local Thai restaurant (now closed).
Below are the chicken wings, with the hot honey mustard sauce. You can get the sauce on the side, you really can't go wrong with their wings.
The South Carolina Classic Pimento Cheeseburger. They make their own pimento cheese at Apple Annies, and those homechips are from a bag, but are much better than fries.
Southern Hops (Palmetto Street [Hwy-76]):
Southern Hops just opened. If you get off at the I-95 Timmonsville, Hwy-76 exit and head into Florence, it will eventually be on your right past the Bojangles. They have two beers that they are brewing themselves. It is a new place, so lets hope it lasts. There used to be an Italian restaurant in town that everyone says had the best Pizza, and Southern Hops bought the recipe. They do not own a fryer, its mostly pizza, salads, appetizers, and some sandwiches. Its really nice inside, but people have been complaining about the service, but they opened in December 2010, so hopefully they pull that together.
Below is the pulled pork pizza. It has a sweet local BBQ sauce, gouda cheese, onions, and pulled pork. It could use more pulled pork, but is otherwise excellent. The Drive In (Palmetto Street [Hwy-76]):
If you like Drive Ins, this is a good place to go. But I think there are better places to eat, unless this is what you crave. Fried chicken, hamburger steaks, and Greek dishes. Quite a few restaurants in Florence have Greek dishes, and even can get awards for being the best Greek restaurant. In my opinion, we only have one real Greek restaurant in town (meaning they don't serve fried chicken, cheeseburgers, and gyros), and its called Athens
. Its off Celebration Avenue, near Southern Hops, if you would rather try that.
Here is a hamburger steak dinner from The Drive In
. Its good, but I never make a trip just to eat here. But you can hit it on the way to the Beach if you want to try it. The Lamplighter (Irby Street, just south of intersection with Palmetto):
You may find that sign kind of cocky. But they are not lying, its really good. I was surprised and pleased the first time I ate here, the pancakes were great. Not that its hard to make a pancake, but you can get lax on them. They are open everyday, but only from 6am till about 2pm. If you are staying in town this is the best breakfast. There is also the Venus Pancake House
, which is better known and open all night. So if you come for the nightlife in Florence (you don't), you can always get a better version of the Waffle House at Venus.
But my Sunday morning preference is the Lamplighter
Pancakes with patty sausage, the grits are great as well. Sav-A-Lot (Savannah Grove Road):
Ok, so technically this is in Effingham and not Florence. But the best way to get here is off I-95 at the Hwy-76/Timmonsville/Florence exit. Head towards Florence, take a right onto Twin Church road (should be the first light). At the 4 way stop take a left onto Alligator. Follow it past the Dollar Store, watch for Savannah Grove on your right, follow it down to a PINK Sav-A-Lot store. Unless you are local you would never think of stopping here. TRUST ME. This place has the best country food in the area. Don't wear your jacket in the store, because it will smell like grease when you leave. There are only a few chairs, show up about 12-12:30 pm so the food will still be there, but don't get there too late or he may run out.
This is BBQ chicken, which I love down here in the south. Its always so tender. His collards are the best I have had, and that flapjack cornbread is the bomb. All my southern freinds at work agree, this guy can cook.
Smothered pork chops, they are really tender as well.
For right now thats all the photos I have. For BBQ there are three good places in town, Rogers, Woodstone, and Cains.
Everyone in the area prefers one or the other, but as a Yankee I say they are all good. Well, I have never been to Woodstone, so I guess I can't speak just yet.
For fried fish there is Orangeland
on Irby, and Ham's
I do have a photo from Angelo's (West Evans Street [Hwy 52]):
The flounder is really good. Sorry, all fish is fried around Florence.
People may tell you to go to Red Bone Alley
. Don't. That guy from Sav-A-Lot can cook circles around that place.
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