By Kayla Demint
This past weekend I was in Charleston, South Carolina for a wedding and it was beautiful! and humid… but mostly beautiful! It really was super humid though. Like I have no idea how you guys do it. And I have never been so appreciative of 95 degree weather in California.
So aside from wedding festivities and walking around, I feel like mostly what we did in Charleston was eat… which should come as no surprise to anyone. The food out there was delicious!
As soon as I got there, I was basically ravishing because I hadn’t eaten anything all day except a protein cookie since I flew at 6am and had a 20 minute layover and no time for food. So basically, my first meal was at 6pm in Charleston. Luckily I have a good friend and immediately upon my arrival, she ordered a charcuterie plate and I got a glass of champagne and that’s just great service if you ask me.
The charcuterie was delicious and really hit the spot like only cured meats and cheese can do. It definitely helped to get the monster off my back. Then we walked to a rooftop bar where I had a delicious gin fizz but by then it was really time to start thinking about dinner.
For dinner, we went to a spot called Pearlz and split Oysters Rockefeller, Mussels with Chorizo, a Lobster Roll and potatoes gratin. It was really good, especially the lobster roll. The night involved many drinks, some that I remember, some that I do not remember as clearly.
We went to brunch or maybe by that time it was just lunch because it was already like 2pm. We tried to start off the day by finding a good cold brew spot but it turns out that was a lot harder to do in Charleston then we thought it would be.
People of Charleston, where is your cold brew? Why isn’t it tapped on Nitro? Do you have any of that? Pls write back. Sincerely, Thirsty in Charleston.
Anyway we ended up getting some mediocre coffee (a sad day for me 😔) but brunch/lunch was next so my spirits were still pretty high. We went to a spot called Virginia on King and I wanted something breakfasty but there wasn’t anything jumping at me from the menu except for an oyster salad so I decided to get that, a biscuit and a side of breakfast sausage. The salad was delicious! Fried oysters, arugula, cucumber, tomato, shallot dressing, it was delicious.
Then we walked all around King St in the humidity and the heat and it was hot but fun. There were a lot of shops that had air conditioning soooooo that made it okay.
One of the shops we stopped at was Savannah Bee Company and it was incredible! There was honey everywhere and I never thought I could spend so much money on honey but low and behold I did. I have no regrets. We did an in store mead tasting which was pretty fun too.
Probably one of the best meals we had was at Pougans Smokehouse. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of BBQ but my friend is and she chose the place so I went along for the ride. It ended up being so good and totally exceed my expectations. We got skillet cornbread, skillet mac & cheese, ribs, pork belly and a pitcher of peach fizz to share. Whew, did we have leftovers but oh man was it worth it.
We ended the night by stopping at an awesome spot called the Gin Joint where they would create a cocktail for you based on words you chose like floral, strong, sweet, fruity, unexpected, etc. I had two drinks, both were delicious.
The next day was the wedding so our only real plan was to have some breakfast and then get ready to go. We started by finally finding good cold brew! and it was an awesome little spot called The Daily by Butcher & Bee.
Then we went to Pougans Porch to eat. We got pimento cheese fritters because I was obsessed with having some pimentos while there and then I had the pulled pork benedict which was pretty good. They make some darn good biscuits out there.
That night the wedding was at the Historic Rice Mill and it was beautiful and fun to celebrate love! Cause who doesn’t like to do that? Plus the food was delicious — I had braised short ribs and the drinks were good too!
All in all it was an awesome trip and I definitely wouldn’t turn down another opportunity to go to Charleston although I do hope next time it’s in the Spring time and not so hot! What are your favorite Charleston spots to visit or places to eat?