The 10 Best Mom and Pop Restaurants in South Carolina!

Serious foodies know that the best meals are found at your favorite mom and pop restaurants. With home-cooked food, rich history, and an atmosphere that can’t be matched by big, chain restaurants, you’ll feel like you’re at your Grandma’s house at South Carolina’s mom and pop eateries. Here are the 10 best. 

1. Wade’s Restaurant, Spartanburg, SC

One of the oldest eateries in the Palmetto State, Wade’s Restaurant has been filling appetites since 1947! You’ll find a little bit of everything here: meat-and-three’s, burgers, chicken, fish, spaghetti, and even frozen meals ready to pop into your oven for an at-home eating experience without the hassle.

2. Yousef’s Kitchen, Westminster, SC

Don’t let the outside fool you—this cozy little diner packs major flavor on the inside! You’ll experience meals you’d swear were made in your grandma’s kitchen, along with homemade cakes and other desserts that make the perfect ending to your visit.

3. Betty’s Hungry House Cafe, Seneca, SC

Having a staple of the Seneca’s restaurant scene for over 35 years, hungry patrons are willing to travel from all over the Upstate for a breakfast at Betty’s. Having been in the same family since the day it opened its doors, this little eatery leaves its visitors lacking for nothing. 

4. Just Us Cafe, Cayce, SC

Hometown atmosphere, friendly service, and tasty food—it’s everything you expect from a mom and pop restaurant, and Just Us Cafe never fails to deliver. You’ll feel like part of the family from the moment you walk in.

5. Auten’s, Aiken, SC

Family owned and operated since Day 1, Auten’s has gained a reputation for dishing out some of the most delicious southern comfort food in the area. The owners of Auten’s believes everyone deserves to feel young again, which is why you’ll find items throughout the restaurant that will bring you straight back to your school days, no matter which generation you’re from. If you love a good breakfast or a hearty meat-and-three plate, you’re in good company here.

6. The Original Harvey’s, Taylors, SC

Fine southern food comes together with a family-style atmosphere that lets no patron walk away unfulfilled. This eatery operated at its current location from 1993 until 2000, and has since reopened its doors with the same quality food and dedication to serve you and your family. Come as a guest, leave as a friend!

7. Bazen’s Family Restaurant, Florence, SC

Southern-style meals at great prices makes eating at Bazen’s a frequency activity for its loyal fans. Customers rave about the fact that they can fill up for a fair price, in addition to receiving some of the best service they’ve experienced anywhere.

8. Mammy’s Kitchen, Myrtle Beach, SC

For over 60 years, Mammy’s Kitchen has been a Myrtle Beach tradition for travelers and locals alike. Touted as the best breakfast on the beach, the restaurant has evolved from a tiny 24-hour drive-in to a full-scale indoor eatery complete with breakfast buffet and impeccable service.

9. Paw’s Diner, Clemson, SC

Tiger fans agree that no trip to Clemson is complete without a trip to Paw’s Diner, a longstanding Clemson tradition for decades. Fans praise the eatery for its delicious food and variety of meals, and its prices can’t be beat. 

10. Bertha’s Kitchen, Charleston, SC

It might take a little searching since Bertha’s is off the beaten path, but it’s well worth the effort. Situated in a house-style setting, you’ll feel right at home as you indulge on fan favorites, such as the turkey and rice or fried chicken. It’s Lowcountry soul food at its finest, and you’ll be you found it.

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