Earlier this fall, we took a weekend trip to Charleston to celebrate our third anniversary. We rented bikes and cycled our way around the city for a few days, and found some seriously delicious places to eat. You can see a couple of my posts from past trips to Charleston here, here, and here. Since I was with my husband this trip, we had a blast trying out some new (to us) restaurants. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re eating your way through Charleston, but these were a few of our favorite spots:
- Hominy Grill
Good southern food, and a delicious option for brunch. We dropped by Hominy Grill for an early lunch that included goat cheese with pepper jelly, a fried green tomato BLT for me, and a catfish po’boy for him. It was still warm outside, and we grabbed a couple of bloody mary’s while we waited for our table in the courtyard outside.
- Poogan’s Porch
This is a must for anyone visiting Charleston, and possibly our favorite meal of the trip. We sat near the front, right by a window for our dinner at Poogan’s Porch. I don’t think that you could go wrong with anything on the menu. We ordered a plate of fried pickled okra, scallops for me, and the grilled filet minion for him. If you find yourself in Charleston, you must get a meal at Poogan’s Porch–plus, we heard a story about it during our ghost tour.
We may or may not have visited Carmella’s more than once. Their desserts are divine, and it’s a great place to stop for a treat while you’re wandering around in Charleston. I was partial to the Caramel Peanut Tart, but my husband’s vote went to the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. You’ve got to pop into Carmella’s if you’ve got any kind of sweet tooth. One afternoon, we stopped in for a couple of desserts, but we also stopped by on another night for cocktails and charcuterie before going on a ghost tour.
- The Rooftop at the Vendue
They do have a dining menu at The Rooftop, but we only dropped by for drinks prior to a dinner reservation. It’s worth a visit just for the view from the bar, especially in the late afternoon. It’s a spectacular view over the city to watch the sun go down.
We made an early afternoon reservation for dinner at Blossom, and it did not disappoint. The restaurant is beautiful, and the food was delicious. They serve all kinds of seafood and low country dishes. They even welcomed us with complimentary champagne for our anniversary–talk about a treat!
- The Gin Joint
I first visited The Gin Joint a few years ago when I was in Charleston for a conference. A little group of bloggers wandered in for a table where we laughed over cocktails (and there were DELICIOUS s’mores, with fresh marshmallows and graham crackers.) Naturally, every time I go to Charleston, I try to make my way over to The Gin Joint for a cocktail or two. I haven’t tried the same thing twice there!
Our last Charleston breakfast was at Magnolia’s, and it was (of course) SO good. They serve gorgeous, upscale southern food, and their brunch menu is truly tempting. I honestly can’t remember what Stephen ordered off their menu, but I picked the Lowcountry Benedict after a while lot of back and forth because everything sounded so tasty.
- Poe’s Tavern
Ok, so Poe’s Tavern isn’t actually in Charleston…it’s about 20 minutes away on Sullivan’s Island. But, if you’re in the market for a really good burger in a laid-back setting, you’ve got to drive out to Poe’s. While you’re there, you can wander around Fort Moultrie and explore the little island.