For the July 4th weekend, myself and a couple of friends headed to Charleston, SC for a little R&R. This was my first visit to Charleston, so I was excited to experience the history, culture, and food. The city is picturesque, the people are friendly, and the food was fabulous. On our first day out on the town, we stopped by the outdoor farmers market downtown.
Merchants offered samples of goat cheeses, raw & vegan chocolate, and some of the freshest blueberries I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. And the food vendors–unlike any farmer’s market I’ve been to. Freshly made crepes, beignets, Banh Mi’s, Shrimp Po’Boys (which I indulged in), and homemade ice cream from Roots.
- Shrimp Po’Boy
By far the best meal of the trip, though, was at Husk, which lies within a charming old Charleston home downtown. With a menu that changes daily, Husk offers only indigenous Southern ingredients to create fresh and exquisite food. The rule at Husk is that “if it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door”. That’s a good rule to follow when in a city like Charleston–close to the ocean for fresh seafood, and plenty of nutritious and flavorful local produce. We started our meal with Crispy Fried South Carolina Okra with Buttermilk Dressing. I occasionally eat fried okra (since I’m in Tennessee), but I don’t think I can eat fried okra again unless it’s made like it is at Husk. I wish I had a picture to share with you, but we scarfed it down before it even crossed my mind to snap a pic.
For an entrée I had to go with a seafood dish. I was looking forward to eating fresh seafood more than anything else on the trip. And I was not disappointed. Black Bass with Creamed South Carolina Corn, Clams and a Pickled Garlic-Tomato Tapenade. I could have had a second round of this one.
- Black Bass with Creamed Corn, Clams and a Pickled Garlic-Tomato Tapenade
We finished our meal with the South Carolina Peach Cobbler. And we were in heaven with our bellies full and smiles on our faces.
Here’s an ocean view to put a smile on your face.
The ocean from Kiawah Island. Paradise.