9 Awesome Foodie Things in Charleston, SC You Should Try

By Mark A. Leon

With so many food options in Charleston and so much being thrown at you, we thought we would introduce 10 items, you may not know about that will leave you wanting more.  Some are simple; some complex, but all explosive in flavor and freshness.

Get ready to whet your palate.

9 Awesome Foodie Things in Charleston, SC

  • Lobster Roll (167 Raw – 289 East Bay Street) – It goes without saying that 167 Raw has gained quite a reputation since it expanded from its flagship location in Nantucket, MA.  Their reputation has extended far past the city limits.  All their seafood is fresh and savory, but the Lobster Roll is an explosion of goodness.  If you are feeling generous, this is one dish that can even be shared.

    The Lobster Roll – 167 Rawshared.

  • Shrimp and Grits (La Tabella – 979 Harborview Road, Charleston, SC) -Sautéed shrimp, bacon, peppers, onions, hot Italian sausage in cream sauce over grits.  If you ask about food in Charleston, Shrimp and Grits is always at the top of the list.  There are close to 200 restaurant offerings of this Southern delight.  La Tabella, takes an extra step combining the Southern flare of the dish with their own Italian spin.  Made in a brown cream sauce and combining bacon and hot Italian sausage, this will leave positive shivers on your taste buds.

    Onion Soup Gratinee – 39 Rue de Jeanwith the shrimp, this is one memorable dish.  Here is the trick, you can only get it on Sunday brunch.

  • The Burrito (Minero – 153 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC) – This Mexican slice of heaven is affectionately known at “The Burrito”.  Here is what you get:  queso de Oaxaca, crema, hoppin john, avocado, poblano and you add charcoaled chicken, Achiote pork, or grilled steak.  Did we add, it is grilled just right.  Share this please, because it is a big one.  Every bite will engulf you with every ingredient layered inside this monstrously delicious burrito.
  • Seafood Normandy – Fast and French (Gaulart & Maliclet) (98 Broad Street, Charleston, SC) – This truly authentic French bistro is tiny in size, but delivers big in taste and customer service.  There are so many items that will make you yearn for the view of the Eiffel Tower, but the Seafood Normandy, is a meal to write home about.  Shrimp, scallops and fish broiled in a white wine and cream sauce with steamed vegetables, soup or salad and assorted breads.  This meal will take you back to the old country.  A true french delight.

Bon Appétit

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