You Must Try South Carolina’s Best Small Town Restaurant
While I live in Charlotte I’ve made the backroads drive through South Carolina to Myrtle Beach numerous times. And even down 77 to Columbia or in route to I-95 south. That journey takes you past some small towns. And while I’m typically a “don’t stop unless it’s absolutely necessary” traveler I often look at some of the nonchain restaurants I pass and think “I bet that place is good”. Unfortunately, if I do stop it’s almost always going to be somewhere with a drive-through as I just want to get home or to my destination. But these types of restaurants are almost always delicious. So when I stumbled across this article about the best small-town restaurants in each state I was intrigued.
The list comes from Taste of Home. And their pick for the best small-town restaurant in South Carolina? It’s Front Porch Country Restaurant, Richburg. And this is exactly what I expect when thinking about small-town restaurants. According to its website Front Porch Country Restaurant was “farm to table before it was cool”. It’s a family-owned spot that was established in 1984 in an old farmhouse. Joe Pop and Libby Gaston have always specialized in Southern home cooking. And the fried chicken and sweet iced tea are the local favorites and a must-have!
The menu includes meat and vegetable plates with fried chicken, baked chicken, fried pork chops, and fried flounder offered daily. There are also daily specials that include dishes like meatloaf and chicken and dumplings. Additionally, you can get salads, sandwiches, bbq plates, and vegetables. Don’t plan your visit early in the week however, Front Porch Country Restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. You can view the full menu here! And be sure to look at the photos of the food (may make you hungry though!)
Taste of Home also raves about the fried chicken and sweet tea. They compliment the “modest price point” and I have to say it is refreshing to see in a world where you can’t seem to eat anywhere for less than $20 a person.
View the full Taste of Home Best Small Town Restaurants list here.