Saturday farmer’s market in Marion Square is usually the highlight of my weekend. I can always count on this gathering to involve a few of my favorite things: massive amounts of food,$30 candles that smell so good they are worth the price, fresh produce, great people watching, and strangers’ dogs. But back to the talk about food. Charleston Crepe Co. busted out an amazing strawberry and Nutella crepe! The nutella was warm and melty and the strawberries were sweet, tart and juicy – all wrapped in a doughy crepe and dusted with powdered sugar. I split this puppy with my girlfriend, but if we were being honest with ourselves, we could’ve eaten about three crepes to ourselves. Next time….
Brunch started off with some strong coffee, bloody Mary’s and High Cotton’s complimentary corn bread and whipped butter. The cornbread was sweet, dense and melted in my mouth, which fits all of the criteria I have for corn bread! Matt ordered the crab cakes benedict: fried green tomato layered with crispy and lump crab cakes, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Creamy grits on the side, of course (his first grit experience). I ordered the special: chef’s selection of seasonal vegetables, crispy potatoes, poached eggs and hollandaise. Yum and yum! The ambiance was peaceful and relaxing – a perfect way to end a weekend!
If you don’t eat ice cream at least once a summer, something is wrong. The love I have for the creamy, decadent and obscure flavors that Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams offers helps me look past the fact that I’m paying more than $3 for a scoop of ice cream. Brambleberry crisp, brown butter almond brittle, buckeye, Thai peanut and Persian orange have been some of my all time favorites, and I actually have a hard time switching it up and trying new flavors because I enjoy those flavors so much! Even though Jeni’s has gone through some troubles with the recent recall, it’s a great company that makes an amazing product; my loyalty will never waver! It’s a springtime must-have and I hope you get the chance to give it a lick.
I live about five blocks from Rutledge Avenue and drive past this restaurant all of the time. It’s been one of those “I need to try that place someday” spots that I somehow forget about when deciding which place to try next. I’m really glad I finally gave it a whirl; dinner at 6pm just happened to coincide with live music and a fantastic happy hour. We scored a great table out on the partially outdoor patio, which gave things a nice breeze and provided beautiful natural light for my juicy burger. My drink of choice was the Middleton Mule: Gin infused with fresh cucumber, fresh lime juice and topped with ginger beer and a cucumber garnish. Very refreshing and only 5$! For some nommage, I ordered the Blue Cheese Burger: a thick patty topped with smoked blue cheese, balsamic onion relish and grilled tomato. Delicious and though it wasn’t great for my arteries, it was good for the soul!
Somehow I didn’t discover this amazing place until a few weeks ago, despite the fact this taco spot is in a huge, periwinkle warehouse with a white duck painted on the side. My friend and I went during happy hour (best time of day) – which meant 1$ Tecate and 2$ margaritas. The tacos were absolutely delicious; so many fresh flavors and tasty combinations! After about 35 minutes of staring at the artistic and appetizing menu, I chose the Bangkok shrimp and the fresh fish taco. The Bangkok shrimp was spicy, sweet and peanut-y and topped with homemade pickles, resulting in a weird, yet delicious, combination of flavors.The fresh fish was had a spicy chipotle crema and cabbage slaw, making for a perfect combination of salty, sweet and crunchy. Nothing can replace the spot California taco trucks have in my heart, but this is a close second.
I reallllly try to eat at new spots as much as possible, but with Five Loaves nearby it’s an entirely different story. I’ve eaten at this cozy cafe more than anywhere else in Charleston (besides Jeni’s Ice Cream, but that’s a given). Their sandwiches are so. damn. good. My all time favorite has to be the hot ham & brie sandwich: hot ham, melted brie, green tomato jam and mustard vinegar slaw on a fresh and buttery croissant. Another favorite is the portobello goat cheese burger with spinach, tomato and sweet basil mayonnaise on top of thick cut multigrain bread. I usually go with a few people, convince everyone order different sandwiches and share between the group. It’s a great way to try multiple sandwiches without eating them all to yourself. Though that wouldn’t be too terrible….
If I’m feeling extra wild, I order the soup sampler with my sandwich. This comes with 3 different soup choices (my favorite is the creamy parmesan asparagus soup) in 3oz sample cups. It’s only 4.50 and worth every penny! Click the photos below for more info on their delicious choices.
The Rarebit was the first bar I tried in Charleston, and still remains one of my favorites. It’s cozy, a little retro, has an awesome staff and always plays great music.During the weekdays The Rarebit is a favorite spot of mine to grab happy hour and an early dinner. Weekends tend to get pretty busy and it’s always a fun place to go for some weekend shenanigans! As for the food and beverage selection….I APPROVE. My favorite drinks are the Charleston-famous Rarebit Moscow Mule (on tap) and the Greyhound, which involves vodka, grapefruit and limeade. I had the pleasure of eating the braised pork with broccoli and carrot slaw on a toasted potato bun with a side of creamy macaroni and cheese (never, ever pass up that opportunity). It was the best meal I’ve had at The Rarebit. I also appreciate that they have a late-night menu that goes until 2am, if you happen to be hungry at that time.
The biergarten is a great place to go, any day of the week; I love the ambiance almost as much as I enjoy the enormous beer selection. As for food, I got made fun of for ordering the Kale & Quinoa burger (cliché future RD move, evidently) but it was so worth it! The quinoa patty was extremely flavorful and layered with charred kale, melted swiss cheese and crispy fried red onions. On top was a perfectly fried sunny side up egg, all layered onto a toasted pretzel bun, with a side of cinnamon sugar sweet potato fries. Finished off with a classic ice cold Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, it was a complete meal to say the least!
After a delicious lunch at Five Loaves cafe, I was in the mood for some more carbs (specifically in the form of cupcakes) at the Sugar Bakeshop on Cannon street. Such a selection to choose from! We decided on the Vanilla Blueberry cupcake and the Hummingbird cupcake with a honey buttercream frosting. The flavors were out of this world and completely satisfied my sweet tooth! It was my first time tasting hummingbird cake and it lived up to all of the delicious rumors I’ve heard. They also had mini cupcakes, for those in a less adventurous moods or a love of miniature things. A must try!