I definitely agree - Maurice's is the worst.
My problem with Little Pig's is that I live on the opposite side of town and don't make it out there very often. Also, my wife prefers Palmetto Pig :-)
Another alternative for if you are downtown is Doc's - their bbq is quite good when smothered in the pickle slices at the end of the buffet.
Perhaps I shall have to give Hite's a second try.
I'm looking for fish and chips in the Columbia area. I've had them from both Delaney's and Liberty's, but have been unimpressed by both. Any little Brit pubs that I've missed out on?
I've got to admit - I'm not a big fan of Hite's. Too dry, not enough flavor. I'm pretty sure that they had run out of fresh and had pulled some out of the freezer.
Also, Hudson's isn't quite the true SC flavor - a bit more midwest than they'd like you to think. Their buffet is quite good, however.
The best bbq in the Columbia area (now that Dukes out by the airport is closed) is Palmetto Pig, near downtown Columbia: http://www.palmettopig.com/. Their mustard sauce is very good, and their hot vinegar sauce is amazing!
I've lived in Columbia for 7 years and have tried nearly all of the bbq joints in town.