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All of our Featured Properties offer breakfast, but for a change of pace try these: The Early Bird Diner is a local favorite with items like Pecan Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Waffles and Corn Cake Benedict. Sweetwater Café 137 Market Street. Great food and atmosphere. Open at 7am. Croissants, delicious coffee, perhaps a petit dejeuner, try the charming Gaulart & Maliclet, 98 Broad Street for a touch of Paris. Don’t miss Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits…so good.
Brunch: High Cotton brunch 11:30 on Saturday, 10am on Sundays. Have one of their famous Bloody Bulls with low country rub on the rim. Lunch: For dining outside I like the Pavilion Bar at the Market Pavillion Inn on the corner of East Bay and Market. Excellent sandwiches and salads and tremendous views overlooking the City. Blossom on East Bay has a beautiful garden patio and excellent food. When the weather doesn’t cooperate I head to Cru Cafe, 18 Pinkney Street. Open kitchen, excellent wines and one of the best sandwiches I had in a long time…black forest ham, brie, caremelized onions on a baguette. Prohibition is a very cool place with amazing food and drinks. (corned beef hash is fantastic) Other favorites are Virginia’s on King, both for the decor and the food and Butcher & Bee, amazing breads and pastries as well as locally sourced food items.
The Husk Burger tops most lists locally and nationally. Two Benton’s bacon-infused ground beef patties sit upon a house-made buttermilk & benne seed bun, topped with American cheese, diced white onions, bread & butter pickles, and a special sauce. Yum. Also, the roquefort burger with sea salt fries at 39 Rue de Jean, on John Street is amazing.
BBQ is a staple down here and their are lots of good places, but during our last trip I had the best brisket sandwich I ever had at Lewis Barbeque.
You could actually do an “oyster crawl” in Charleston. There’s Pearlz, Rappahannock, Hank’s and more but we like 167 Raw who has another outpost in Nantucket where we spend a lot of time. No reservations and the place is small, so get there early. The Champagne Bar at the Peninsula Grill is another favorite for oysters and a bit of bubbly. Also, The Ordinary, which also has an amazing selection of rum and rum drinks.
Uncork features a high-tech Enomatic (self-serve) system that allows guests to choose from 40 different wines from across the globe in one, three or six ounce pour options. Cheese, charcuterie, sweets and small plates. Opens at 1pm on weekends. Charleston Grill and Peninsula Grill have Best of Award of Excellence lists as recognized by Wine Spectator.
Everyone has a martini bar, so where to go boils down to the setting. Here are my favorites; Inside and sexy: Thoroughbred Club at Charleston Place. Allen Lancaster at The Bar in the Spectator Hotel may be the best bartender in town and the bar is as sexy as it gets. Outside with Views; Pavilion Bar, Market Pavilion Hotel. Fantastic setting around a pool with magnificent views of the City. Schooner Pride, an authentic 84 foot Tall Ship, bring some cheese and crackers, they serve beer and wine on a wonderful 2 hour sunset sail. $20 per person. Sails all year except winter. Fleet Landing, 186 Concord Street, off East Bay. Right on the Harbor. Rooftop Bar at the Vendue Inn. Perfect setting for sunset. Killer dirty martinis. How could a bar called Prohibition not have great cocktails? I don’t know whether I like Cane Rhum Bar more before or after dinner, but their selection of rhums is unparalleled. Relatively new to the scene, The Belmont is a dark, sexy and romantic cocktail lounge with creative drinks and fun bartenders.
Coffee and Dessert
Kaminsky’s 78 N. Market. Here’s the perfect after dinner spot. Walk your dinner off and then enjoy a wonderful selection of coffees, pies, cheesecakes, cakes and specialty desserts. They even serve after dinner liquors, dessert drinks and dessert martinis. What a find!
After a day of “tourist” stuff, I like a little snack…perhaps a glass of wine, at the end of the day. Here’s some great places to relax, have some cheese and crackers or appetizers and your favorite libation; The bar or garden at 82 Queen, 82 Queen Street or the bar or patio at Rue de Jean, 39 John Street. Great French bistro. Pearlz on East Bay. Opens at 4pm. Wonderfully fresh oysters. Have the oyster shooter…Absolut Peppar, oyster, spicy cocktail sauce…that’ll get you going. Gaulart & Maliclet, 98 Broad Street. French pates, cheeses, wine….cool setting.
While Away a Rainy Day
Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan Island. Casual, laid-back. Outside tables and bar. (with an overhang) Good appts and lunch. Tons of cold beers. Excellent Bloody. In town go to Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub.
After Dinner Fun
High Cotton, East Bay, has live jazz every night until 10pm, in a beautiful bar. Thoroughbred Club has piano music. Pavilion Bar, is where the beautiful people drink on nice evenings. Footlight Players perform top Broadway shows and Theater 99 is a comedy improv group. When all else fails head to the best dive bar in town, The Griffon. The Charleston Pour House has a full slate of live music.
The go-to place for the ladies is Stella Nova in downtown Charleston. There are three locations for a spa, salon and store.
We like Monarch Wine Merchants. Unusual bottles and rare cuvée, Old World classics and a broad range of imports, Back Vintage bottles, Small batch wines from quality-conscious producers, Selections from cult producers
Goat Sheep Cow has cheese, charcuterie, salads, sandwiches,,,,and wine!
Main Street Sweets. An amazing selection of southern treats. Mail order catalog as well. Kilwins, for decadent chocolates and ice cream..