Dining in Charleston {My 2 Top Picks}

I may not be a world traveler, but I know what I like when it comes to food and I know how to search out good food anywhere I go.  Local recommendations, friends who travel far more than I do, and online reviews – All have pointed me to some great dining in Charleston, SC.

Dining in CharlestonThe City

If you’ve never been to Charleston, I highly recommend it.  I’ve only been twice myself, but it is a place I’d love to visit every year if I could.  There is so much history in the city – the buildings, the waterfront, the people and places – and it is a city best traveled on foot.  There is shopping, amazing views and the food… the food will stop you in your tracks.  I could visit and do nothing but eat my way through the city.  It would be amazing.  You can find nearly any type of cuisine, price range and atmosphere your heart desires, but these – these are some of my favorites.

Upscale Dining in Charleston

For upscale, but lighter fare, you can’t miss at Muse.  The menu has a variety of options covering delicious appetizers, scrumptious salads, entrees that stretch the norm and an phenomenal wine selection.  Sadly, I took no pictures of the food here – it was too good and I was too wrapped up in the conversation with my amazing friends.

What I Ate

We started with a cheese plate, honey, and bread (an amazing combo if you’ve never tried it) and an extremely flavorful Chianti.  A bib lettuce salad with goat cheese and grapefruit segments was an amazing and refreshing second course.  I finished out with Fennel Duster Pan Seared Scallops.  They came with a Lima bean and heirloom tomato ragu.  Delish!

The Price

Muse was pricey.  My scallops alone were $26 and the portion was small.  Granted, I had plenty to eat (app and salad already behind me) but with two glasses of wine, dinner ran me at $60+ before tip.

Ho Cakes Fuel Charleston DiningCasual Fare

For a casual, local joint hit up Fuel.  Fuel has been featured on Food TV and boasts a menu covering the gamut.  The large outdoor patio is perfect for the warmer months, and I love that the atmosphere is so casual here that you can head in straight off a run or show up in your cutest little dress.

What I Ate

I tried a few of the apps at Fuel, but my favorites were the Ho-cakes and the Salsa Trio.  Both offered plenty to share and had amazing flavor.  The Sweet Corn Bisque was ok – nothing amazing – though I am probably unfairly comparing it to the amazing corn bisque of a restaurant back home.  For my entree, I chose the Braised Pork Tacos and they were To.Die.For.  I tried my darnedest to eat them all, but they were so huge that I couldn’t finish both of them, and barely touched by side (Island Rice).  The slaw was amazing and the pork itself has probably ruined any other pork tacos for me.

The Price

Fuel is very reasonable, with most entrees coming in under $15.  The apps were reasonably priced, as were the beers (which were amazing with the pork.)  I think my bill here totaled less than $40, and that included 2 Blue Moons.

Braised Pork Tacos Fuel Charleston DiningWith either of these restaurants, you will not leave hungry – and you will probably want to skip your next meal!

If you’re a Charleston buff, what are your favorite places to dine?

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10 Responses to Dining in Charleston {My 2 Top Picks}

  1. Carissa says:

    I haven’t BEEN YET!!! I SO plan to get there this summer. THANKS for the restaurant recommends!

  2. Kate K says:

    I’m new to the area and I LOVE getting recommendations to places I’d probably not discover on my own. Can’t wait to give these a try when I’m in the city. They both look delicious and your photos are making me hungry!

  3. I have never been to Charleston but know where I need to go when we do visit. Everything looks yummy.

  4. Kerry Cairns says:

    Oh wow…those tacos look AMAZING!! Fresh and def to die for!!! I’ve never been to Charleston for an extended stay. Can you believe that ish?! It’s on the to do list this year though! 🙂 Thanks for the heads up. I doubt we’ll try the pricey place though. Too pricey for my blood. 😉

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  6. J. A. Momon says:

    I enjoyed The Fish House, with its beautiful views of the harbor, in Charleston. The ingredients were fresh (local), and the salmon was seared to perfection!

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