Chris and I are officially back from Charleston and had an amazing experience. It was a wonderful three days focusing on our marriage and having fun as a couple. Getting that quality time together was a true gift and I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate 5 years of marriage! I am planning on putting together a couple of recaps about what we did in Charleston because it is such a great place to visit. One of the things Charleston is known for is its food and it did not disappoint. We didn’t have a bad experience so this post is dedicated to where to eat in Charleston!
Low Country Bistro
The first place Chris and I went was Low Country Bistro for lunch. Low Country Bistro came highly recommended by many of our friends and I am so glad we went. We started with the spinach and crab dip appetizer. I have to say I’ve never had a spinach dip where they pureed the spinach but it worked! Then we split the chicken and waffle. It was a sweet potato bacon corn bread waffle, crispy half bone-in chicken, pecan butter, bourbon reduction. For $3.00, they split the chicken portion and gave each of us our own waffle. The chicken skin was seriously crispy and the pecan butter was divine! After living in the south for over 2 years this was my first chicken and waffle experience and I have to say the bar is set high.
Craftsman Tap House
The next place we ventured was to Craftsman Tap House. Craftsman Tap House is a restaurant focused on American craft beer and food made from fresh and local ingredients. In fact, they change their menu daily based on what they are getting in! We started with the BBQ pork spring rolls with vegetable kim chee and sweet and spicy sauce. These were to. die. for! For our main course Chris and I shared the brisket tacos with caramelized onions and peppers with salsa verde. Another winner. Of course we also had to have a beer 😉 I got the Welder’s Agave brewed on James Island. It was like a wheat beer and you could really taste the agave finish. You can find their daily menu on their Facebook page!
For dessert Chris and I hit up Kaminsky’s after Googling “best dessert in Charleston” and Google delivered! I ordered the berry pie and Chris got the chocolate chip cookie sundae. The berry pie was unbelievable and you can never go wrong with a cookie sundae. Kaminsky’s also serves a wide variety of cocktails which all looked amazing.
Lunch on Saturday took us to Fleet Landing which is one of the only Charleston restaurants directly on the water. Since the weather was nice, Chris and I sat outside on the patio. There’s just something special about sitting on the water! For our appetizer we got the stuffed hush puppies which were filled with a veloute of lobster, rock shrimp, leeks, & corn over creole tomato sauce. You guys – these hush puppies were one of the best things I’ve ever eaten! For our meals, Chris ordered the fried pork chops with homestyle mashed potatoes and gravy and southern style beans. The pork chops were delicious and only lightly fried. I ordered the flounder sandwich with cajun tartar sauce and it was also exceptional!
Halls Chop House
To celebrate our anniversary Chris took me to Halls Chop House. Halls is definitely an amazing choice if you are looking for a fine dining (and therefore $$) experience in Charleston. One of the most unique things about Halls is that when you are getting ready to order your server brings out a tray with all the different cuts of meat and explains them all to you. Now I know that a porterhouse is half NY strip and half filet! For my meal I ordered a petit file with creamy gorgonzola sauce and grilled scallops. The sides are served family style so Chris and I shared lobster mac-and-cheese and loaded mashed potatoes. Everything was amazingly delicious and we left completely stuffed.
For our last day, Chris and I walked to TOAST for breakfast on the recommendation of a friend. It was a simple cafe with excellent service. I got the order of French toast and sausage. The French toast was thick and I think had some nutmeg. Delicious! I also got a side order of scrambled eggs. If you’re looking for something fast and affordable TOAST is a great option! They also have mimosas 😉
Lost Dog Cafe
Our very last foodie stop was on our way out of town to Lost Dog Cafe at Folly Beach. It really reminded me of the Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head by how laid back the atmosphere was. The Lost Dog is a popular brunch place and their brunch menu looked amazing, however, I decided on the blacked salmon BLT wrap with cajun mayo. NOM.
Other Places to Eat
Chris and I couldn’t possible attack the entire list of recommendations that we were given from friends, but here are some of the other places for you to check out:
Whew …. that was a LONG post but I definitely didn’t want to miss anything because the food was all THAT good. If you are ever heading to Charleston bring an empty stomach because you just can’t go wrong!
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