Esquire.com named Hite’s in West Columbia among the top 15 longtime barbecue restaurants in the U.S. What's yours?
ARCHIVES: Eaton Wright on SC Bar-B-QueOriginally published on: 08/25/2006
Every few years, my friends and I get into a friendly debate about who serves the best barbecue around the Midlands. This year, it started on the way to do a bit of antiquing off U.S. 76 near Clinton.
We had passed a couple of barbecue spots and began to wonder whether any could hold a candle to our Columbia favorites (Big T's, Little Pigs and Doc's).
We decided to take a sampling of some of the more interesting spots along our route. The ground rules were simple: Order at least a half-pound of chopped/pulled meat at each location, some ribs or chicken if available, a bit of hash and/or any other side item that looked good.
We would take everything back to the house for supper and rate the food on a scale from 1 to 5. The higher the score, the better the 'cue.
By the way, I'd advise anyone duplicating this journey to pack a cooler in the back of the car. I never travel without one because I just never know when I'll need it.
Here's a summary of the opinions of six hungry folks over the course of two weekends.
25548 U.S. 76, Clinton (almost equal distance between Clinton and Newberry); (803) 276-6699
Cannon's BBQ & More
1903 Nursery Road, Little Mountain (intersection of U.S. 76 and Nursery Road, just past Little Mountain); (803) 945-1080
2508 Augusta Highway, Lexington; (803) 356-8284
204 Dreher Road, West Columbia; (803) 794-4120