Where to Eat in Charleston, South Carolina
My husband and I prioritize food above anything else when selecting a vacation location, so it only makes sense that our travels would take us to Charleston, South Carolina. Home of Husk and a slew of other drool-worthy restaurants, Charleston is foodie heaven.
Where to Eat Breakfast in Charleston
Our first breakfast in Charleston was at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. When Matty, my husband, and I first started dating we saw an episode of Unique Sweets that featured a blueberry biscuit from Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. I burst into tears watching the episode saying I would never get to taste this in real life. I guess I was feeling emotional that day? Also, I didn't know where Charleston was and imagined it as a place I would never go to. Little did I know that 3 years later I'd be eating one of each biscuit Callie's had to offer! Sadly, there was no blueberry flavor when we visited but either way it is worth the trip. Plus, they have a ton of locations now and even ship!
If you're looking for a classic breakfast spot, look no further than Hominy Grill. They've got biscuits and gravy, cheese grits, eggs benedict and even huevos ranchero. Basically anything you would ever want for breakfast, all on one menu.
Where to Eat Lunch & Dinner in Charleston
Our first meal was at Minero. After discovering this Mexican spot in a blog, I was told we HAD to go. The burrito is covered in crispy cheese, image an inside out quesadilla stuffed with all the good stuff: avocado, poblano, cabbage, salsa, and your choice of meat. Between that, the queso fundito and the Carolina Gold rice, we were hooked.
Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oysters is just as cute as it is tasty. I had a glass of frosé, fried chicken and my first ever grilled oyster. I am not a seafood-eating girl so me trying these oysters was a big deal, and I loved them! They basically just tasted like a butter bomb drizzled in lemon, what's not to like?
Husk is in every Charleston travel vlog on YouTube, in every food guide blog, and in every travel show, and for good reason. It is the best restaurant in Charleston. So good in fact that even two months out we weren't able to get a reservation, so we instead ate at the Husk in Savannah. Now we want to travel the south eating at all four Husk locations, our meal was that good. Chef and owner, Sean Brock focuses on seasonal ingredients indigenous to the south. We had a seasonal veggie platter that had the best mushrooms I've ever tasted, we had a beef dish that I still think about every time we order steak, and I had a sherry slushie that is, to this day, the best drink I have ever had. I really can't say enough good things about this meal, it was one of my favorites ever, in any city.
While in Charleston we found ourselves in the middle of a crazy rain storm. I was going stir crazy in our Airbnb so we went to Butcher & Bee for their happy hour and drank and ate until their dinner menu was ready. We had hummus, falafel, kebabs and other dishes, and everything was amazing. We had one of our favorite desserts of the trip here too. A very unassuming panna cotta topped with strawberries that blew our mind.
If you're looking for southern fare, think fried green tomatoes, there are a few spots I'd recommend. Poogan’s Porch is known for their shrimp n grits but I loved the pimento cheese fritters. The Glass Onion is another southern gem, their fried green tomato po boy is everything you want it to be and more.
We were only in Charleston a few days, so we weren't able to visit all the restaurants we had bookmarked, so here are the honorable mentions that we will definitely be trying next time. The Tattooed Moose is known for their American menu with burgers, fries, and club sandwiches that all look amazing. Xiao Bao Biscuit is our biggest regret. We should have gone for the cabbage pancake, don't make our mistake, go and eat all the Asian fusion food! FIG and Edmund's Oast are both upscale American restaurants that get a lot of attention in the food scene, I definitely want to go back to try both.
Where to Eat Dessert In Charleston
Remember when bookmarking first became a feature on Instagram? My first bookmark ever was a picture of a cupcake from Sugar Bakeshop in Charleston. And let me tell you, the years of looking at that saved picture did not disappoint! My favorite flavor was the grapefruit, another unexpected choice since I don't like grapefruit, but hey, you can't go wrong here. These cupcakes are worth the trip to Charleston.
Unlike any dessert spot I have ever been to, Peace Pie combines ice cream cookie sandwiches with pie filling! I got the vanilla ice cream sandwich with pecan pie filling and my mouth is watering thinking about it!
Bakehouse Charleston is another spot I had bookmarked that we were too full to try. Go here, get the s'more bar and tell me how it is!
That's it, those are my recommendations for the best meals in Charleston, South Carolina. Let me know if I missed any.