SunnySide Cafe is founded on a locally committed and unique cuisine for breakfast and lunch items. Based on their unique takes on traditional platters, SunnySide has transformed a traditional egg, sausage and cheddar biscuit into a unique dish by serving fried green tomatoes on it. The new twist adds a southern, local taste to the traditional breakfast sandwich. This larger portion is also served with home fries on the side to complete the dish. The sandwich contains organic smoked tempeh bacon, fried green tomatoes, mixed greens, and veganaiise spread on a French roll. With their passion and commitment for fresh foods, SunnySide Café is a spot to hit when searching for a nice mix of local and unique.
Palmetto’s Smokehouse and Oyster Bar
Nestled in the heart of downtown Clemson, Palmetto Smokehouse and Oyster Bar is a popular spot for local dishes. With the focus of cuisine on South Carolina favorites with a hint of Cajun, their menu hits the spot on traditional dishes. A historical dish for the state is fried green tomatoes, and Palmetto’s serves them with a Cajun kick. With the traditional tomatoes being fried in a unique breading, they also are served with pimiento cheese, homemade New Orleans Remoulade sauce and collard greens on the side. The fried green tomatoes are also featured in other dishes on the menu such as their sandwiches. Palmetto’s is a must-try if you’re looking for a local dish with a kick.
Rick Erwin’s Clemson
Located in Clemson’s Patrick Square, Rick Erwin’s is the spot to go for an elegant night of dining. The cuisine ranges from appetizers, steaks, burgers, seafood, and pasta. A raved dish is their fried green tomatoes. They are served with an artistic placement of paprika aioli sauce and pimento cheese. From consistent praises, the fried green tomatoes are fresh, and always fried to perfection. Located a short drive from downtown Clemson in Patrick Square, the dishes served are well worth the trip. If you’re in search for a night on the town with of an elegant vibe and fine dining, Rick Erwin’s is the place to go.
Blue Heron Restaurant and Sushi Bar
The Blue Heron is a traditional American cuisine combined with sushi, seafood, pizza and burgers. Although they have a variety of cuisine options, their influences are local and international. Because of these varying inspirations their cuisines are also non-traditional. A local favorite of fried green tomatoes are served with a different take than usual. The tomatoes are presented with a crispy outside breading and a juicy interior from the fresh vegetable. They are served with balsamic mixed greens, feta cheese, and red pepper aioli. To experience a different take on fried green tomatoes with an international influence, Blue Heron’s are a perfect fit.
Lighthouse Lake Keowee
Located along the banks of Lake Keowee in Seneca, The Lighthouse restaurant is a perfected combination of casual elegance. Their dishes range from salads, appetizers with local ties, seafood, and steak. A locally inspired dish with a slight twist is their fried green tomatoes served with house made jalapeno pimento cheese topped with a balsamic drizzle. The tomatoes are served hot with a crispy exterior layer but preserve the freshness of the vegetable. The jalapeno pimento cheese adds flavor but is not too spicy too handle, it adds to the depth of the dish. To have a taste of a locally inspired dish with a new take, one has to order the fried green tomatoes when dining at The Lighthouse at Lake Keowee.
Aunt Sue’s Country Corner
This local favorite can be found 2 miles east of Table Rock State Park. Housed in a quaint country themed strip of homegrown businesses, Aunt Sue’s restaurant and ice cream parlor is a must for visitors and natives to the area. Aunt Sue’s offers a menu selection of southern themed items, buffets, diners, and sandwiches. Among their many options of cuisine, a local favorite is their fried green tomatoes. A cultural staple item, the fried green tomatoes at Aunt Sue’s meet all of the qualifications for a great dish. Restaurant goers rave about their tomatoes and always return with the mission of having another delicious plate of them. To have a traditional dish served with a local spirit, Aunt Sue’s is a must.
Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe
Located in downtown Seneca, Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe is a historical local eatery. The older restaurant gives the family feel yet welcomes all. It has a new American style cuisine with a large selection of sandwich combinations. Among its various selections for appetizers, sides, and meals, a customer favorite is their fried green tomatoes. They are fried crispy and served with ranch. The infamous fried vegetable is also served on their fried green tomato salad. The meal consists of spinach, purple onion, red ripe tomatoes, and cucumbers topped with blue cheese crumbles and freshly fried green tomatoes. Another dish with the featured item is the B.L.F.G.T. The dish is comprised of bacon, lettuce, fried green tomatoes, and ranch dressing on grilled Texas toast. For a family atmosphere and a variety of fried green tomatoes dishes, one should go to Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe.