Last week we spent five days exploring beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston has long been a destination high on my bucket list so I was excited for our first visit. Charleston is one of those places that you mention in conversation and immediately hear “Oh, I love it there” or “That’s my favorite city.” I can confidently say that it lived up to the hype.
Charleston feels like a town rather than a city that oozes charm on every block. Between the friendly locals, historical significance, painted buildings with a touch of weathered chipping and peeling to give it interest — there’s no denying Charleston has an infectious energy to it.
I’ll be doing a few Charleston posts detailing where we stayed and what we did but first up I’m recapping what we ate. If you know anything about Charleston then you know it has a mighty reputation for having one of the best food scenes in the country.
Where we Dined
Miller’s All Day – A cute interior but neither of us loved our food. Not necessarily a bad stop but not somewhere you need to rush to.
Peninsula Grill – This restaurant is on property of the Planters Inn, the hotel we stayed at. Service was fantastic and food was good but, for the prices we paid, we were expecting to be blown away. Plus, I thought the famous coconut cake was overhyped.
Felix – Cute atmosphere and located right on King Street but we were disappointed with slow service. Food was just okay — we’d def recommend skipping this one.
Basic Kitchen – This was the first meal in Charleston that totally blew us away. The atmosphere is chic yet comfortable and the food is out of this world. If we lived in Charleston, we’d eat here every week. We split the avocado toast to start, I got the beet burger and Phil got the Basic Bowl. All three are must-orders.
Lenoir – An absolute 10/10 dinner. Fantastic service, cool interior, and mouth-watering food. When you go, order the rolls with butter!! They come warm and are hands down the best rolls I’ve ever had in my life. We ordered another batch they were that good and even considered going back the next day for more.
Husk – There’s a reason you need to book a reservation here months in advance — the food is superb. The depth of flavors in each of our dishes was flawless. I ordered the chicken and Phil got the duck but note the menu is always changing as they use local and fresh ingredients. A must-do stop during your time in Charleston!