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Charleston is known as a foodie town, and for good reason! We had a chance to explore only a small handful of the wonderful restaurants you’ll find throughout the city of Charleston. All of the food was exceptional and has left me with a craving to return! I’m excited to share where to eat in Charleston with all of my readers.
Where to Eat in Charleston: Breakfast
I’m no luxury traveler, so we ate the free breakfast at our hotel most mornings to help keep our budget in check. We did venture out for Brunch on our Bull Dog Culinary Tour of Charleston one day.
Address: 99 Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Open: Mon to Sun 7am – 2pm
If I recall correctly, this delicious cafe branches off of a restaurant from Louisiana. You can stop by for breakfast or lunch to try out some low country cuisine. I highly recommend the grits and fried green tomatoes.
Where to Eat in Charleston: Lunch
Address: 5 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Hours: Lunch & Dinner
If you’re looking for BBQ in Charleston, this is your place. You can get pulled pork and all the traditional sides here. Don’t forget to try the pork rinds if you’ve never had them before. They come out sizzling!
Address: 226 Calhoun Street Charleston, SC
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm, Dine in, Take out & Delivery
So, laundry? Yes, this little family run cafe is part of a laundromat. It’s located near the local college, so it’s definitely a low key place where you’ll find students grabbing affordable gourmet sandwiches. It is not fancy, and seating is limited. A few seats finally cleared up by the time our sandwiches were ready. The food was delicious, but it’s probably a better option for takeout. If we had known about it, it would have been the perfect option for delivery while settling into our hotel!
Address: 508 Mill Street, Mount Pleasant , SC 29464
Open: For Lunch & Dinner
This spot was recommended to me by one of our many friendly uber drivers. During our day trip to Mount Pleasant we decided to stop here for lunch before hitting the beach. Unfortunately it poured the entire time, so we couldn’t enjoy the view, but the waitstaff was incredibly polite and the food was scrumptious.
Where to Eat Dinner in Charleston
Address: 72 Queen Street, Charleston, SC
Hours: MONDAY – FRIDAY
BRUNCH: 10:30 – 02:30
DINNER: 5:00 – 09:30
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
BRUNCH: 09:00 – 02:30
DINNER: 05:00 – 09:30
Poona’s Porch is located in an 1888 Victorian home in downtown Charleston. The restaurant takes its name after a dog who used to reside on the front porch of the house. Diners can sit on the porch or inside the beautiful home to enjoy their meals.
The waiter described this decadent Oreo dessert with the evening specials before we ordered, so we knew to save room for dessert after our meal!
Address: 49 South Market Street, Charleston, SC
Open: Lunch & Dinner, Weekend Brunch
This farm to table restaurant mixes Creole with French for a flavorful low country cuisine offering. Be sure to try the jambalaya and she crab soup if you make it to this casual dining establishment in the heart of downtown Charleston.
Address: 207 Rutledge Ave. Charleston, SC 29403
Open: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hominy Grill was recommended to us by my tour guide at Boone Hall Plantation. This James Beard Award winning restaurant is located in a house in Charleston. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving low country cuisine from both land and sea to its patrons. Chef Robert Stehling calls Mac & Cheese a vegetable, so I knew this would be the perfect place for our last meal in Charleston.
Where to Eat Dessert in Charleston
Address: 501-A King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Hours: Mon to Fri 12pm to 11pm, Sat/Sun 11am to 11pm
Ranked as the #1 Dessert spot in Charleston on yelp and a short walk from our hotel, we decided to try Jeni’s on our last night in Charleston. Jeni’s is a chain, so check their website to see if they have a location near you. The fresh homemade cones were phenomenal. I could have eaten one of these without the ice cream! I opted for the new seasonal flavor of hard apple cider. It was an interesting choice, kind of tasted like frozen applesauce! My sister tried the delicious peanut butter flavor. Jenny’s uses fair trade ingredients in its ice cream, a major appeal when searching for restaurants.
Address: 100 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 722-1397
Hours: 7 Days 9am to 11pm
Market Street Sweets is part of River Street Sweets, which can be found in Savannah, Georgia. This sweet shop offers ice cream, fudge, candies, and most importantly pralines. Perfect place to stop in for a little snack or dessert, or to get some goodies to bring home.