South Carolina: Where to eat when you visit Palmetto State

  • T. Wayne Waters
  • For the AJC
12:00 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 Travel
Motor Supply fish camp fried catfish with Carolina Gold rice grits. CONTRIBUTED BY MOTOR SUPPLY FISH CAMP

Motor Supply Company Bistro in Columbia dishes up several offerings that feature the long-grain heirloom rice known as Carolina Gold. Fish camp fried catfish and pork belly are both served over Carolina Gold rice grits. But whatever you pick from the menu will be a winner.

920 Gervais St., Columbia, 803-256-6687, www.motorsupplycobistro.com@motorsupply

A good way to get an introduction to the tasty offerings of some of Greenville’s best eateries is through Greenville Culinary Tours. You’ll be able to get a taste at each of your stops. The most popular is the Chef’s Table Culinary Tour, but there’s also a Barbecue Trail Tour and a Breakfast Tour.

Greenville, 864-567-3940, greenvillehistorytours.com@gvilletours

Nick Dhers, a native of France, is the pastry chef and co-owner with wife Amonrat, a native of Thailand, who is the executive chef. You’ll find everything from croissants and escargot to Thai pulled pork, bangbang banh mi and a Thai green curry bowl.

8881 Warren H. Abernathy Highway, Spartanburg, 864-586-3222, www.lespicekitchen.com

One of Charleston’s newer restaurants, Ink N Ivy has quickly made a name for itself as an excellent eatery that also has a fun sociable vibe. But it’s the food that matters most. Ink N Ivy has everything from tasty fresh seafood, steaks, chops and chicken to soups and salads — plus a popular weekend brunch.

565 King St., Charleston, 704-332-5424, www.charleston.inkanivy.com@Inknivychs

Seafood is the Saltus River Grill specialty, but you’ll find a great selection of delicious “land meats,” too, along with salads and more. Plus, the front deck has great views of Beaufort River.

802 Bay St., Beaufort, 843-379-3474, www.saltusrivergrill.com

The following seven tips will help you save money and avoid facing debt when you get back from your trip Look for a price-drop guarantee Sites like Groupon and CityPASS can help cut the price of popular attractions if you're visiting a major city When you book a hotel, Consumer Reports recommends bargaining for better rates The cheapest travel day is Wednesday, and you'll also save by avoiding weekend travel Sites like Priceline let you name a price you're willing to pay The cost of meals can add up quick
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