FLORENCE, S.C. – Two states. 319 stops. Countless amounts of fried chicken.
The Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map was released on Thursday, highlighting a wide range of eateries known for their fried chicken dishes, from sit-down restaurants and diners to church dining halls and gas station specials.
The Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map was created by the Every Day Is Adventure map-making team of Charlotte, North Carolina. The map is distributed to retailers and consumers throughout North Carolina and South Carolina and is filled with symbols and information about each restaurant’s most popular fried chicken dish.
The map identifies each eatery’s location, phone number and hours of operation as well as details about how they fry their chicken – oil type, preparation and frying methods. Additional icons on the map identify restaurants that have a drive-thru, cafeteria line or buffet, as well as places that are cash-only or take-out-only.
Of the 319 restaurants featured on the map, seven are in the Pee Dee region in Florence, Darlington and Dillon counties. Three restaurants found on the Great Carolina Fried Chicken Map are in Florence County: Julia Belle’s Restaurant, Lizard’s Thicket and Sunrise Drive-In Restaurant.
Julia Belle’s Restaurant is in the Pee Dee Farmer’s Market at 2513 W. Lucas St. in Florence. The family-owned eatery prides itself on its home-cooked style featuring an indulgent Southern-fried chicken and waffles recipe paired with a sauce made from South Carolina peaches.
Sunrise Drive-In, at 3624 E. Palmetto St. in Florence, serves a “classic, crispy” chicken deep fried in vegetable oil. Nick Kremidas, 20-year owner of Sunrise Drive-In, said the chicken is “traditionally Southern fried” using multiple types of flour and spices.
“The restaurant has been here for 54 years and been…