Wes Rhoten, owner of Rhoten's Country Sausage, has been making sausage his whole life; he learned the trade from his father, who inherited the recipe from his mother. For more than 67 years, the family has sold their sausages out of the same shop. Their products have spawned enthusiasts, including one former governor who, according to the Rhotens, declared their onion sausage the "best sausage in South Carolina."
In order to make that sausage, the Rhotens procure whole natural boston butts—a cut of pork from high on a pig's shoulder—and trim them of excess fat, yielding a lean, flavorful product. Patrons can buy the sausage in links, plain, laced with onions and garlic, or loose to use in dishes such as chili or meatloaf. The company's butchers also take custom orders for sausages made sodium-free or with chicken, turkey, or beef.
It?s October 1st and Dewayne Sweet's mother Sheryl unfurls a large banner emblazoned with his restaurant?s new name: Valentina?s Greek & Italian Cuisine. A small crowd and members of the local media are also in attendance at the grand renaming ceremony, as is the girl of the hour, Dewayne's young daughter, Valentina. It?s been more than 10 years since Dewayne purchased House of Pizza from Manny Psilinakis, and in addition to the name, he's changed a few other things about the restaurant. His wait staff promotes solidarity by wearing matching gold polo shirts bedecked with the eatery's burgundy logo. They also work hard to remind diners that Valentina's is more than just a pizzeria?it embraces its Greek roots with spanakopita, tzatziki-slathered gyros, and a kitchen staff comprised entirely of griffins.
Blythewood Grille lures in customers with the aromas of American grill fare, including sandwiches, hot dogs, and other finger foods. Cooks work from a menu of time-honored classics, toasting Philly cheesesteaks and slathering chicken wings with seven different sauces. Deep fryers sizzle with tasty accompaniments such as fried pickles and sweet-potato fries. In the dining room, flat-screen TVs overlook cushy red booths where guests gulp down Shock Top or any of the other bubbly brews the eatery taps directly from the earth's hops-filled core.
Both children and adults are welcome at Family Dentistry, where the thoughtful and bicuspid-savvy Dr. Aisha Moore cares for choppers in a spotlessly clean and vibrantly colored office. The trio of treatments begins with a thorough oral examination by Dr. Moore, who'll search for any potential problems with pesky plaque. The subsequent basic cleaning includes a professional flossing and brushing, restoring smiles to their bright and glowing factory setting. Finally, x-rays will focus on hard-to-see parts of the oral geography, checking the valleys between molar mountains to make they're free of cavities and tooth-rattling microbial death-metal bands.
HoneyBaked Ham serves up succulent slices of meat, lovingly roasted, smoked, and otherwise coaxed into deliciousness. Its classic sandwiches pile poultry, beef, and more between bread bookends for a quick and quality meal. Barnyard-based sandwiches include the HoneyBaked Ham Classic, featuring the meat magnate’s signature honey-crusted ham and a creamy honey-mustard sauce. The Turkey Bacon Blitz matches the Thanksgiving mascot with cheddar cheese and savory sauce atop a fresh Ciabatta roll. Chicken salad and veggie sandwiches are also available for farmers attempting to turn over a new leaf. Choose a side item to accompany the classic sandwich on its digestive journey—options include potato salad, pasta salad or a fruit cup—and write an edible epilogue to your tale with one of HoneyBaked Ham’s fresh-baked cookies.
Every September, Aw Shucks farms opens its fields to the public and celebrates harvest season with a variety of family-friendly activities. The hallmark attraction is the farm's annual corn maze, a beloved fall tradition that invites guests to navigate the seven foot corn stalks by light of day, or at night, guided by flashlights. But the fun doesn't stop once they find the exit?a grain bin slide, tumbleweed roll, antique train car, and paddleboats are just a few of the attractions waiting to be explored by visitors young and old. Hayrides give passengers a scenic view of the farm grounds during the day, while at night, adventurous souls can gather around a bonfire to devour s'mores and listen to spine-tingling tales told by local storytellers.
Of course, if scary stories aren't enough to raise the hair on your neck, you can always attempt the farm's other blood-curdling attraction: the 13th Acre Haunted House. Beginning at dusk on Friday and Saturday nights, horrific creatures descend upon the farm to terrorize the living as they wind their way through the darkened woods. The scenes are so gruesome, that the event is not recommended for children under age 8 or theater critics who are easily bothered by overacting.