Wondering where to eat in Charleston, South Carolina? How about where the locals eat? We found four fun places to eat in Charleston that are unique, quirky, and oh so delicious!
Charleston is an amazing city, and one that we quickly fell in love with. It’s a city known for its food, so during our visit we really tried to find the most fun places to eat in Charleston. We think we did alright for only being there a couple of days and would even say we found some hidden gems!
Of course, it’s no secret that we love pizza, so during our weekend trip we knew that we had to find the best pizza in Charleston. After some research we discovered Monza, right in the middle of downtown Charleston, and it did not disappoint. It’s a theme restaurant, paying homage to the Monza Racetrack in Italy. We think this is what makes it such a fun place to eat!
Monza pizzas are named after famous race cars and drivers and they follow strict Neapolitan standards when it comes to ingredients and cooking methods. We had the Materassi, with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil. We were in heaven and ate every last bite!
Pro Tip: If you are visiting Charleston for it’s historical aspect, check out our Fort Sumter guide.
This was definitely an unexpected surprise and has to be one of the most unique restaurants in Charleston! The Persimmon Cafe is a cafe with gourmet sandwiches and paninis… and you can do your laundry while you eat. Yup, you read that right! There’s a laundromat in the back of the cafe! So if you’re looking for unique Charleston restaurants as well as unusual things to do in Charleston, this is the place to go. You can tell your friends about how you did your laundry while drinking a beer or wine!
During our visit we had the Caprese sandwich, which had mozzarella, date balsamic jam, marinated tomatoes, and speck ham. So yummy! Another great thing about this unique cafe is their drink selection. 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. Delicious!
When we say these biscuits will change your life, we mean it. They are warm, buttery, flaky goodness and the best biscuits in Charleston! Callie’s Charleston Biscuits is a small establishment; we almost walked right passed it. There are only a few seats along the wall, but if you’re wondering where do locals eat in Charleston, this is it. It was packed the whole time we were there!
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 two cheese and chive biscuits and a fried chicken sandwich on a butter biscuit. Our mouths are watering just thinking about those biscuits. Seriously, eating those biscuits is one of our favorite memories of our trip to Charleston!
Pro Tip: If you’re looking for a relaxing place to walk off some calories, we suggest Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
Fig is considered the best restaurant in Charleston. We went on our first night and the food was absolutely amazing and the service was probably the best we’ve ever had. We have no pictures of the food, however, because we 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!
These certainly are fun places to eat in Charleston, South Carolina and they’re all special in their own way. We loved the food scene is this historic city and can’t wait to visit again and try more unique restaurants in Charleston.
Have you eaten at any of these unique eateries? What other fun Charleston restaurants would you suggest? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂
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