Here in South Carolina, one thing is for sure: we know peaches. Whether fresh off the tree or blended into rich ice cream, Columbia SC brings this fruit into ever dish we can in the summer months. To celebrate National Eat a Peach day, we’ve rounded up some of the best spots around Columbia SC to enjoy this seasonal stone fruit.
Sip a Peach
Raise a glass to this South Carolina staple at breweries around Columbia. While it’s technically not “eating a peach,” we’ll let these peachy libations pass as a proper celebration of this sweet, juicy day. The Angry Fish in Lexington pours the Gilbert Peach, an American Wheat infused with 2 lbs. of tree-ripened peaches per gallon of beer. For a downtown stone fruit brew, head to Columbia Craft for the Stuck in Port, a peach coconut sour.
If we say soup, you probably don’t immediately think of peaches. However, Hampton Street Vineyard’s Peach Coconut Gazpacho is the perfectly refreshing dish you need to get through these hot Columbia SC days. If cold soup isn’t your thing, we get it. Head to the BLD Diner in Forest Acres for their Heirloom Peach and Cucumber Salad.
The Main Course
Sweet South Carolina peaches complement a savory main course at Terra in West Columbia. Their Grilled Carolina Heritage Farms Pork Chop is served alongside Grilled Country Ham Wrapped Peaches, Sugar Snap Peas, Peanuts, Bourbon Jus. Talk about a match made in heaven. In the Northeast, Solstice is topping their Grilled Salmon and Grits with a peach mustard chutney that is sure to satisfy your Southern peach tooth.
There are more than a few ways to incorporate peaches into a dessert, and peach cobbler is a classic that can’t be beat. Both Doc's Barbeque and Southern Buffet and City Limits Q serve up a peach cobbler just like grandma used to make it. Top this comforting classic with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the perfect end to National Eat a Peach Day.
Peach season only comes around once a year, so grab these dishes while you still can.