If you share the idea that, with a god BBQ place, there is an inverse relationship between the condition and appeal of the building with the food that's served inside, drop by the Palmetto Pig, located just blocks from the Univ. of South Carolina campus. Certainly not much to say about the façade of this anonymous low-slung building set among an industrial area that's seen better times, but the food inside is worth the visit.
My son and I, traveling the South in April touring colleges, found this place recommended by everyone among our hotel's staff, and by several people on campus. Stopping by for a late lunch, we feasted on BBQ, with our choice of sauces, green beans cooked beyond their will to live, and macaroni. A pitcher of sweet tea adorned each table.
I quizzed two USC students who were finishing their meal, and were surprised to learn that, for one, a senior, this was his first visit. "They have strange hours" was his only explanation for not having experienced the place earlier in his college career. Indeed, it was common knowledge among those we spoke with in Columbia that BBQ places there keep odd hours, with many closed on Monday, just like European museums.
Should my son choose to attend USC, I'm certain my family will make this place a regular stop.
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