Pecan, Carolina Cider Company
Yemassee, South Carolina
Located just off I-95 between Charleston and Savannah, Jessica and Tristan Lehnert’s roadside shop sells locally made jams, jellies, syrups, relishes, and barbecue sauces. But the pies are what make this place stand out. Local baker Laurel Goodman of Sweet Cakes makes a variety of pies for Jessica and Tristan—ranging from blueberry, peach, and apple to buttermilk and sweet potato. They’re all good, but her pecan version is extraordinary: The buttery texture of the baked pecans pairs nicely with a filling that’s neither too syrupy nor too sweet. Laurel credits the flavor to her use of farm-fresh eggs (from her own chickens) and just-picked pecans from an orchard in Georgia.
81 Charleston Highway; carolinaciderco.com or 888-746-1899