In 2014, the words “bachelor/bachelorette party” tend to conjure up images of The Hangover or Bridesmaids. Maybe that stuff happens in real life. Maybe it doesn’t. As to the specifics of what went down at my best friend K’s recent bachelorette party in Charleston, my lips are sealed. But, I will say that Charleston is one of the most charming Southern towns I have had the pleasure to visit. All the good things about the South are there: genuinely friendly people, delicious food drenched in butter, refreshing cocktails, a sense of history and tradition, a respect for a slower pace, and, of course, beautiful old homes with big, wrap-around porches. A young man in period dress and steering a carriage drawn by a horse named Vern explained to our group of girls feting the bride that Charleston sits on a voluminous history, both good and bad. It holds the shameful title as the entry point into the US of about 70% of the Africans brought to North America as slaves. It also has held the title, at different times, of the wealthiest and the poorest city in the US. Today, it’s a college town and a shopping, golfing, beaching, art, and foodie paradise. Apparently (a word I am apparently using too much, according to S, since watching this), it also has it’s fair share of ghosts. In my one long weekend in Charleston, I fell head over heals in love with it (and gained about 10 pounds due to it being Restaurant Week and due to the food being amazing).
Some of my favorite spots from the weekend:
Husk: An utterly charming, two-story, typically Charleston building with a rustic bar in the guest house to it’s right and, by far, the best food I had all weekend. The chef takes a modern approach to traditionally Southern dishes, with a strict focus on local ingredients. Definitely the best duck I’ve ever had. Ever. And I just read that Chef Sean Brock came out with a cook book this fall called “Heritage.” I cannot wait to read his secrets! S, need a Christmas gift idea??
McCrady’s: Here, I enjoyed a delicious and creative meal, with a fantastic cocktail and wine pairings, while seated comfortably in a dining room decorated in Southern elegance.
Slightly North of Broad (S.N.O.B.): My main course was BBQ fried oysters atop ahi tuna. Enough said.
The Coop: This is an awesome sandwich shop on Sullivan’s Island. They also sell salads, snacks, wines, and some other cool local goods, including drift wood art and candles.
The Gin Joint: A cool and cozy bar, with food and snacks like spicy thai popcorn, and a fun drink menu that let’s you pick two words from a list of adjectives and leave the rest up to the bar tender. This was a great spot to kick-off a fun night after an amazing dinner at McCrady’s.
Magnolia’s: The perfect brunch location to end a weekend of decadence with more decadence. Their appetizers are enough to keep you full for a week, but I also highly recommend the almond crusted chicken atop pancakes – a bit of a twist on my go-to chicken and waffles.
I’ve also heard that FIG is not to be missed.
Now I’m really hungry! What are flights to Charleston looking like right now…?
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