South Carolina Welcomes Travelers with Grits, Pastries and More

It's time for "Grits Stop" again in South Carolina.

No, I don't mean to stop eating grits. I mean stop and eat some grits.

That is, if you're traveling down I-77 in Fort Mill on Friday, May 14 from 9 am to 12 noon, during National Travel and Tourism Week. That's when York County tourism will partner with Rock Hill/York County Convention Bureau, Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Recreation, the Olde English District and the Fort Mill Welcome Center (what a mouthful!) to serve up a heapin' helpin' of grits.

If you've never eaten grits before, come with an open mind. If you love grits, come with an appetite because a variety of seasonings and toppings will be offered, along with side dishes and pastries. As a bonus you'll be greeted in style by costumed characters from local attractions.

Out-of-towners, if you're hesitant to eat grits I implore you to try them. Put on a dab of butter, sprinkle on some cheese, salt and pepper them if you will, but just take a taste. Eating grits in the south is as normal as apple pie. When I was growing up they had to be cooked on the stove, but now instant grits can be zapped in the microwave in just one minute. In addition to regular grits, butter, cheddar cheese, country ham and bacon flavors are available.

But if you really, really like grits, drive down to the Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina. Not only will you get grits in this establishment that has been heralded in The New York Times, Gourmet magazine (which stopped publishing in 2009), and Garden and Gun, but you'll get omelets, fried green tomatoes, pinto bean cakes, chicken, steaks and fish–to name just a few of the available dishes.

But don't forget to whet your appetite at the Grits Stop at the Fort Mill Welcome Center on Friday. I have to go now, my grits are getting cold.