Tuesday, October 11, 2011


     Chad and I have come to the conclusion that we are eating our way through Charleston.  On one hand, we feel like this is a shame because there are so many amazing things to see here.  On the other hand, it makes us very happy.  We are amateur foodies.  We love sitting down and savoring a meal with each other, friends, and family.  We aren't food critics.  We aren't assessing each dish, picking out individual ingredients, pairing it perfectly with our beverage.  Partially because we are not wine or beer connoisseurs either.  We don't freak out over our food pairings, but we love trying new varieties, wineries and breweries.
     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

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