Fresh seafood is abundant in Charleston...you'll have to do some reading above under the restaurants tab to get an idea of lots of places in lots of price ranges.
Shrimp and Grits are one of the local favorites and every cook or chef has their own spin on the dish, I've never come across one that I didn't like, in all price ranges.
Hope this gets you off to a good start.
Boiled peanuts, she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, okra, collards, field peas, local shrimp, all of it good.
Thank you. Mouth is watering.....
On our first visit to Charleston I decided to try the she-crab soup at almost every restaurant we went to. The styles and flavors were different at each one. My favorite was from The Fleet Landing Restaurant. I imagine that everyone has a favorite depending on which style they like best.
You will not be disappointed with all of the different foods featured in Charleston. It makes me want to go back again very soon!
More foods unique to Charleston:
John's Island watermelon - the best watermelon in the whole country
Firefly Vodka - made from muscadines, an indigenous SC grape
okay----so what and where do we find Hoppin John, John's island watermelon, and can Firefly vodka be found throughout Charleston area?
Much appreciated everyone---you are making me hungry and I can't wait!
My apologies - I did not read your post clearly enough; not only did you want to know what is local BUT where to find it........the good news is that Firefly Vodka can be found all over Charleston.
And while a John's Island watermelon is good enough to be on the finest restaurant's desert menu, the downtown Harris Teeter is your best bet, though the vegetable stand on Mathis Ferry is where I get mine. Here's my recipe in case you want to do some "cooking". (Be sure to get the seedless.)
Cut watermelon in 1/2. Wrap up exposed flesh with aluminum foil. Leave in refrigerator overnight. Slice off rounders the next day for breakfast, lunch, snack, and supper.
I did a search for Hoppin' John and the only restaurant that I saw that has it regularly on their menu is Poogin's Porch. Unfortunately, I'm not a Poogin's Porch fan, so I can't attest to their hoppin' john and do not recommend you go to the restaurant just to try it. The best bets for restaurants downtown who may have it one day as a side are Brent's on Broad (inexpensive local's lunch place) and Jestines.
adding all tips to the list..... thanks all
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