Charleston is a culinary town, which means everyone who lives here has a friend who asks, where is the best place to eat and drink in Charleston?
But maybe they should be asking, what is the best thing to eat and drink in Charleston?
Now, everyone has their own favorites, but you can’t go wrong eating and drinking from this list.
Nitrotini – At once the hottest and coldest drink in Charleston – a cocktail infused with liquid nitrogen, 320-degrees below zero. Frigid cold. Blistering hot. Sixteen different flavors like watermelon and peach blossom. Get ‘em all at Grill 225.
Charleston Nasty – Beware this dish if you have arteries, but if you’re comfortable with comfort food, try on Hominy Grill’s fried chicken breast smothered in cheddar cheese and sausage gravy atop a buttermilk biscuit.
An EVO pizza – Creative pizzas in a wood-fired, Neapolitan style with toppings dropped from heaven. Calabrese and arugula; sausage and poblanos; pistachio pesto and more, sizzling with wood smoke and chirping with mozzarella. Not for the New York pizza snob: we eat these with forks.
Peanut butter and jelly beer – Head to the brewpub Edmund’s Oast and quaff the iconic sandwich in the iconic drink. Beer geeks say it’s a PB brew with a jelly finish. Sounds like the perfect lunch.
The Knishery – A Jewish deli in Summerville, SC? Who knew? Lunching at the Charleston Deli and Bakery is like visiting Brooklyn, y’all. If you’ve never had a knish with hot mustard, this is a must-order. Or have the Almighty Brisket – on Jewish rye, of course. Oy!
Any BBQ plate at Swig and Swine – Charleston loves its BBQ but Swig & Swine is the BBQ joint it takes to the prom. Whatever you order will be bursting with barbecue flavor and spilling all over the plate. Order extra napkins.
Frogmore Stew (Pictured above) – And not just any Frogmore stew, also known as Lowcountry Boil. It’s got to be at Bowen’s Island Restaurant, where the salty sea air and the gnarled wooden tables make everything taste like it just came off the skiff. The dish is a simple steaming pot of potatoes, smoked sausage, shrimp, corn on the cob and seasoning boiled until the water is gone. Welcome to the sea islands of South Carolina.