Places to eat in historic Charleston were not hard to find and we found five that we loved during our December 2019 trip. As always, we try to find places to eat that are in walking distance from where we stay and it was not hard as there were so many wonderful places near by that it was hard to pick!!
Slightly North of Broad, S.N.O.B.
Our very favorite place was Slightly North of Broad, lovingly known as S.N.O.B. Located on E. Bay Street and easy to find. It was Christmas Eve and we did not have reservations but were able to get a seat at the Chef’s Bar. It actually was a fun place to sit! The ambiance was festive and the restaurant smelled delicious! I was a bit self conscious as we had not dressed for dinner but came off the street! Here we were in our jeans and messed up rainy hair while the majority was in their Christmas finery. Oh well. The staff didn’t seem to care and were so very pleasant and accommodating.
I had the beef tenderloin which did not fail to please and Steve had shrimp and grits which was his theme meal throughout our stay. He loved these shrimp and grits and as a matter of fact he bought me the restaurant’s cook book as the recipe was in it! We were also given complimentary egg nog. I am not a big egg nog fan but this was fantastic. It may have had something to do with the rum, bourbon, and brandy in it!! For desert we tried our very first figgy pudding!! It doesn’t get more Christmasy than that! I really enjoyed the figgy pudding, it is reminiscent of a bread pudding but more solid.
This was first of the places we decided to eat at in historic Charleston. Friends of ours had highly recommended Poogan’s Porch to us. It was a great recommendation. A bit further from our hotel but still within walking distance, it is located on Queen Street. Poogan’s Porch is named after the dog that lived here at one time named Poogan who liked to sit on the porch. The house is a beautiful victorian home and has tastefully been turned into a restaurant.
This was a great choice. Since we arrived in Charleston early in the morning it was still breakfast time. I tried my first chicken and waffles which I really enjoyed. Steve had a stuffed French toast which was also very tasty. Plus they had great coffee.
Steve was hungry for some good fish and chips, and after asking a few locals, all agreed that The Griffon was the place for the best fish and chips. It was absolutely pouring down rain and water was puddling in the streets when we decided we were hungry. Because of this we were happy to see The Griffon was just across the street from our hotel on The Vendue Range and definitely worth the sprint there! This pub is really unique. The walls are decorated with dollar bills covering all the walls and ceilings.
The food was good. Steve really enjoyed his fish and chips and I enjoyed some chicken strips, fries, and a local beer. Not the healthiest meal but very good, and hey, we were on vacation!!
We found this lovely spot while out walking around the area on E. Bay Street. We were hungry so decided to give it a try! This is really a charming place. The long bar up front gave the place character and the dining area in back was bright and cheery.
I again had chicken, this time a chicken sandwich with a salad. Steve had shrimp and grits. Another great meal!
Pearlz Oyster Bar
Recommended by our Bell Hop at The Vendue we gave this a try and found it to be quite good. Just down the block from our hotel, again on E. Bay Street, this cozy spot has some unique menu items. They have an oyster bar, although we are not oyster people, we heard it was good. They also have a daily spin on shrimp and grits and their shrimp and grits change daily.
It was cold and I could not turn down the spiked apple cider. So very good!!!! Steve of course ordered the shrimp and grits and I went with a hamburger, chips and broccoli slaw. We were both happy with our selection.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at The Vendue in Charleston. You will find The Vendue in a historic area on a street called Vendue Range. Originally built as a French warehouse in the 1780’s, this art hotel has a lot of character. We enjoyed our stay here. It was within easy walking distance to everything we wanted to see. Included with our room was morning breakfast, 4:00 PM wine and cheese and 9:00 PM warm chocolate chip cookies and milk! The staff was wonderful with lots of good information. Click on this link to book a room at The Vendue
We loved eating in Charleston, although we always love eating while we travel. It is so much fun to try the local specialties. I am very glad we did a lot of walking while in Charleston because we certainly did not eat very healthy!! Hopefully we will return to Charleston and check out the restaurants we didn’t go to!! I am going to guess you can’t go wrong with the places you eat in historic Charleston!
Next weeks post will be about our side trip to Kiawah Island and that will finish up our Charleston trip. Thanks for following along!