For my second visit to Charleston, I knew I had to try all new restaurants. Life’s too short to repeat meals. (Well, unless they are that good. Then, by all means, repeat away.) I’m also that person that’s distracted by shiny new things so it’s no surprise that I was excited to try some new spots.
1. 167 Raw
One of the tiniest restaurants I’ve ever eaten in, 167 Raw is worth the inevitable wait. Grab a [small] group of friends, and hang outside with a glass, or bottle, of wine. Then order as much as you’re able to eat.
With the freshest in town, you can’t go wrong with the daily ceviche.
Perfectly cooked and served on a brioche bun.
Scallop Po Boy
Such a phenomenal dish. The scallops are sweets with a little bite to them, and it’s served on a brioche roll.
2. Basic Kitchen
Basic Kitchen was such a find. Their menu is just what I needed after a night of drinking bourbon – something somewhat indulgent and healthy. Everything they serve is veggie-forward which I love.
If anything, get these for the cashew ranch. Holy smokes!
I had the smoked salmon toast, but sadly, it’s not on the menu anymore. Any of their toasts are a pretty decent replacement.
I need a place in Boston to make a bowl situation like this one. Cauli grits, egg, and chicken sausage? Um, ok.
3. Darling Oyster Bar
Darling Oyster Bar is on everyone’s list, but for good reason. Darling is cozy, chic, and has a great raw bar situation. It’s so good that I even forgot to take pictures of my food. So yeah.
House Smoked Salmon Dip
The flavorful smoked salmon dip is paired with pickles and toast points. Such a yummy started.
Shrimp & Grits
I order Shrimp & Grits as much as I can. This one is buttery and delicious.
“Get all the shrimp” is usually my motto. Do the same and you won’t be sorry.
I’m usually partial when I do my round-ups but I definitely saved the best for last. Leon’s Oyster Shop is a true example of Southern comfort. Please make the tiny trek to Leon’s if you’re ever in Charleston. I promise you’ll love every bite. Personally, this is one place I will make it a point to visit every time I’m in town.
Get fried oysters and don’t look back.
Peel ‘N Eat Shrimp
I wasn’t kidding about my shrimp motto. These shrimp come covered in Old Bay, so I call it a win.
Smoked Mahi Dip
Really digging all of the smoked fish dips in Charleston. This one is a standout.
This is no ordinary salad. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the rest of your order.
Order it for yourself or share with friends. But really get it for yourself.