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Leaving Carolina, a Diner on TV and Blueberry Cider

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Here is the final installment of our trip to the south. We are leaving Carolina.
Previous trip recaps can be found at the end of this post.


Our long 11 day trip has finally come to an end.  Sadness.  It seems just yesterday we packed up the car, kissed the kittens goodbye and headed north to the visit the South.

Cider Sign

I had one last restaurant on my list to visit- a diner called The Early Bird Diner, a place that was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.  They are famous for their fried chicken and waffles, not that we had any interest in that.  I had only one thing on my mind.  After spending all  this time in South Carolina I still had not tried Shrimp and Grits.  This was my chance and it was delicious.  Fried shrimp sat in a bowl of creamy grits and topped with a sweet pepper jelly.

Shrimp & Grits

Chad had delicious curried scrambled eggs with veggies.  I have never thought of adding a curry flavor to eggs but now I have something easy to make at home to remind me of this trip.

The Mess Early Bird Diner

We returned to our hotel, packed up the car and soon we were bidding a fond farewell to the hotel and Charleston.

Quality Inn North Charleston

We couldn’t leave South Carolina without one last stop at the Carolina Cherry Company located in a town called Yemassee.  A cute little roadside shack with homemade fruit cider, jam and preserves.  We ended up with a jug of Blueberry Cider.  Yummmmmmm………

Carolina Cherry Company Blueberry Cider Carolina Cherry Company

As we headed towards Florida we had a few last glimpses of the marshy land we both love that is so characteristic of the Carolinas and Georgia.

The marsh


It’s good to be home but I am also ready to be back in the Carolinas eating pimento cheese sandwiches and sipping on CheerwineSmile

So that’s it- that is the entire series of round ups with our trip to Georgia and South Carolina.  While we didn’t take the time to do a lot of touristy things, we certainly had our fill of Southern fare and some really great food.  I have a lot of recipes to work on to recreate all that delicious fare.  I am already working on my next list of restaurants for the next trip…who’s in?


Recaps from the trip so far:

1. The Day the Lights Went Out in Augusta

2. The Cockaboose Railroad and Vegan Food in Columbia, SC

3. Arriving in Myrtle Beach

4. Myrtle Beach- Ferris wheels, the Beach and Donuts

5. Leaving Myrtle Beach before the storm

6. The Great Ice Storm of Charleston

7. Charleston- Brussel Sprouts, Mansions and Cheerwine

8. Charleston- Painted Houses and Chipotle Donuts

Helen Corbin

Tuesday 8th of April 2014

I’m IN :-) That is so funny that you said that you “headed up north to visit the South.” I love it :-) Great trip and GREAT narrative of that trip.