They say “Ain’t no chicken like Shrimp Boat chicken” and they are not kidding. We visited the final two remaining stores from the old chain and, if we’re ranking by the awesomeness of the food, we saved the best for last.
The fried chicken is pretty good at this humble survivor of the old chain. We inched closer to a full set of the locations with a stop on this trip.
The last stop of the trip was another good one. This was the newest business that I visited on this trip, and I had a fine meal here before coming home.
I always like to find a pimento cheeseburger when I’m in the Palmetto State. This one wasn’t as good as I had hoped, but it was a neat stop all the same.
The Pee Dee region of South Carolina had disappointed me badly twice before, but what do you know? The third time’s the charm.
Spirits and energy were low when I arrived in Florence. What I found did nothing to revive them. Then I went to South of the Border and things got worse.
In November, I drove up to eastern North Carolina on a new circumnavigation. On the way up, I stopped at the flagship store of a local chain for some mustard sauce barbecue and some hash over rice.
The final stop of our daytrip was a local chain of hot dog joints. We arrived at the original store, which was once a pool hall shortly before closing, and we were careful to mind our language while we were there. Find out why in today’s chapter.
Oddly located in an enormous, labyrinthine, noisy strip mall, this charming little place feels like it belongs in a quiet neighborhood instead, and emphasizes healthy eating and drinking.
We stopped to take some pictures of some places that looked interesting on our trip, and we also got to play with some robot animals and giant monsters made from recycled toys.
Greenville is home to a small group of diners called Pete’s. Since a trip to the area is not complete without a pimento cheeseburger, we stopped in for one and learned a little about their quite convoluted history,
It has become a tradition that the first road trip of the year is a day’s drive around the Palmetto State. In this chapter, we start things off at this landmark family restaurant, known for their amazing roast beef sandwiches.
In 1969, after more than a decade of growth, this Macon-based chain launched a major expansion, reaching nearly a hundred stores. Five years later, the chain failed. Today, their distinctive, deteriorating buildings are home to all kinds of businesses, and some survivors have thrived on their own for thirty years. Learn more in this extra-length, photo-filled chapter.
I tried so hard, and I drove so fast, to make it back to this 49 year-old drive-in before I lost the light. These photos are just shamefully poor, but I’m insisting on sharing with you anyway.