Last time we were in Charleston, we stayed in the heart of the historic district, so we walked to most of our restaurants and ate at fancier places. This time, I wanted more variety and more good old casual southern food, so most of our favorite restaurants were not in historic Charleston. Here are some of our favorites from this trip:
- Persimmon Cafe: Located inside an active laundromat close to the College of Charleston. They serve paninis and soup. Ryan had the adult grilled cheese and I had the caprese panini with the tomato parmesan soup (which might have been the best thing I ate the whole trip). They also serve frozen custard, so I left with a very full tummy!
- Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ: Multiple locations, but we went to the one in Sullivan's Island. I wanted to eat their pulled pork all day!
- Crave Kitchen: Close to our hotel in Mount Pleasant. They have award-winning mac and cheese and a variety of toppings to put on it. It's certainly the most expensive mac and cheese I've ever eaten, but they aren't kidding around. It's seriously delicious and the portions are huge! Ryan and I could have easily split one for dinner since we also got a cup of soup and a side of grilled vegetables. I took most of my pulled pork mac and cheese back to the hotel!
- Boxcar Betty's: Gourmet fried chicken sandwiches with a variety of amazing toppings and sauces. So yummy! And they have locally sourced ingredients, cage free antibiotic free chicken, and everything on your tray is completely compostable! Seriously, my cup was plant-based plastic! I had no idea there was such a thing!
- Early Bird Diner: Chicken and waffles was on my must-eat list for Charleston and what better place than the one that Guy ate at on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives? You can get breakfast all day, but they have lunch and dinner entrees too. They also have all the good old southern sides, so this is a great place to chow down on fried okra, mac and cheese, and fried green tomatoes.
- Belgian Gelato: We discovered this place on our honeymoon 5 years ago, because one of their locations is right next to Waterfront Park and right around the corner from our hotel. It was Ryan's favorite place from our first trip, so it was a no-brainer for this one. Ryan always gets their strawberry sorbet, but I had the lemon sorbet one day and the coffee gelato the next. So good!
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