You know the feeling when you find something really good that’s not well known? That’s kinda how I felt about Charleston before I came to school here. With the canopies of Spanish Moss trees, brick sidewalks, blue skies and it’s perpetual charm. I was reminded of that feeling today, when I pulled off Maybank Highway with my two friends to enjoy some southern comfort food.
The drive to JB’s Smokeshack is scenic, a perfect peek at what the Lowcountry has to offer with its high grasses and visions of blue water. Upon arrival, you step onto a gravel parking lot and make your way towards the haven. You walk in, hand the cashier $9 for an all-you-can-eat buffet and take in the sight of red and white checkered plastic table cloths, famous country singer’s framed autographs singing (pun intended) JB’s praises. Their testimony to how good it is was put to the test, and the singers were right.
Take a cup full of ice off the counter. Fill it up with Sweet Tea. Grab a plate, and go down the buffet line. They have everything from collard greens, mac & cheese, green beans, corn fritters, fried chicken, okra, to a special meat of the day. The food is wonderfully flavorful and just makes the recipes seem “famous” and as if the recipe had been passed down for generations. It doesn’t stop there, you can go back for seconds…just don’t forget to get a new plate.
While enjoying a meal and listening to pop country music, make sure you indulge in their homemade sauces. Also, don’t forget to go back for dessert.
JB’s Smokehouse is a gem. You truly feel as if it’s an escape from the peninsula to get some quality southern cuisine.
Person I would take as my date: My dad