(CNN)South Carolina will host the "first in the South" Republican primary on Saturday. But every day of the year, it's a great place to eat -- home to a rich culinary culture that few other states can rival.
South Carolina restaurants serve up the recipe for success to candidates
Naturally political candidates have found ways to incorporate the state's grand food traditions into stops on the campaign trail.
From the Upstate to the Columbia suburbs, we asked South Carolina's food experts to weigh in with the ingredients you'd need to make a political events successful.
The Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has been an Upstate institution for decades.
Located about 90 minutes north of Columbia, the staff at the Beacon serves up burgers, fries and sweet tea with a side of sound political advice. The original owner was a good friend of Southern political legend Sen. Strom Thurmond.
Candidates can speak to large crowds of South Carolinians in rooms adorned with photos of the predecessors and -- in some cases -- the competitors that have dropped in before them.
Just outside Columbia, Hudson's Smokehouse in Lexington has been serving up barbeque the way only South Carolina can.
It's so popular in the state that Gov. Nikki Haley uses it as a wager when she bets other governors on things like the outcome of sporting events.
Here, says former Hudson's employee and current Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall, quality time is the name of the game. And it's best spent over a plate of Hudson's signature ribs.