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Lowcountry LoDown on ~ List of go-to restaurants, things to do and places to see:


Downtown Charleston:

Grill 225 - Great place for a good steak (check out the roof top bar before or after dinner)

Fleet Landing (owned by friends) Great place for dinner, lunch or afternoon snack.  The only waterfront dining downtown

167 Raw - Simple, pure and delicious seafood.  Great tuna burger, oysters, ceviche and lobster rolls. Small venue so arriving early or late is best.  One of the owners is from Nantucket and the other is from here. 

Chez Nous - Delicious French cuisine and the menu changes daily

SNOB (Slightly North of Broad) – A Charleston staple


Paw Paw – open for lunch and dinner.  Located in the hustle and bustle of East Bay Street

MacIntosh – Try the Deckle

FIG - The menu changes all the time.  Everything is so good it is hard to decide 

G&M - great little French restaurant.  Not fussy at all.  You can get a nice lunch/dinner plate with a glass of wine for a modest price.

Park Cafe - Try the Fried Egg Sandwich

Xiao Bao Biscuit - Asian Soul Food not to be missed.  A favorite lunchtime spot of mine

Trattoria Lucas - Chef/owner came from 5 star Woodland in Summerville

Fulton Five - great little Italian place

Basil - great for lunch (or diner) - basil rolls are delicious, green curry and my son loves the Pad Thai

Leyla – Lebonese and delicious! Lebanese Salad, Chicken Lula and hummus

Husk - Drink at husk bar next door to restaurant - they also have a great bar burger

Leon's Oyster Shop - for lunch or dinner.  Fish sandwich and the charred Radicchio salad and oysters of course!

Jack's Little Tavern - worth the trip uptown!

Sorghum and Salt - A new one on the block...Try the crab and farro salad

Cru Cafe - near the market.  nice lunch spot.  Try the Chicken Chinese Salad

Bin 152 - Owned by a French couple - great for a charcuterie and glass of wine

Jeni's Ice Cream – delicious and interesting flavors

Christophe Artisan Chocolatier – chocolate, truffles and pastries

Macroon Boutique – French pastry shop

Carmella’s Dessert and Wine Bar - milkshakes, cheeses, prosciutto, wine

Callie's Hot Biscuit - owned by local Charleston caterer. Folks line up for Friday chicken biscuits.

Rappahannock Oyster Bar – Oysters of course!, ceviche, tuna tartar

Goat.Sheep.Cow - nice cheese shop.  Two locations downtown.

Bar Normandy - this bakery turns into a ever-changing menu of snackable plates after 3 pm.  The bakery has been around for a good long while.

King Street Cookies - When you just want a little something sweet

Mount Pleasant neighborhood favorites:

Lunch: Square Onion, Pickled Palate, Tavern and Table on Shem Creek, Basil - and don't miss Joey Tomato, Crave

Dinner: Graze, Bacco, Langdons, Opal, Wood and Grain Pizza, the Old Post Office in the Old Village, Grace and Grits

Stacks Coastal Kitchen - On Coleman Blvd. Just before before you get to Sullivan’s Island on the left.  Soups and Salads and food to go.

Kudzu - If you wanted to get sandwiches and delicious desserts to go and have a picnic at the beach this would be a great place to find all you need…

New York Butcher - on the way to Sullivan's Island has great hamburger meat and some ready made items as well as wonderful cuts of meat.  If you call ahead they have a chimichurri sauce that is very good.

Outdoor dining anywhere along Shem Creek and the Fish House at Patriots Point


Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island:

Poe’s Tavern - nice casual atmosphere and good pimento cheese hamburgers

The Obstinate Daughter - Eater Nominee for Restaurant of the Year. Oh yeah!! Try the chowder and the gnocchi (with short rib ragu). Supposed to be great for brunch as well. 

Home Team BBQ -  Try the brisket!

Sea Biscuit Cafe -  breakfast

Coda del Pesce - Chef Ken Vendrinski 5 star dining experience.  He was the chef at the Woodlands in Summerville

Boathouse - It has been around for years and is a great spot for enjoying the island atmosphere. 

High Thyme - Great neighborhood restaurant.  Try the mac n cheese appetizer and curry lentils with pan seared scallops.


Daniel Island:

Sermet's Courtyard - very good food

Laura Albert - Charming locale serving fresh food, craft beer & wine, with a gift shop

Vespa -great pizza

Blondies Bagels and Cafe

Restaurant Lidi - nice atmosphere serving good Italian food


James Island:

Mondo's Delight - delicious pasta dishes and sandwiches

Crust - nice little pizza place with good salads too

Zia's - good mexican food

The Lot - Farm to Table

Tattoed Senorita -

Smoky Oak BBQ -


Folly Beach:

Rita’s – Great weekend brunch

Taco Boy – Good for a casual lunch or dinner.  Try the salsa trio! Two locations one downtown as well.

Chico Feo – Outdoor casual dining with Cuban flare

Snapper Jack’s – Nice view from the rooftop, good clams and oysters

Nightlife on Folly – Surf Bar and Chico Feo


Johns Island:

Wild Olive Cucina - Same owners as Obstinate Daughter, this one has been around for 6 years. A few dishes to try - Caesar salad, Calamarie with lemon aioli and marinara, Chicken parmesan that was served with both a spaghetti with marinara and a penne pasta in a garlic cream sauce, Veal and Pork Bolognese

Fat Hen – a great neighborhood go to

Blackbird Market – Great bread and southern food


West Ashley:

Glass Onion - excellent fried and delicious banana pudding

Al Di La - Northern Italian Cuisine.  Try the Fettucine Bolognese, Risotto with scallops & asparagus, Gnocchi special


Off the beaten path... only it's a circle :-) - Park Circle:

Lotus - Try the Bun Chicken

Evo Pizza - Bring a few friends and order a few pizzas and a salad or two.




Worthwhile (downtown) - is locally owned and has a mix of gifts and clothing.

Out of Hand (Mount Pleasant - Old Village) - is locally owned and has an eclectic mix of clothing, garden items and gifts. 

Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant - Upscale locally owned department store

Utopia - Women's clothing and accessories

Hampden Clothing - Women's upscale clothing and shoes

Finicky Philly - beautiful clothes from a mix of designers

Christian Michi - clothing and homewares as well.

RTW - This store has withstood the test of time.

Dumas and Son's - Casual clothing and outdoor apparel 

Grady Irvin - Upscale Men's clothing store

Jordan Lash - Charleston's newest men's store!

Croghan's - Just stop in and say hello :-)  One of the oldest shops in the city - great place to find the perfect engagement ring, gift for baby, graduate and bring home a unique Charleston Goldbug from the Collection.

George C. Birlant & Co. Antiques - Fine antiques and gifts since 1922.

Thomas Payne - Antiques and more


After hours:  Market Pavilion Rooftop, The Restoration and Vendu Inn has a rooftop bar that has nice views of the city.  Fun places to people watch are The Dewberry and Thoroughbreds.


If you have time to take a walking tour while you are here, may I suggest Charleston Footprints or Two Sister’s Tours?!  I am related by marriage to both!  Both tours are great.  You will not tire of walking downtown and enjoying the architecture, views and parks! Charlestowne Landing is another attraction that is really enjoyable if you want to spend the day relaxing and taking in a little bit of history and wildlife.  The Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant is a nice place to visit and historic Patriots Point is just around the corner.  Shagging on the pier, fishing, the Yorktown and walking the bridge are the main attractions here.  Of course, you can always go to the beach! 


Kind regards,





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