Charleston Series: Eating in South Carolina Part I

Earlier this month a bunch of us ladies went to South Carolina to celebrate the engagement of a very dear friend. It was the first time in Charleston for all of us, and I’m proud to say we did a pretty good job in picking accommodations, activities and most importantly, food.

I’m going to start with sharing where we stayed since the food we ate at the start of the trip was tied to location. Fortunately for us, Spring Street is an excellent location for plenty of local eateries. It’s also just a hop, skip away from King Street which is the center of restaurants, shops, and nightlife. Super convenient.

Now, let’s talk about where and what we ate.

sorghum and salt cucumber dumplings

Sorghum & Salt 

Location: Coming Street
Price Point: $$
Points of Charm:

  • Possibly my favorite aspect about this restaurant, personally, is the fact that I happened to pick it from a list of restaurants on Yelp and they were able to accommodate our party of 9 on short notice. This was a true occurrence of serendipity.
  • The restaurant is cozy and divided into two sections. You enter into a waiting area that is also the bar. Our bartender/waitress was incredibly pleasant and helpful. We started off with a parade of chardonnay at the bar.
  • Since it’s a tapas-style restaurant, we were able to try a lot of key southern dishes such as Carolina Gold Risotto (my favorite dish of the night), Cucumber Dumplings, and Blue Crab with asparagus in a butter lemon sauce.
  • There is also a $75 chef tasting menu which I’d definitely make reservations for if I’m ever back there.

carolina gold rissotto

Bon Banh Mi

Location: Spring Street (literally right next to our house)
Price Point: $
Points of Charm:

  • We were in the Charleston location (versus the larger Mount Pleasant restaurant) so it’s literally a small corner shop with limited bar seating only. However, it was very convenient to have this right next to our house so that we could grab a quick lunch before heading out for activities.
  • The tamarind shrimp filling is very good. I got it in a taco.
  • Really nice service.
  • Delicious Vietnamese coffee that kept me awake throughout the entire day despite a late night the day before.

tempura crawfish and catfish edmund's oast

Edmund’s Oast

Location: Morrison Drive in Wagener Terrace
Price Point: $$.5
Points of Charm: 

  • They also run their own brewery. There’s a wall in the restaurant with 45 types of craft beers listed. I recommend the Baby Bubbles BBQ beer.
  • Really cute outdoor patio space + bar. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to sit there because a wedding was taking place that night.
  • My tempura crawfish and catfish dish was AMAZING. We ate the entire plate clean. The grits were divine.

Tip: We also had a great session making flower crowns with Fetes de Fleurs.