Other than the sweet city of Atlanta, there’s a tie for my top two favorite southern cities. New Orleans, Louisiana and Charleston, South Carolina. These two have some serious similarities, but each have their own unique charm.
This past weekend, my lady pals and I trekked over to the low country for a long weekend full of food, food and more food plus some sights and beach of course.
You just don’t know how thankful I am for a super foodie friend group, because on our first night there we went to not one but TWO full dinners. Extra, I know but getting into some of the most esteemed restaurants is no easy task.
Here’s a quick list of my must go to’s plus a few more!
1. The Ordinary– This was the first stop on our list! Great oysters, incredible homemade Hawaiian rolls and a lovely array of veggies. Favorites were the Heirloom Tomato Salad, Pole Bean Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing, Steak Tartare and a great selection of rum cocktails. It dubs itself Fancy Seafood, and it is just that.
2. FIG– Oh Fig… I had been wanting to go here for forever, and when a friend got a call back for 9:30 reservations we knew we had to make it happen. FIG is on the US 38 best restaurant list, and now it’s easy to see why. This restaurant boasts a number of James Beard Awards, and is quintessential low-country. Some favs: John’s Island Tomato Tarte Tatin, Agnolotti Nuovo, Ricotta Gnocchi with Lamb Bolognese and Brown Butter Poached Grouper.
3.The Obstinate Daughter– What a great find on Sullivan’s Island. Great cocktails, a selection of seafood, pasta and pizza made this a great post-beach spot. Their Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary and English Pea and Ricotta Ravioli with carrot butter were superb.
4.The Americano– Also on Sullivan’s Island, this place is a picture worthy stop! The Art Deco theme, neon signage and cactus wall make It a noteworthy destination.
5. Le Farfalle– Italian will always be my favorite, and now that I’ve actually been to Italy even more so. This was our last night in Charleston’s dinner, and it did not disappoint. Pasta with zucchini and mushrooms in a sweet corn sauce, fresh Heirloom Tomato and Peach Salad with Pistachios and Duck Agnolotti were a perfect ending to our trip.
Past visits I love:
- Husk– a Sean Brock, low country delight
- Leon’s Oyster Bar– Fun, upscale hipster spot
- Black Tap Coffee– because caffeination is key
- Butcher and Bee– cute seasonal lunch hang
We got Sugar Bake Shop, went on a ghost tour (I love the City Jail Tour), walked Rainbow Row, Beached at Sullivan’s island and took part in a good deal of what we do best, shopping. Here, I’ll show you in photos.
This 5 hour trip is do-able and so worth it. Get your gals together and make a weekend of it!
((Photos by: me, Jessica Persaud, Katrina Davis a rad random beach girl))