Food in Sumter, SC

By Barbara Biehler on May 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Hungry diners in Sumter don’t need to look far for great food choices. Sumter offers a wide variety of restaurants with something to please every palate. 

Cafés, Diners and Delis

Café on Main features a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts. Order Hugh’s shrimp and grits or the grilled pastrami and Swiss melt with a cup of Low Country gumbo. Menus change weekly, so there’s always something new to try.

A combination of café and a bakery, Baker’s Sweets features a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods, such as red velvet cake, turtle cheesecake, cinnamon rolls and much more.

Stop at Guignard Diner and try the homemade fried chicken or beef stew, or drop by Mary Ann’s Deli and order from a menu filled with sandwiches, subs and tasty salads.  

All-American Hot Dogs and International Cuisine

Duncan Dogs specializes in a classic, All-American favorite: hot dogs. Chili dogs, kraut dogs, Chicago-style dogs and spicy sausage dogs can all be found at Duncan, along with a variety of sides and homemade desserts. Rascal’s adds a list of signature salads, sandwiches and burgers to its extensive hot dog menu. Not a meat eater? Try Rascal’s veggie burger, with a choice of more than 20 different toppings.

If you’re in the mood for something south-of-the-border, stop at Angel’s Mexican Restaurant for some freshly prepared fajitas, enchiladas or burritos. Angel’s offers a wide selection of Mexican menu favorites at two convenient Sumter locations.

Go to Kobe Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar for flavorsome Far East favorites. Enjoy one of Kobe’s freshly prepared sushi selections or order from the extensive menu of dishes cooked on traditional Japanese hibachi grills.

Fine Dining

There’s no need to travel to a big city to enjoy upscale food. Two fine dining establishments are located right here in Sumter. The Imperial, an 11,000-square-foot building with luxurious leather booths, rich wooden trim and an intimate lounge area, serves a mix of sumptuous dishes, including oysters Rockefeller, fresh jumbo crab cakes, filet mignon and slow-roasted prime rib. The Imperial also features a fresh seafood buffet every Friday night and live music events on the weekends throughout the year.

Offering a seasonally inspired menu made with fresh local ingredients, Hamptons serves a variety of decadent selections, including sautéed Carolina shrimp with fettuccine, pan-seared Peking duck, beef tenderloin and more. Enjoy your meal in the plush indoor dining room or casually dine outdoors in the Alley Way, a cozy courtyard-style dining area with a stone fireplace that features live music performances each weekend.

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