A trip to the south – or anywhere for that matter – is not complete without a list of eats. We were only in Charleston for a short time, just under three days, and I think we did a fine job of making our way around town.
Starting with breakfast/brunch, we decided to hit up Butcher & Bee, a top recommendation and one which is located off one of the main roads and in the back of a parking lot. Sure, sounds normal to those folks in L.A. or in the suburbs, but strange for someone who has been absorbed in the New York lifestyle for some time.
A food blogger in her natural habitat. 😉 She is queen of the San Francisco eats and has lots of fun explorations if find yourself in sunny (cloudy?) San Fran.
Of course Gaia’s french toast was the real winner on presentation. A gooey selection of Challah bread dipped in something sweet, toasted to perfection, and topped with berries and granola. Mmmmm, sugar coma come save me.
Butcher & Bee
654 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Now if you are looking for something a little more casual or maybe caffeinated, I recommend stopping into The Daily (by Butcher & Bee). We ended up here post breakfast for just that – coffee and juice, and I would certainly have gone back there the next two days if it wasn’t in the opposite direction of our adventures. Oh and the whole “must try new things” idea.
Lovely pre-packaged items ready to devour. Like I said, if I lived here full time and had the ability to spend $$$, I would be here all day every day.
Yes kind sir I am taking a picture of my beverages (split with Laura). No judgement. We’ve got Green Lemonade on the left (kale, spinach, cucumber, green apple, lemon, ginger – BEST JUICE EVER) and Iced Almond Milk Latte on the right (BEST ALMOND MILK LATTE EVER). Just throwing that out there.
On the first day, we ended up eating breakfast at such a late hour, that there really was no need to stop again for lunch and instead, we spent the day walking and then snacking on various coffee drinks and glorious King Street Cookies. They even had a milk bar for you to fill up and pair alongside your one, two, or more sweet treats. I went for more of the chocolate selection while Lindsay had strawberry and lemon and Laura stuck to a snicker-doodle and molasses.
King Street Cookies
370 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401
We may not have eaten lunch on day one, but we sure found ourselves in line for BBQ on day two. The original plan had been to wander through a plantation and then end up at Sullivan’s Island or Isle of the Palms for some much needed beach time. Well, Mother Nature had different ideas and with a never-ending rainstorm in our midst, we settled in for a nice drink and southern spread.
Lindsay found the most adorable old-fashioned bar where they make affordable classic cocktails and play black and white movies on the wall. I decided to go outside my comfort zone and order something with gin and pineapple. The thinking was “maybe the pineapple will help my legs recover from all that walking, right?” Good thinking.
Next up dinner, but that went un-pictured by yours truly. I swear it was delicious, I just decided to live in the moment.
Husk is yet another wonderful dining option – one that requires a reservation well in advance. We didn’t think that one through either and couldn’t really show up and ask for a table for 5. But maybe you can check it out for us!
76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Next step. Find a suitable dessert option to end the night.
We all know the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, but I think there needs to be a book, If You Give Kaitlin a Scoop of Ice Cream (she will love you forever). But then again, maybe we shouldn’t. In the end I will say hands down, ice cream is the best creation and certainly the best dessert. I also think now that Jeni’s has their stuff together, they are churning out some fine flavors.