Charleston is one of the most delightful, charming cities to eat and drink your way through. After a visit to “Chucktown” for our recent Chambord activation, our book of field notes is practically bursting with best-kept-secrets we just can’t wait to share. Want to tour the city as eaters and drinkers? Here’s where…
To Lunch: Xiaobao Biscuit
Ladies and gentlemen, this is not your average pancake. Xiaobao Biscuit takes what you think is a pancake, and turns it on its side. It’s called okonomiyaki — a savory, Japanese pan-fried combination of batter, cabbage and all kinds of deliciousness. (Adding in pork candy is necessary, according to our VP, Abbey.) A perfect lunch spot for a midday pick-me-up!
To Meet: Hotel Bennett
On the hunt for a nice working lunch spot? Head to the brand new Hotel Bennett, where we had lunch with the Lee brothers. (Yes, those Lee brothers!) More than a decade in the making, Hotel Bennett proves that the good life is worth waiting for… and that includes the food. No detail has been overlooked at this boutique hotel — whether you’re sitting at the champagne bar Camellias or enjoying the rooftop bar Fiat Lux, one thing is for sure: every bite is perfection.
To Eat + Drink: Husk
Start with a Bloody Mary on the front porch of this old, historic Charleston house and then head inside for a to-die-for burger. Sean Brock, Founding Chef and Culinary Advisor at all four Husk locations — not to mention, recently featured on Chef’s Table on Netflix — will wow you with his spin on Southern traditions. (Oh, and did we mention he’s James Beard award-winning?) Don’t mind if we do...
To Drink: The Dewberry
After a stroll down King Street, you can’t go wrong with craft cocktails in the library at The Dewberry. Our personal favorite? A Woodford Reserve Manhattan, of course.
To Late Night Nosh: The Ordinary
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy an after-midnight bite, Mike Lata, Co-Owner and Executive Chef of The Ordinary, knows how to serve up a round of oysters. Whether you opt for crispy, smoked or fresh outta the shell, your tastebuds will thank you. Our personal recommendation? Crispy Oyster Sliders are a must.
We could write a book on our list of must-visits in Charleston… in fact, these honorable mentions already have us planning our next trip back!
To Brunch: Stella’s rustic modern Greek cuisine
To Nosh: Butcher and the Bee
To Day Trip: The Obstinate Daughter