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Best BBQ in NC, SC & GA

-While I'm not a fan of the SC mustard base I'd say if you've never tried it then you need to check out Sweatman's in Holly Hill, SC

- My two favorite BBQ places (near Charlotte - but on the SC side) are:
Courtney's BBQ
1166 Highway 55 E
Clover, South Carolina 29710
(803) 222-5900

521 BBQ
7580 Charlotte Highway/521
Indian Land, SC

Jul 29, 2009
sweettater in Southeast

Harris Teeter switches to Boar's Head

Ingle's is a grocery store (no location in Charlotte, NC). Closest Ingles to Charlotte would be in Albemarle (most are located in the NC mountain region - there is a nice one just down the road from Lake Lure).

To the OP - I know it's probably not the same as having it at HT anymore, but you can order directly from Seltzer, (or) they also state that their meats are carried at Food Lion.

Jun 29, 2009
sweettater in Chains

Holden Beach - Seafood & farmers markets?

You are correct in that there’s not a whole lot of commercialism located on the island side of Holden Beach (well, for that matter there’s not a whole lot on the mainland side either but that was just fine with us). I apologize for jumping around here but I was trying to put this together since I am a tad late on when I said I would reply..

I could be wrong but I think Mankin’s and Causeway Café are one in the same (Mankin’s Causeway Café)? But I can’t help you with a review as we did not eat there.

There are farmer’s markets around, in fact there happens to be one in Shallotte on Saturdays but it was over by the time we arrived ( There are also several roadside stands that you will pass too as you drive into HB.

Here is a place you might want to check out that is not to far: Lockwood Folly Marketplace = Supply, NC (


As far as breakfast (when we did not eat in) was spent at The Purple Onion (located on Main St. in Shalotte). Great prices, good food, and yummy bakery items (try their blueberry biscuit). We felt it was worth the drive.

Can’t beat the fresh fish that you will find at Captain Pete's Fish Market (it is located right under the bridge – right behind Captain Pete’s Restaurant). We’d get there around 1:00 pm, and pick up what we wanted to prepare for the evening meal. You will see the shrimp boats right in front of the fish market (best tip I can give you – they devein for $1.50 lb).
There is also Varnamtown if you want to buy shrimp in quantity (right off the shrimps boats) but as it turned out Capt. Pete’s was perfect for us (really nice people too).

Another really good place to eat (but keep in mind – ain’t nothing fancy here by any means) but the food is really good at The Provision Co. (located on the mainland side, just after the bridge). Tip: You order first and then go sit down, they bring you your meal and you pay afterwards (you do pick up your drink after you have ordered, and when you go to pay it is on an honor system if you've gotten more to drink then one you just tell them then-hope that makes some sense).

We also ordered lunch (take out) from Paradise Café a couple of times (they have a website). Our family seemed to be split right down the middle in regard to reviews – 1/2 liked it, 1/2 did not?. They have a breakfast buffet (which seems to be the only place that serves breakfast on the island side) but we did not try.
There is also a restaurant next to Paradise Café but I am unable to recall the name and I can’t find it on the internet either? (It appears to be somewhat new as google street view still shows it as a vacant lot). If the crowds were to indicate anything then it must be pretty good.. We rode our bikes down there one night to listen to the live music.

Haley’s Ice Cream (serves Hershey IC) best part is sitting on the deck over looking the beach and eatting your ice cream). Haley’s is located by the pier on the island side.

Good sandwiches at Archiblads Deli on Holden Beach Rd (mainland side


I’d heard mixed reviews on Betty’s Waterfront Restaurant. We had no plans to eat there but we did drive by it, and I thought it had closed down from the looks of it. But just as we were leaving I noticed a sign with their daily specials on it?

And finally (I am sure I have forgotten something) but yes, you can go crabbing right under the bridge (just bring a couple of chicken necks with you and some string and you’re good to go). :)

Holden Beach - Seafood & farmers markets?

My family and I just got back from Holden Beach last week lynnlato. I think I can be of some help to you but I am headed out the door in a few minutes (will be back on with more info later)

Draft Beer in Charlotte

If you are ever in the mood for a good selection of imported draft beer I'd suggest Six Pence Restaurant (located in Fort Mill, SC - Baxter Village) just outside of Charlotte, NC.

Here is a link that shows their menu (make sure to check out their drink specials during the week):

Everyday dining for a new Charlotte, NC resident

Sorry for the late reply but I'm not really able to answer your question as I've only eaten there with the new owners in place.

Here's their website: (check out the coupon)

Anywhere to go in Fort Mill, South Carolina?

Hello highheat - depending on where you stay in Fort Mill you might just be surprised on how close FM really is to Charlotte, NC. Now while I mean no disrespect to nomadnc I have to disagree and feel for the size of FM there are quite a few choices (and as I mention above Charlotte will also offer you even more dining options).

Here's a sampling of some of the dining options in Fort Mill (trying to give you a variety of things to choose from - and of course you will also find plenty of fast food chains as well)

Red Bowl Asian Bistro:
Passion 8 Bistro:
McHales Irish Pub:
Captain Steve's:
Fish Market:
Steve & Kellys Grille House
Fort Mill BBQ Company:
Longitude 81:
Towne Tavern:
El Maguey:

A few breakfast choices:
Cracker Barrel (across from Carowinds
)The Station Bar & Grill (located in Tega Cay is now serving breakfast)
Jump N' Java Cafe (Bistro 160 is the catering side of the business)


Everyday dining for a new Charlotte, NC resident

If you don't mind driving just across the stateline you will find several local non-chain lunch/dinner spots. The most recent addition (just opened May 20th, 2009) and already receiving excellent reviews: Fort Mill BBQ.

Everyday dining for a new Charlotte, NC resident

May I suggest that you try Carlo's Cafe in Rock Hill, SC if you are looking to have your Cuban socks knocked off! It is well worth the drive (located in Love's Plaza off Cherry Rd.)

Everyday dining for a new Charlotte, NC resident

Liu Liu's is still there (Baxter - Fort Mill, SC) but it doesn't carry the same rep. as Uncle Liu's once did.