Skin Thrashers, but more commonly known as Skin's, is an Upstate South Carolina legend. Mr. Thrasher established his first restaurant in Anderson, South Carolina and has continued opening stores across the tri-county area of Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens. Since his death, the new owners have opened new Skin's Restaraunts in Greenville, Taylors, and Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Skin's features a pretty simple menu. Only one kind of small hot dog with all the expected toppings. The restaurant has been featured on many television shows, including "Best of the Best" on FoodNetwork.
In addition to hotdogs they serve things like chips, snack food, and occasionally homemade chocolate cake. You can have a seat at the counter or tables for dine in service (no tipping necessary) or place your order at the register to go. The traditional way to eat a Skin's hotdog is "all the way" which means chili, onions, and mustard. They aren't terribly big so don't be shy about ordering two or more for yourself.
The atmosphere feels rather old-fashioned and basic probably because little has changed since it opened. The decor is little more than folding chairs and tables with Coke bottles for salt shakers. The walls are plastered with Clemson posters, paraphernalia dating back to the 80s, and a sign that proclaims, "The language you use in church is good enough to use here." There's a lot of history to Skin's so take some time to read a few of the articles and newspaper clippings on the walls. The typical clients are mostly old folks and college guys who look like they make a game of seeing how many dogs they can eat in one sitting. Around lunch time you'll see a lot of working class folks as well.