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of go-to restaurants, things to do and places to see:
Grill 225 - Great
place for a good steak (check out the roof top bar before or after dinner)
Fleet Landing (owned
by friends) Great place for dinner, lunch or afternoon snack. The only
waterfront dining downtown
167 Raw - Simple, pure
and delicious seafood. Great tuna burger, oysters, ceviche and lobster
rolls. Small venue so arriving early or late is best. One of the owners
is from Nantucket and the other is from here.
Chez Nous - Delicious French cuisine
and the menu changes daily
SNOB (Slightly North of Broad) – A
Paw Paw –
open for lunch and dinner. Located in
the hustle and bustle of East Bay Street
– Try the Deckle
FIG - The menu changes all
the time. Everything is so good it is hard to decide
G&M - great little French
restaurant. Not fussy at all. You can get a nice lunch/dinner plate
with a glass of wine for a modest price.
Park Cafe - Try the Fried Egg
Biscuit - Asian Soul Food not to be missed. A favorite lunchtime spot of
Trattoria Lucas - Chef/owner came
from 5 star Woodland in Summerville
Fulton Five - great little Italian
Basil - great for lunch (or diner) -
basil rolls are delicious, green curry and my son loves the Pad Thai
Leyla – Lebonese and delicious!
Lebanese Salad, Chicken Lula and hummus
Husk - Drink at husk bar next door
to restaurant - they also have a great bar burger
Leon's Oyster Shop - for lunch or
dinner. Fish sandwich and the charred Radicchio salad and oysters of
Jack's Little Tavern - worth the trip uptown!
Sorghum and Salt - A new one on the block...Try the crab and
Cru Cafe - near the market.
nice lunch spot. Try the Chicken Chinese
Bin 152 - Owned by a French couple -
great for a charcuterie and glass of wine
Jeni's Ice Cream – delicious and
Christophe Artisan Chocolatier –
chocolate, truffles and pastries
Boutique – French pastry shop
Carmella’s Dessert and Wine Bar -
milkshakes, cheeses, prosciutto, wine
Callie's Hot Biscuit - owned by
local Charleston caterer. Folks line up for Friday chicken biscuits.
Rappahannock Oyster Bar – Oysters of
course!, ceviche, tuna tartar
Goat.Sheep.Cow - nice
cheese shop. Two locations downtown.
Bar Normandy - this bakery turns
into a ever-changing menu of
snackable plates after 3 pm. The bakery has
been around for a good long while.
King Street Cookies - When you just
want a little something sweet
Mount Pleasant neighborhood favorites:
Lunch: Square Onion, Pickled Palate,
Tavern and Table on Shem Creek, Basil - and don't miss Joey Tomato, Crave
Dinner: Graze, Bacco,
Langdons, Opal, Wood and Grain Pizza, the Old Post
Office in the Old Village, Grace and Grits
Stacks Coastal Kitchen - On Coleman
Blvd. Just before before you get to Sullivan’s Island
on the left. Soups and Salads and food to go.
Kudzu - If you wanted to get
sandwiches and delicious desserts to go and have a picnic at the beach this
would be a great place to find all you need…
New York Butcher - on the way to
Sullivan's Island has great hamburger meat and some ready made items as well as wonderful cuts of
meat. If you call ahead they have a chimichurri sauce that is very good.
Outdoor dining anywhere along Shem
Creek and the Fish House at Patriots Point
Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island:
Poe’s Tavern - nice casual
atmosphere and good pimento cheese hamburgers
The Obstinate Daughter - Eater
Nominee for Restaurant of the Year. Oh yeah!! Try the chowder and the gnocchi
(with short rib ragu). Supposed to be great for
brunch as well.
Home Team BBQ - Try the
Sea Biscuit Cafe - breakfast
Coda del Pesce
- Chef Ken Vendrinski 5 star
dining experience. He was the chef at the Woodlands in Summerville
Boathouse - It has been around for
years and is a great spot for enjoying the island atmosphere.
High Thyme - Great neighborhood
restaurant. Try the mac n cheese appetizer and curry lentils with
pan seared scallops.
Courtyard - very good food
Laura Albert - Charming locale
serving fresh food, craft beer & wine, with a gift shop
Vespa -great pizza
Blondies Bagels and Cafe
Restaurant Lidi - nice atmosphere
serving good Italian food
Mondo's Delight - delicious pasta
dishes and sandwiches
Crust - nice little pizza place with
good salads too
Zia's - good mexican
The Lot - Farm to Table
Smoky Oak BBQ -
Rita’s – Great weekend brunch
Taco Boy – Good for a casual lunch
or dinner. Try the salsa trio! Two
locations one downtown as well.
– Outdoor casual dining with Cuban flare
Snapper Jack’s – Nice view from the
rooftop, good clams and oysters
Nightlife on Folly – Surf Bar and
Wild Olive Cucina
- Same owners as Obstinate Daughter, this one has been around for 6 years. A
few dishes to try - Caesar salad, Calamarie with
lemon aioli and marinara, Chicken parmesan that was served with both a
spaghetti with marinara and a penne pasta in a garlic cream sauce, Veal and
Fat Hen – a great neighborhood go to
Blackbird Market – Great bread and
Glass Onion - excellent fried and
delicious banana pudding
Al Di La - Northern Italian Cuisine.
Try the Fettucine Bolognese, Risotto with scallops & asparagus, Gnocchi
Off the beaten path... only it's a
circle :-) - Park Circle:
Lotus - Try the Bun Chicken
Pizza - Bring a few friends and order a few pizzas and a salad or two.
Worthwhile (downtown) - is locally
owned and has a mix of gifts and clothing.
Out of Hand (Mount Pleasant - Old
Village) - is locally owned and has an eclectic mix of clothing, garden items
Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant - Upscale
locally owned department store
Utopia - Women's clothing and
Hampden Clothing - Women's upscale
clothing and shoes
Finicky Philly - beautiful clothes
from a mix of designers
- clothing and homewares as well.
RTW - This store has withstood the
test of time.
Dumas and Son's - Casual clothing
and outdoor apparel
Grady Irvin - Upscale Men's clothing
Jordan Lash - Charleston's newest
- Just stop in and say hello :-) One of the
oldest shops in the city - great place to find the perfect engagement ring,
gift for baby, graduate and bring home a unique Charleston Goldbug
from the Collection.
George C. Birlant
& Co. Antiques - Fine antiques and gifts since 1922.
Thomas Payne - Antiques and more
Market Pavilion Rooftop, The Restoration and Vendu
Inn has a rooftop bar that has nice views of the city. Fun places to
people watch are The Dewberry and Thoroughbreds.
If you have time to take a walking tour while you are here,
may I suggest Charleston Footprints or Two Sister’s Tours?! I am related
by marriage to both! Both tours are great. You will not tire
of walking downtown and enjoying the architecture, views and parks! Charlestowne Landing is another attraction that is really
enjoyable if you want to spend the day relaxing and taking in a little bit of
history and wildlife. The Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant is a nice
place to visit and historic Patriots Point is just around the corner.
Shagging on the pier, fishing, the Yorktown and walking the bridge are the main
attractions here. Of course, you can always go to the beach!
The Belmond Charleston Place
The Inn at I'On
French Quarter Inn
The Fulton Lane