Locally Owned & Operated

In Florence County, residents embrace new and old restaurants, especially locally owned. Around here, a meal isn’t just to nourish the body; it’s to enjoy the company we’re with, as well as our roots. So grab your family or friends to try out these local favorites:

Check out the Pee Dee State Farmers Market for some produce or the biannual plant and flower festivals, and while there, enjoy lunch at Julia Belle’s. This family-run restaurant has some terrific home-cooked meals. From country-fried steak to Daufuskie chowder-shrimp soup to the baked-goods items, the Snells have hit the Southern sweet spot. Should you try an appetizer — go for the barbecue egg rolls.

While you’re out on U.S. 52, stop by Young Plantations outlet store to sample a variety of scrumptious pecans. The shop also carries a full line of South Carolina food products, including scuppernong cider, locally grown fruit preserves and mixes for shrimp and grits. And while you’re sampling pecans, try Blenheim Ginger Ale from the earliest, smallest and some say finest independent soda bottling company in the country. The company is located on the grounds of the massive South of the Border tourist attraction in Hamer. First bottled in 1903, there are the “Hot” and “Not as Hot” formulas to choose from.

Just down Interstate 95 at exit 160A is the hospitality district. Among some great well-known chain restaurants, there are also some local eateries worth trying out:

1720 Burger Bar. Try the South Cackalacky Quesadilla. It’s stuffed with some of our home-state favorites: fried chicken, okra, thick-cut bacon, pimento cheese, blended cheese and tomatoes. Located on Woody Jones Boulevard.

San Jose: Tacos and Tequila. It’s the place to go for — well — tacos and tequila, but the favorite truly is the guacamole made tableside with your specifications. Located on West Radio Drive.

Percy and Willie’s Food and Spirits: Fall-off-the-bone ribs? Yes, please. And there’s also the Salmon BLT that’s a hit. This restaurant, named after the owner’s grandparents, specializes in steaks, housemade dressings and dishes. Don’t forget to try the croissants. Located on Dunbarton Drive.

Just down the road enjoy Southern hospitality at Red Bone Alley Restaurant and Bar, where you’ll feel like you’re dining outside in Charleston. The kitchen uses local ingredients ­­— try the risotto using Darlington’s Carolina Plantation Rice or the Sweet N’ Spicy Shrimp Salad featuring local vegetables. One dish to try before leaving town: the shrimp and grits. Located on West Palmetto Street.

Across the street, one of the many Greek-owned restaurants is also a local favorite: Starfire Grill and Restaurant. It features American and Mediterranean cuisine. Go for the salads, soups, pastas, burgers or gyros and stay for the delicious desserts.

Continuing west on Palmetto, there’s one of Florence’s first brew pubs. Locally owned and operated, Southern Hops Brewing Company’s focus in the kitchen is using local products and offering hand-crafted beer with great food. Nothing on the menu is fried; everything is baked. To top it off, the owners promote local bands, kids’ night, trivia night and provide the venue for Grateful Dog, a fundraiser for three local humane societies.

Continue on to Celebration Boulevard, where a new addition to the Toniolo family opened recently. The Toniolo family has been preparing Italian fare for more than 20 years in Florence, and Cibo’s is the casual extension of Stefano’s on South Irby Street. At Cibo’s, try the Eggplant Parmesan. At Stefano’s, the pizza is a favorite as well as the veal piccata.

Got a craving for something sweet? Sweet Café and Bakery Shoppe on Celebration Boulevard  inside Cibo’s will hit the spot.

And just down the road, Mi Tierra is well-received at its new location. Their flavorful dishes are matched with their hospitable service.

Moving on to Second Loop Road, visit Freeman’s Bakery, Florence’s own old-fashioned scratch bakery in its 52nd year. It’s wonderful to have an authentic from scratch bakery in town. Freeman’s Bakery is a full-line bakery, meaning everything from wedding cakes, custom birthday cakes to cupcakes, cookies, assorted cookies, pies and all kinds of pastries are available. You can pick up doughnuts, Danishes, sweet breads or ham biscuits to take to the office or order wedding cakes and other items for a dessert bar at weddings.

Looking for an authentic Neopolitan-style wood-fired brick oven pizza that defies the ordinary? Look no further than Rebel Pie Wood-Fired Pizza, which garnered attention as “favorite local slice in South Carolina” from Zagat. Owner and chef Alan Cooke has made a pizza-haven for those who crave amazing pizza. What’s more, the dough is handmade daily using all-natural ingredients and no added sugar. Cooke and his team use a slow-rise method that brings out the natural flavor of the grain. All pies are fired in the 800-degree wood-burning oven for 90 seconds. And if you’re eating heart healthy, let them know your dietary restrictions, and they’ll work with you. Rebel Pie also serves Seminar Brewing beers.

Three friends took “a leap of faith” to start a seafood restaurant after hitting it off with a pop-up fish market. Tubb’s Shrimp & Fish Co. has become a top-rated restaurant in the county. They started out selling fresh fish caught from Sunset Beach, North Carolina, out of a cooler on the side of the road in Florence. A few months later after the success of the pop-up market, the guys decided to quit their “grown up” jobs to open a fresh seafood restaurant. Their idea was to have the best quality food while giving customers a pleasurable experience, and they pledge to keep sustainability of the coast at the forefront of the operation.

From burgers to hot dogs to Jamaican Dishes, Locals Grill is a great getaway for the worker or traveler. The specialty sandwiches as well as the fried pickles are a hit with the locals.

Vallarta Mexican Restaurant. Go for the carnitas. Stay for the attentive wait staff and atmosphere. Located on South Irby Street.

1720 Burger Bar

1720 Burger Bar

The 1720 Burger Bar was named for the address where the owner lived while in college, and he's even decorated with some ...
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Apple Annie's Deli and Pub

Apple Annie’s Deli and Pub

Apple Annie's Deli and Pub is a hopping place at night, and they have a great lunch menu, too. You can choose ...
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Baker's Sweets Bistro & Bakery

Baker’s Sweets Bistro & Bakery

Grab a cup of coffee with a delicious pastry from Baker's Sweets in Lake City. They also offer a tasty ...
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Bazen's Family Restaurant

Bazen’s Family Restaurant

Bazen's Family Restaurant is all about Southern style home cooking. They are open for lunch buffet Sunday - Friday, breakfast buffet ...
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Cibo

Cibo

Cibo serves up real Italian fare made from fresh ingredients. Try their popular favorites such as chicken tortellini, homemade lasagna ...
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Clean Eatz

Clean Eatz

Clean Eatz offers delicious meals that cater to specialized diets and healthy lifestyles. Meals are ready to be picked up ...
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Da Massimo Ristorante Italiano

Da Massimo Ristorante Italiano

Da Massimo Ristorante Italiano is an authentic Italian restaurant. You will find made from scratch sauces, freshly prepared appetizers, salads, ...
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Dizzy Crab

Dizzy Crab

Dizzy Crab offers a delicious menu featuring fresh seafood seasoned to perfection. Their nightlife serves up cold drinks and a ...
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Dolce Vita Cafe & More

Dolce Vita Cafe & More

Pair Dolce Vita's double chocolate chip pecan muffin with a hot cup of their specially blended coffee, and we promise ...
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Downtown Southern Funk

Downtown Southern Funk

Located inside Seminar Brewing, Downtown Southern Funk offers fine food with a funky flair and an extensive menu with something ...
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El Agave Mexican Restaurant

El Agave Mexican Restaurant

El Agave serves authentic Mexican dishes like tacos, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos and more. Stop by for one of their daily ...
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Freeman's Bakery

Freeman’s Bakery

Freeman’s Bakery has been baking from scratch and making the world a better place since 1964! They offer a variety ...
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Golden Crown

Golden Crown

Golden Crown offers flavorful Chinese cuisine. Golden Crown 300 Whitman Avenue Florence, SC 29501 (843) 679-3838  ...
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Golden Dragon

Golden Dragon

Golden Dragon Cantonese Restaurant is a local favorite for delicious lo mein, chicken teriyaki, and many specialty combination possibilities. Golden ...
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Green Frog Social House

Green Frog Social House

Eat, drink and see live entertainment at Green Frog. This downtown Lake City pub features 10 craft beers and conventional ...
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Holt Bros BBQ

Holt Bros BBQ

Homemade sauces, BBQ, brisket, ribs, chicken, burgers and more. Holt Bros. BBQ always piles it high – even their pecan ...
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Jack's Place

Jack’s Place

Jack's Place has a great buffet with items ranging from deviled crab to ribs to collard greens. Just in case ...
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Julia Belle's Restaurant

Julia Belle’s Restaurant

Julia Belle’s is a family operated, counter service, fast, casual restaurant offering a unique variety of flavorful Southern dishes prepared with ...
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Jumpin' J's

Jumpin’ J’s

From crab cakes and Calabash shrimp to classic burgers, fried chicken, and hush puppies, Jumpin' J's has a hearty helping ...
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King Jefe

King Jefe

Don’t wait for taco Tuesday! Choose from a variety of tacos at King Jefe, a hip downtown taqueria. King Jefe ...
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Lavelle's Diner

Lavelle’s Diner

Lavelle's Diner in Lake City offers a delicious offering of Southern cuisine served up buffet style. Bring your appetite and ...
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Los Portales Mexican Restaurant

Los Portales Mexican Restaurant

Enjoy tacos, fajitas, burritos and more at Los Portales Mexican Restaurant. Los Portales 2029 W Evans Street Florence,SC 29501 (843) ...
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Mi Tierra San Jose

Mi Tierra San Jose

At Mi Tierra, each entrée has been handcrafted with the most flavorful Mexican ingredients. From delicious fajitas and burritos, to ...
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Miguel's Grill

Miguel’s Grill

Miguel's Grill is your chicken and seafood Greek grill. The portions are huge and the prices are low. Enjoy selections ...
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Missy's Cafe

Missy’s Cafe

At Missy's Cafe you'll find delicious family recipes and home-style cooking. Try one of their daily specials like fried chicken, ...
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Orangeland Seafood Restaurant & Fish Market

Orangeland Seafood Restaurant & Fish Market

Orangeland Seafood Restaurant & Fish Market has been serving up quality seafood since 1984. Customers can choose from home-cooked meals ...
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Peddler Steak House

Peddler Steak House

The Peddler strives to serve only the finest seafood and aged beef available in a warm friendly atmosphere. Their famous ...
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Percy & Willie's

Percy & Willie’s

Percy & Willie's, a local and visitor favorite, serves up succulent steaks, pork chops and tasty chicken dishes.  Be sure ...
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Piggybacks BBQ & Catfish

Piggybacks BBQ & Catfish

A local favorite since 2010, Piggybacks BBQ & Catfish is an American restaurant featuring delicious seafood and barbecue with traditional, ...
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Pizza Roma

Pizza Roma

At Pizza Roma in Lake City, enjoy a delicious selection of Italian favorites like homemade pizza, oven toasted subs, spaghetti ...
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Rebel Pie

Rebel Pie

Rebel Pie hand-makes its dough each day and covers each pizza with toppings from local providers. Their pizzas are fired ...
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Red Bone Alley

Red Bone Alley features fresh food and delicious South Carolina regional cuisine. A favorite with locals and visitors alike, Red ...
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Roger's Bar-B-Q House

Roger’s Bar-B-Q House

Roger's Bar-B-Q House is one of Florence's most popular stops for BBQ. Check out the full buffet of fixins' to ...
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Salsa Y Limon Mexican Grill

Salsa Y Limon Mexican Grill

Salsa Y Limon Mexican Grill is a Tex-Mex Restaurant located in Florence! Salsa Y Limon Mexican Grill 914 S Cashua ...
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Seminar Brewing

Seminar Brewing

Along with several fine craft beers, Seminar also offers delicious food by Downtown Southern Funk as well as live music; ...
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Southern Hops Brewing Company

Southern Hops Brewing Company

Southern Hops Brewing Company is Florence's first brewpub specializing in craft brewed beer, appetizers, hand crafted pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, wings, ...
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Starfire Grill & Restaurant

Starfire Grill & Restaurant

Starfire Grill & Restaurant is a locally owned and operated restaurant specializing in American and Mediterranean cuisine. Starfire Grill & ...
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Stefano's Italian Restaurant

Stefano’s Italian Restaurant

Stefano's is a local favorite, serving authentic Italian cuisine since 1988. Stefano's Italian Restaurant 2600 S Irby Street Florence, SC ...
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Sundae House

Sundae House

Sundae House has just the treat you're looking for to satisfy your sweet tooth. They offer a full menu of ...
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Sunrise Drive-In

Sunrise Drive-In

A family owned restaurant established in 1964, Sunrise Drive-In specializes in homemade onion rings, dressings, hamburgers and hamburger steaks, fresh ...
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Sweet Cafe & Bakery

Sweet Cafe & Bakery

Sweet Cafe & Bakery offers a variety of fresh and unique cupcakes baked in small batches daily. Other Sweet treats ...
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The Clubhouse Grill

The Clubhouse Grill

Located inside the Lake City Country Club, The Clubhouse Grill serves delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, juicy steaks and cold drinks ...
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The Dispensary

The Dispensary

Florence's first rooftop bar, The Dispensary boasts 3,500 square feet of rooftop bliss sitting atop the modern American restaurant Town ...
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The Drive-In

The Drive-In

The Drive-In restaurant in downtown Florence serves hamburgers, fries and fountain drinks the old-fashioned way. Also known as 301 Drive-In, it has ...
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Thunderbird Country Buffet

Thunderbird Country Buffet

Thunderbird Country Buffet offers delicious down-home cooking, served buffet style with plenty of tempting choices every day. The buffet is ...
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Top Hat Special-Teas

Top Hat Special-Teas

Top Hat Special-Teas is a quaint and stylish tearoom located in Downtown Florence. A favorite stop for locals and visitors ...
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Townhouse Restaurant

Townhouse Restaurant

Townhouse Restaurant serves up tasty fried oysters and grilled shrimp, lamb gyros, mouth-watering hamburgers, and even chicken liver and gizzard combos ...
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Truluck's Seafood

Truluck’s Seafood

Truluck's Seafood is worth the drive to Timmonsville. They offer fresh seafood cooked to your taste. It's a local favorite ...
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Tubb's Shrimp & Fish Co.

Tubb’s Shrimp & Fish Co.

Tubb’s Shrimp & Fish Co. is on a mission to showcase their passion for fresh, soulful Southern seafood with all ...
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Venus Restaurant and Catering

Venus Restaurant and Catering

Venus Restaurant & Catering has been serving up the most delicious breakfast and lunch platters since 1977. They've been voted ...
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Victors

Victors

Start your Victors experience by tasting the pecan pie martini. It's smooth, sweet and oh so satisfying! Victors is a ...
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Ward's Fish Market

Ward’s Fish Market

A traditional fish market, Ward's offers fresh caught fish and will even fry them up for you. The catfish is ...
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Wholly Smokin'

Wholly Smokin’

Listed as one of the Top 10 barbecue restaurants in South Carolina, Wholly Smokin’ Downtown offers award-winning barbecue, ribs, wings, ...
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Woodstone BBQ

Woodstone BBQ

Woodstone BBQ & Seafood offers a country style buffet featuring Southern-style BBQ, a variety of seafood and every fixin' that ...
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Zapata's Grill

Zapata’s Grill

Zapata's Grill offers fresh Mexican cuisine in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The entire family will enjoy the large menu offering ...
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