Dine Like A Local in Thoroughbred Country
There's always a table waiting for you
THOROUGHBRED COUNTRY, SOUTH CAROLINA — APRIL 2020 — South Carolina is known for a few things: palmetto trees, hospitality, golf, being one of the original 13 colonies and food. It’s that last item that really makes people’s eyes light up. When you plan a visit to our beautiful state, you simply must take time to enjoy the cuisine. And, while you could venture into one of the major cities, we think Thoroughbred Country will meet (and exceed) your expectations. Nestled along I-20 between Atlanta and Charleston, we’re happy to be your destination of choice, or the tastiest detour you’ve ever had. From down home to upscale, we have whatever you’re craving. Best of all, when you visit Thoroughbred Country, you can dine like a local because we’ll always treat you like one of our own.
An Aiken staple for the past 30 years, Malia's is the perfect mix of big city dining and small town charm. It prides itself on local, ethically sourced ingredients and excellent service. In fact, Chef Jason Tufts was chosen as one of only four South Carolina Chef Ambassadors for 2020 due to his dedication to both quality and local ingredients. If you’re looking for a memorable culinary experience, add Malia’s to your itinerary.
The Restaurant at The Willcox
Established in 1898, The Willcox hotel, restaurant and spa continually lives up to its stellar reputation. Recognized by “Wine Spectator,” Best Chefs of America and Aiken residents alike, the restaurant is known for its sustainable practices and made-from-scratch flavors. A gorgeous setting, unparalleled menu and thoughtful service all add up to an unforgettable meal for you.
Located in The Alley downtown, this casual eatery maintains an ambitious whiskey list, an internationally inspired menu and a raving fan base. Beware though, Whiskey Alley is small and quite popular, so reservations are recommended to avoid a long wait. While there, be sure to pop out back to Vodou, their even more intimate spot for cocktails and connecting with friends.
Casa Bella Italian Restaurant
Old World Northern Italian comes to South Carolina, courtesy of Casa Bella. With a postcard-ready setting and menu, you’ll wonder why you haven’t stopped in here before. A multi-year Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence winner, diners far and wide praise the food, service and ambiance as one to remember. If you can’t make it to Italy, here’s your next best bet.
Aiken Brewing Company
Restaurant, microbrewery and terrific place to gather in general, Aiken Brewing Company is a delicious blend of comfort and cuisine. This gastropub serves up traditional favorites and bold flavors alongside a rotating list of beers that is updated weekly on its website. Quench your thirst, curb your hunger and catch up with friends—one pint at a time.
Betsy’s Round the Corner
Betsy's Round the Corner is the cure-all when diner food is your must-have. Voted the 2019 “Best of Aiken” for dessert and brunch, you’ll find oh so much more on this menu made to please. With recipes borrowed from her mother, “lighter” Southern delicacies and even Boozy Shakes, Betsy’s is a spot you can return to every day of the week and still be left wanting more.
Roma’s Italian Restaurant
If you’ve ever had authentic Neapolitan Italian cuisine, then like the rest of us, you probably couldn’t wait to have it again. Good news: You’ll find the real deal at Roma's Italian Restaurant in Aiken. Owner Pat Brancaccio hails from this tasty region, and is proud of his knack for creating new fans with excellent prices, large portions and a family-friendly environment.
What’s Cookin’ Downtown
Your typical breakfast and lunch get an upgrade at What's Cookin' Downtown. Dedicated to helping families devour more fresh-cooked meals, you can eat-in or take out, depending on your needs and wants. The menu includes staples, Southern favorites, bakery treats and full-sized casseroles, designed to please even the pickiest of eaters.
Manuel’s Bread Café
Located in the Hammond’s Ferry neighborhood, Manuel's Bread Cafe is situated along the Savannah River in North Augusta, South Carolina, and a far cry from an ordinary meal. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll enjoy a Southern twist on French fare in this little bistro with a big personality. Since many ingredients even come from Manuel’s own farm, it’s almost like sitting around his kitchen table.
A slice of Americana at its finest, the Sno-Cap Drive-In is the kind of throwback you’ll look forward to any day of the week. Casual, family-friendly and locally owned, people have been making memories here since 1964. When you want a burger, hotdog, shake or other classic, you have the option to sit-in, drive-in or drive-through at your convenience.
Miller’s Bread Basket
No desire to cook or clean? Miller's Bread Basket is happy to do the job for you and your family, so that you can spend more time together. Featuring Amish-Mennonite home cooking, you will be more than pleased with the mouth-watering food and attentive service. The only way you can go wrong here is by not saving room for dessert!
Meeting on Main
Not sure where to go when in Williston? Meeting on Main is always a good decision. Between the Southern comfort food, friendly smiles and convenient location, you may have found a new home away from home. And while anytime is a fine time to stop by, we highly recommend Thursday night’s breakfast buffet for a mid-week pick-me-up.
You can eat now or pick up something for later at the Country Cupboard. With a salad bar, deli and bakery, as well as bulk natural foods, you have the decision to sit down or stock up. Daily specials also include a dessert, making every meal just a little more indulgent. And they’ll soon be opening a greenhouse to teach kids about growing food and making healthy decisions, so be sure to bring the whole family!
Of course, we couldn’t talk about eating in South Carolina and not mention barbecue. Locally owned and operated, Duke's Bar-B-Que is the spot for smoked meats in Thoroughbred County. Located on historic US Highway 301, you can’t beat this buffet in price or selection. There’s a reason you’ll sometimes find a line out the door, so don’t miss your chance to find out why.
Cliff’s Seafood and Grill
As a coastal state, South Carolina also stands out for its fresh seafood. So, when you crave the catch of the day, head to Cliff's Seafood and Grill as fast as you can. Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you—Cliff takes his seafood very seriously. Locally owned, operated and frequented, you may fit in or you may stand out, but you will definitely be back.