For most, Latta, South Carolina is just a town down I-95. A five-to-ten minute drive off the highway in between Florence, SC and Fayetteville, NC, there's likely no reason for most to stop by. Jr's Restaurant, however, may be reason enough to drop into this small town in Dillion county.
A family run restaurant, Jr's serves familiar Southern dishes with a Cuban flair. While there are a ton of great sounding dishes in their main menu of soup, sandwiches, and more, the main reason to check out this dive is easily for their daily specials. Whether it's fried pork chops with rice and gravy, a tangy Cuban soup, homemade bread, and yuca or the classic Sunday dinner of fried chicken with brown rice and a spicy fried okra, Jr's likes to do local favorites with a touch of Latin. The fried pork chop may be some of the best I've ever had, with its absolutely succulent bites of well-seasoned crispy pork. The beautiful collard and tomato soup and yuca provide nice, clean flavors on the side while the warm and buttery homemade bread brings it all together. Sunday dinner is about as traditional as it gets with a side of creamy mac and cheese, crispy, spicy fried okra, bisquit, and sweet, juicy fried chicken. If that wasn't enough, it only gets better considering the fact that these amazing meals, easily over ten dollars in a larger city, only cost $5.75.
The owners are always around to meet and greet you in this friendly local establishment and eager to talk about their business. Jr's also continues to expand daily with it's ever-growing gameroom in the back. Quickly becoming the new local place-to-be for citizens of Latta, Jr's Restaurant may also be one of the best reasons to take a lunch break while driving down what would normally be a pretty dreary ride up I-95.