Charleston, South Carolina has been voted by numerous agencies as friendliest city, best climate, foodie city, and so much more. This past October, my best friend and I had the opportunity to explore it – and we agree: Charleston is an incredible city to visit!
This post was written by Marnely Murray who pens Cooking with Books.
First stop in any trip to Charleston is the ever so popular Hominy Grill, where a breakfast of shrimp and grits is so famous, you’ll see everyone snapping an Instagram shot of it. This specific recipe has mushrooms and peppers and served atop white grits that are so creamy, so buttery, you’ll want a second bowl. This is a fun place to start any day, the ambiance is positive and the servers welcome you with a smile. One thing I regret? Not getting the Buttermilk Pie, which is said to be the best pie in the state.
Up next, Sugar Bakeshop, the cutest, most adorable bakery you’ll find in this city. The cupcakes are baked fresh daily and they have endless flavor varieties, so tire’s something for everyone. Insider Tip: Get a cupcake or two and sit outside on one of their benches and people watch – it’s a great spot to just relax and enjoy the amazing weather.
Now, my next recommendation isn’t a specific one, but I always suggest stopping into the local shops and in Charleston, there are plenty on King Street. Food has become not only a thing to consume, but we take it home as souvenirs. For me, this spot was the Savannah Honey Company. While not local, they do carry some local Charleston honeys, which was delightful. Their tasting honey bars are a favorite – just always make sure to get under 3 ounces so TSA doesn’t make you dump out half your honey, like they did to me!
Oh, The Darling Oyster Co., oh my goodness are you in for a treat if you’re not used to amazing seafood. Insider Tip: if you’re in Charleston on a Sunday, make sure to have brunch here and order the amazing bloody mary with a huge crab leg! It’s worth the hype!
My last recommendation might sound odd, but you must have a cocktail at the rooftop bar at the Hilton Garden Inn Waterfront – it’s seriously an amazing spot to watch the sunset with a tasty cocktail. And if you’re hungry, it’s one of the best places for shrimp and grits as well – just as good, if not even more delicious than the ones at Hominy Grill!