Wondering where to eat in Charleston? How about where the locals eat? We found four places to eat that were fun, quirky, and oh so delicious!
Of course, it’s no secret that I love pizza, so while spending the weekend in Charleston I knew that I wanted to find a really great pizza place. We found Monza, right in the middle of downtown, and it did not disappoint. It’s a theme restaurant, paying homage to the Monza Racetrack in Italy. Their pizza’s are named after famous race cars and drivers and they follow strict Neapolitan standards when it comes to ingredients and cooking methods. I had the Materassi, with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil. I was in heaven and ate every last bite!
451 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
This was definitely an unexpected surprise! It’s a cafe with gourmet sandwiches & paninis, and you can do your laundry while you eat. Yup, you read that right! There’s a laundromat in the back, which I’m sure is convenient for the students of CofC and MUSC which are only blocks away. I had the Caprese sandwich, which had mozzarella, date balsamic jam, marinated tomatoes, and speck ham. So yummy! Another great thing about the cafe is their drink selection. They serve beer and wine, but we opted to go with the newest drink on their menu – a root beer float made of Not Your Father’s Root Beer and vanilla ice cream. We were actually the first ones to have it since they’d just added it to the menu that day!
226 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits
When I say these biscuits will change your life, I mean it. They were warm, buttery, flaky goodness. It’s a small establishment (we almost walked right passed it) with only a few seats along the wall, but it is loved by the locals. The woman at the register was kind enough to explain all of our options since they have different types of sandwiches and different types of biscuits. We decided on a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on 2 cheese and chive biscuits and a fried chicken sandwich on a butter biscuit. My mouth is watering just thinking about those biscuits…
1895 Ave F, North Charleston, SC 29405
This is considered the best restaurant in town. We went on our first night and the food was absolutely amazing and the service was probably the best we’ve ever had. I have no pictures of the food, however, because I decided to really live in the moment (we tend to forget to do that once in awhile!). The menu changes nightly due to the fact that they use local, seasonal ingredients. We had the chicken liver pate, ricotta gnocchi alla bolognese, pork schnitzel, and yukon gold potato puree. It was all incredible; it’s no wonder why the chef has won a James Beard award!
232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Have you eaten at any of these places? What do you think is the best restaurant in Charleston?
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