Last week I found myself in Charleston, South Caroline for a workshop. Prior to flying out I spent a few days doing my research and came up with a short-list of must-visit restaurants whilst in Charleston:
Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar
Once at the workshop it became very obvious that we’d be working late into the night and there wouldn’t really be the opportunity to indulge in my food escapades. Regardless, I had to try at least one of the places on my list and so I skipped the complimentary breakfast provided by our hotel (the recently opened Hyatt Hotel on King St) and made my way to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit.
This tiny little space with a long marble counter to perch at, can be found at 476 1/2 King Street. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit is open 8am – 2pm every day (with late night hours of 10pm – 2am on Friday and Saturday) and in addition to the biscuits they also have the best 80’s music playlist. Walk in, wait in the usually speedy line, give your name and your biscuit order and just a few minutes later you’ll be the recipient of a perfect little brown paper box holding biscuit nirvana.
Classic buttermilk, cheese & chive or shortcake biscuits are just $3, filled biscuits with country ham, black pepper bacon, blackberry or cinnamon are just $4. But wait….for $5 you can get three biscuits. Make sure to check out the daily specials written out on a large piece of brown paper.
On the first day I chose a country ham biscuit. The warm biscuit managed to be both light and dense at the same time and had the perfect filling of savory, hearty, country ham. It was hours before I could even thing about eating again. On subsequent days the thought of instant oatmeal or a granola bar couldn’t hold a candle to these tempting little morsels so this became my go-to breakfast spot. I had great plans to try a different biscuit but found myself unable to resist the temptation of the heavenly country ham! If you’re in Charleston you must, must, must visit and try a biscuit!
The rest of the week flew by in a blur of hastily grabbed meals after class let out at 8 or 9pm but I have to also mention Jenni’s ice cream also on King Street. What I’m about to say might not make me very popular but I’m not a big ice cream fan. I know – sacrilege! However a friend dragged me in and I figured I might as well try something. I chose a chocolate hazelnut ice cream sandwich and was frankly blown away. The dark rich chocolate dipped in hazelnuts was sandwiched between the lightest hazelnut macaroons for a crazy good ice cream experience!
I guess I’ll just have to go back to Charleston to hit up my original list! What’s your favorite restaurant in Charleston? What else should I add to the list?