cornflake dreams.: charleston, sc (restaurant) wish list.


charleston, sc (restaurant) wish list.

I have quickly discovered that Charleston is a foodie city with lots of great restaurants. So to make the most out of our time here, I made a wish list of all of the places I'd like to visit within the next year. There's a few restaurants that appear on food critics "best of Charleston" lists, and other not-so-smancy places that were recommended by bloggers. I have already visited the restaurants crossed out below and I'll do my best to do post recaps for the remaining places :)
images via - update: I've included a * next to my favorite spots.

39 Rue De Jean
Bin 152
Brown Dog Deli
Butcher & Bee*
Callie's Hot Little Biscuit*
Dellz Uptown
Five Loaves
Goat Sheep Cow
The Grocery
Hominy Grill
Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen
Mellow Mushroom
O'Hara & Flynn Wine Bar
Park Cafe*
Persimmon Cafe
Poogan's Porch*
Queen Street Grocery*
Taco Boy
Two Boroughs Larder
Virginia's On King
Xiao Bao Biscuit


Charleston Donuts
Cupcake Down South
Sugar Bake Shop
coconut cake at the Peninsula Grill

surrounding burbs:

Boxcar Betty's
EVO Extra Virgin Oil
The Glass Onion
Mazzo Deli
Mex 1
Jack's Cosmic Dogs
The Obstinate Daughter
Olympik Deli*
Poe's Tavern*
Swine and Swig
Tattooed Moose
White Duck Taco Shop*
Zia Taqueria

I am not a seafood fan, so I am going to skip the shrimp -- but I'd love your suggestions on other restaurants to add to the list!! 


  1. This is such a great list!! I have one too, maybe we should start doing more meetups so we can eat our way around Charleston?! haha! I would add Poogan's Porch on there for a traditional southern meal. Ally and I take our husbands to EVO, you and your hubby will have to join us next time!

  2. How fun! I want to visit Charleston soooo bad!

  3. This post is making me hungry! I love Charleston restaurants! Taco Boy is awesome!!! I hope you make it to all the restaurants on your list!

  4. We need another date to cross some of these off! I would add Hall's downtown and The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island!!!

  5. We visited this Spring and had such an amazing time. Not on your list that is worth trying- Indaco. Really good italian (we had pizza!) and of course we fell in love with Husk as well. I wish I could eat there once a week! And we also loved bin 152 for wine and really good cheese!!

  6. Ok, that chicken biscuit looks to die for. I want it now! And if you can, check out Mellow Mushroom next Wed for lunch. It's their 40th anniversary so they're doing $2.50 small cheese pizzas and $0.75 beers. I'll definitely be at our Mellow for lunch that day! :)

    <3, Pamela

  7. I'd have to add Leaf and Poogan's Porch to that list - both so so good!!

    1. And Fire Street Food on Kings Street - such a gem!

  8. Those are all great places! I'd also reccomend Basil (Thai Cuisine, Downtown), Fleets Landing (Seafood but LOTS of other options that are to DIE for!!), and Rue de Jean (Downtown, French)

    Xoxo Sydney

  9. This is a great list! For downtown I would add Xiao Bao Biscuit and The Macintosh - two of my faves! It's more of a breakfast lunch place, but Mozzo in Mount Pleasant is awesome. We get breakfast sandwiches there almost every week.

  10. Just got back from Sugar Bake shop, one of my favorites...We also like Hominy Grill for breakfast and brunch....

  11. Mmm, now I REALLY want to get back to Charleston! We stayed in Folly Beach on our vacation a couple of years ago so mostly tried the little restaurants in that area, but we made reservations months in advance for Husk because I was so excited to try it. How fun you've been able to cross off several already... and the rest of that dessert list is really calling my name :)

  12. I want to move to Charleston just for the food!! So many amazing restaurants! We were really looking forward to brunch at Hominy Grill but just didn't make it. We were so full by the end of the weekend, haha

  13. yes to fig! add the macintosh and indaco to your list!!

  14. This wishlist sounds amazing, Jillian! I've never been to South Carolina but I'm definitely feeling inspired to go now. All these restaurants sound and look absolutely delicious!

    Lace and Combat Boots | a life + style blog

  15. I am DROOLING–time to eat something!

  16. Great list! I've been to a lot of them but there's so many more I want to try! I can't keep up with all the new restaurants!

    Life as I know it

  17. I'm with you on Husk.. one of the best meals of my life! You should also try Cru Cafe for lunch... soooo good!!! I'm green with envy up here that you get to live there!

  18. Yum, yum, yum! I had a similar "to eat" list when I was living in Portland, OR.

  19. i need to jot this list down for my next visit!

  20. Yum! Basil and XBB are my absolute favorites!

  21. Poe's on Sullivan's Island is my favorite! I'm in Charleston too, so if you ever need someone to help you cross any items off the list, I'm always up for a lunch or dinner date!

  22. You should try Bohemian Bull out towards Folly Beach! We have a Mellow Mushroom in Lex that I love, and we tried the Tattooed Moose when I was down in Charleston in July--it wasn't my favorite, but my husband loved it!

    Tif @ Bright on a Budget