KC’s Charleston Eats

One of the major perks of living in South Carolina the past 6 years (what! how did that happen?!), was the short drive to Charleston. I mean there must be a good reason why people deal with the 100 degrees and humidity in Columbia, right? #kidding it wasn’t that bad.

Charleston is one of my favorite cities and every time we go, I love it more and more.

And, don’t just take my word for it – last year Charleston was voted the No.1 city in world in by the Travel + Leisure 2016 World’s Best Awards. So, why is it so amazing?! Let me break it down to a few simple things:

Historic City
Beautiful Beaches
Delicious Food
Rich in Culture
Stunning Architecture
Friendly Locals
and much much more!

Below are some of my favorite spots that I highly recommend you check out if you are planning a trip to Charleston. And, if you aren’t planning a trip, get it on your list because it will not disappoint.

{OH, and due to the short attention spans we’ve all developed thanks to our lovely smart phones, I’ve focused this blog on my probably my most favorite thing – FOOD!}

Brunch is the best – seriously who does not love to start there day out with a huge delicious breakfast and a few mimosas. Or if you are my husband, bloody maries. Below are a few favs and each provide a bit of a different feel and type of “brunch food”. The first one was originally suggested to me from a friend who lived in Charleston so you can count that one as even a local’s favorite #score

Park Café
730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

For the healthier brunch-er, who wants to start their day with a delicious meal but doesn’t leave feeling ill from all the grease and fried food. Great café vibe and intimate café feel that makes you question if are you even in the state of South Carolina. If you like avocados (I’m a little obsessed), the avocado is a must order before you get your main entrée. The menu is not huge but the items they have are all so tasty, fresh and unique.

Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

If the healthy brunch doesn’t really whet your appetite, Page’s Okra Grill will. The menu is more focused around your typical breakfast items but it has a southern twist with endless options. This restaurant is in Mt. Pleasant so it is a good location to grab bunch as you head over to my favorite beach, Sullivan’s Island. The last time we were in Charleston we went here twice. A few favorite breakfast items include build your own omelet, and the Redneck Benedict (pictured below) Make sure to get grits and have them add their pimento cheese to it. Yum yum yum.

p.s. The portions are BIG so you won’t leave hungry!

***Great option for lunch too. Lots of choices with various sides and has all the southern foods you must indulge on before you leave. A few favorites include chicken fried steak, shrimp and grits, the pimento cheese BLT sandwich and load up on the sides. PLUS, the restaurant is very affordable for especially how much food you get.

Speaking of lunch, let’s move on to some of the best spots for that meal. I’m highlighting two restaurants that are located on Sullivan’s Island. I highly suggest you spend a day on the beach there so it is convenient to walk to lunch from the beach when your brunch has finally worn off.

Poe’s Tavern
2210 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

Calling all burger lovers! Delicious burgers with unique toppings (think eggs, crab cakes, shrimp, chili and more) creating a combination that is out of this world. I’ve also had a few family members get the tacos which they really enjoyed too if you are not a red meat. My favorite burger is the Amontillado which has guac, Pico, chipotle sour cream and jalapeno cheese. It melts in your mouth!! Pair that with a cold draft beer and fries and you will be in heaven. Chet’s favorite burger is The Sleeper that is piled high with buffalo fired shrimp and bleu cheese. My stomach is growling just typing this.

The Obstinate Daughter
2063 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

The food here is of course great but the overall restaurant is divine. I LOVE it. I can’t even properly describe how charming it is – so I will let you check it out for yourself. The menu is small but the items on it are very fresh, unique and packed with oh so much flavor. My favorite dish is the Chicken with Brussel sprouts with a balsamic black truffle. They also have great pizzas and pastas if you are someone that likes Italian. I learned that it is one of the few restaurants in the state that is Green Certified.

Finally, DINNER. These locations are located downtown Charleston and won’t disappoint.

Halls Chophouse
434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Save this for a special occasion because it is pricey, but the food and overall dining experience is worth it. It is a steak house so obviously; their steaks are amazing and I can confidently say the best steak I’ve ever had. Last trip, I even took some of my steak home because I was full just from the delicious apps (fried green tomatoes with crab and bacon!!!), and the steak was still so tender the next day when we re-heated it. Also, you must try the Pepper Jack Creamed Corn Skillet as one of you your sides. I don’t even really like corn and this is one of my favorites. Other must try sides are Lobster Mac n cheese, cream spinach, shrimp and grits!

Husk
76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

The menu changes every day so each time I eat here I try something new. Everything has been amazing! Even the butter is good – they apparently mix pork fat in it and wow does that do the trick. Like most restaurants in Charleston, you need a reservation and because Husk was once rated a top restaurant in the U.S.A, it is usually super packed. However, they have a bar connected to the restaurant with a bar menu which is also great and walk-ins welcomed. I’d suggest the Burger and Fried Chicken.

167 Raw
289 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

We stumbled across this place as we pulled into town and what a gem we found. This is a small raw bar featuring a select menu with fresh oysters, shrimp, crab claws and more. It has a great local feel to it and due to the limiting seating, it is a personal experience. Get a lobster role – melts in your mouth and various oysters. Great local beer too! We’ve made sure to go back every time we go now.

 

 

 

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