For part 2 of this mini-Charleston series, time to talk food! (I just realized this post has been in “unpublished” mode for a long while – time to hit the “post” button!)
All roads somehow lead to a stroll down King Street. You can find lots of info other places about all the acclaimed places, so I thought I’d talk about a few casual places I stopped in.
Downtown Charleston is great to walk around.
- Old town walking tour. Houses are beautiful, and you’ll see Rainbow Row. We noticed that the porches are on the side of the house, instead of the front, to get a better breeze from the ocean. Check out the Old Slave Mart – now a bit of a flea market – but the historical significance of the place is worth the visit.
- Stroll King Street for shopping and to see the old storefronts. A favorite store of mine is Seeking Indigo. I love jewelry with gemstones (Larimer, aquamarine, turquoise, etc.) and they have a good selection. It’s a holistic store and wellness center, and they have a spa and yoga/meditation area in the back.
Located in the middle of King Street, a good lunch we had really interesting pizzas at Monza. I got the special that included spicy olive pesto, prosciutto and kale. But you can make your own and add toppings like a fried egg, arugula, etc. The salads were also awesome!
At the far end of King Street, in a bit sketchy of an area (usually good sign for good eats!), is Butcher & Bee.
Inside is cute though. I liked all the different kinds of chairs.
Known for its “craft” or foodie-take on burgers and sandwiches, B&B also does a late-night menu. Menu changes daily. I heard the Banh Mi sandwich is awesome, but they didn’t have it the day I went. Instead got burger with pimento cheese. Despite a it being a cheese overload, I also ordered the cheese grits to try.
Now, out to the Sea Islands – specifically John’s Island where we tried out The Southern General for craft sandwiches and homey goodness.
Here are other suggestions from one of my Charleston friends. I was traveling with about 10 other people, so places had to be able to accommodate a large group. Luckily, even great restaurants of Charleston are big.
- Husk – Bon Appetite named this one of the best (and most important) restaurants in the country; reservations highly recommended. The chef, Sean Brock, was starred on the Netflix series Mind of a Chef – and I’m totally down with his philosophies and approach. Exploring roots of Southern cuisine, as well as preserving and restoring heirloom traditions and ingredients.
- The Bar at Husk – if you can’t get a reservation at Husk, the upstairs area at the bar (next door) also serves a bar menu; it’s low-key and classy, but not stuffy
- McCardy’s – pricey, but one of the nicest and delicious restaurants in Charleston
- Fig – delicious new American food with a relaxing atmosphere
- The Ordinary – impressive raw bar, located in an renovated bank; same owner as Fig
- Oku – great sushi/Asian fusion place, turns into a happening night club around 10 PM
- Rarebit – good place to get a cocktail, but can get crowded; try the Moscow Mule; food here is so-so
- The Belmont – usually a low-key cocktail place with pricey, but delicious drinks
- Jestine’s Kitchen – good for lunch; great southern food, somewhat touristy
- Monza – great, interesting individual pizzas (one of them is severed with a fried egg)
- Butcher & Bee – reminds me of a new American type joint in Brooklyn; they have also have a late night menu
This Southern city has a lot to offer – especially on the good food front!