Charleston is the second and oldest largest city in the state of South Carolina. It is known for its historic attractions like Battery Park, Southern mansions, and more importantly, some of the best restaurants in the nation.
Oh. The food. I traveled to Charleston recently for a girls weekend that turned into the best restaurants in Charleston foodie crawl. Let me tell you, I would move to Charleston just to enjoy the food! Let’s just say writing this post takes me back to when my mouth was full and my heart content.
BRAVO and huge thank you to our host and restaurant oficiando, @FierceHuntswoman, for planning such a great weekend for us! She planned the perfect itinerary that included some estate shopping, live music, and a tour of some of the best restaurants in the country!
If you are planning a visit to Charleston or looking for a summer getaway idea, definitely check out Charleston and at least one these 5 Best Restaurants in Charleston.
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A southern seafood hall with an abundance of oysters at the oyster hall is what you will find here. The fennel soup salad is different and delicious. Oysters are cooked to perfection and you would simply die for their tasty Oyster Sliders. I loved their drink and cocktail menu too. First of all, they had Haiti’s finest rum, Rum Barbancourt, Special Preserve. And there were hard ciders. I had a Moscow Mule (or two). This was our first stop of two for the night so we didn’t over do it with our orders, but it wasn’t easy.
Located in downtown Charleston, Husk has received global recognition for its food. It was ranked the “Best New Restaurant for 2011″ in Southern Living and Bon Appetit magazines. Husk focuses on turning high quality home grown ingredients into some of the best dishes you’ll ever taste. Another interesting fact is the menu changes daily so if you don’t know what you are in the mood for, let Husk decide for you. Their speciality is lowcountry. We ordered cornbread, greens, shortribs, and more.
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Halls Chophouse is a family owned steakhouse restaurant that offers top quality American cuisines with some of the best steaks and hamburgers you’ll find in Charleston. I really only eat red meat between two buns so I didn’t try the steak. Everyone that did, raved, and raved. I ordered a special of Scallops with a side of Hall’s famous Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese. For dessert, the Whiskey Bread Pudding made me want to holler all the way back to Jacksonville. In addition to their steaks, try their delicious Moscow Mules to awaken your taste buds. During our dinner, one of the owners stopped by our table to welcome us after commenting on how much fun we were having. Few minutes after he left, a round of drinks, “on the house” made its way to our table. How’s that for a special touch?
Sitting among some of the most historic places in Charleston, this restaurant serves the neighborhood with breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. You can get your southern fix anytime of the day to enjoy their mouthwatering cocktails, warm fresh fluffy biscuits and best tasting grits in town. We went for Brunch on our second day. I split the Shrimp and Grits with the Salmon Potato Cakes with roasted tomato sauce & poached eggs— delicious. I had to buy a Hominy Grill mug with the biscuit recipe for future reference. I think I’ll try to make those this weekend.
39 Rue de Jean
Much like their name suggests, this is a French café and bar that gives you the best classic brassiere cuisine in Charleston, SC. The menu is filled with varies French dishes that are super tasty. The Bacon Blue Cheese Mussels are a full on, out of body experience! They also offer weekly lunch specials that allow you to try a cuisine without breaking your budget.
The next time you plan to visit Charleston, SC, don’t leave without experiencing these well known and award winning restaurants for a food experience of a lifetime!