List of things to eat/food experiences to have in South Carolina
I am trying to compile a list of dishes or places to eat at and food experiences to have in South Carolina. I want to include everything from the cheap (food truck/pastry/etc) to the $100 chef tasting. I am not just interested in restaurant meals, but I am also interested in any kind of experience that involves food in any way...underground restaurants, festivals. Starting in August and over the next year, I will start tasting and writing about these South Carolina dishes and experiences.
Wow! Tall order. You'll get lots of various opinions here.
Dishs: shrimp and grits (try it everywhere-it's always different),
Frogmore Stew, aka Lowcountry Boil, aka Beaufort Stew
Hobotee (if you can find it)
Oyster roast on Sullivans during the winter months
There many restaurants in Charleston. You may want to look through and see what looks good to you. I recommend Bowen's, Seewee, SNOB, Carolina's, FIG, Hank's, Aluette's, any of Sal's places, Gullah Cuisine for starters. I like lots of others too but now I am hungry and have to go fix supper.
4804 N Highway 17, Awendaw, SC 29429
re: Sue in Mt P
I wish I knew a restaurant that served hobotee--any recs, Sue? For that matter, where to find purloo outside of red rice and hoppin' john? It seems like most places I've visited that claim to serve purloo, like Hominy Grill and Glass Onion, are actually serving faux-purloo where all the ingredients are cooked separately from the rice and then served on top of it.
The Low Country has an absolutely amazing collection of historic cookbooks that document the region's foodways for the last two centuries. My biggest gripe about our otherwise great restaurant scene is how few of these wonderful old recipes ever see the light of day.
207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
re: Low Country Jon
Jon, I SO agree. Gullah Cuisine has a dish called Gullah rice that's purloo-ish and really good.
Sorry, the only hobotee I ever had I made. I'm not sure it would appeal to the sophisticated masses. I could be wrong. They are scarfing up shrimp and grits.
I love all those old cookbooks.
She Crab Soup, Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Grit's, Shrimp Pasta, Grilled Fresh Atlantic Fish, Crab Cake Sandwich, Fried Seafood Platters, Soft Shell Crab Fried or Sauteed, Oyster Stew, Shrimp and Crab Bisque and Shrimp Creole.
Our group travels the state for lunch so we are always looking for an interesting place to visit. I am looking forward to your postings. I think our favorite, or at least the most visited is the Edgefield Grille in Edgefield. The Farmer's Shed in Lexington was last months stop and we enjoyed the food. We are always looking for suggestions of unique places to go for lunch in South Carolina. We have traveled from Agusta to Florence; Folly Beach to Spartanburg...
Thank you for the suggestions so far. Keep them coming.
To clarify...I am interested in any and all food as long as it is in South Carolina and something that you think is an amazing food experience...it does not just have to be traditional SC food...though I do appreciate food that is local.
181 is a great deal.
You might enjoy Guerilla Cuisine.
Martha Lou's in Charleston is also a local favorite.
Truthfully, I avoid the festival stuff in Charleston. A few are the Blessings of the Fleets in Spring and the Lowcountry Oyster Festival during oyster season at Boone Hall. They are usually so crowded I don't have any fun. Now if you can get yourself on a shrimp boat during one of the Blessings, you'll have a great time.
Here in Charleston we're fortunate to have restaurants whose menu is supplied almost exclusively by local farmers, fishermen, shrimpers, etc., but here are the real gems: EVO http://evopizza.com/menu , The Glass Onion http://www.ilovetheglassonion.com/dai... and FIG http://eatatfig.com/menus. Go to any of these if you want an amazing and distinctive experience of SC food. I don't know whether the topic of beer falls into the realm of your project, but there is a small, family-owned brewery here called Coast http://www.coastbrewing.com that is producing, I mean, such fantastic beers--some of the best I've ever tasted. May be worth looking into(?). Also, I don't know for sure, but I've heard there's an under-the-radar taco truck on John's Island that is producing crazy-good, authentic-style tacos and Mexican fare. I think it's still kind of a locals' secret spot. Can anyone confirm this?
1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407