The Best Bites in Charleston, SC
Historic Charleston is the perfect destination for a weekend trip or summer escape. Located right on the coast of the Atlantic, Charleston is known for its seafood and classic Southern vibe that takes you back in time. Many end up planning their trip around their meals since there are so many great restaurants to try out, so we’ve narrowed down our favorite places to grab a great meal in the historic city. While you most likely can’t make it to every restaurant on your list in one trip, you will be left with a bunch of great options for future visits!
Poogan’s Porch// this is the perfect place for a southern Sunday brunch. Chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and french toast are just a few of the southern comfort dishes they offer. Located in the cutest yellow house with wrap-around porches, it has the perfect Charleston atmosphere.
Fun Fact: Poogan’s Porch gets a name because it is supposedly haunted by a dog named Poogan!
Husk// Husk is located just next door to Poogan’s Porch and is known for its gourmet take on classic Southern food. With locations in Atlanta, Greenville, and Nashville and a menu that changes daily, there will always be something new to experience.
King Street Grille// this is a great place to grab lunch and take a break from shopping on King Street. If you are a fried chicken fanatic, you will love the Captain Crunch chicken tenders or sweet tea fried chicken! While it has its original restaurant on King Street, there are multiple locations in surrounding areas like Mount Pleasant and Kiawah Island.
Hominy Grill// The Hominy Grill is your destination for Southern essentials and is situated in a quintessentially Charleston home with great décor and Southern hospitality. This is one of those restaurants where there are so many things on the menu worth trying, you won’t be able to decide what to get! A few things we suggest: Shrimp & Grits, the Charleston Nasty Biscuit, the Fried Tomato BLT, and fried grits!
82 Queen// Highly recommended by the locals, this restaurant is great if you want to step away from the more touristy attractions. Their signature dish is the Barbeque Shrimp & Grits, which has been on the menu since the restaurant opened.
Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar// located in the Market district, this seafood joint is a great place to try a fun twist on a typical dish. From calamari steak to shrimp corn dogs and any kind of oyster you could want, there’s something for everyone here.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit// this is a bustling spot on weekend mornings and it’s easy to see why. Callie’s is a fun biscuit joint with no more than 10 stools to eat at and a counter to order at. It’s a fun atmosphere and the concept of creating your own biscuit is perfect. If you go on a Saturday, head to the Farmer’s Market at Marion Square after getting your order to enjoy your biscuits.
Hanks// Hank’s is a more upscale restaurant in the Market District with great seafood. Try the shrimp and grits for an authentic southern seafood experience!
Charleston is the perfect place to step out of your comfort zone and try an authentic Southern dish or seafood you typically wouldn’t get; and don’t worry about indulging while on vacation, you will probably be doing a lot of walking while you’re there!