In downtown Charleston we have established favorites. Southend Brewery is our favorite for shrimp and grits, and she-crab soup. They also have really good brisket, crab cakes, and a seasonal summer wheat beer. But the best crab cakes are still from the Crab Shack at Folly Beach. Our favorite happy hour is at the Social in downtown. Monday through Friday from 4-7pm you can get house wine, bubbles, and draft beer for $3, as well as appetizers. Now, their appetizers are not skimpy. A margherita pizza is the size of a dinner plate, and the thick, house made potato chips covered with a creamy blue cheese sauce is quite a serving, or spring rolls, and more. If we're in the mood for a unique burger we head to Sullivan's Island for Poe's Tavern, where thick hamburgers are topped with things like crab cakes, fried eggs, and pico de gallo.... But as for dessert, Kaminsky's on Market St beats all, hands down. Their menu constantly changes (except for certain favorites, like their warm berry cobbler with ice cream) and includes pies, cheesecakes, and cakes like a double layer chocolate Reese's, Boston cream, or tuxedo. Their chai tea is always amazing, and the cocktails are like another dessert.
Recently, we had the opportunity to attend Taste of Charleston at Boone Hall Plantation. With somewhere around 40 restaurants in attendance with samples of their food we were in heaven. After sampling 12 new restaurants, and a couple of favorites, including 2 desserts, we headed home to enjoy our food comas. Now we are looking forward to trying some of new places we found.
Southend Brewery Kaminskys Social Taste of Charleston