The South’s Best Pimiento Cheese

Butcher & Bee
Charleston, South Carolina

The pimiento cheese at Butcher & Bee, a craft sandwich shop in Charleston, South Carolina, is pretty straightforward—shredded Cheddar cheese, roasted red peppers, mayonnaise, hot sauce, and one secret ingredient, pickle juice. It’s not about what’s in the recipe but how they make it and what they do with it that makes this rendition of the paté of the South something special. Everything at Butcher & Bee is made from scratch each day; they even grate the Cheddar for their pimiento cheese by hand. And then, they layer it with ham and honey on a sub sandwich or tuck it into a brioche bun with a fried egg. Or, they spread it on a biscuit for breakfast. If you make a special trip to Butcher & Bee to try the pimiento cheese, it’s best to call first. You can also check the restaurant’s menu, which changes daily and is posted on Facebook and Twitter. Pimiento cheese is not offered at the restaurant every day, but when it is, it’s worth the trip.
654 King St.

Jack Allen’s Kitchen
Austin, Texas

Most restaurants roll out the welcome mat for diners. At the Jack Allen’s Kitchen locations in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, they roll out the pimiento cheese. Every meal begins with a plate of Jack’s signature pimiento cheese and house-made flatbread crackers, a welcome that is never overlooked. Their unique recipe, which includes Monterey Jack, Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, a little Worcestershire sauce, and sherry vinegar, is one of chef/owner Jack Gilmore’s favorite snacks. “I thought it would be great to start everyone off at the restaurant with a little Southern hospitality,” he explains. “It always leaves them wanting more.” If, indeed, you want more pimiento cheese, you can order more or have it layered with pork belly, micro greens, fried green tomatoes, and slaw on BLT Sliders or baked in a pimiento cheese-potato gratin. Jack also recommends using it as a topping on a burger. And if you still haven’t had your fill of this creamy pimiento cheese, you can take home an 8-ounce jar for $5.
7720 Texas 71 W.


  1. If y’all are ever passing through S.W. Virginia, please stop in Roanoke, Virginia. We would love to share with you some of our southern made goodness here at Scratch Biscuit Company. We make some crazy good pimento cheese!


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