Food has always been important in Charleston, but recently the city has seen an explosion of high quality restaurants opening. In just about every part of town you can find delicious food in a wide range of prices. Let’s take a look a few of the more popular restaurants in the area.
One of the more recent favorites in the downtown area is Husk. While they’re food has been good since they opened their doors, being featured on Anthony’ Bourdain’s TV show has since made this one of the town’s must-try spots. The restaurant is located in an old Victorian home and features an ever-changing menu of Southern fare made form locally sourced ingredients.
From classics like shrimp and grits to their house-made charcuterie, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If you’re really looking to push your boundaries you even try their pig’s ears.
There are so many good restaurants in this area that it’s hard to pick just one. But if you’ve only got one night. This is a great spot. It’s located on 78 Queen Street just one block north of Broad St.
Another great spot to hit when you’re downtown is Magnolia’s. It’s been around since 1990 and was crucial in the start of the Southern cooking explosion that continues around the country to this day. They took traditional favorites and put an upscale twist on them to make an unforgettable dining experience.
You’ve never had shrimp and grits like you’ll have at Magnolia. They truly have to be experience to even explain. They do a terrific pan roasted duck. And of course they offer Carolina BBQ. The menu is enough to make you start drooling with the thought of all this delicious Southern food.
Mount Pleasant Area
While certainly not as famous as downtown, Mt Pleasant is one of the fastest growing parts of Charleston. It starts just east of the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge and continues east along Hwy 17. Just as in downtown there are quite a few great food spots in Mt Pleasant as well.
One of our favorites has to be Page’s Okra Grill. From the outside this restaurant doesn’t look like a whole lot, but there’s almost always a full parking lot and at lunch and dinner you’ll most likely find a wait.
It’s not as upscale as Husk, but what they lack in finery (not to mention the stuffiness you often encounter in Downtown Charleston) they make up for in phenomenal food and friendly service.
The portion sizes are fantastic. The Shem Creek omelette is a perfect example. Its STUFFED full of shrimp, crab, smoked bacon, and pepper jack cheese. You have to see it to believe how much seafood comes in this omelette.
Their pulled pork BBQ is fantastic as well and is served with their famous mustard BBQ sauce. For dinner you HAVE to try the seafood platter. It’s more food than most can handle but is delicately fried and SO flavorful.
You can find pages at 302 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
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