Charleston Culinary Favorites
Since most people visit Charleston for vacation getting to some of the hidden gems may prove difficult. After spending a year living on Daniel Island I found several I consider to be favorites. In order to save others time and point them in the right direction I am going to share some of them. In no specific order here is a list:
- The Shelter
- The Wreck
- Pawleys Front Porch
- Hymans Seafood
- Honeycomb Cafe
- Daniel Island Grill
- Home Team
Surely I am leaving some out of this list but it is a great starter and should fill enough space during a vacation to get you started as a Charleston connoisseur.
Vickerys bar and grill is one of many restaurants located in Shem Creek at 1313 Shrimp boat lane. The food and atmosphere are great with an amazing sunset view over the marsh. The menu is loaded with appetizers for under 10 dollars and entrees for under 20 dollars. In between choices range from soup and salads to sandwiches and burgers. Vickerys is a great place to eat at during sunset if you can get a table overlooking the marsh.
The Shelter kitchen and bar located near Shem Creek is a great place for lunch or dinner. If seating is available on the deck then the deck is where you want to be. Although the immediate view is a major roadway the deck is very nice with good cover and a great place to enjoy the Charleston environment. Although the menu is diverse I would suggest the lowcountry boil, aka Beaufort stew. A mix of local shrimp, smoked sausage, corn on the cob and red potatoes this meal goes great on the deck with a nice draft.
Another Shem Creek jewel it may take you some time to find The Wreck. Located at 106 Haddrell Street the restaurant is an unassuming place from all points of view until you sit down and eat. The menu consist of select seafood cooked in the low country way. If not for several locals telling how good this place was I never would have found it hidden in plane sight. A must try for any seafood lover.
Pawleys Front Porch
Located in Mt. Pleasant on Long Point Rd. between Daniel Island and Isle of Palms in the Bell Hall area Pawleys Front Porch has some great burgers and some interesting taco selections. The draft is always good and the appetizers are great. I would suggest starting with their fried pickles or crawfish tails. unbelievably good. There are games out front when the weather is good including corn hole and they always have a game on inside.
While you are in the Charleston area if you plan a special date night or just want some elegant fine dining Magnolias should be on the list. High end local cuisine presented with a flair. The wine choices are great and the food is out of this world. Magnolias is locate in downtown Charleston amongst a plethora of great restaurants.
If you have been to Charleston or taken advice before going then chances are you know about Hymans. The seafood is great as is the atmosphere. A place many celebrities have eaten as noted on each table with a placard stating who ate their, Hymans is world famous and deservedly so. While you are there do not be surprised if you meet an owner. They usually come by to check on their patrons.
After a night out on the town you'll definitely want to stop by the Honeycomb Café on Daniel Island. This privately owned gem serves breakfast and brunch. It at times takes a little extra time to enjoy the meal but it is well worth it. The breakfast menu uses the best meats and it shows as your taste buds will testify. IF you decide to hang around the Island for a while after your meal stop back by before leaving and visit the ice cream shop next door. Owned by the same couple they serve hand spun cream and often have special delights they created as a bonus.
Daniel Island Grill
Just down the street from the Honeycomb Café the Daniel Island Grill, or D.I.G., is a great place to enjoy a brew and a game and the food is good as well. DIG has corn hole outside and a separate outdoor bar with covered and open air tables. A nice fire pit provides warmth on those rare occasions when the temperature drops and the atmosphere is conducive for children despite the bar.
Our last two stops in this HUB are located on Sullivan's Island. The first, Home Team is a sports bar of sorts with a lively atmosphere including games and music. The food is great at a reasonable price and the location is close to the public beach. Make sure you order the dry rub wings to start, the best I have ever had.
Poe's is across the street from Home Team. Created to commemorate Edgar Allen Poe who was stationed just down the road at fort Moultrie under the name Edgar Allen Perry, Poe's has great burgers and tuna. A quaint little spot, you must visit this place before leaving the area.
This list is by no means a definitive commentary on places to eat in Charleston. It is instead a list of my favorites. Charleston, SC offers some of the best food in the country and is recognized as so in many culinary magazines, books and journals. This list should be used to guide yourself to some of the places you may have otherwise never found. I left out addresses, anyone with a smart phone has access to GPS and all else will have no trouble getting directions. I hope this makes your visit to a great city a little more enjoyable, eat well.