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A 72 hour food tour of a burgeoning southern culinary capital
Charleston’s picturesque historic downtown and warm climate has been calling to us for years. We recently spent a long weekend enjoying Lowcountry delicacies. The city and people, in all of their southern charm, lived up to their hospitality heritage.
The following spots left us wanting seconds. Note: reservations are recommended at all.
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2 Unity Alley
Charleston’s oldest restaurant boasts classic interior decor and a menu of adventurous takes on southern cuisine. Start with a cocktail at the bar. Their seasonal cocktail selections are crafted and served with attention to detail and house-made ingredients. If you have the room, order the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings. The multiple courses are ample-sized and wine selections are spot on and sometimes unexpected.
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76 Queen St
Chef Sean Brock’s homage to southern cuisine was an absolute treat. The casual atmosphere in a restored home sets the tone for a menu of familiar choices. While world’s apart, this experience reminded us of classic French dining. The food is prepared with respect and served simply. The brunch menu boasts classics like french toast, fried chicken with mixed beans, and bloody mary with country ham.
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544 King St
An austere remodeled bank building houses one of the city’s best seafood restaurants. In a top seafood establishment, the catch of the day is often tempting, but if you’re extra hungry, the order-by-the-tier seafood towers give an overview of the menu and is perfect for sharing between 2-3 guests. Oysters, mussels, shrimp, lobster tail, and caviar are served fresh, clean, and flavorful. The drink menu boasts a wonderful selection of crisp white wines to pair with your undersea adventure.
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182 E Bay St
Not a restaurant, but we made an exception. The other venture from our friends at Bittermilk is an intimate downtown craft cocktail bar. We recommend picking 2 adjectives from the menu and let the pros do what they do best. Sit rail side (if you can – it does get busy) and watch the magic happen. The impressive liquor shelf wraps a side of the interior and their liquor list rivals many establishment’s wine list binders. This is the neighborhood bar you wish was in your neighborhood.
Photo copyright Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
476 1/2 King St
This treasure on King St is easy to miss. It’s small space houses big, buttery flavor. Their simple menu of biscuit options (with topics and without) truly shows they’ve honed their craft. Eat in or take out. Our recommendation: get a few because you’ll wish you’d gone back for more. We wish we had.
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