Restaurant Week stretches across the state

Executive Chef Steven Lusby made a Sweet Tea Grilled Pork Chop at 82 Queen for Charleston Restaurant Week in 2013. Grace Beahm/Staff

For diners who've eaten their way through Charleston Restaurant Week's top menus, this month might present an occasion for a road trip.

Under the auspices of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, restaurants across the state will offer promotional prix-fixe dinners from Jan. 8-18. Although Charleston restaurants dominate the list of restaurants participating in the event, now in its fifth year, highly-rated restaurants in Columbia and Greenville are also preparing three-course menus.

Restaurants located beyond big city limits are on the participant list too. According to association spokeswoman Katie Montgomery, restaurants in Loris, Florence, Ridge Spring and Belton are already signed up for Restaurant Week South Carolina, and she anticipates further additions in the coming week.

"Restaurant Week South Carolina offers a great opportunity for diners to not only take advantage of tremendous deals at their favorite restaurants locally, but also a chance to go out and explore all South Carolina's culinary scene has to offer," Montgomery says. "From Charleston to Greenville, Beaufort to Rock Hill, and all points in between, diners can savor world-class cuisine at greatly reduced prices."

Most restaurants offer three courses for $30, although deals vary by restaurant. For a complete list of participants statewide, visit restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com. Or, if you're looking for Charleston-specific details, check out the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association's website.