Charleston recommendations from Friend-of-AAN Eva Barna.

(All Day) Breakfast:

Dap’s — the cheese sauce is so good 

Millers All Day 

Big Bad Breakfast

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (grab and go)


167 Raw (recommend the lobster roll and tuna burger)

The Ordinary (high end)

Chubby Fish (high end)

The Darling


Pearlz (good happy hour deals)

Best Meal with a View (but not the best meal):

Fleet Landing

Upscale Southern Food:

Poogan’s Porch 

82 Queen



Home Team (best wings) – multiple locations 

Lewis (brisket)

Rodney Scott (pork)

Asian Cuisine:

Xiao Bao Biscuit

O-Ku (sushi)


Le Farfalle

Indaco – pizza 


Other places I like:

Felix (french food/bar)

Vintage Lounge (good for cheese plates/wine)

Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oysters 


Queen Street Grocery (hidden gem for sandwiches or breakfast)

Basic Kitchen (good for vegans/vegetarians)

Frannie & The Fox (cute patio)

Firefly Distillery (North Charleston)

Baystreet Biergarten (also have brunch on weekends)

Little Jack’s – best burger 

Boujee Cocktail Bars:

Doar Bros

Camellias at Hotel Bennett 


Wine Bar: 



Bin 152

Downtown Breweries:


Edmund’s Oast Brewing (right next to Rancho Lewis, Mexican food)

*they have a restaurant too, different locations



Cooper River

Bevi Bine (hard kombucha)

Rooftop Bars:


The Watch

Citrus Club at The Dewberry (best, but $$)

Club, Dancing and/or Live Music:

Uptown Social 


Dive Bars:

The Royal American

Rec Room

Burn’s Alley

Palace hotel

Quick Bites:



Ted’s Butcherblock

Things To Do:

Palmetto Breeze boat outing from Shem Creek 

Shopping on King Street

City Market (very touristy)

Saltwater Cycle (pedal boat cruise)

Fort Sumter tour

Walk the Ravenel bridge

Candle Making at Candlefish

The Scenes:

Waterfront Park downtown (pineapple fountain)

White Point Gardens / The Battery

Rainbow Row

Meals at the Beach:

Folly Beach – Taco Boy

Sullivan’s Island – Mex 1, Obstinate Daughter, The LongBoard

Isle of Palms – Papi’s, Binky’s, Coda Del Pesce,  Islander 71 Fish House +  Deck Bar

West Ashley

Avondale is cute – it’s like a mini downtown area with a few different bars/restaurants 

Frothy Beard Brewing / Zombie Bob’s Pizza

 > Magnolia Plantation

 > Middleton Place

Mount Pleasant

Shem Creek – on the water with a boardwalk – great for dolphin sightings! 

  • Saltwater Cowboys – good food, casual
  • Tavern & Table – a little nicer but still casual

Little Miss Ha (vietnamese food, Blair’s bestie owns this place) 

Sesame Burgers & Beer

Breweries: Westbrook, Ghost Monkey, Two Blokes

> Boone Hall Plantation

> Patriot’s Point

> Palmetto Island county park

For Kids:

SC Aquarium

Children’s Museum

Charlestowne Landing – they have a “Zoo”