But wait, don’t be fooled by the name.

By Rebecca Angel Baer
March 12, 2019
NEEDTOBREATHE (Photo by Eric Anderson)

Three out of the four members of Southern rock band NeedtoBreathe have South Carolina roots. Brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart are from the tiny town of Possum Kingdom, South Carolina. “Which people think we’re joking when we say, so like 100 people, one stop sign, and a country store, but it was still an amazing place to grow up,” Bear told Southern Living. The Rinehart family moved when the boys were a little older to upstate to the Seneca, Walhalla area of South Carolina in the foothills of the Appalachians where they met future bandmate, Seth Bolt. They all went to church together.

It was here, in Walhalla, where the brothers Rinehart discovered their favorite restaurant—The Walhalla Steakhouse Cafeteria. But hold on, there is a trick in that name.

Facebook/Walhalla Steakhouse Cafeteria

“They do not serve steak in there. It’s a fried chicken and meat-and-three kind of place. They have Snickers Pie in there and it is absolutely ridiculous. Even now, when we play now in Clemson near there, we order out,” Bear said.

“I still have not understood the concept of that–why they say steak house and then they don’t have steak...You get in there: 'Oh I’ll have steak!' 'No, we don’t have steak.' 'Well but we’re already here [might as well stay],'” Bo joked.

Bolt agrees that the fried chicken and the pie at Walhalla Steakhouse are worth the trip to Walhalla. But he hopes people will visit and stay a while. “It’s a really beautiful part of South Carolina. It’s the western most part of the state so it’s at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains…It’s great if you love the outdoors. There’s a lot to do. You can go white-water rafting, and zip-lining and just very pretty.” While Bolt lives in Charleston now while he’s not on the road, he and his wife Tori run an Airbnb treehouse located on the grounds of his parent’s farm. And it’s just a short drive from the band’s favorite South Carolina eatery. We think that pie is probably worth a weekend trip.

 

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