Honeymoon in Charleston
Hi! In a couple of weeks, we'll be off on our honeymoon in Charleston, and I'm so excited for all of the delicious food! I've been browsing the many, many, many topics here on Charleston and I've found that there are just too many choices and everyone has a different opinion.
So, I'm going to tell you where we're thinking of going - can you please let me know if these are good choices or if you would swap something out for something else? (Or switch a place to a different meal?)
Also, if you can help, I'd also like to know which places I should make reservations for and how far ahead I should make the reservations. We'll be arriving in Charleston in the afternoon on June 15th and leaving in the afternoon on June 20th. Thanks in advance for your help and advice! I hope no one gets tired of talking about the great food in Charleston!!! :)
Five Loaves Cafe
Fast & French
For dinner - I strongly recommend McCradys (on East Bay). I've been disappointed at SNOB and Magnolia's, but McCradys consistently surpasses expectations. Oak is also nice, and it's a beautiful restaurant. I'd skip California Dreaming and try somewhere on Sullivans Island (Poe's is fun for beer and burgers but crowded with beachgoers, the Boathouse is a nice option). But seriously - go to McCrady's.
For lunch - Fast and French is pretty good, but the ventilation isn't great so it will be less than comfortable in the summer. Cru is delicious. Also, Hominy Grill is a favorite for brunch. I personally love Yo Burrito on Wentworth.
IMO, I would skip Poogan's and replace it with something else, Fish on King St. might be a good choice...they have a nice lunch.
I would also leave California Dreaming off your list, they have the honor of being the worst meal I have ever had. If you are looking for a view, and you are willing to try rustic, drive out to Bowen's Island off Folly for seafood...just make sure you get there in time for the sunset. I also second switching out Bocci's for Al Di La, good Italian.
I think I am in the minority on this, but I am not a fan of Kaminsky's. I would instead suggest eating in the bar of the Peninsula Grill and trying their coconut cake. I also agree with the gelato suggestions, and I think Cupcake does close early. One more last suggestion for desserts, Jestine's on Meeting St. We sometimes stop here when we need a coca cola cake or cobbler fix.
Congratulations, and let us know if we can be of more help.
Mmmmm....coconut cake! I like Kaminsky's...I won't say they have the best desserts I've ever eaten, but it's a fun place to hang out and have something sweet. However, the coconut cake at the Peninsula Grill is in another class entirely. Very good suggestion to stop by there for dessert!
I work in the food and beverage industry in Charleston and for the most part, I think your list is pretty solid. I think you'll be happy with your lunch choices for sure, especially 5 Loaves, Fast and French, and Cru Cafe. Dinner could use just a little tweaking. First, I would take California Dreaming off the list completely. It is tourist-y, and the food is mediocre in comparison to the hundreds of other options in the city. I do think you will enjoy Al Di La over Bocci's; it's one of my favorite affordable Italian restaurants. I agree with the person who said FIG is hit or miss, but I have usually found it to be a hit. Also, I would consider Tristan. It's a fine dining French restaurant, and I have never been disappointed in the food or service. Cupcake is very cute, but more for a treat during the day rather than an after dinner desert. Hope this helps :)
Gelato Modica on George St. for dessert. It's right across from the Sottile Theater near the intersection to King St. We happened to stop in before the theater and the gelato and coffee were excellent. After the theater we overheard someone mentioning to someone else that it had been featured in Gourmet magazine. Have a nice honeymoon. congratulations.
I would hit Poogan's only for brunch. Lunch or dinner is definitely a hit or miss but brunch is one of the best in town.
FIG is also hit or miss.
California Dreaming is good but there are better places in downtown that you don't have to drive to. Jestine's Kitchen comes to mind but doesn't have the view.
For a great view but less than stellar food, have a drink at Fleet Landing. It actually sits on the water and has stunning views of the harbor.
Make sure you check out the rooftop of The Vendue Inn for great views and they always have a great band. Fun place.
Add Peninsula Grill to you dinner list.
I would check the hours of Cupcake before you make them a firm plan for dessert. I could be wrong, but I was thinking that they close fairly early. I do know that the selection grows slimmer as the day goes on, so you might want to stop by early in the day and pick up your dessert for later.
The list seems fairly solid although you will probably get skewered on Magnolia's and Bocci's. I would not necessarily agree with this. There's definately nothing wrong with Magnolia's. It just seems to get lots of love or none at all on this board. Bocci's is an odd choice. It doesn't hold up to other newer Italian spots like Al Di La over in West Ashley but it is far from being bad. I'm sure you'll enjoy your dinner there. The only two that seem out of place to me are Five Loaves and California Dreaming. Once again, it is not that the food is bad but they are just kind of there. I've eaten once at Five Loaves and more times than I can count at Californial Dreaming but never for a special meal. It's just not the kind of place I would go while on vacation.
Here's what you should do. Go out to Sullivan's Island one day and have lunch at Poe's or even just a burger at Dunleavy's. You could also hit the Boulevard Diner in Mt. Pleaseant (on Coleman) on the way out. That's one of my favorite spots but I wouldn't leave downtown just to eat there if that's where you're staying. Then, as you head back downtown that evening go to The Wreck, also in Mt. Pleasant. Call first and get directions because it is not easy to find. You won't be underdressed in shorts and a T-shirt since you eat on a screened porch at plastic patio tables and off of paper plates. They have great seafood platters and the best banana pudding ever.
Hope this helps.
Thank you so much - this was really helpful! I would be willing to switch out Bocci's for Al Di La - would you recommend that?
We were recommended California Dreaming by a friend. I believe they told us there is a nice view, so that's why we had that choice. I'm not sure if we're going to make it out to Sullivan's Island or not, but I know we'll be in Mt. Pleasant so we will definitely consider The Wreck. It seems like a lot of people have mentioned that place!
California Dreaming does have a nice view...you can often see dolphin surfacing in the harbor...there's also a rest. somewhere near the aquarium that I've seen recommended before...I don't think the food is anything outstanding but it too would have a nice view...anybody have any other nice view ideas?
If you can time it so that you'll be waiting for a table at the Wreck while the sun is setting -- wow. Gorgeous. You sit outside right on Shem Creek right by all the shrimp boats, and the sun sets across the creek, over the Ravenel bridge in the background. When I brought my mom and sister there, some dolphin kindly obliged and went swimming by right as we walked up.