Happy National Running Day friends!
If you learn nothing else from this post, it should be the following: I like shrimp, and Charleston has a lot of shrimp. Other optional points of knowledge to retain were covered in Monday’s post, which you should obviously check out 😉
I’ll cover this as much as I can in order in which they were eaten.
If you can’t get into Husk, go to the Bar at Husk. But make sure you get some shaved pork. TRUST ME.
Order Charleston Light Dragoon’s punch (left) and “A Yard too Far” (right).
And the Pimento Cheese.
Coast is good, if a bit touristy/common. But the house bread is perfect, like all house bread is when you are in the true South–yeasty, fluffy, fresh, and slightly (ever so) sour.
In Charleston, “broth based” in waiter lingo = butter rather than cream. But the seafood is amazing.Crab cakes without fillers are the bombdotcom.
“No Butter or oil, spray only” in Charleston-cook lingo means so much butter that it pools and I have to actually send it back because even Alex thought that it was gross. Luckily, the waitress was a star (she had mentioned a caveat that some of the cooks were new, and she would try her best, but that they may or may not listen. I liked her. She was honest, sweet, a treat to deal with, and replaced my cesspool of an omelet with fresh eggs ASAP).
Help Alex. He needs it.
If you eat lunch in Charleston, eat at Bull Market and Grocery. Get the Smoked Salmon BLT. I got a the veggie lovers salad with a .25 lb of fresh cut house smoked turkey. And the dressing. HOLY BALLS PEOPLE. I’m going to tell you that it is amazing, but I’m not going to tell you what it is (another tease) you will just have to wait for FRIDAY. I didn’t take a picture of it a) because I was hungry and b) it looked boring, but I wish that I had because it was actually quite exceptional. The roasted portabellos were marinated in balsamic and the veggies were super fresh. When we left, we were FULL. But so, so happy.
Alex doesn’t feel about bulk candy the way that I do. Thus why there is no pictures of bulk candy at this juncture.
If you can’t get a reservation to Slightly North of Broad, go for drinks. Skip the sangria (right). Get the Keegan Barn Raiser.
If you go to Charleston, go to Fleet Landing.
Sit outside, preferably with close, long-loved friends. But don’t forget to take a picture of them, as we were guilty of. When they order the mussels, be excited, but not so much that you also miss taking a picture of the mussels, which are rich and delicious.
Try not to eat all of the biscuits and then try to fight people for more. This will be hard.
Get the triggerfish with the pimento grits. Even people who don’t like grits will like these (raises hand).
You cannot go wrong with peel and eat shrimp in Charleston.
Do not turn down froyo at Sweet Cece’s. If you like cereal, this is your Eden. Then walk down to Kilwins and sprinkle some pecan praline over top.
If you want a light, not too expensive breakfast, go to Kitchen 205. Nice and flavorful, but unexceptional. Cute place, though, and BIG coffee cups. The bacon looked great.
Get your bulk candy fix.
Shrimp in Seabrook is amazing. Eating it on a Greek Salad called the Zeus (sans feta) beach side is even better (shocking). Get someone to order the fish and chips. Some of the best I’ve had, honestly.
Get more peel and eat shrimp (it is the gift that keeps giving). Take a picture of it, only for it to disappear from your phone. Also get the Zeus salad again, forgetting how huge it was the first time. Thus have a snack for later and lunch for the next day when you are running late.
Nothing is better than real, home cooked, barbecue with 5 different sauces. And mac and cheese (homemade), coleslaw and potato salad (from tubs) and Arnold’s buns. Also, green beans that are, for once, edible for you because they aren’t drowning in butter.
Do a true taste test and discover that you in fact do like pulled and smoked chicken more than pork (I confirmed this this weekend) but you like allllll of the sauces. Again, hungry, thus no picture (also dusk)
At weddings, if you can’t have all that much of the main proteins, go to town on veggies and crackers and fruit, have what you can, and then get your protein later. But make sure that Green Goddess dressing is involved. When in doubt, eat more veggies. And then “share” with your husband. What can I say? I’m a giver.
Did I take a lot of food pictures? Yes. Could I have taken more? Sure. Did I eat a lot more than these pictures show? You bet. Such is life. But you know what? If you would do it completely differently, then do it completely differently!
Obviously, there are so many places and eats that we missed out on, but we are very happy with our food in Charleston. And I got my shrimp, biscuits, bourbon, pimento cheese, fresh fruit, and Southern sun. And my bulk candy 😉
Tell me something delicious. Food, drink, or scandalous secret.