We recently took a trip down the road to Florence, South Carolina. While there, our guide, Kathy, took us to a really popular local restaurant, Red Bone Alley. She said it was one of her local favorites and that she visited the restaurant often. After dining there on our first evening in Florence, we certainly understand why she recommended it. I want to come out and say firsthand that this was my personal favorite restaurant of all the ones that we tried while in the Florence, South Carolina area.
— Dawn McAlexander (@TheNewClassy) October 24, 2016
Red Bone Alley Review
Red Bone Alley has been locally owned and operated by Dale Barth since 1993. It is located in what used to be an old J.C. Penney store. Named for the owner’s daughter’s Red Bone Hound Dog, Red Bone Alley offers a completely unique experience in that it caters to both an adult audience and children alike. There is even a children’s area complete with its own ice cream truck! But, the adults can have their own fun with a large variety of tasty meals and alcoholic beverages. They even offer flights of beer for those who would like to sample their unique craft beer selection from Seminar Brewing.
If Mr. Barth was looking for a certain atmosphere, he nailed it. The inside of the restaurant is made up of faux house fronts that resemble those historic homes found in Charleston, South Carolina, where he attended college. This gives Red Bone Alley the feeling of an old southern-charmed restaurant along the Charleston water front. The music and atmosphere, however, make it feel modern. I was right at home there.
So, how about the food? Well, the menu consists of many local dishes as well as some more well-known staples. Appetizers and salads are a big part of the menu to get you started off on the right foot. I will tell you this though: You really don’t need an appetizer at Red Bone Alley. The main courses are huge and offer a lot of food. I am a pretty big eater and I couldn’t finish my meal.
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Dawn ordered the Low Country Shrimp and Grits. She had been wanting this ever since coming to Florence, so there was no way she was going to miss out on the opportunity. She was well satisfied with her order. The grits were near perfect and the shrimp was awesome. It was, of course, too much for her, so we had to box it up.
I ordered the Chicken Pontalba, which is a combination of spicy chicken, potatoes, sausage, mushroom and onions. It was divine! If my poor stomach could have handled it, I would have eaten it all night. Unfortunately, it was a bit too much for me, so I boxed it up and took it back to the hotel, where I finished it later that night.
Without a doubt, if you are ever in Florence and looking for a place to eat, we highly recommend Red Bone Alley. They offer something for every member of the family. Whether you are a kid or an adult, we think that you will love it for sure.
Check out the rest of our pictures from Red Bone Alley on Flickr.