How to eat your way through Charleston in a weekend
My boyfriend Phillip works a lot. Like a lot a lot. His longest streak of working without taking a day off (never mind a vacation) was a ridiculous three months. He's a bit of a workaholic, obviously, but he always makes time to travel with me!
Since we started dating, we've gone on many weekend trips and a few vacations like Disney and Opryland. Until this year, we had never been to the beach - which is crazy considering how much I love the ocean.
A few weeks ago, we took off Thursday after work for the charming and historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. We were only staying for three nights - including the night of driving in, but we made the most of it. We stayed at the Planter's Inn at the suggestion of Phillip's brother and it did not disappoint. A little on the pricey side, but right in the middle of everything Downtown Charleston.
We woke up and walked through the open air market on the first day, got a little lost, then had ice cream for breakfast as we explored the old city. We lunched at the Noisy Oyster which I would honestly not recommend. The food was great but the mosquitos in the dingy bar area bit me - not exaggerating - 18 times. No bueno for someone like me whose skin really reacts to bites of any kind. These didn't heal for two weeks after our trip.
But on to happier things! After lunch we hopped in the car and over the ravenel bridge to Boone Hall Plantation. If you saw my previous post about our annual girl's trip, you'll know that I have been to Charleston many times. I have not, however, been able to visit this plantation on any of those times. So basically I was as giddy as a kid on Christmas Eve. The plantation has the breathtaking Avenue of Oaks which I've always wanted to see. We enjoyed the tour so much that I was sad to leave!
Our day didn't end there, though. Phillip had seen the USS Yorktown while on our way to the plantation and wanted to explore the museum. We had an absolute blast doing that self-guided tour. And our timing was perfect because it started to rain a bit while we were going through the indoor portion.
With tired legs but a dinner reservation to make, we freshened up and walked to Cru - a restaurant in a little old house off of Pickney street. The mac & cheese appetizer featured on their website was honestly the best mac and cheese I've ever tasted. And their entrees were so full of flavor that we each ate half of the other's plate. Dessert was chocolate brownie cake to go at a little late-night dessert cafe called Kaminsky's about a block from our hotel. We ate cake and drank wine on the patio before completely crashing for the night.
The next day was much more relaxed than the first. We got up and decided brunch was in order. Hominy Grill was our Yelp pick for the morning and the reviews didn't lie. A walk up bar is available while you wait for your table (there were about 40 people waiting at the time, so don't expect a quick table!) and patio seating in the shade to make you more comfortable. We ate what was an incredible brunch and decided to spend a few hours on my favorite beach - Sullivans Island.
Everything else before dinner was kind of a blur because after the beach I literally shopped until I dropped and then I napped for an hour and a half. Vacationing can be exhausting at times! Refueling was necessary because our dinner reservations weren't until almost 10PM! When thinking of places to eat, we kept coming back to a place called Poogan's Porch. Unfortunately, everyone else had this idea too, and when we called the day before to make reservations, late was the only option.
The atmosphere was exactly our kind of place. Where the servers are friendly and genuinely care about your dinner experience. And where dinner is just that - an experience. Each dish is an adventure and the server is your guide. Phillip's steak and my sweet tea glazed salmon were enough to put us in food comas. No room for dessert because our bottle of wine was all the dessert we needed.
I could almost die happy, but Phillip's sister told us tales of a giant cinnamon bun that made death wait. So on our last morning we packed up, had a quick breakfast, and checked out. But before getting on the interstate, we stopped at the Wild Flour Pastry place for our giant treat. The bun was easily one of the most delicious treats I've ever had - still warm and fresh out of the oven with icing melting by the minute.
I have no idea how I stayed awake with Phillip for the six hour drive home, but somehow I was a good girlfriend and attempted to entertain him while he was the awesome boyfriend who didn't make me drive at all.
Our trip was pretty successful if you ask me, especially on the food side. I am a foodie for sure and that trip may have put a few pounds on me. But it was worth it! Also It was the last trip until the holidays begin for me, so I'm glad we made the most of it.
Currently planning the next trip which will hopefully involve scuba diving and somewhere tropical! Until then, stay tuned for lots of fall fashion and recipes here on AP!