Spicyland in Charleston – Part 2Posted: November 18, 2013 | |
Day two in Charleston began with a walk down Meeting Street.
Which led us straight to the Charleston City Market.
The hall went on and on and on with vendors selling this, that, and the other.
The Custom House was just beyond the market, near the cruise port.
Poogan’s Porch came up time and time again in my searches for legendary dining in Charleston, we had to check it out.
Named for its loyal porch inhabitant, the spirit of Poogan lives on in this homey restaurant.
Hot-out-of-the-oven buttermilk biscuits were the perfect way to start this down-home meal.
Fried green tomatoes #2: with a light breading and cajun dipping sauce. A totally different experience from Sunday’s FGTs at Blind Tiger. Mmmm good.
DT ordered fried alligator! Eew. He also had fried chicken sliders on those delicious biscuits.
I supplemented my FGTs with these pimento cheese fritters with green tomato chutney. I saw pimentos on several menus while on this trip, I didn’t realize they were such a popular ingredient for this region’s cooking.
Indeed, Poogan’s was everything I hoped and dreamed and more.
Onto our last day in Charleston…. 😦
We’d heard that Philadelphia Alley was a slice of picturesque heaven in the middle of the city.
As you can see, it is.
Like a secret garden alleyway.
Most of day three in Charleston was spent on East Bay Street, with a substantial lineup of restaurants and refreshment establishments. We started with daiquiris at Wet Willie’s. Because….why not?
Back over toward the City Market, we found Henry’s and enjoyed their rooftop. It was so beautiful and sunny outside.
When the hour was happy, we stopped into Social for some snacks and vino.
$4 appetizers and glasses of wine – we pretty much ate dinner here for under $25 and it was really, really good. I recommend the bruschetta and margherita pizza.
(I was too busy eating to snap any photos of the food….but here’s where you can get it!)
Our dear friend Laura recommended The Gin Joint. So we went.
Cocktails and Yahtzee, ohhhh yes.
Two Gatling Guns, please!
Don’t you just love these glasses?
The drink was delicious, it’s very hard to describe the flavor. Sweet, but the bitters added a hint of spice, and the taste of the liquor was deceitfully subdued. So….one Gatling Gun was quite enough. 😉
Our last stop in Charleston was Magnolias.
Just a few more games of Yahtzee in this fine city, please!
Oh, Charleston….you stole our hearts. We’ll be back again, but it won’t be soon enough!*
*See also for Savannah. Coming up next!