The building dates back to the 1800s each dish is styled and displayed beautifully. The cocktails are something to try. Live music into the evening hour.
The locals informed us we should make our way down King Street just passed Calhoun where the shops end and great eats & drinks begin.
The rooftop offered covered bar seating and a lounge area. The breeze on the roof was heavenly amongst the southern heat. Stop by for a quick drink or watch the sunset at this hidden rooftop bar in Charleston.
Savannah Bee Company
King Street is the place to shop in Charleston, during our afternoon stroll we found a lovely honey store. Anything honey we are usually all over it and to my surprise they had a mead tasting room. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water sometimes added fruits, grains and hops. We purchased the local honey and whipped honey.
270 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
"The kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Charleston." - Husk
We added our name on the 2 hour waitlist for the evening. It sounds crazy but we didn't waste anytime as we continued to explore Charleston along Bay Street. The wait flew by and to our surprise we got a table on the second story balcony overlooking the magnolia tree.
Magnolias Uptown Down South
“Magnolias remains a forerunner in upscale Southern cuisine, blending traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with modern flair for artful presentations.” - Magnolias
Starter: Down South Egg Roll Collard greens, chicken, tasso ham, red pepper purée, spicy mustard, peach chutney
Fried Mac & Cheese Bacon jam, hot pepper relish
Entrees: Parmesan Crusted Market Catch creek shrimp & jasmine rice pirloo, warm asparagus, sweet corn & tomato salad, citrus beurre blanc
Spicy Shrimp & Sausage tasso gravy, creamy white grits
“TUCKED AWAY on charming Queen Street, Poogan’s Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishments, with a fresh approach to Low country cuisine.” - Poogan’s Porch
Starter: Ribs & Pickles Poogan’s Signature BBQ, Garlic Pickles
Mac & Cheese Country Ham, Aged Smoked Gouda, Ham Dust, Green Onions
Entrees: Shrimp & Grits Andouille Sausage, Sweet Onions, Bell Peppers, Tasso Ham Gravy
Crispy Snapper Pimiento Cheese & Tasso Ham Grit Cake, Pulled Pork, Local Radish, Wilted Watercress, NC BBQ Reduction
The restaurants menu is inspired by the low country and southern flare. Ingredients are sourced locally with a menu that changes daily.
Cocktail: Sister Basil Vodka, Yellow Chartreuse, Strawberry, Basil, Balsamic, Black Pepper
Starter: Sautéed Scallops Mixed with watermelon and Jalapeño dressing
Peach Salad grilled peaches, blackberries, granola on a bed of arugula with sweet dressing.
Entree: Confit Pork Shoulder Corn, Spinach, Sorghum, Peppers
Sides: Pecorino Truffle Frites
We shared the entree & side of fries for our meal, it was perfect*
Cocktail: Roots, Rock, Rum Punch Spiced Rum, Silver Rum, Absinthe, Grapefruit, Lime, Basil
Starter: Focaccia Bread
Entrees: Double Cheeseburger* Bacon, Mornay, Aioli, Pickle, Fries
Lamb Shoulder* Creamed Sweet Corn, Nduja, Okra, Basil
Stars Rooftop & Grill Room
We spotted this gem walking home from dinner as we noticed a sign "rooftop open". We're from San Francisco and never pass up a rooftop opportunity. Through the reclaimed Appalachian Walnut wainscoting, passed the leather lined high curved booths and up a flight of stairs lie a rooftop for the stars.
Cocktail: Nectar of The Stars Peach and clementine vodka, fresh orange juice
Cocktail: Dont Call Me Sweetheart Rum, Brandy, Strawberry, House Rhubarb Shrub, Mint, Black Pepper, Lemon
Starter: Kentuckyaki Glazed Crispy Pig’s Ear Lettuce Wraps, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad, Togarashi
Broadbent Country Ham, Buttermilk Biscuits, Dijonnaise, House Made Pickles
Entrees: Atlantic Snapper, Carolina Gold Rice, Summer Squash and Zucchini, Roasted Fennel, Sweet Peas, Vadouvan Broth
Carolina Heritage Pork, White Acre Peas and Sea Island Red Peas, Summer Peppers, Jowl Bacon, Spinach, Smoked Tomato
Dessert: Peach Profiterole Peach Sherbet, Honey Mascarpone, Blueberry
Funnel Cake Summer Berries, Whipped Cream
We hit this spot right around lunch time, perfect place for a good bite & some time to cool down.
Cocktail: Peach Tea Punch
**loved this restaurant, definitely atop destination in Charleston.
When on Vacation - One deserves a drink :)
The food in Charleston was a wonderful selection of local, farm-to-table and southern style that we were looking to find. We are inspired to try a new restaurants in San Francisco each month when we get back home.
If you find yourself hungry in Charleston stop by one of these places. You won’t regret it.
Please leave comments or questions below I would love to hear what you think.
Have you been to Charleston before? Tell me about your experience and what places you went to eat? Thank you.