Since I just posted about my recent trip to Charleston, I thought I’d give a few restaurant recommendations. Charleston is mainly known for Southern food; including (but not limited to) all things fried. There are a few restaurants that go the traditional route, while others try a modern twist on Southern staples. Here are 5 restaurants I’d highly recommend in Charleston:
186 Concord Street
If you’re looking for a more casual dining atmosphere in downtown Charleston, Fleet Landing should be on your list! With waterfront dining and a large menu, it’s sure to please most visitors to the Holy City. Even though it’s a more casual experience, I would still recommend making a reservation in advance!
199 East Bay Street
Ideally located on East Bay Street, High Cotton is an upscale restaurant specializing in Lowcountry food and fine dining. High Cotton has a large bar area, with live music on a regular basis, which is ideal for a drink while waiting for your table. Hands down my favorite thing on their menu: buttermilk fried oysters!
76 Queen Street
I’ve talked about Husk before, so of course it would make this list! With a changing daily menu, Husk offers a substantial menu that “transforms the essence of Southern food.” If the pimento cheese appetizer is on the menu when you visit - order it! Another favorite is the Dragoon’s Punch on the drink menu. While you’re waiting for a table or reservation, head next door to the Husk Bar - it’s a great spot for a quick drink and appetizer!
153 East Bay Street
I just recently visited Minero, located on East Bay Street close to Rainbow Row. Minero is an upscale Mexican restaurant owned and operated by the same group that runs Husk and McCrady’s. I loved it! Minero is definitely on the more casual side for Charleston, and my mom and I were able to get in without too long of a wait or a reservation! Get the guacamole, trust me.
72 Queen Street
Last but not least, Poogan’s Porch. Located right next to Husk, Poogan’s Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest dining establishments. Poogan’s opened in 1976 in a beautifully restored Victorian home and is named for the dog that lived at the home until 1979, Poogan. I usually try to eat at Poogan’s every time I visit Charleston, as I love their traditional Southern food.
I’d highly recommend making reservations for all of these restaurants, as eating out in Charleston is a “must do” for many in the city; visitors and residents alike!