Outside the City Limits: Savory Summerville

Take a drive down towards Charleston and stop in Summerville, SC for antique shopping, historic buildings and homes, lovely shaded parks with outdoor sculpture and definitely try one of their many restaurants.  Here are 2 we would like to recommend:

Eclectic Chef

125 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC  | 843.821.773
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Visit this culinary destination nestled in the heart of Historic Downtown Summerville.  The quaint European-style café offers an “eclectic” and unique selection of sandwiches, paninis, quesadillas, wraps, as well as the freshest salads, soups, and desserts.  Try one of their 11 tasty fresh salads such as their Eclectic Cobb or Summertime Blues Salad.  Also enjoy an incredible variety of sandwiches, paninis, quesadillas, and wraps.  Start off with the Blackened Salmon BLT, which features seared salmon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, bacon, and pesto, served open-faced on parmesan crusted ciabatta.  Or try the delicious Chicken Avocado Panini, with roasted chicken, roasted red peppers, red onion, mozzarella, mixed greens, and roasted red pepper pesto mayo. Yum!  If you just can’t decide between all of these tantalizing choices, then Eclectic Chef can help!  You can get their Pick Two Combo, which allows you to pick two of the following:  A Whole Sandwich, Cup of Soup, or 1/2 Salad.

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Plus, if you want to eat at home but don’t have time to cook, Gourmet-to-Go allows you to choose from a wide variety of items from their succulent Low Country Shrimp & Grits to their creamy Chicken Pot Pie.


Yelp Reviews:
Print“If you’re looking for a truly tasty place in the heart of historic Summerville, this is where you want to be.  The menu is wonderful, the food is always fresh and home made, the service is quite good, and the prices are great. They have fabulous entree items to go, their cold salads are out of this world, and they even prepare for a crowd on little notice. Ask about catering, too!  Whether I dine inside, or out on the old cobblestone street, The Eclectic Chef is always one of my favorite places.” – Tina D.

“My family and I probably go here way too much, but we just love the quality and convenience. Summerville has become over-saturated with fast food and chain restaurants. It’s so refreshing to eat at a local restaurant! The food is always excellent and you can’t beat the price point. I’d recommend almost anything on the menu, but our favorites include: the cool ranch chicken sandwich, almost any wrap or salad, and their chili. Their sweet tea bar is so good as well. In addition to their daily baked sweets and treats!” – Stephanie J.


Mon-Sat 9am-4pm

Matt’s Burgers

102 S Cedar St # B, Summerville, SC 29483  | 843.821.1911
Matt's Burgers--food2This old-school spot offers amazing classic & specialty burgers, chili, fries, and other comfort fare. Try the Chili Sausage Cheeseburger, smothered in 8oz. of chili & topped with American & Hot Pepper Cheese, mustard, pickles, and fried onions. Also try Matt’s award-winning homemade chili and his homemade coleslaw!  It just doesn’t get better than this. Enjoy the Southwest Chicken Special, featuring grilled chicken, onion & tomato, served over pasta, covered with American & hot pepper cheese, among tons of other choices of sandwiches, hamburger steaks, delicious burgers, and much more!

Google Reviews:

Matt's Burgers--Logo“I love your bacon cheeseburger so much. I love the way you’re always greeted with a smile and the wait is not long. One of the best places I have ever been to. Thank you so much for a great meal. ”  – Tiffannie R.

“Amazing chili, inexpensive great tasting food, free WiFi, military discount… It doesn’t get any better! I absolutely love this place. It is worth every penny in gas getting here and in the restaurant. I would recommend this place to anyone.”  – Cameron F.


Tues 11am-3pm; Wed-Sat 11am-8:30pm

Outside the City Limits: Summerville

Fabulous Food and Drink in One of South Carolina’s Most Charming Towns

Just 1.5 hours from Columbia, Summerville can be the place to stop for dinner on the way home from the beach or a destination itself with its shopping, parks and festivals.  Try one of these foodie-pleasers!

Montreux Bar and Grill

127 West Richardson Ave., Summerville, SC 29483 | 843.261.1200 Montreux Bar and Grill

Visit this bar and grill if you find yourself in Summerville — your taste buds won’t forget it. They have a burger menu, a beer menu, and a general menu that offer the tastiest of items, along with variety unlike any other. Start off with their 1/2 lb Spicy Peel and Eat Shrimp appetizer or their Jumbo Wings appetizer and then dive into their amazing tacos (fish, shrimp, smoked chicken, beef or pork!), chicken salad sandwich or their Montreux Wrap that is made with grilled chicken breast, bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing, and is served with potato chips and a pickle! Plus, their beer menu is a.m.a.z.i.n.g (meaning it’s large!) – IPA, Lager, Ale, Wheat/Hefewizen, Porter, Cider, + Draft. So many delicious choices, plus they have fun events and specials:

Sat/Sun Brunch (11am – 3pm): $2 Bloody Mary Bar / Build your own…. and $2 Mimosas & great food specials!
Tuesday Trivia/ $2 Tacos Night (5-10pm): Trivia starts at 8pm and their delicious tacos are waiting for you to devour them
-Wednesday (5-10pm): $6 burger night!
Thursday Game Night (9pm): Join them for game night every Thursday!

Montreux Bar and GrillLIVE MUSIC:

Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday at 10pm, Friday at 6pm & 10pm, and Saturday at 10pm

Google Reviews: 

“This is not just the average bar. Great place to hang out and chill, leather sofas and dark and cozy, kinda that French Quarter feel. The food is not your average bar food either! The food is right on, killer Fish tacos and mouth-watering burgers that are spot on. Nice selection of beers on Tap for the draught lovers. From what I hear from friends, this is the place to be for Sunday Brunch- made to order omelets, benedicts, bloody maries.. You have to try it! We did, we loved it!” – Google User

“This place is great. This pub could hold its own no matter the city. Try the smoked chicken sandwich or chicken Kabobs. Awesome people.” – Tamim


Monday – Sunday: 11am – 2am


Oscar's Steak Salad

Grilled Sirloin Salad — Spring Mix, Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Tomatoes, Crispy Potatoes & Tobacco Onions

207 W 5th N Street, Summerville, SC 29483 | 843.871.3800 

Offering both a lunch menu and a dinner menu, this fine establishment serves only delicious, hearty dishes. From the grill enjoy their 12oz Ribeye or their 8oz Sirloin, their Seared Salmon (fresh salmon filet, fried oysters, wilted spinach, fried potato stack & Dill Beurre Blanc) or their Goat Cheese Ravioli (vodka cream sauce, asparagus, artichoke hearts, toasted pecans & parmesan cheese).

Google Reviews:

“Best restaurant in Summerville. …Service is great. The steak is phenomenal. Don’t leave town until you’ve been here.” – Nick

“My husband and I just went for the first time and it was amazing. It is literally the best food I’ve EVER had, no exaggeration. The service was fantastic & the food was just as mind-blowing. Tammy, our waitress, and the quality of the food in combination with the fine dining atmosphere made this the best dining experience I’ve ever had. I had the salmon & oysters & highly recommend it. We’ll definitely be back.” – Saneva


Closed Sundays. Open 11AM – 10PM other days.

Outside the City Limits: Savory Summerville

Summerville is the savory sort, folks! A 90 minute drive for supper is nothing short of normal for many around Columbia who crave to get out of the city and head out on a day trip looking for adventure. This gem of a town is also on the way to Charleston, so you could even stop in here on the way to or from. Lengths are taken for savory, healthy, fun food, so this is us encouraging you to get Outside the City Limits and try something new!

Five Loaves Cafe

214 N Cedar St, Summerville, SC 29483 | 843.804.9410Five Loaves Cafe


Every day, Five Loaves Cafe is partnering with local purveyors and makers of food, wine and beer to bring you the best of the best. They also work with local farms to provide fresh vegetables (just view image on right – does that look fresh and mouthwatering or what?) They only serve antibiotic-free chicken and turkey raised in the Carolina’s, plus you’ll find only hormone-free and pasture-raised beef. The veggies are fresh, the meat is even better, and their take out food and drink containers are biodegradable and made from recycled materials. Every detail that goes into making your food is important to them. You are sure to have a delectable dining (or take out) experience.

Click here to view their lunch menu and click here to view their dinner menu.

They serve half priced wine bottles every Wednesday and Saturday Night 5PM until close! Don’t miss these delicious dishes because in 2016 it’s time to set your taste buds ablaze.

Google Reviews:

“My kinda place. So cute inside. Loved the mason jar glasses. I loved how it was very fresh, clean, and trendy but still SOUTHERN. I went there for lunch and had the smoked salmon salad and thai eggplant wrap. I will definitely be going back. ” – Em

“We were looking for a local place to eat (not a chain) we found Five Loaves on the web. We decided to try it. So glad we did. They have a daily special which is continually changing. We tried the pork tacos as an appetizer. So good with green tomatoes. We had the yellow fin and the shrimp. Both were fresh that day and outstanding , very flavorful and the presentation was very appetizing. Service was great. Very friendly. The owner came out and talked with us. Loved it so much we went back a couple of days later for lunch. Best sweet tea I have ever tasted. This is THE place not to miss in Summerville.” – Patricia

Monday – Thursday

Lunch 11:00am – 5:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday – Saturday

Lunch 11:00am – 5:00pm
Dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm


Brunch 10:00am – 3:00pm
Dinner 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Ice House

104 E Doty Ave, Summerville, SC 29483 | 843.261.0360 

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Icehouse’s Monets Apple Pie Martini

Have you visited the only neighborhood tavern in Summerville yet, Foodies? If not – it’s time to hop in the car and take a little day trip to this savory destination. Click here to visit their Facebook page where they regularly update their menu and see what the ICE HOUSE is all about. They offer indoor and outdoor seating, so if it is a beautiful day then you will be set.

Google Reviews:

“Loved this restaurant, from the historical charm to the wonderful food! The Cajun pasta and the peanut butter & chocolate cake are amazing!! The staff was very nice and helpful! I would definitely come back!” – Julie
“This place is a hidden treasure in Summerville. This was our first time eating here. My wife and I were very impressed by the food quality, service is good also. The interior of the restaurant is very relaxing as well. We arrived 30 minutes before the evening crowd rolled in so we were just about done with our meals when we noticed a two man band arriving. We will definitely be back.” – John
“Husband had short ribs with mashed potatoes and I had filet mignon with blue cheese butter. Over the top-perfect. Price was reasonable for two with dessert at $45.00. Guitar player on Friday night made his guitar “sing.” We did not want to leave. Service was spot on-not too fussy but there when the drinks were empty with refills. Old world charm of the building and the comfy bench seats were nice touches to make you feel comfortable but yet very homey as well.” – Angela
Monday – Sunday: 11:00am – 2:00am

Outside the City Limits: Summerville SC

Savory Summerville

Around 45,000 people live in the quaint town of Summerville. You might know Summerville as the place that you pass by on the way to Charleston, but it’s truly a little gem of a town and it’s time to start stopping here. Summerville’s food scene is delicious and different than Columbia’s, so get outside the city limits and discover Summerville. Here are two restaurant suggestions that are actually located in the same building – one is roasting coffee and one is brewing beer, so imagine the aroma and the options, Foodies!

Coastal Coffee Roasters Coastal Coffee Roasters

108 East 3rd Street, Summerville, SC 29483 | 843.376.4559

Micro roasting specialty coffees since 2010, Coastal Coffee Roasters, is located in Downtown Summerville and is begging you to stop in because life is to short for bad coffee. They serve breakfast, lunch, coffee!, desserts, handcrafted sodas, beer, wine and tea, so the big question is have you tried any of their amazing concoctions yet? Leave the city for a little while and head to Summerville, though you can also have them ship you their amazing coffee from the comfort of your couch!

Coastal Coffee Roasters Rwanda

Rwanda Coffee

Their process for roasting coffee is simple: They believe in small batch roasts that offer the most control over the innumerable variables coinciding with roasting coffee. Each container of green beans from around the world is carefully hand separated to ensure uniformity in the bean. They then roast each batch of coffee as you need it, which means that your coffee is shipped to you almost immediately so that you have the opportunity to enjoy the same fresh roast taste we get to enjoy everyday. You wanted to order from them without leaving the comfort of your couch? No problem! Click here to view their kinds & then choose your grind (whole bean, french press, paper filter, espresso) and the number of lbs you need (.13lbs, .75lbs, 1 lbs, 2 lbs, & 5lbs) – it’s made to be easy. Enjoy!

Visit their website here for more information.


Mon – Weds: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thurs – Sat: 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Oak Road Brewery

108 East 3rd North Street, Summerville, SC | 843.695.9886Oak Road Brewery

Summerville got it’s FIRST Brewery, folks! Oak Road Brewery’s focus is craft beer and they are a brewery first and foremost, as they create their craft beers for distribution. Oak Road Brewery does beer so well that this is all they do. Currently they have 6 beers on tap and they are always rotating the tastes and flavor profiles. Oak Road Brewery was founded by some dudes who love craft beer and everything that goes along with it and it just so happens to be housed in the same building as Coastal Coffee Roasters! They offer food from Coastal Coffee Roasters cafe if beer is not your fancy you can get another beverage (like wine!) at Coastal and still enjoy the brewery vibe at Oak Road.

Oak Road BreweryOak Road Brewery is quickly becoming known for their hand-crafted from scratch beers, so hop in the car (or your private jet) and head to Summerville to try out Oak Road Brewery for beer that you won’t find here in Columbia. It’s that good.

Visit their Facebook page here for more information.


Wednesday: 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday: 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Outside the City Limits

Savory Summerville

Continental Corner

42 years of providing immeasurable quality customer and culinary service, the Corner is well known for their wide selection of unique and flavorful Greek dinners and lunches, available for dine in or take out. Click here to see their dinner menu!

  • Charbroiled Chicken “Riganato”
    • Boneless/skinless chicken with olive oil, lemon and oregano Continental Corner
  • Sliced Lamb
    • Slowly baked with lemon and oregano
  • Sliced Gyro
    • With tomato, onions and cream dressing

This place serves the best Greek food in Summerville, but don’t just believe us…..

Here’s what some of their customers had to say:

“We love this place. The food is delicious and not pricey at all. Great alternative to chain restaurants in the area. So much better! The inside is a bit small so sometimes there is a slight wait for a table, but don’t let that stop you. It is worth it!” 5 out of 5 stars | Trip Advisor

“Delicious food. The seasonings are authentic and remind me of my time in Greece. Try the Greek Potatoes.” 5 out of 5 stars | Trip Advisor

“I come to the continental corner every week. I love their chicken topped greek salad. The gyros & hummus are also delicious. They make the best ice tea in town! The wait staff is excellent. For dinners I love the lamb, pork & seafood. The pasta salad & Greek style potatoes are wonderful. I’ve never had a bad meal here. I know they have a lot of repeat customers & I am one.” 5 out of 5 stars | Trip Advisor

“This place has been here for years. It is owned by the son of the founders. The son happens to be an Orthodox Priest. The Greek food is not totally Americanized but more authentic.” 4 out of 5 stars | Trip Advisor

Continental’s Corners Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday Brunch  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

123 W Richardson Ave, Summerville, SC 29483 | 843.871.1160 | Click here for website

Perfectly Franks

Featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”!  Want to enjoy gourmet hot dogs with a large side of tradition? If yes, then this is the place for you. Perfectly Franks is known far and wide for their original toppings galore and casual, friendly atmosphere, so stop in and enjoy!  A few of their famous franks include: 

Frank Morgan: with a really cheesy mac and cheese Mouth Watering Hot Dog with onions, tomatoes
Frank Coney: topped with chili, yellow mustard and onions
Frank Bruno: topped with their homemade Pimento cheese
-Frank Thomas (Chicago): Yellow mustard, tomatoes, sweet pickle relish, Kraut, sport peppers, onions and celery seed
Frankie B: Grilled bologna, melted cheddar, strawberry jam & a touch of bacon mayo
Frank ZAPPA: a really good “veggie” dog made your way
-Frank Cuda (BAMA): Chili, cheese, bleu cheese slaw, bacon and crispy onions

Click here to see their full menu that includes even more Franks (yes, seriously…many more!!!).

They have had a long time to perfect their food and now it’s as mouthwatering and fulfilling as ever. To be perfectly frank they serve amazing gourmet hot dogs, but also hamburgers, tacos, yummy sides of fries and onion rings, sandwiches,…you name it!

Foodies, check out their Facebook page here for updated specials as every Tuesday they’ll choose 2 popular hot dogs that will be available all day for only $2.00! Don’t worry every Tuesday, the 2 hotdogs will be different, so favorites are guaranteed to show up. Hop in the car and enjoy this super sweet deal if you’re free on Tuesdays! 

Perfectly Franks

“Frank The Dip”! A hot dog topped with homemade artichoke dip, grilled onions, and bacon — served with a side of seasoned tots.

Here’s what some of their customers had to say:

“They have hotdogs any and every way you can think of — my favorite is the one with pimiento cheese on it — super yummy. The sweet potato fries are definitely worth the fried food calories!” 4 out of 5 stars | Trip Advisor

“Featured on Diners, Drive ins and Dives…awesome hot dogs, tons of interesting varieties, awesome fries.” 5 out of 5 stars | Trip Advisor

“We stopped by on the way to Charleston, not knowing anything about the place. We were pleasantly surprised. I had the Cuban dog (pulled pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese, and spicy mustard) and it was fantastic. Would definitely go back.” 4 out of 5 stars | Trip Advisor

Perfectly Franks Hours:

Monday – Saturday 11:15AM – 8:30PM

118 N Main Street, Summerville, SC 29483 | 843-871-9730 | Click here for Website

Outside the City Limits

This is a brand new, fresh Foodie News feature!  Who hasn’t wanted to take a beautiful drive through the South Carolina countryside and wind up at an amazing restaurant for an awesome dining experience!  May we suggest…

Savory Summerville

Eva’s on Maineva's on main restaurant logo

71 years is a long time!  Eva’s on Main St. in Summerville has been serving hungry folks since 1944!  Awesome Southern comfort food is served up every day of the week (open for breakfast and lunch weekdays, brunch on Saturdays and Sundays plus on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner until 8pm). This place is definitely a South Carolina treasure and well worth the ride to Summerville!

Here’s what some of their customers have to say:

“5 of 5 stars
An old-fashioned southern-style gem. Loved the food and the atmosphere. I felt like I stepped back in time. The service was warm, welcoming and attentive. The freshly brewed sweet tea was absolute perfection; smoothly rich… a true taste of the South. I appreciated the fixed menu. The fried chicken was epic. And the greens…slowly simmered in a ham hock…yeow! Every single item we ordered tasted so good…”

eggs benedict at Eva's

Eggs Benedict at Eva’s on Main

““Great little restaurant.
5 of 5 stars
Great small restaurant. Just like eating at Mom’s. Great country food and dessert… Great take out too!””

“Great Southern Home Cooked Lunch
5 of 5 stars
We had lunch at Eva’s and the food was fantastic! The staff working there was great and all in all the food and experience was terrific.”

Eva’s Hours:

Monday and Tuesday from 7 am – 3 pm for breakfast and lunch
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 am – 8 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Saturday and Sunday from 9 am -2 pm for brunch

129 S. Main Street, Summerville, SC | 843-873-5081 | Click here for website

Zest GrillZest Grill logo

An eclectic menu with creative foods served whether at lunch or dinner.  Try their amazing Summerville Chicken and Bacon (chicken tenderloin marinated in cider, panko crusted and pan fried with pecan bacon, ranch dressing, lettuce & tomato on toasted brioche) sandwich for lunch or for dinner try their Blackened Shrimp (pan seared blackened shrimp with collard greens in their bacon cream sauce over mashed potatoes). Beer and wine. Listen in on these customer reviews:

“We had a FANTASTIC meal at Zest! The Lamb was prepared perfect and the tenderloin was out of this world! The atmosphere was laid back with a very warm modern feel. The staff was friendly and fun. A good beer and wine selection along with perfectly cooked food made our experience a 10 out of 10. Can’t wait to go back again!…” -UrbanSpoon Fan

Zest Grill's salad with salmon

Zest Grill’s salad with salmon

“A friend & I visited the first time for lunch & were delighted with the food & service. I had the pork tenderloin grilled cheese with gingered peaches & my friend had the salmon salad. I took my husband for dinner a few nights ago & we were equally pleased. It was hard to choose because everything looked so good but I decided on the rack of lamb & my husband had the special which was Cajun fried chicken with red rice & collard greens. Yum!!!” – Facebook review

Zest Grill’s Hours:

Monday-Wednesday: 11am-10pm
Thursday-Saturday 11am-Midnight+
Sunday: 11-3 for Brunch

100 West Richardson Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483 | 843-875-3770 | Click here for website.