Sweet tea, rich history, beautiful churches, mannerly people and southern comfort … food, that is. If you’re a foodie, Charleston is the place to dig in, but there are oh-so-many choices when locating the best southern food in Charleston and deciding where to secure that mind-blowing southern dish.
Fresh seafood is abundant in Charleston, and other local favorites include boiled peanuts, she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and of course the famous Charleston shrimp and grits. Here are a few delicious eateries that promise to deliver the best southern food on your visit.
There’s nothing better than a good southern brunch.
And Magnolias is a must. You can’t go wrong with the fried green tomatoes, country fried steak and eggs or parmesan crusted flounder, but Magnolias Down South Egg Roll is the best. It’s stuffed with collard greens, chicken and Tasso ham, served with red pepper puree, spicy mustard sauce and peach chutney. That’s all found at 185 East Bay Street.
For dinner, let’s start with she-crab soup.
Voted best seafood restaurant 14-straight years, Hank’s Seafood Restaurant (located at the corner of Church and Hayne St.) is also voted to serve up the best Charleston she-crab soup. You don’t want to pass up a stop at this staple, which looks just like a classic 1940s Charleston fish house.
Now on to the main course – shrimp and grits.
Hominy Grill, located at 207 Rutledge Avenue, offers a traditional yet delectable take on the local favorite. With creamy grits and perfectly spiced shrimp, it’s sure to impress. Is your mouth watering yet? The dish goes for less than $20 and if you’re impressed, you can pick up a copy of the recipe booklet.
Another hot spot for the best southern food in Charleston is Poogan’s Porch Restaurant at 72 Queen Street. Featured on the Food Network, it’s one of the oldest restaurants in Charleston and also said to have the best shrimp and grits. Don’t forget to try the pimento cheese balls as a starter.
If you don’t like shrimp, then you’d better be eating fried chicken.
Jestine’s Kitchen has made it on the national radar thanks to Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain, and even Oprah, but it’s also a hot spot for locals in Charleston. Head on over to 251 Meeting Street to find dishes that are as rich in history as taste, and won’t break the bank. The fried chicken costs just $11.95.
Now how about some meatloaf?
The search for the best southern food continues at The Boulevard Diner in Mt. Pleasant and James Island. Don’t let the outside décor deter you. The cajun-style meatloaf, which goes for only $10, comes with mashed potatoes, homemade gravy and one deliciously fried side.
For more of the best southern food in Charleston, fine-dining menus for Husk and High Cotton change regularly, but the quality of the food is consistent. Make sure to secure a reservation though by calling a few days in advance.
Now to the final course and the sweetest part – dessert.
There’s no doubt about it. The world-famous Coconut Cake at Peninsula Grill is one to write home about. It’s twelve layers of pure indulgence. But if you’re in a rush, swing by Cupcake or Kaminsky’s for a treat.
So now you have plenty of choices for dining, but where you stay is of equal importance. Consider the Governor’s House Inn for a beautiful and historic Charleston bed and breakfast experience. To learn more, click here!