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2/21 Friday Favorites- Southern Fare

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I recently spent about 2 weeks in South Carolina traveling with Chad who was there on business.  I will recap everything next week but in the meantime I am making my Friday Favorites post all about the great food we had.  I abandoned my usual veggie regimen as I ate cheese, fried food and a lot of seafood.  We spent several days in Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Charleston, SC as well as Augusta, GA.  I did a lot of research on restaurants, consulting websites such as Urbanspoon and Happy Cow among others and I had a plan for each city we visited.  There was not one restaurant that really disappointed us, as a matter of fact, we found some incredible eateries.  So here it goes-

1. Bunny in a Bun from Jack’s Cosmic Dogs- Charleston, SC

Carrot Dog Jacks Cosmic Dogs Mt Pleasant, SC

I just did a post earlier this week where I recreated this at home.  Jack’s is a little roadside shack that serves up some of the best Vegetarian hot dogs I have ever had.  We loved the Bunny in a Bun- grilled carrots with a blue cheese slaw and a sweet potato mustard.  It was delicious!  They also serve a tofu dog in which I had to ask twice if it really was tofu because it sure tasted like the real thing!


2. Pulled Squash Sandwich from Butcher and Bee- Charleston, SC

Pulled Squash Sandwich

This place was amazing.  They had some really great food including this pulled squash sandwich.  Just like pulled pork but with shredded squash instead.  It was smoky and tangy- I will never have to be denied a BBQ sandwich again.  This sandwich was a hit online with both veggie heads and carnivores.


3. Black and Bleu Tuna from Mr. Fish Seafood- Myrtle Beach, SC

Black and Blue Tuna- Mr. Fish Myrtle Beach

I had read all about this award winning sandwich online.  People just raved about it and I can understand why.  A thick tuna steak blackened and broiled with blue cheese on a bun with lettuce and tomato.  We added a blackberry wasabi sauce that made this sandwich one of the best fish sandwiches I have ever had.


4. Reese Waffle from Woodhaven Pancake House- Myrtle Beach, SC

Resee Waffle Woodhaven Pancake House Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach is cluttered with pancake houses.  I mean cluttered.  We found one that served up 44 varieties of omelets as well as this Reese  Waffle.  A Belgian waffle topped with Reese Peanut Butter and chocolate chips.  Sounds simple enough but the waffle itself was so light and fluffy I almost felt like it could have been healthy!  (Probably wasn’t)


5. Shrimp and Grits from Early Bird Diner- Charleston, SC

Shrimp & Grits

It just doesn’t get any more Southern than Shrimp and Grits.  These were from the Early Bird Diner in Charleston.  Lightly fried shrimp served over thick and creamy grits topped with a sweet and sour pepper jelly.  I will never turn my nose at Shrimp and Grits again.


6. Pimento Grilled Cheese from Zoës Kitchen- Columbia, SC

Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Zoës Kitchen has 105 locations in 15 states so it isn’t really a Southern place but this Grilled Pimento Cheese sandwich is a Southern staple.  We found all sorts of Pimento Cheese variations in just about every restaurant we visited.  This grilled cheese sandwich was greasy, fattening and delicious.  Perfect.  I have gained 5 pounds just looking at the picture.


7. Cheerwine from anywhere in the Carolinas


Crafted in Salisbury, North Carolina, Cheerwine is found just about anywhere in the Carolinas.  It is a cherry flavored cola sweetened with natural cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.  While I rarely drink sodas, I just couldn’t resist enjoying this Carolina tradition at least once on the trip.  It is probably a good thing I have never seen it in Orlando.


This is just a small sampling of all the good food we ate- stayed tuned I am going to recap the trip starting next week.  Sometimes finding great food is the best way to explore a new city and we had a blast discovering South Carolina. What was your favorite meal while away from home?

Thanks Heather and Clare for keeping Friday Favorites going strong!


Friday 21st of February 2014

All that food looks so good! Aw shrimp and grits!

Heather @ Housewife Glamour

Friday 21st of February 2014

Looks like you had a great trip! Lots of yummy food! Thanks for linking up and have a fabulous weekend :)

Helen Corbin

Friday 21st of February 2014

I would take any one of those meals - NOW - right this second!!!!!!!!!!! I wish you could find out about the tofu hotdog. Did they make it or was it a certain brand?

Jess @dearhealthyness

Friday 21st of February 2014

The waffle and the grilled sandwich, they both got me drooling over my laptop!