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A visit to South Carolina: Lexington & Charleston

Chris VR | Aug 17, 201501:02 PM     2

Just got back from a visit to Lexington, SC. My in-laws just moved to the south shore of Lake Murray, so we were looking for some food options that would keep everyone happy. They are pretty basic eaters and I have a very picky kid so I didn’t suggest a few that looked interesting to me (Mr Friendlys, Keg Cowboy). Here are a few thoughts on our food:

http://libbysoflexington.com/
Very nice server. Not a huge menu but we all found something we liked. My picky kid was happy with mozzarella sticks and pizza. The more adventurous kid liked the loaded french fries and didn’t have much room left for the Carolina Reuben (turkey, bacon, swiss, coleslaw) but she liked what she was able to eat. The hand cut fries were a bit on the limp side. I had a special of pasta with chicken, spinach, sundreied tomato goat cheese and maybe a few other things. I liked it but wasn’t blown away. Others were happy with Philly Steak Sub, burger and the recommended Folly Beach fried shrimp. It was fairly quiet when we arrived at ~5:30 but packed with a line waiting at 7pm. Inlaws were really pleased with this one.

http://www.thepompeiioven.com
Previous recommended here under another business name (which I can’t remember right now), it’s The Pompeii Oven now, located in Irmo. Our server was lovely and the owner introduced himself. He seems to be doing what he loves and it shows in the food. The menu is limited to a few salads and a number of different 12 inch Neapolitian style pizzas. The crust was a bit less charred than I think is traditional but that was fine with me since I don’t like charred crust. I think the pizzas are the right size for 2 moderate eaters to split, although if you come with a big appetite, you’ll probably finish most or all of one pie.

I was nervous that my picky FIL was going to hate it since there was a lot of “weird” options but his basic margherita (hold the basil!) couldn’t have been that bad... he finished the whole pie. My picky son was ecstatic that for once in his life he could order a pizza straight from the menu: their Marinara pizza was just sauce, oregano and garlic, no cheese. Just how he likes it, and he ate it all. The rest of us shared a few pies: Whip Cream had no red sauce, with a sweet whipped cream & cheese sauce, topped with a fairly spicy italian sausage and a sprinkling of black pepper. An interesting mix of sweet & spicy but not a favorite. Prosciutto & Fig was a bit sweeter than I’m used to with this pie, and less arugula, but that was fine with me since I hate wading through an entire salad on top of a pizza. Meatball (hold the onion and basil) was very nice, the meatballs were homemade and had a really nice flavor to them. The favorite was the bacon & blueberry pie. The only drawback is prices are a bit high, it came out to ~$100 for 6 pies and soft drinks, but we went home with 2 entire pies leftover, and I’d rather patronize a place that is willing to make great food and charge for it than go to a place that cuts corners and prices more affordably.

Fatz Cafe
This is a chain and not really that worth mentioning. We needed something that would work for everyone and it was OK. Oddly sweet dinner rolls, everyone’s meals were pretty salty, even my MIL who loves salt thought so. I suspect my combo of “Calabash Chicken” and popcorn shrimp sat in the pass for a bit because it wasn’t that hot, and the crispy coating was fairly soggy by the time it was served to me.

I wanted to try The Backyard Cafe (http://www.thebackyardcafe.com) but the timing didn’t work out.

If you’ve got anyplace else to recommend in this area, please let me know. Thanks!

We escaped for a weekend to Charleston, and I haven't written it up yet, but will post back here when I do.

Keg Cowboy Bar & Restaurant
Pompeii Oven
The Backyard Cafe'
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