If I lived in Charleston I might weigh about 20lbs more than I do right now with all of the great food and drink options. OK, maybe not. I’d probably learn self control – but it was NOT happening this weekend. I ate such good food and enjoyed every minute of it!
We left Orlando Friday afternoon and made it to Charleston around 11, which meant we ate a fabulous dinner from Steak-n-Shake on the road. I can’t actually remember the last time I ate Steak-n-Shake and I don’t think I’ll be eating it again any time soon. Glad I revisited though.
We stayed at was the Francis Marion (a hotel originally built in 1924!), which is very nicely located on King Street (lots of shopping/restaurants). It was definitely a plus that it was SO close to everything!
Another perk of the hotel is that Starbucks is located on the first floor! You gotta admit, Sbux is the perfect (and fast) hangover food and I definitely had a hangover on Saturday.
We made up for breakfast by having an awesome lunch — at Taco Boy!
Taco Boy is a serious diamond in the rough. It’s not in the best neighborhood – but it was SLAMMED and we ended up having to wait for about 45 minutes for a table. So, of course, I had to grab one of these…
The concept of Taco Boy is simple: Tacos.
There’s a big list — all for $3.95 a piece. I ordered 4 (2 grilled mahi, 1 shrimp, and 1 pork) and they were fantastic.
And there might have been a little more of this (pineapple infused margarita I love you!).
No wonder I needed a nap.
For dinner that night we ate at Coast.
This is what the restaurant would look like if it weren’t raining and it was daytime (source).
We started with the Bacon Wrapped Scallops – served with a BBQ Pomegranate sauce.
This is kinda what they looked like (different restaurant, same owner source)
These were so good. I love bacon wrapped scallops – but I would seriously have a love affair with these things. They scallops were cooked to perfection and the sauce really complimented the scallop and the bacon. We also ordered some calamari and it was well done (not as good as the scallops – but still tasty!).
For dinner I order Adobo Grilled Shrimp with Cheese Grits/Grilled Veggies. YUM! Now the shrimp was good (and seriously spicy) but the grits completed the meal (<– who am I?).
As if that wasn’t enough food and drinks – we ate a FANTASTIC brunch at Halls Chophouse before we left town on Sunday.
Actually, it wasn’t just brunch it was the Gospel Sunday Brunch, where this fantastic gospel singer sang throughout the meal. I’m not much for Gospel, but it was actually very nice. It was like church and food all in one!
Honestly, I expected it to be fancy with an expensive menu to accompany it – but it was actually very reasonable! Not only was the food top notch, but the serving sizes were huge.
We started with huge popover rolls and coffee. Mmmm coffee.
And then for breakfast I ordered the Lowcountry Omelet — an omlete with shrimp, crab, and veggies served with collard greens and potatoes (or grits – this time I went for the potatoes).
It was so good that I didn’t even need to eat the omelet with ketchup. That’s pretty much a miracle!
Carissa (my other brother’s fiance – got that?) order their French Toast and it was worth every dollar she paid.
(My crappy iPhone picture does NOT do this meal justice)
I’m pretty sure that’s what heaven tastes like.
After we were completely stuff (and I felt completely guilty about not finishing so much food!) we did a quick tour of Charleston and saw beautiful houses — like this:
All of these houses were right by the water and I can’t even imagine how beautiful the views are on sunny days (mainly because it was cloudy & rainy).
We also drove by Battery Park
Yay for cannons!! And the Civil War! (oh wait…)
After our mini-tour (by the way – Christina took all of the pictures will my phone cruising down the street – so be VERY impressed, I know I am!) we made the 6 hour trip back to Orlando.
I have definitely decided that the hubby and I need to make a return trip — Charleston, I’m not done with you yet!!
What’s your favorite US city? I suddenly have some tough contenders!