Planning a trip to Charleston? One of the best ways to tour the Holy City is by boat. Come aboard the Schooner Pride to enjoy a magical sunset sail, or take the kids on a historic sightseeing tour with Charleston Harbor Tours. After touring Charleston’s many attractions, you’re going to be starved! Here are five classic Charleston dishes we recommend after your day on the boat, touring a plantation, or carriage ride.
Fried Green Tomato BLT
Fried green tomatoes are a southern staple, and Magnolia’s are no exception. This classic sandwich is layered with white cheddar grits, country ham, caramelized onion chutney and tomato butter. Only a short drive from the Schooner Pride, come taste this savory dish during lunch hours.
Shrimp and Grits
The title for “best shrimp and grits in Charleston” is up for debate, but Poogan’s Porch is a strong contender. Located on Queen Street in a Victorian townhouse, Poogan’s Porch is known for its classic southern dishes. Make a reservation today to try Poogan’s hearty shrimp and grits, which also contain andouille sausage, sweet onions, bell peppers and tasso ham gravy.
Charleston Nasty Biscuit
Don’t let the name deceive you, this Charleston dish is anything but “nasty.” Smothered with sausage gravy and cheddar cheese this chicken biscuit is the definition of southern comfort food. Stop by Hominy Grill to devour this Charleston classic.
Chicken and Waffles
Did you really come to South Carolina if you didn’t eat chicken and waffles? Lowcountry Bistro serves this mouth-watering dish all day long. You do not want to miss out on the vanilla and bacon cornbread waffle with crispy fried chicken pecan butter and bourbon maple reduction. One TripAdvisor claims that the dish has “perfectly cooked chicken with excellent seasoning.”
The Lobster Roll
While Charleston can’t compete with Maine for the best “lawbstah roll,” we can try. At 167 Raw, fresh lobsters are flown in from the New England coast in order to make the tastiest sandwich. The lobster roll is dressed in light aioli and sprinkled with chives, then tucked inside a buttery warm bun. The raw bar also features a daily selection of local oysters and other fresh delicacies.
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, there’s a classic Charleston dish for everyone. Contact Charleston Harbor Tours to schedule your day out in the city, and don’t forget to book your reservation for one of the five southern restaurants listed above.