Downtown Sumter Restaurants

By Cyndie Todd on October 12, 2012 at 10:00 am EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Martin Cherry

Tempting culinary choices abound in Sumter’s local restaurant scene. From traditional Southern cuisine to foreign flavors, downtown menus provide a variety that will please any palate.

Southern Cuisine

Chef Jeff Dennis serves up Southern-style cooking with his own Cajun kick at Simply Southern Bistro. From burgers and fries to prime rib to homemade desserts, there’s something for everyone.

Serendipity – nicknamed “The Dip” – is Dee Green’s cafe and catering service. Her "meat-and-three”-style menu offers fresh, homemade traditional dishes, with specialties like Jamaican oxtails and chicken with red velvet waffles.

Cafe on Main chef and owner Hugh B. China calls his breakfast and lunch offerings “food for the soul,” and uses fresh, local, seasonal ingredients as often as possible. The menu changes with the seasons and includes vegetarian and gluten-free choices. China keeps the doors open Friday nights to serve dinner along with live music.

Convenient to the USC Sumter campus, the friendly service at Mary Ann’s Deli dishes up its popular pasta and chicken salads, deli style subs, sandwiches and soups. Call in for quick takeout or order at the counter and seat yourself.

Family Fun Food

At Rascal’s, the only restaurant in Sumter featuring on-site batting cages, diners will find a “family-oriented atmosphere with Christian values.” Its menu is packed with varieties of burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and 39 flavors of scooped ice cream.

Duncan Dogs owners Mia and Monte Duncan - graduates from the Hot Dog University of Chicago – feature Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, homemade desserts, and handspun milkshakes from scooped ice cream.

International Cuisine

International flavors found in Sumter include Angel’s Mexican Restaurant, with traditional Mexican food and margaritas at two locations (downtown and Pike West Road), and Kobe Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar, where highly trained chefs entertain guests by preparing their dinner as they watch at a genuine hibachi grill.

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