We pulled into Charleston SC for the holiday weekend. Our son and daughter (Haley & Sean) flew in to explore with us. With all the history of the city and it being noted as a low country food destination we were excited to start exploring.
When you look out over the Charleston skyline, you see a horizon dotted with steeples and palmetto trees. With over 400 places of worship of different denominations throughout the city and a long history of religious tolerance it’s easy to see why they call Charleston “The Holy City.
Hearing of all the wonderful food, we decided to do a culinary tour of the city. It was a great way to walk, talk & taste our way through the city. Here are some of the wonderful dishes and places we went.
Next up was a trip to City Market, contrary to popular myth, slaves were never sold there. It was amazing to see the sweetgrass baskets being made. I was shocked to see that they were over $600 per basket. For more than 300 years, people in Charleston have been weaving baskets using locally-harvested bulrush, a strong yet supple marshgrass that thrives in the sandy soil of Lowcountry. Originally used as winnowing fans to separate the rice seed from its chaff, sweetgrass baskets are regarded among the nation’s most prized cultural souvenirs.
One stop not included on the food tour was a stop to Cosmic Dog. Fred was so excited to go here! It looked like a quirky roadside stop with a weird menu so we decided to give it a try, after all it was featured on the travel channel.
A couple of the other restaurants we went to were SNOB ( Slightly North of Broad). They featured eclectic Lowcountry cuisine in a cozy atmosphere. We all agreed the shecrab soup was amazing.
If it seems like all we did was eat, it’s because that’s what we did. Next stop was Mac’s Place, we had to stop when we saw the Cubs and Hawks logos since it had the Chicago connection. It was just bar food but we also wanted to see the end of the Indy 500.
Charleston architecture could be a weekend alone, one of the interesting types of homes we learned about are what they refer to as “Charleston Single House”. A unique form of house, the Charleston Single house is not a singular style and can be made of any material. Taking into consideration limited space on the peninsula, these one room wide structures take up very little space. Typically, front facing piazzas – a double height porch – are added to the house as a means for more airflow. The oldest documented Charleston Single dates back to the 1730s but these recognizable houses can still be found on practically every street in Charleston.
With the short time frame and rain we did not get our list done….we will be back!
Next up – we roll into Asheville, NC to tour the historic Biltmore Estate.