Charleston Journals

3-Day Gastronomic Adventure in Charleston, SC

A July 2006 trip to Charleston by nora_yusuf

Farmers Market Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: This travelogue chronicles our 3-day gastronomic experiences in Charleston.

3-Day Gastronomic Adventure in Charleston, SC

Overview

Farmers Market Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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When we first talked about going to Charleston, all we could talk about was the beach. The Atlantic Ocean beckoned us as we embarked on the 9-hour drive from Lexington, KY. When we arrived in Charleston, however, it was not at the beach that we spent most of our time. Instead, we spent more time enjoying the variety of food that Charleston had to offer. This travelog chronicles our 3-day gastronomic experiences in Charleston. In-between all the eating and dining, we were able to sample the other delightful touristy things Charleston had to offer. We took nice long walks along Rainbow Row, the Battery, and the Waterfront. We also enjoyed window shopping at the many stalls in the Market ...Read More

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurant | "Bubba Gump"

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We decided to truly enjoy our last full day in Charleston. We stopped at the Bubba Gump Restaurant for a pre-dinner treat. We ordered the chocolate cake, thinking that the three of us could easily polish it off. We were wrong. The chocolate cake that was delivered to our table was large enough to feed an army!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
99 South Market St
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 723-5665

California Dreaming Restaurant

Restaurant | "California Dreaming"

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Our culinary adventure began with lunch at California Dreaming (Ashley River Drive). We enjoyed great food and a great view of the Ashley River at the same time. The shrimp quesadilla was oh so yummy, and the fried flounder was flaky and tender, literally melting on your tongue. We also tried the croissants (as appetizers), and while they were good, they were also sweet and did not seem appropriate for an appetizer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

California Dreaming Restaurant
1 Ashley Pointe Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29407
(843) 766-1644

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We headed to the Charleston Crab House (Market St.) for dinner. In my head I was already envisioning delicious crab cakes, and the Charleston Crab House delivered. We ordered soft-shell crab, crab cakes, oysters on the half-shell, and seared tuna. All was quickly polished off. We even tried the she-crab soup, which was unexpectedly sweet. Two spoonfuls was about all we could handle.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Charleston Crab House
41 South Market Street
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 853-2900

Fish Restaurant

Restaurant

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We had dinner at Fish Restaurant (on King Street in downtown Charleston). True to the name, I tried the grilled swordfish. My second experience with fish, and it was as delightful as the fried flounder at California Dreaming. The restaurant also had the most awesome desserts. With names like peach cobbler and banana split, I imagined very traditional desserts. What arrived at our table was nothing at all traditional. The banana split was layers of cream, chocolate mousse, sliced bananas, caramel, and topped with whipped cream. Delightful! It was like nothing I had ever tasted before.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Fish Restaurant
442 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
(843) 722-3474

Five Loaves Cafe

Restaurant

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Lunch on the second day was at Five Loaves Café (King St.) – a small café inside Millennium Records. I tried the potato, broccoli and cheddar soup, which was wonderfully creamy. A small roasted chicken sandwich completed the light but refreshing meal.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Five Loaves Cafe
372 King Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 805-7977

Oriental Garden

Restaurant

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Dinner as sushi at Oriental Garden (Coleman Boulevard in Mt. Pleasant). We tried some “designer” sushi, the Rock-and-roll sushi—fried sushi filled with asparagus and crab. Yum… We also had agadashi tofu and a sushi platter which included California rolls and nigiri sushi. We sat at the sushi bar and watched sushi being made while we waited for our meal. By the time we were done eating, we were so full we could barely move.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Oriental Garden
835 Coleman Blvd.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
(843) 881-3765

Water's Edge

Restaurant

Shem Creek Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Lunch was a short stop at Shem Creek, for oysters at Water’s Edge. It was by far the best oysters on the half-shell we have had. We were seated by the window and had a wonderful view of Shem Creek and the many boaters and kayakers. We even saw dolphins playing.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Water's Edge
1407 Shrimp Boat Lane
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
(843) 884-4074

The Original Charleston Walks

Attraction | "Ghost Tours"

The Original Charleston Walks Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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We first saw this tour on the Travel Channel's "America's Most Haunted Places," so of course we were thrilled. If it was on the Travel Channel, it must be good. The tours offered include Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour, Haunted Jail Tour, Dark Side of Charleston Walking Tour, and Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour. We took the Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour.For the tour, we explored the alleys, graveyard, churches, and cemeteries of the Historic District. As we walked along, we stopped by various sites while our tour guide told us stories of hauntings and ghost sightings. We even were shown photos of the ghosts in the shadows of the cemeteries. We also got to go to the dungeons where they kept t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

The Original Charleston Walks

Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 408-0010