Top 10 Unique Places to Eat in Charleston
1. Pies and Pints
If you’re in the mood for specialty pizzas and craft beers, Pies and Pints is the place to go. Handcrafted pizzas include dishes such as Grape Pie, Chicken Gouda Pie, Thai Pie and Chipotle Chicken Pie. The servers are especially helpful if you aren’t knowledgeable about craft beers, and will bring you samples based on the description of your tastes. The Capitol Street restaurant offers a great atmosphere and fine quality food, at a reasonable price.
2.SoHo’s Italian Restaurant
SoHo’s is a great spot to taste authentic Charleston cuisine for both lunch and dinner and can be found in the Capitol Market on the East End. The dinner menu is known for incredible salads, pizzas, fish entrees, side dishes and desserts. Favorite dishes include the Pork Porterhouse Steak, Five Spice Duck, Sesame Seared Tuna and Soho’s mouthwatering lasagna. SoHo’s also offers a fine selection of wines, beers and cocktails and Chef Sohovich has taken a great amount of time and care to offer a wine list that everyone will enjoy.
Boasting hours from “4 PM until the dough runs out,” Lola’s Pizza is a must-visit if you are in Charleston. Located on Bridge Road, Lola’s serves salads, pizzas, beers, wines and locally-renowned sangria in a close, intimate setting. We recommend you start with the Pan Seared Goat Cheese Salad before your pizza. It will be difficult to choose from the eclectic selection of pizzas listed on the menu, but a few great choices are the Fig and Fresh Rosemary, Pineapple and Pancetta o the Steak and Cheese pizzas. If nothing sounds appetizing, which is hard to believe, guests can always create their own.
4.Paterno’s At The Park
Relatively new to Charleston, Paterno’s is located in the Appalachian Power Park and offers authentic Italian cuisine developed from the family recipes of the owners. Enjoy the signature dish, Veal Chop, in an informal, family friendly atmosphere and finish your meal with their famous tiramisu. Paterno’s at the Park is open for both lunch and dinner.
If you’re in the mood for beach shack food, cold beer and frozen drinks then Tricky Fish, on the East End, is the spot to go. We especially recommend this casual but yummy restaurant during the warmer months when patrons can enjoy the weather on the patio. Although everything on the menu is good, we especially like the Fish Tacos or the Carolina Catfish with a Bloody Mary. The kitchen is open late on Friday and Saturday nights so be sure to stop by if you are having a late night craving!
A sister property of Tricky Fish, Bluegrass Kitchen is located across the street and features vegetarian and omnivorous dishes comprised of ingredients naturally grown or raised within the state of West Virginia or the Appalachian mountains. The interior expresses a connection to the arts through the building’s restored circa-1920’s look including pressed tin ceilings and the work of local artists hung on the exposed brick walls. Bluegrass Kitchen serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on weekends. The menu changes almost daily depending on availability of ingredients, so be sure to check the website before you go!
7.Tidewater Bar & Grill
If you are craving fine seafood dishes, Tidewater Grill (located in the Charleston Town Center) is the restaurant you need. Specializing in the preparation of fresh seafood from the Boston Bay, Chesapeake Bay and George’s Bank, Tidewater Grill prints a new menu weekly. For those who don’t particularly enjoy fish the menu offers excellent salads, steaks and chops, burgers and sandwiches. In the warmer months, outdoor seating is available but the recently remodeled interior is rich and inviting as well. This Charleston favorite gets very busy during dinner time, so be sure to make reservations.
8.Bridge Road Bistro
Featuring recipes created especially for the restaurant by the renowned chef Robert Wong, the Bridge Road Bistro is located in the South Hills Shopping district and offers specialty drinks along with fine cuisine. The Bistro has an eclectic menu with a wine list that changes by the season and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For a premiere fine dining experience, Laury’s is one of the best places Charleston has to offer. The restaurant is located along the Kanawha River, on top of the old C&O Railroad Station. Laury’s menu features contemporary American cuisine with a French infusion. The high quality of food and service makes Laury’s an upscale establishment and management recommendations guest to make reservations.
10. Creperie Café
Creperie Café is owned by a Greek family and has two locations, one in Kanawha City and the other in Southridge. The Kanawha City menu serves only crepes while the Southridge menu is expanded to include other Greek foods including gyros and salads. If fruit and sugar come to your mind when you think of crepes, think again. This restaurant offers an assortment of sweet and savory crepes that are sure to please, we highly recommend the shrimp or salmon crepes!