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!
Of course, it’s no secret that we love pizza, so while spending the weekend in Charleston we knew that we 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 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 into history, check out our Fort Sumter guide.
This was definitely an unexpected surprise! The Persimmon Cafe is 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 we’re sure is convenient for the students of CofC and MUSC which are only blocks away. We 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!
When we say these biscuits will change your life, we mean it. They were warm, buttery, flaky goodness. Callie’s Charleston Biscuits is a small establishment (we almost walked right passed it) with only a few seats along the wall, but it is loved by the locals. We’re sure they have the best biscuits in Charleston! 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…
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 are certainly 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 fun places? Who do you think is the best restaurant in Charleston? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂
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