WOW Charleston you surprised me! My mind (and nose) was blown away the minute I stepped onto Kings Street, by the smells of southern cooking and seafood. Definitely go to Charleston ready to eat and for more than one cheat day. Even if shrimp and grits, pimento cheese, and oysters aren’t your thing, you’ll likely find a burger or steak to fill your needs. I discovered a whole other world of food hand crafted by award winning Chefs, paired with eclectic drinks. If you google “places to eat in Charleston” you might feel a little overwhelmed. So, I did all the hard work for you and compiled a list to make the ideal Ultimate Charleston Food Guide.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit- Sweet or Savory it’s your pick at Callie’s. A counter serve joint that offers a variety of biscuits and sandwiches, complimented with orange juice or coffee.
My order: BLT and Orange Juice
Eli’s Table- A lovely little spot that has a more elegant feel. From omelets, to Benedict, to chicken and waffles Eli’s has something for everyone… including mimosas. Make a reservation or go early because there tends to be a wait. The nice thing is Eli’s opens earlier than other brunch spots around Charleston.
Toast- A mix of sweet and savory southern cooking. The perfect place that offers a little bit of everything for everyone.
Poogans Porch- Charlestons oldest independent culinary establishment, located on Queens Street in an old restored Victorian house. Whether you are looking a brunch spot on a Saturday or dinner and drinks mid week, Poogans Porch offers both.
My order: Diner Burger and Mule to drink
Renzo- The small quaint space reminds me of a local pizza shop tucked away on a New York City Street. An adorable date night spot with delicious pizza and of course drinks. Go on the earlier side or be prepared to wait, as it has a small capacity.
Leon’s Oyster Shop- Fried chicken and seafood… do I even need to say anything else? This indoor/outdoor rustic restaurant is a local favorite around Charleston. Located on King’s Street you can enjoy drinks, seafood, and southern cooking all in one place.
Rita’s- If you are staying or find yourself around Folly’s beach I recommend stopping by Rita’s. A casual beach setting with indoor and outdoor seating where you can enjoy burgers, seafood, and drinks.
My order: Buffalo Wings and Banana-Mango Daiquiri
Husk Bar– A quaint spot nestled between two restaurants. The dimmed lighting indoors contrasted with the outdoor seating is the best of both worlds. The bar can be easily missed as there are no signs, because it is actually an extension of The Husk restaurant. While I did not eat at Husk I’m sure the food is just as good as it smelled! I loved the ambience inside the bar for after dinner drinks.
My order: Classic vodka soda (with extra limes)
The Belmont– Classic, timeless, and hip… all the things you want in a bar. This bar specializes in custom drinks paired with small bites.
Uncork Charleston– The perfect wine bar offering small appetizers on the side. They offer a wide variety of wines to try as well as a full bar and beer selection.
I hope this quick little round up helps you on your next trip to Charleston. There are so many amazing and aesthetically pleasing places to grab a bite and drinks. Drop your recommendations in the comments below!