Deciding which restaurants to try is one of my favorite parts of vacation planning and thanks to some spot-on recommendations from friends, we ate exceptionally well during our recent visit to Charleston. Since I’m always scouring other people’s city guides before a trip, I thought I’d share our favorites.
–Virginia’s on King: We wandered in starving after doing some shopping on King Street. I’m from Cape Cod so I’m far from a qualified judge of traditional southern cuisine, but the fried pickles, fried chicken, shrimp po’ boy and mac n cheese definitely hit the spot for us!
–Bull Street Gourmet: This gourmet deli and market was the perfect pit stop after doing a little real estate stalking. The portions were generous and we left full and happy.
–Two Boroughs Larder: We grabbed a table in the window at this cozy neighborhood spot our first night in town. From the logo featuring the owners dog, to the blue and white striped napkins, this place is full of charm and the well edited selection of locally sourced, seasonal dishes couldn’t be more delicious.
–The Grocery: This might have been our favorite meal of the trip. We took advantage of the small plates and ordered a feast to share. I’m still thinking about the brown butter and sage butternut squash agnolotti–SO good!
–The Ordinary: Growing up on the Cape might not make me a great judge of southern food, but it has made me a pretty tough critic of seafood and this new-ish restaurant is the real deal. The seafood is obviously the star, but the design (images above) is pretty fantastic too.
–Kaminski’s: We followed up our amazing dinner at The Grocery with two sinfully delicious pieces of Tollhouse Pie at this downtown dessert institution. I kind of wish they shipped…
Charleston has such an amazing food scene, I wish we had more time to continue our grand gastronomic tour (although my waist line is probably thankful we didn’t!)
photos via The Ordinary