Local Specialties2022-04-18T17:57:54-04:00

Local Specialties

We’re serving up something special, just for you.

You’ll want to dive right in! South Carolina was the birthplace of barbecue, and Florence loves to spice it up. Many of our BBQ restaurants are buffet-style, offering other Southern specialties like fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, and fried okra.

Other Southern specialties include great desserts like pecan pie and cake-in-a-jar. Florence is famous for pecans, and Young’s Premium Foods made it so! Their outlet shop offers samples of flavored pecans and serves up some tasty pecan pie.

Other local specialties include boiled peanuts and Blenheim Ginger Ale. Whether you buy the peanuts straight from the farmer’s market or packaged by Peanut Patch (McCall Farms is right here in Florence County), they are unique to the South. And Blenheim Ginger Ale is bottled just a few miles north of Florence at South of the Border. Choose from hot and extra hot!

If you have a craving for Low Country Shrimp and Grits, RedBone Alley is the place to be. Whether you are looking for a meal or just a treat, you’ll want to keep your eye out for these specialties:

  • hot boiled peanuts, the state snack – at farmers markets, in supermarkets, and even in crockpots in convenience stores
  • collard greens, cooked with fatback and sprinkled with hot vinegar – you’ll find them on most BBQ buffets
  • vinegar-based pulled pork BBQ
  • cornbread flat as a pancake – we call them “hoecakes”
  • shrimp and grits
  • fried okra
  • pimento cheese sandwiches, or better yet, pimento cheese on a hamburger
  • fried catfish
  • pecan pie, and praline covered pecans
  • syrup and molasses made from pure cane sugar
  • muscadine grapes, especially in wine form
  • sweet tea (make that really sweet tea!) – it’s the state hospitality beverage
  • 7-layer cake, 12 if you’re lucky!
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