I’m Robert Earl Carter, and I absolutely LOVE high school football!! I also love to eat, and with that I like to find the hidden gems of culinary exceptionalism all over our great state when I travel around broadcasting games for the OTS Sports Network. Much like Guy Fieri of the Food Network, I like to find the little dives and diners where the Locals eat, and I try to avoid the chain restaurants. Each week of the high school football season, I will be sharing tips on places fans should try to visit when traveling out of the OTS broadcast area. These are the places you’ll find members of our broadcast teams chowing down on our pregame meals!
Kicking off the 2014 season, we have 3 teams playing road games this week: Rock Hill travels to Blythewood and Clover visits Westside on Friday night, and Fort Mill plays a rare Saturday afternoon game in Lexington at River Bluff against White Knoll (more on that in a moment!).
Let’s begin with the Bearcats in Blythewood: Blythewood is a short trip down I-77 to exit 27. There are a couple of pretty good places between the interstate and the stadium, but be advised you should allow just a little extra time for food prep. If you’re in the mood for pub-style fare (wings, burgers, etc.), stop by Carolina Wings and Ribhouse ( http://www.carolinawings.com) which is on the left between a couple of fast food joints. They have great wings (20+ flavors), awesome BBQ ribs and pulled pork, and for those who like critters that swim they offer catfish and shrimp. Gene Knight, Coach Wallace, and I had a great meal there after the State Championship broadcast last year and the food was outstanding! Across the street in the little strip mall is a little Greek/Italian place called Valentina’s (no website). They have really good pizza, strombollis, calzones, and several good pasta dishes. Italian food seems to take a little longer to prepare than others, so be sure to allow a little extra time, but it’s worth the wait.
The Clover Blue Eagles will be trekking about 2 hours down I-85 to Anderson to face the Westside Rams. This is an easy one: The Pompous Pig (http://www.pompouspig.com) at 3320 N. Main St. in Anderson! They bill it as “BBQ with an Attitude” and it won’t disappoint! From the BBQ Nacho Platter to pulled pork plates and sandwiches, to “Chet’s BBQ Dogs” to the Beef Brisket Rueben there’s something for everyone! The side dishes are the BOMB: baked beans, collard greens, fried okra, and their specialties- macaroni & cheese, and sweet potato casserole! The Pompous Pig is about 3½ miles from the stadium (8-10 minutes), so it’s very convenient and you don’t want to miss it!
The Fort Mill Yellow Jackets will be playing in “The Battle at the Bluff” at River Bluff High School in Lexington County against the White Knoll Timberwolves. River Bluff High School is a beautiful new facility off I-20 Exit 61 that you’ll enjoy visiting, but there isn’t much in the way of restaurants nearby (a Chili’s and a Waffle House); HOWEVER, the Earl won’t let you down! Get off I-20 one exit early (Exit 63- Bush River Rd) and try Wings and Ale (http://www.wingsandalesc.com) right behind the Cracker Barrel for “the Best Wings in the South.” Over 20 flavors of wings, LOADED nachos, burgers, sandwiches, and salads give you a great selection of pregame grub!
Enjoy your game and enjoy your meal!!
Carolina Wings and Ribhouse
240 Blythewood Rd
135 Blythewood Rd.
The Pompous Pig
3320 N. Main St.
Wings and Ale
125 Outlet Point Blvd.