Since having moved to South Carolina, the second most frequent comment I get is “Whhaaattttt???? You live in South Carolina and you’ve never been to CHARLESTON?!” It’s as though I’ve committed some sort of regional sin. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that I didn’t want to go; I knew I’d love it. But Miss Charleston…you’re not the cheapest city to visit, you know! So with Jeremy starting his new position and not getting vacation time for six months, we figured we would take advantage of the day off and enjoy Easter in Chucktown!
Now, obviously, I had read about all the fabulous places to eat in Charleston, SC – the great bars, the “upscale” Southern dining, the seafood… I’d been drooling for years, and that didn’t slow down with this pending vacation. In addition, I’d had recommendations from friends, coworkers and family. But until we got down there and started walking around, I don’t think I fully realized how serious people were when they said “You have to really look hard for a bad restaurant in Charleston”. They weren’t kidding! Everywhere we looked people were lined up outside, or wedding parties were arriving to their reception sites that had been rented out for the weekend. There were rooftop bars and patios, cocktail lounges and speakeasies, and the menus – Oh, the menus! Sweet tea glazed duck breast, fried chicken stuffed with collard greens, smoked gouda mac & cheese, and shrimp & grits made every way you could imagine. What’s a girl to do?! I would need a month of eating out every day, three meals a day, just to begin to put a dent in my list of places I wanted to try. But I knew it was going to be that way, and I love to be spontaneous, so I wrote down a few that hit the top of my list and off we went! I figured if we hit them all, great. If not, we were bound to end up somewhere delicious. And we did!
We started with our fully-packed car and the trip was great…until about 10 miles out. Y’all, I have never seen so much rain in my life! So after pulling over a few times, we finally made it to the bridge as you can see in the second picture. Lovely. Not quite how I pictured my first trip over that landmark! As the weekend went on, though, the weather cleared up and we couldn’t have asked for better weather! We even managed to wake up early and take a walk or bike ride every morning. Proud of us!
1 – We took Jeremy’s brother’s little VW. Thought about bike rack but were nervous because it had bad reviews about BIKES FALLING OFF! That is not okay. So we shoved them in there and off we went!
2 – Arriving in the rain. Yuck!
3 – “Gourmet” doughnuts at Glazed on King St. The best random coffee stop EVER. That raspberry glazed one in my hand?? I’ve been dreaming about it for days. FOR DAYS, y’all! And here I thought I could never be impressed by a doughnut. Boy, was I wrong! (clockwise from top left: Raspberry Glazed, Sweet Potato topped w/ brown butter glaze and spiced pecans, Apple bacon fritter, & Mexican chocolate)
3 – Early morning walk up the bridge!
4 – Parked next to the Garden & Gun office!!
5 – A trip out to Wadmalaw Island for a tasting at the Firefly Distillery. I definitely recommend this if you’re in the area and have some extra time! So fun!
6 – A better bridge picture
7 – Lunch at Taco Boy, right under the bridge. Terrific Skinny Pineapple Margaritas!! (We went back twice for drinks!)
8 – Took the bikes out to Sullivan’s Island to ride around. Beautiful area and met some really nice people!
9 & 10 – Walked around The Battery. You can see my future home in picture #9
11 – Sneaking a peek of a garden at a house on Meeting St.
12 – Us!
13 – Last day brunch at Hominy Grill.
14 – See ya, Chucktown!! We’ll be back soon!
We did eat dinner while we were down there, I promise, but they were just so darn delicious that I was too busy eating to take any pictures! Our first night we went to Poogan’s Porch. I had the Plantation Fried Chicken and Jeremy chose the Pork Three Ways. You can’t go wrong either way! Remember to make a reservation here, though. I made mine a week in advance and they were already almost completely booked! Our second night we had planned to go stand in line with the locals at Jestine’s Kitchen, but ended up wandering into Magnolia’s without a reservation. Fortunately, there were tables in the bar area and we got right in! Here I finally got my Shrimp & Grits and Jeremy went with a Pecan Crusted Chicken with Jezabel sauce that was out of this world!
Well, that’s about it! Sorry for the lengthy post All in all we had a fantastic trip full of good food, pretty sights and even met up with a few old friends! We will be back very soon!!
*All pictures taken on our iPhones, either unedited or through instagram.