Charleston’s top 10 things to eat now: Summer 2014

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Charleston’s Required Summer Eating List 2014

Some of these are new restaurants or new menu items and a few of them are old favorites.

Either way there is about a month left in the summer and these are the best things in town and need to be on your summer required eating list.

They are in no particular order.

Eating > Reading

1) Boxcar Betty’s

1922 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-7470

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box car

“The Boxcar”:

The Boxcar is a big piece of fried chicken with pimento cheese, peach slaw, and house-made pickles.

I have eaten a lot chicken sandwiches in my life and this one is absolutely one of my favorites….ever.


2) The Obstinate Daughter

2063 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
(843) 416-5020

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shrimp roll

“Shrimp roll”:

I have always loved lobster rolls and this is a local variation on that.

Shrimp isn’t as delicate as lobster meat but you won’t be disappointed. It also comes with fried grit sticks.

The guys at The Obstinate Daughter do some amazing stuff. Put your dinner in the chef’s hands, sit back, and enjoy.


3) Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream:

501-A King Street Charleston, SC 29403

(843) 212-5113

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“3 scoop cone”:

The flavor in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is intense. I was happily surprised at how much better their ice cream was than anyone else’s this side of Atlanta.

If you try it once you will instantly be a fan. I am.


4) Leon’s Oyster Shop:

698 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 531-6500


siam salad

“Siam Salad”:

This is the best salad in Charleston right now. It has napa cabbage, cilantro, mint, peanuts, and citrus.

There is good crunch and powerful flavor. Come for the salad….treat yourself with the raw oysters or hush puppies.


5) Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500

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“Kentuckyaki pig ear lettuce wraps”:

Husk rotates it’s menu daily but this one is on heavy rotation.

It is a great example of the cuisine and innovation that Charleston’s most well known chef, Sean Brock, brings to town.

The quail, fried chicken, and yes even the cheeseburger are amazing backups if the pig ear is absent.




6) King of Pops

This is a small mobile freezer full of pops.  Look for the multicolored umbrella and the line of happy faces.

It is at various locations weekly including the Saturday Charleston Farmers Market in Marion Square and can be found at some local supermarkets


Get……any flavor:

I never pass up an opportunity to enjoy a popsicle from these guys.

Their flavors rotate daily and they sell out of flavors fast. Don’t be upset if your flavor is gone, just try a new flavor.

This is the best way to beat the heat on a blazing hot Charleston day.


7) Hello My Name Is BBQ

616 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 937-9800

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hello bbq

“The Boss Hog”:

This is the best BBQ sandwich in Charleston. Beer braised pork with BBQ’ed bacon, jalapenos, tomato and slaw.

It is huge and you will finish every bit. They are only open for lunch or Saturday brunch.

Always try some of their fun flavored BBQ sauces and the mac n cheese….AWAYS.


8) The Ordinary

544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-7060

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oyster sliders

“Oyster sliders”:

The oyster sliders are so crunchy yet delicate.

They come on a sweet roll and will leave you wondering why you don’t eat these every week. You’ll want to.


9) The Park Café

730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 410-1070

herb farrotto

pickle plate

“Herb farratto or pickle plate”:

The Park Cafe near Hampton Park is fantastic. The food they plate up is so crisp and clean.

Their food reminds me a lot of the veg from FIG downtown….except 1/2 the price and time of service.


10) White Duck Taco Shop

792 Folly Road, James Island, SC 29412 (843) 640-3008

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fish taco

“Fish tacos”:

The White Duck from Asheville now has a James Island location.

They are very similar to what Taco Boy does but about $1 less per taco and without waitresses so you can get in and out quicker.

I thought the fish tacos were the best thing there and I will definitely be back for more.

-Scott Wink