28 Hours of Food & Drinks in Charming Charleston
There aren't many things that will get me out of bed as early as 6:00am on a morning in which I don't have to work. Unless, of course, it involves a fun trip! Recently, a family friend of ours, Agu, came to the States to visit from Italy. She was the most gracious host when we visited Italy, so when she comes to town my family likes to ensure we maximize her experience while in South Carolina. If you've ever visited SC- you know Charleston is one of our most charming towns and a must-see for any newcomers. So, my grandmother and I drove down on a Friday and had a full 28 hours to spend in Charleston! With me being the foodie that I am I tried to make the most of our short stay by visiting both some new & a few regular "go-to" spots for eating & drinking.
I was a bit bummed when we arrived as it ended up being earlier than I had expected and all of the restaurants I had on my "list" for our Friday Brunch weren't open yet. We decided to just park and walk down King Street until we spotted somewhere open. We were blessed with some amazing weather for it being late October. It was slightly chilly, without a cloud in the sky, although I must say as soon as 11am rolled around we were shedding clothes, changing footwear and feeling the humidity creep in as we window shopped downtown. TYPICAL South Carolina bi-polar climate.
We eventually came across Kitchen 208 on King Street and decided to try it out for breakfast. I ordered the 'Lowcountry' which was 2 eggs (poached) atop stewed tomatoes and okra over cheddar grits, with a side of extra. crispy. bacon **Fun Fact: I am obnoxious when we go out for breakfast & get real upset if my bacon isn't precisely crisp all over. I am notorious for sending it back if they don't get it right. Annnnd my husband LOVES this about me...(seeping with sarcasm)**. Anywho, my grandmother ordered the 'Charleston' which was your typical American style breakfast of scrambled eggs, biscuit, bacon and fruit. We paired our meals with their 'Sake Bloody Mary' and a mimosa. The food was tasty but I probably won't go back there next time as it sadly wasn't anything spectacular. Next time I will know if coming on a weekday not to plan to eat breakfast before 10:30am :)
Next, we needed to refuel prior to doing some window shopping down King Street. Agu and the rest of the family were just beginning to wake up where they were all staying in Isle of Palms, so we had some time to kill. I found this little coffee shop I just had to try called 'Black Tap Coffee' which was about an 8 minute walk from King. I found another bloggers post about places to eat/drink in Charleston and she suggested this spot and raved about their lavender latte. I am a total SUCKER for lavender flavored anything and it is not often you find a coffee shop that carries lavender syrup so this was a no-brainer. My grandmother ordered their seasonal specialty, 'Sweet Potato Pie Latte' which I then went through total order FOMO about, but at least I got to taste it... They even TOASTED THE MINI MARSHMALLOWS ON TOP! The vibe in this place was so quaint, warm & cozy. This shop will 100% go on my list as one of the best coffees shops in Charleston. I highly recommend you check them out!
Following a bit of shopping on King we made our way to meet the rest of the family in Sullivan's Island where we met for lunch at 'Poe's Tavern'. This legendary spot is known for serving fresh burgers and fries, delicious fish tacos and awesome salads. It is located right by the ocean so it has a very chill and authentic beach vibe. I ordered their 'Starving Artist' which is a bunless burger topped with roasted garlic bleu cheese (all the YUMs), served aside their famous marinated bacon-bleu cole slaw. Add a bloody mary to that with some extra olives and this lunch was far from disappointing. If you are ever on Sullivan's you have got to try Poe's!
On to my absolute FAVORITE dinner spot in all of Charleston. The Obstinate Daughter in Sullivan's Island. I love everything about this place- from their unique craft cocktails on tap, to their extensive wine and beer list, to their divine menu- which features a mix of southern, seafood and Italian dishes. Even their pizzas are to die for- which is something I typically stray from ordering when I go out to dinner. This was some of the most authentic pizza I've had since we visited Italy. Another thing I absolutely adore about this restaurant is their decor which I would describe as a "nautical-chic". There are a lot of wood and rope elements creating a rustic & modern atmosphere while maintaining a "fine-dining" ambiance.
Some of the items we ordered (in order of photos below): The King's Honey cocktail, Girolamo Russo 2013 Nerina Bianco wine (chosen by Agu who is actually a Sommelier in Rome), 'The Danger' pizza, Bacon wrapped Pate, Parpardelle, Farro Piccolo with Brussels, Stone Crab claws, Grilled Octopus, Swordfish Sicilian & my personal favorite: Scallops Crudo <3. Other things that were ordered that I was able to taste (thank god) that are worth mentioning are their Short Rib Ragu, Orecchietti, Chicken Bog, Obstinate Flatbread with butterbean puree and the Rigatoncini. You really cannot go wrong when ordering at this place!
Thankfully, I was able to take a nice little stroll down the beach on Saturday morning before we had to head home. Last but not least: the final meal of this quick 28 hour whirlwind of a trip. We ended up hitting Shem Creek on our way out of town which is another one of my favorite hang-outs in Charleston (Mt. Pleasant side). We ate brunch at 'Water's Edge' and had a beautiful water view. I ordered the special which was a Tuna Melt and it was prettttty tasty. Also, had to steal a picture of the Mussels which were also delicious according to my Grandmother!
All in all it was a pretty successful trip and I feel so blessed to live in a town where I can be in Charleston within 3 hours and the mountains in 1.5 hours... If you've never visited Charleston, go IMMEDIATELY- and I hope you'll check out some of the places I mentioned in this post. I hope you guys enjoyed reading and reliving this foodie tour through Charleston with me!
Thanks for reading!