Ahh Charleston. Such a charming city with even better food! I’m already wanting to go back to Charleston just for the food alone – so I thought I’d share all of the restaurants we went to on my Bachelorette trip there last weekend and give y’all my recommendations!
Full disclosure: I should really rename this post to Bloody Mary’s & Oysters because we ordered them so dang much! So I’m sorry for the repeats! This trip also got me into liking grits again….I know, I know, how could a southerner have ever stopped liking them? And that’s a great question because every dish I had that had grits was amazing.
I can’t even. Oh my goodness y’all this biscuit was amazing! I got the Sausage, Egg, and Pimento Cheese Biscuit and it was life changing. I ordered my pimento cheese in the fiery option because I like spicy foods and it was delicious! The biscuits themselves are so big and you definitely get a lot. I also tried my friends buttermilk biscuit with their homemade blackberry jam and that was amazing too! It’s a small place so most people order their food and get their breakfast on the go because there aren’t many chairs for you to sit down and eat. It’s definitely a grab and go kind of place that I highly recommend! It was actually my favorite breakfast I had on the trip.
Apparently this place is a Charleston staple for brunch because it was filled! So just be mindful to get their early if you don’t want to have a long wait because they don’t take reservations. What is nice though is that there is a little walk up window where you can order some drinks while you wait. The two most famous menu items that they’re known for are the Nasty Biscuit and the Shrimp & Grits. They Nasty Biscuit is stuffed with a fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and is smothered in sausage gravy. Almost everybody at the table ordered the Nasty Biscuit so I didn’t get a chance to try anything else. It was definitely tasty and almost everyone at their entire biscuit (which is huge btw) but I wasn’t the biggest fan of their sausage gravy. If I go back I will definitely order the shrimp and grits next time!
Lunch & Dinner
We went here for a late lunch but that didn’t stop us from ordering our first Bloody Mary’s of the weekend! They were so good! We also started out ordering the Praline Hush Puppies as an appetizer – and y’all….I literally have dreams about these things! They were SO good! The hushpuppies were golden brown and fried to perfection and it came with a side of praline butter to dip them in – and this butter is what dreams are made of. For our main meals we all ordered different variations of oysters. I ordered the grilled oysters that were fire roasted in garlic butter, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese. These were so good but the only downside is that there were only 5 of them. My friend ordered the raw oysters and you can order as many of those as you want, so she was able to get more.
This was the nicest restaurant we ate at on our trip to Charleston. It’s mainly a seafood restaurant but it has other options for those who don’t enjoy seafood. We ate here for dinner and the atmosphere was so nice. I ordered the Grilled Sea Scallops and they were one of my favorite things I ate on this trip! It was wild caught shrimp and scallops, mushrooms, spinach and lobster butter served over some creamy white grits. Doesn’t reading that just make your mouth water?! I also tried my friends Seared Tuna and that was also amazing! It was seared tuna over lemon basil ricotta gnocchi, grilled corn, English peas and brown butter. For dessert we ordered the Caramel Praline Cake which was a brown sugar caramel cake with pecan praline ice cream, salted caramel sauce and candied pecans. All of this mouth watering food has me wanting to go back to Charleston asap!
The atmosphere and view makes this place a hot spot! It’s located on the waterfront so you have amazing views of the ocean and if the weather’s nice you can sit out on their wrap around porch and eat. We ordered some Bloody Mary’s at the bar while we waited for a table and they were my favorite Bloody Mary’s we had the whole trip. We ate here for lunch and everyone was still kind of full from breakfast so we just ordered some appetizers and oysters. For appetizers we ordered the baked spinach and artichoke dip which was so yummy and the Fried Oysters with Southern Comfort Barbecue Sauce. These oysters were delicious and they came over some creamy grits with bacon and cheddar cheese. My favorite oysters though were there raw oysters – nothing beats a raw oyster on a cracker with horseradish sauce or tabasco!
If you’re looking for some good ol’ American food with some steak and seafood options that won’t break the bank, then this place is for you. It’s some good bar food that you sometimes crave after having one too many beers. It’s not a Charleston culinary must try by any means but you definitely get your money’s worth.
If you love beer and going to local breweries – it’s definitely a must that you experience one in Charleston. We actually went to both breweries by doing the the Happy Hour Bus Tour on the Charleston Brews Cruise! I highly recommend it if you’re wanting to go to multiple breweries and not have to worry about any driving. My two favorites at Palmetto were the Ginger Slap (Red Ale) & the Peanut Butter Jelly Time (Brown Ale). The PBJ Time is technically brewed by Catawba but was being served at Palmetto. The brewery itself was definitely less crowded and seemed more quiet, but maybe that’s because we went there too early? They also had a bunch of different board games around the tables and cornhole.
The second brewery we went to was the Holy City brewery and this place was a lot more lively and crowded. They had a live band performing and it was a good time. There was an outdoor section where you could sit and enjoy your beers if the weather was nice. I sadly don’t remember the last few beers I had here because…Bachelorette…but the beers I had earlier were really good!