3.16.2017

Dining in Charleston

My second cone from Jeni's Ice Cream. 
When we booked our babymoon to Charleston, we knew that we would spend most of our time there enjoying the amazing restaurants, bakeries, and coffee shops throughout the city. I spent hours upon hours researching restaurants, reading reviews, perusing blog posts, and making reservations. All of my hard work definitely paid off- we did not have one bad dining experience during our three days in Charleston! Here are all of the places we ate and what we ordered. Enjoy! 
My fried chicken biscuit sandwich from The Darling Oyster Bar. 
Sunday: 
  • Lunch: The Darling Oyster Bar
    • Local Oysters 
    • Shrimp and Grits: Cheddar Grits, Crispy Brussels, Country Ham, Fennel
    • Fried Chicken Biscuit: Crispy Thigh, Honey-Hot Sauce
  • Coffee: Black Tap Coffee
    • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Afternoon Snack: Jeni’s Ice Cream
    • Cake Cone with Gooey Butter Cake and Brown Butter Almond Brittle
  • Dinner: Le Farfalle
    • Ceci In Umido: Umbrian Style Stewed Chickpeas, Preserved Lemon, Aleppo Pepper, Baguette
    • Grilled Pork Chop: Charred Scallions, Peperonata, Pickled Cherry Pepper Glassato
    • Pasta Verde: Ragu Bolognese
    • Apple and Quince Crostata: Roasted White Chocolate, Whipped Creme Fraiche
Oysters at The Darling Oyster Bar. 
Picking out some beans to take back to New York City from Black Tap Coffee. 
Monday: 
  • Breakfast: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, followed by Glazed Gourmet Donuts
    • Hot Little Biscuits: Cinnamon, Blackberry, Country Ham, and Buttermilk
    • Breakfast Sandwiches:
      • Sausage, Egg, and Pimento Cheese
      • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
    • Donuts: Strawberry Cobbler and German Chocolate
  • Lunch: Magnolia’s
    • Fried Green Tomatoes: White Cheddar & Caramelized Onion Grits, Country Ham, and Tomato Chutney
    • Creamy Tomato Bisque 
    • Charleston Crabcake: Hoppin' John Risotto, Collard Greens, and Tomato Butter 
  • Dinner: Husk
    • Short Ribs, Farro Verde, Embered Mushrooms, Brassicas, Poached Farm Egg, Green Garlic Pistou, and Aged Gruyere 
    • Carolina Heritage Pork, Field Peas and Butterbeans, Jefferson Red Rice, Collard Greens, Kielbasa, Appalachian Tomato Gravy 
    • Strip Steak, Confit New Potatoes, Broccoli, Mepkin Abbey Mushrooms, Brassica "Pesto," Bone Marrow Hollendaise 
    • A Skillet of Real Cornbread with Benton's Bacon Crumble 
    • Texas Olive Oil Cake with Strawberries and Orange Marmalade (so amazing we ordered a second immediately after finishing our first!)
Donuts at Glazed Gourmet 
Shrimp and grits at Hominy Grill. 
Tuesday: 
  • Breakfast: Hominy Grill
    • High-Rise Biscuit with Sausage Gravy 
    • Shrimp and Grits: Sautéed Shrimp, Scallions, Mushrooms, and Bacon Over Cheese Grits
    • Pancake Special: Strawberry-Banana Pancakes with Strawberry Yogurt Butter
  • Snack: Jeni’s Ice Cream
    • Cake Cone with Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Salted Peanut with Chocolate Flecks
  • Late Lunch: Jestine’s Kitchen
    • Fried Chicken Basket: Fried Okra, Cole Slaw, and Collard Greens 
    • Coconut Cream Pie 
  • Dinner: FIG
    • Crudo of Cape Bay Scallop: Brown Butter, Pinenut, Chervil Oil, and Blood Orange 
    • Thomasville Tomme "Croque Monsieur": English Peas, Bacon, Mint Salad
    • Baked Snowy Grouper: Sauce Soubise, Beet, Fennel, and Cured Olive
    • Chopped Chicken & Carolina Gold Rice: Shishito, Broccoli Shoots, and Napa Cabbage 
    • Roasted Carrots: Pollen and Breadcrumb 
    • Butterscotch Pot de Creme: Amaretti and Soft Whipped Cream 
The most delicious fried chicken from Jestine's Kitchen. 
Wednesday: 
  • Breakfast: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
    • Brian surprised me with biscuits and cold brew coffees at our hotel before we left for the airport. We enjoyed them on the rooftop balcony of our hotel!
Shrimp and grits at The Darling Oyster Bar
Here are some other restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries we considered when planning. Unfortunately, we were not able to fit them into our itinerary this time around! I am hoping to return to the city soon (maybe a girls' weekend getaway with my mom and daughter this fall?) and try out some of them. 

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