Delicious and Popular South Carolinian Foods

South Carolina is known for its Southern hospitality, and that extends to its food. From traditional Southern comfort foods to Low Country specialties, there are plenty of delicious dishes to try in the Palmetto State. Here are some of the delicious and popular South Carolinian foods that you should add to your must-eat list.

1) Pimento Cheeseburger 

Pimento cheese is a South Carolina staple, and what better way to enjoy it than on a burger? This dish is a must-try for any cheese lover, and it can be found at many restaurants across the state. 

This delicious cheeseburger features soft, grilled burger patties smothered in a creamy, cheesy pimento spread. The perfect bite is then taken with a juicy sip of sweet tea! 

2) South Carolina-Style Barbeque 

Barbeque is a must-try when visiting the South, and there’s no better place to enjoy it than in South Carolina. This state is known for its “Carolina-style” barbeque, which is a vinegar-based sauce that is often used on pork.

This barbeque is typically slow-cooked over wood coals, giving it a unique smoky flavor. It is then served with a side of coleslaw and a cold beverage.

South Carolina barbecue is cooked and smoked over hardwood, usually oak or hickory. The main difference between South Carolina and North Carolina barbecue is the sauce. In the Midlands, South Carolina barbecue is typically served with a yellow Carolina Gold sauce, made with cider vinegar, yellow mustard, spices, honey, and brown sugar. In the Pee Dee region, the sauce is usually a vinegar and pepper-based sauce.

3) Grits

Grits are a Southern staple, and they can be found on breakfast menus across the state. This dish is made from ground corn that is boiled in water or milk until it is soft.

Grits are often served with butter, cheese, and/or salt and pepper. They can also be enjoyed with a variety of toppings such as sausage, eggs, and gravy.

4) Lady Baltimore Cake

Lady Baltimore Cake is a light, fluffy cake perfect for the South Carolinian sweet tooth. It is often iced with a seven-minute frosting and served with coffee or tea. The cake became so popular that it was soon being made all over the country.

Lady Baltimore cake is a cake made up of several layers of white sponge cake, with a rich, marshmallow-like divinity frosting mixed with chopped nuts and dried fruits like raisins, figs, and dates. There is also a version of this cake called Lord Baltimore, which is made with leftover egg yolks and filled with toasted almonds, crushed macaroons, and candied cherries.

5) Oyster Roast

Oyster Roasts are a South Carolina favorite, especially when done right. The oysters are cooked over an open fire, shucked and then served with a delicious cocktail sauce. This dish is perfect for a cold winter’s night.

Oyster roast is a traditional American event that is similar to a clambake. The oysters are placed into a roasting kettle and then placed over hot coals until they are fully cooked.


These five dishes are all great examples of delicious and popular South Carolinian foods. If you want to experience the best of what the south has to offer, then you need to try one of these dishes.

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Published By Kim Gandhi Kim Gandhi began cooking at 8 years old with a love of food driving her to experiment with her Hispanic and German heritage. She gained a BBA in Marketing and turned to the business world for much of her career. Her strong customer service background and her passion for great events that involve chefs, customers, and amazing food allows her to indulge in her love of cooking and enjoying what FFK chefs bring to the table.