Road Food

OK. You’ve decided to take the old highway down to Florida. And like any true road warrior, you want to know where the good eatin’ is. Not the chain restaurant stuff where everything is just….functional. You want the real stuff…the places that the locals seek out. On this page we compiled a list of our favorites. Every one of these places has been road tested….by us. Some are fancy, some are pretty basic. But all of them are listed here to give the out of the way traveler a chance to experience the local cuisine.

  • Clark’s in Santee, SC is a mainstay of US 301 that has been around since the 1940s. Try the prime rib. Website
  • Just across Lake Marion on old 301 in downtown Summerton is the Summerton Diner. This little roadside cafe has been around since the ’50s and has a great breakfast. Review here
  • Duke’s BBQ, Bamberg, SC is a well known locally operated eatery, famous for Carolina style BBQ. It’s right on 301, just north of town.
  • R and D’s, Sylvania, GA is a small mom and pop diner on 301 just north of town. It’s good road food, if you like home cookin’ style buffets.
  • RJ’s, Statesboro, GA is THE place where the locals go for steak and seafood, as well as Sunday brunch. Don’t take the bypass, it’s right on the business 301 through Statesboro’s downtown. Website
  • Mrs. Rogers, Claxton, GA Another mainstay from the old days. A simple unassuming cafe by the highway that has been serving up buffet style food for many years.
  • Jones Kitchen, on W. Cherry St in downtown Jesup, is famous among the locals for the largest country buffet around! The seating is communal, on long row tables, so you may sit next to folks you don’t even know if they are busy. But, heck, making new friends is part of the fun of traveling, right?
  • Capt. Joe’s, Jesup, GA Excellent place for seafood. There are a few of these scattered around the coastal area of Georgia. Website
  • Okefenokee Restaurant, Folkston, GA has an excellent home style buffet. The locals know!
  • The Brickhouse Restaurant, Folkston, GA , along US 301 on the south end of town, is a small diner we stopped at because we spotted all the locals there; we were not disappointed!
  • Cedar River, Callahan, FL. Another excellent seafood and fish restaurant on 301, housed in an old Stuckey’s.