I love everything about Charleston; the history, the beautiful historic buildings and of course the delicious FOOD! Charleston is home to a ton of mouthwatering traditional low country cuisine restaurants. Shrimp & Grits, crawfish boil, fried green tomatoes.. the list goes on. Now that I have visited Charleston a few times, (recaps here and here) have heard a ton of recommendations and have dined my way through the city- I thought I would share where to eat and drink in Charleston!
Charleston is my favorite city and I am already looking forward to my next visit and being able to add to this list!
The Daily: This place is awesome. With an open centered kitchen you can watch the chefs create your mouthwatering breakfast along with the baristas making your latte! Order the fresh avocado toast, breakfast tacos and/or the sausage biscuit!
The Hominy Grill: Hominy Grill has been featured everywhere as one of the top spots for breakfast/brunch. Hominy is the grain that makes grits- so naturally you gotta try the Shrimp and Grits (never too early), some buttermilk pancakes and the Nasty Chicken Biscuit!
City Lights Coffee: This place is small and more of a grab and go vibe. Order an iced coffee and grab some of their delicious homemade banana but bread! Love this spot!
Husk: Husk is a must visit and located in a beautiful traditional low country building with huge multi story porch. Make sure you order a refreshing shrub drinks (an old school drink made with fruit vinegars, water and sugar meant to help you cool down) and the cheese burger. Seriously do it!
Poogan’s Porch: Great low country choices. Start with the Crab Toast. For the main event order the Shrimp & Grits or Buttermilk Fried Chicken.
Butcher & Bee: B&B also owns The Daily Coffee Shop. There menu is focused on making delicious upscale sandwiches- the roast beef sandwich sounds amazing. The Brunch menu looks awesome too.
Magnolia’s: The Grilled Filet with melted pimiento cheese with herbed potato cakes and the braised beef short rib risotto are calling my name!
Blossom: One of the best steaks I ever had. Order the shrimp and grits and an order of their fried green tomatoes with pimento cheese and bacon pepper jelly. I ate here for my main bachelorette night and loved it! (recap here)
Pearlz Oyster Bar: Gets lots of Oysters (duh), steamed mussels, clams and a few Oyster Shots 😉 Great place to start your night if you are doing a girls trip/bachelorette party in Charleston.
Darling Oyster Bar: Another great Oyster spot (noticing a trend here?) Share an order of clam chowder fries- yes clam chowder poured over fries! Grab one of there fry baskets (I went with the shrimp basket).
FIG: Standing for FOOD IS GOOD- I have never eaten here but received a TON of recommendations to give this place a good. It can be tricky to get a reservation but I am told it has mouthwatering eclectic menu that focuses on quality low country ingredients.
Zero Cafe & Bar: (Zero George)- Zero cafe is located on the grounds of the infamous Zero George Inn. Filled with charm and amazing design- you won’t want to leave. Sit on their beautiful porch and order one of their craft cocktails (try the Red Scare and the Alter Ego) or some rose and order the best cheese plate you will ever have.
Stars: An awesome rooftop bar with great views of King Street and an impressive beer, wine and craft cocktail list.
Pavilion Bar: Another rooftop bar but with a pool! It is like its own little oasis in Charleston!
The Gin Joint: Located right off of Bay Street, The Gin Joint has a ton of delicious craft cocktail options alongside some great bar snack items. They have a bartender’s choice option where you pick two words from a list (for example floral and fizzy) to describe what kind of drink you are in the mood for- what a neat concept!