Sunday, September 9, 2012

Charleston Food, we love you


Hey yall, charley and I were just reminiscing about all the yummy food we’ll miss. Charleston has so much to offer and only a zillion places to try. The tourists get sucked into the highly advertised bits down on east bay and king so we put together the Lesser knowns ( or not lesser knowns). We thought it’d be handy for visitors or locals.  So here is our big ol list. Everything should be linked to the website so you can check out the menus. We hope to keep adding to this list as we remember, so check back.


$=  4 to 10 dollars

$$= 11-17 dollars

$$$=17-30 dollars


The Wild Olive

  • Italian
  • $$$
  • WE LOVE: the lamb, sausage and goat cheese lasagna. Their daily selction of fresh fish entrees and an ever-changing inventive menu.

Il Cortile Del Rey

  • Italian food
  • $$$
  • WE LOVE : the homey small spaced interior with cozy fireplaces and private rooms. Tri mushroom ravioli and house mussels are absolutely to die for.

The Fast and French

  • French food
  • $
  • WE LOVE: the affordable-ness and bar height counters. Brunch, vast selection of French cheeses. Hot soups and crusty breads. Jams and mustards. The veggie tomato soup with an openfaced sandwhich with bri- oooh da lalee

Glazed Donuts

  • Gourmet doughnuts in interestingly paired flavors. You will be hooked on these like crack if you try one.
  • $
  • WE LOVE : the purple cow- goat cheese and blueberry; The bacon apple fritters

Caviar and Bananas

  • Panini’s, sushi, salads, hot bar and other gourmet selections.
  • $$
  • WE LOVE: Iced Pumpkin espresso, Kumbachi tea, Roast beef Panini, Duck confit Panini, The “charleston” sushi roll, Meatloaf cupcake (mashed potato frosting).

Five Loaves

  • Soups, sandwiches and entrée’s
  • $
  • WE LOVE :
    • chicken salad on a croissant.
    • Any of their soups.
    • That you can buy a half of a sandwich for 4 dollars and it’s the size of a plate.
    • Grilled flat iron steak with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus and a creamy red wine demi.
    • The chicken is free range and all natural. The beef is grass fed, hormone free, from Meyers farm. The pasta
      made locally by Bertolini’s Fresh Pasta Company
    • Cobb Salad with avocado, bacon, bleu cheese, all natural diced chicken, egg & tomato                                       
      over mixed greens
    • steamed mussels with coconut thai sauce
    • Beef Medallions


  • Thai food
  • $$
  • WE LOVE: basil rolls, pad thai, basil duck, crispy red curry duck, tom kha gai (coconut soup)

82 Queen

  • french lowcountry
  • $$$
  • WE LOVE: house made pork rinds at the bar. Cheese/cornbread biscuits. Soups. brunch. Shrimp and Grits. Dark and stormy. Fried green tomatoes.

Sesame Burgers

  • burgers and milkshakes
  • $$
  • WE LOVE: that you can put literally ANYTHING you want on your burger (there’s even a bacon, peanut butter banana burger!?) . Prosciutto, mushroom’s, caramelized onion and Fontina cheese is my favorite. Charley loves the nappa valley burger.


  • Seafood
  • $
  • WE LOVE: eating on the deck with a small breeze. the view of shem creek and the fishing boats. Dogs allowed. extremely fresh everything.


  • Burgers and beer.
  • $$
  • WE LOVE: the poe art and quaint location. Eating on the porch. The amontillado burger.

Giovanni’s pizza (in the market)

  • pizza and calzone
  • $
  • WE LOVE: authentic and wonderful. We love the spicy sausage and taking one to go while walking the waterfront park board walk.

Ben and Jerry’s  (why did this closedown in columbia?)

  • ice cream
  • $
  • WE LOVE: Coffee coffee buz buz buzz and Phish food combined in a shake (it’s heaven)

The Grocery


  • fresh
  • $$
  • WE LOVE : incredibly local, incredibly neighborhood friendly place.

Butcher and Bee


  • $$
  • WE LOVE: it’s open until 3 am and makes a chill hangout. The interior with reclaimed wood and industrial pieces. The inventive menu.


FOOD TRUCKS ( can be found at 44 morris street, dubbed “eat street” and often at Marion square Saturday mornings)

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