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I've been getting a mail-order catalog for years from a store up that way.You are in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country. A lot of stuff to see and a lot of cheese just minutes away at Sugarcreek. Everything is closed on Sunday's though. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Be safe!
Rick, for Southern food, try Lizzards Thicket, it's a local chain. For BBQ locally Little Pig's on Alpine Rd, Hudson's on 378 between West Columbia and Lexington, and Shealy's in Batesburg-Leesville come to mind.Southern food?
Having relocated here this summer, I was disappointed to learn that family diners are replaced by every imaginable fast food franchise. To me, there is nothing better than having the variety of food experiences by patronizing small, locally run establishments.
I acknowledge that my preconceptions are the root of my disappointment. Nonetheless, I vote for the rise of the local diner and the widening of the food experience!
I'm reading through this list of restaurants and scratching my head how any of these chains are deemed southern food. Maybe except for Chic-fil-a. If you're from the south, you probably risk eternal dammnation for speaking ill of the house of the Jesus biscuits.Well, besides missing some of the standards from the NW, we did find that the South loves chicken. More chicken places than burger places and seafood places. Every chicken place is different. But 99% of the chicken is fried, which is okay.
Can't find a decent seafood place, even for something as easy as fish and chips. The best Mexican place we found when we moved here has closed down. No, not Taco Bell. Having had my fill of Cracker Barrel driving through Texas up to Washington a few years back, I avoid them like the plague. Waffle House is okay. Sonic? People actually eat here? My wife went there yesterday. She likes interaction with people. 90% is through the machine. She's done with them. She won't go through a self-check at grocery stores either.
Wife doesn't care for Chick Fil A chicken, but Bojangles and Zaxbys are good. I've tried Church's and one other one, from time to time, and you know, it seems that they all get their chicken from the same place. Already breaded and such. So the only real difference is the sides. The closest Church's has some issues, being part of a stop-n-rob for cleanliness, or the lack thereof, and the customer service can be lacking too. We tend to avoid them as well.
We tried a place called Captain D's for seafood. I'm guessing its an acquired taste... Pass.
Gilligan's is the same.
The only place we like to really go to, mostly because the prices are good, is The Cook-Out. I try to stay away from the fried foods, except onion rings and hushpuppies, but still, not too bad. Still looking for hushpuppies made with real corn, not just formed cornmeal.
Also looking for a really good BBQ place. Haven't found one yet.
Who did I leave out? Of yeah, Shoney's. Great place. They let people that are sick work there. I know...
Best seafood places are in Mount Pleasant, on Shem's Creek, IMHO. Most of the BBQ in the low country will be vinegar and pepper based, while the midlands will predominate with a mustard base. Only in the Piedmont (upstate) will you find tomato/ketchup based sauces in local BBQ eateries. Diverse places like Little Pig's and Shealy's will have all three, but small, local spots will specialize in the regional variety. Since you are in Monks Corner, have you been to Mepkin Abbey? They have some good food there too!Can't find a decent seafood place, even for something as easy as fish and chips.
I only said my wife doesn't care for their chicken. The Jesus biscuits are okay, as long as they are hot.I'm reading through this list of restaurants and scratching my head how any of these chains are deemed southern food. Maybe except for Chic-fil-a. If you're from the south, you probably risk eternal dammnation for speaking ill of the house of the Jesus biscuits.
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