Eatin’ Good in the Lowcountry: A Berkeley County Guide
The many meandering miles of saltwater marsh in South Carolina’s Lowcountry made the perfect foundations for rice crops and fishing—shrimp, oysters, crab, catfish, and so much more. This match made in heaven set the stage for an enduring culinary tradition, one which you can experience untarnished in Berkeley County. Here are our best picks for original, authentic Lowcountry eats in the area.
Angel’s Landing Campground and Restaurant
Angel’s Landing is a little piece of fisherman’s heaven—a full-service fish camp you can sidle over to by car or boat. Fuel up here for a full day of exploring Berkeley County’s immense natural wonders. They’ve got your classic two-egg breakfast with your choice of protein and a mess of hashbrowns or grits, or for the sweet tooths out there, French toast and Belgian waffle combos—and plenty of combinations in between!
Mac Daddy’s Restaurant at Canal Lakes Fish Camp
The Santee Cooper lakes system is famed for its wealth of catches, but catfish reigns supreme. You can find the freshest cats cooked up just right at Mac Daddy’s, a no-frills, all-flavor restaurant that frequently lands on the Best of Berkeley food & drink list. The fried catfish plate is classic—two crispy golden-brown filets with a side of crinkle-cut fries, hush puppies, and green beans.
Rounding out our tour of delicious fish camp eats is Blacks Camp, located right in the heart of Santee Cooper Country. The friendly folks at this hunting and fishing paradise know the way to anyone’s heart is good food. They’ll even fry up your day’s catch for you! Their old-fashioned burger is especially beloved—just come on by and try it for yourself.
Set like a gem on the banks of the Wando River, The Kingstide was designed to showcase the Lowcountry’s bounty. Start your night with an order of Oysters Rockefeller, half-shells dressed in a rich hollandaise with bacon and spinach. Or, enjoy a half pound of fresh, local Peel & Eat Shrimp from the raw bar. For your main, we recommend the Seared Tuna, paired with bok choy, pickled shiitakes, and an out-of-this-world oyster vinaigrette.
The Barony House
Upscale meets down-home at The Barony House, where the hospitality and traditional Southern cuisine are sure to please. Catch the Tuesday lunch special for a bona fide Lowcountry tradition: chicken bog, a delicious chicken, rice, and sausage dish that’s pure and simple satisfaction. For dinner, the skillet country fried steak is always a winner, served over mashed potatoes and gravy in a piping-hot skillet.
This diner is old school to a T. No menus—just daily specials, and whatever you want them to fix you up for breakfast or lunch. Want steak and eggs? Liver and onions? All you’ve gotta do is ask. Cash-only and tucked away behind an unassuming Main Street façade, this little slice of Americana offers an authentic diner experience that’s more and more rare these days.
Music Man’s Bar-B-Que
You haven’t lived until you’ve had a Bar-B-Que buffet, Music Man’s “Rock & Roll Buffet,” to be precise. That’s right, here you can indulge in all-you-can-eat slow-cooked pork served two ways— vinegar-pepper and mustard—as well as other delectable delights like fried chicken, yams, and rice & hash. And yes, that does include tea and dessert: make it a banana pudding for the quintessential Carolina BBQ experience.
Lowcountry Born and Fed
They say Southern cooking is done by taste, not by book, and there’s no place like Berkeley County to find original, authentic meals prepared with tradition. Find your flavor at ExploreBerkeleyCounty.com and we’ll set a table for you.