One of my favorite things about traveling to new cities is trying local cuisine. When we decided to spend a day in Charleston I immediately started researching the best places to eat. Knowing that Charleston has so many good restaurants and is known to be a foodie city it was hard to narrow it down since we were only there for one day. Luckily for us, the places we did get to try all left me wanting to come back. Here is a look at all of the delicious Southern fare we ate during our time in the Holy City:
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit – 476 1/2 King Street
We stopped in for a quick breakfast and ordered the Classic Buttermilk Biscuit with a side of Peach Basil Jam and a Bowl of Grits topped with Pimento Cheese. The biscuits were dense (in a good way) and you could taste the pats of butter in the dough. I loved them! I also loved the creamy grits especially topped with pimento cheese.
Poogan’s Porch – 72 Queen Street
We ate here for lunch and started out with a complimentary basket of fresh biscuits. These biscuits were light and delicious, but Callie’s were still my favorite.
I ordered the Grilled Pimento Cheese with Crispy Bacon and Tomato on Sourdough Bread. I love sourdough so was excited that was the bread of choice for this sandwich. I ended up taking the bacon off so I could really enjoy the flavor of pimento cheese itself which was great!
Kevin went off his gluten free diet in order be able to enjoy all things Southern and fried this trip. He ordered the Fried Chicken Sandwich with Dill Pickle Slaw and Texas Pete-honey jus. He thoroughly enjoyed every bite of his sandwich so much so that I’m surprised he gave up a bite for me to try.
Husk – 76 Queen Street
Husk was our dinner reservation for the evening and we loved every thing about this local farm to table restaurant. Our meal started with warm sesame rolls and a pork fat honey butter.
We ordered an appetizer of Fire Roasted Oysters with Fried Chicken Fat, Hot Sauce, Honey, and Smoked Padron Peppers. These oysters were some of the best I’ve tried and I loved the warm, savory flavors.
I ordered the Chicken Breast with Farro Verde, Figs, Chanterelles, Red Shishito Peppers, Arugula, and Honey-Thyme Chicken Jus. The chicken was cooked perfectly on the bone and the honey-thyme jus was the perfect sweet accompaniment. I also loved the chewy texture of the farro.
Kevin ordered the Seared Grouper with Fried Cabbage, Smoked Chilies, Carrots, Shiitake, Sweet Peas, and a Mushroom Tea. The mushroom tea was similar to a ramen broth and was so flavorful. The grouper was cooked perfectly and we loved the Asian inspired flavors of this dish.
We also ordered a side of Heirloom Tomato Salad with Smoked Salt, and Goat’s Milk Feta. The herilooms in the salad was gorgeous and paired so nicely with the fresh tangy feta.
Our waiter also talked us into splitting an ice cream sandwich for dessert. The sandwich was made out of soft chocolate chip cookies with a salted caramel ice cream in the middle. It was so so good! Unfortunately, both of our phones and our camera died so I couldn’t snap a picture.
Hominy Grill – 207 Rutledge Ave.
Hominy Grill was our brunch stop on Saturday morning before heading out of town. We both enjoyed refreshing iced coffees with our meals. I ordered the Country Breakfast with Scrambled Eggs, Cheddar Grits, Sausage, and a Biscuit. Everything about this plate was good and I especially loved the cheesy grits and homemade biscuit with strawberry jam.
Kevin ordered the Smothered Eggs which was a brunch special that day. The two Poached Eggs are served on Griddled Cornbread smothered in Tasso Ham and Yellow Tomato Gravy with Home Fries. This dish was out of this world good!
As you can see we ate tons of delicious food in Charleston! It’s a really good thing we walked so much during the day. 🙂
What are some of your favorite Charleston restaurants?