WE’RE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!!!!!!! First things first, I would like to thank Harbinger Innovation Group for helping Fast Foodie evolve into the coolest page on the web. We got a head to toe make over. I have spent the past few weeks traveling through Charleston. I was there for two whole weeks. During our stay, I created my own “food tour” of the Low Country. I looked into going on a food tour through a company in Charleston, but none of them stood out to me. So, I took it upon myself to set up a customized tour featuring the coolest restaurants in Charleston. I reached out to Scott Wink, creator of Charleston Food Bloggers, who gave us the low down on the low country. He was so hospitable.. In fact, we ended up meeting for lunch and we had the greatest time. Thanks to Scott, I discovered the most amazing places and made amazing memories. Here are the highlights:
BUTCHER AND BEE
The moment I walked into Butcher And Bee, I knew this was going to be my favorite meal of the trip. The decor was so unique. On the ceiling, there was a huge paper replication of a bees nest with real dead bees hanging from it on fishing line. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. When ordering, I was torn between the roast beef and fried chicken sandwiches. I ended up going with the roast beef.. And thank goodness I did. Everyone else who was with us got the fried chicken, and they were dying for a bite of mine. Topped off with a sweet onion jam, the roast beef sandwich was accompanied with lettuce and a sweet cheese. Obviously I ordered a sweet tea with my meal (I wouldn’t be a true southerner if I didn’t). This rich tea was sweetened by local honey and served in a jam jar. Over all, Butcher And Bee was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever eaten. Whatever you do, don’t miss it.
Later that day, we were beginning our dinner tour. Social was the first stop on the tour. At Social, I ordered chips topped with bleu cheese and balsamic reduction. I also ordered bruschetta. I was expecting a traditional tomato bruschetta, but what came out was much more amazing than I ever expected. Topping the buttery, toasted bread was lima beans tossed in a garlic oil. It was so simple, yet delicious.
THE GIN JOINT
After Social, I walked right next door to The Gin Joint. Don’t go running away just yet.. They have much more than just gin. After browsing the menu and admiring their unique cocktails, I noticed a place on the menu called “Bartenders Choice”. You are given a selection of adjectives and you are told to pick two of them. The bartender will make your drink from the words you selected. I chose the words “tangy” and “fruity” and ended up with a vodka and blackberry cocktail. It was delicious, and I ended up having a few more…… I wouldn’t recommend banking on The Gin Joint for dinner. Although, they do have great appetizers, including soft pretzels and homemade beef jerky (yes real beef jerky).
HELPFUL HINT: If you have 2 or more in your party, get there as soon as they open. I went with a party of 6 and we got there right at 5 o’clock. We had no problem getting a table, but at about 5:30, the whole place was packed!
Fat Hen is not located in the Downtown Charleston area. It is about a 20 minute drive from there in an area called Johns Island. There are no words to describe Fat Hen. With an extensive southern menu, you are sure to leave Fat Hen feeling like a fat hen. They have fresh nightly specials that are wonderfully unique. I had the skinny chicken special. Honestly, I’m not sure what it was, but it was delicious. Another person in our party, had Coq Au Vin. It was so flavorful and fresh. For dessert, we had chocolate banana bread pudding. We had it on the table for about 30 seconds before it was gone. Needless to say, Fat Hen is worth the drive.
If you want to see more of our food tour, check #charlestonfoodtour on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!
More Charleston to come..
Until next time, cheers!
PHOTO CREDIT: PARKER WILLIAMS