The overwhelming charm of the South sucks you in and before you know it, you’re stuffing your face with fried okra between bites of deep fried chicken while responding “yes, ma’am, I will have some more sweet tea.”
This is the real life story of how I spent a weekend eating my way through Charleston, South Carolina. My trusty travel buddy, Miss Shirley (her Southern name), and I took a weekend trek to the land of carriage rides, shrimp and grits, and cobblestone streets. And we loved every moment of it.
Charleston is home to multiple James Beard award winners and finalists, so Shirley did her homework and mapped out our meals at these memorable restaurants including Husk, McCrady’s (George Washington dined here!), Edmunds Oast, and Hominy Grill. I contributed to the food crawl by researching the sweet spots like Republic Ice Cream where we found peanut butter custard and Jeni’s where I discovered my passion for ginger and brambleberry crisp ice cream.
We found time to do some actual sightseeing and walk off the calories by wandering the historic French Quarter and meandering up and down King Street multiple times a day. We also took a carriage ride with Palmetto Carriage and trusty horse Loretta (AKA Slowretta) around town to learn more about its rich history.
On Sunday we took an Uber about 20 minutes outside town to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
The plantation has been around since 1676 and the gardens have been voted as some of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” by Travel + Leisure magazine. The house tour was my favorite part and our animated guide showed us the antiques while unraveling a tale of Civil War, poverty, riches, and family drama. Then we got free homemade ice cream, also a highlight.
I came back to the West Coast feeling prim and proper from my days in the South. It only took a few days for me to revert back to jeans and flats, but it was sure fun to be Southern for a weekend.