If you follow Let’s Share a Dish on Instagram you might’ve noticed that I recently took a little vacation and road tripped down to Sullivan’s Island and Charleston with a few of my sorority sisters from Virginia Tech. We made our way down to South Carolina after I spent the day in Bedford, Virginia for work, so let’s just say my road trip snack essentials were clutch. Just a quick warning before you continue reading this post, there are going to be quite a few food photos, so please don’t read on an empty stomach!
We booked a quaint little beach house on Sullivan’s Island (about 25 minutes from Charleston) which had direct access to the beach. Unfortunately the weather didn’t want to cooperate and the cold steady breeze meant we spent most of our time catching a few rays on our large back patio. On the island there are a few restaurants and shops, so we didn’t have to go far to grab a quick bite. On Friday night we had dinner on the patio at Poe’s Tavern, a restaurant known for its burgers. I tried the Pit & Pendulum Burger topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and onion straws.
The Obstinate Daughter
After visiting Bearcat’s (the gelato shop below the restaurant), we made brunch reservations for Saturday at The Obstinate Daughter . I’d venture to say that it was the most well decorated restaurant I’ve ever eaten in. The space was bright and beachy but not over done. When we arrived for our reservation around 1:30 p.m., it would be an understatement to say we were starving. The Obstinate Daughter’s menu is full of pizzas, pastas, small plates and seafood, perfect for a group of hungry gals.
To start we tried the Geechie Frites, the chef’s take on polenta fries and then all ordered main dishes to nosh on. I opted for the Old Danger pizza topped with pancetta, mozzarella, white sauce, farm egg, scallion, black pepper, parmesan — basically the pizza version of a carbonara (pictured at the top of this post). And I’ve been dreaming of this pizza ever since. We finished up the meal with a piece of carrot cake to share. Admittedly I probably ate 90 percent of it, surprise, surprise.
While we did spend a majority of our time on Sullivan’s Island, we were able to make the short drive into Charleston to see what the city had to offer. This was my first time visiting, so I was excited to see Rainbow Row and explore King Street. Even with the misty, rainy weather the colors on the buildings were vibrant. I can only imagine what it is like to visit on a sunny day. Honestly, with the old houses and cobblestone streets, I felt like we had been transported to the streets of a European city.
I was able to make a quick stop into Hominy Grill, a popular restaurant known for its southern fare, for breakfast one morning (all because I shattered the screen on my phone and needed to get it fixed, oops). When I saw the menu, I immediately knew what I was going to order, the Charleston Nasty Biscuit — a fried chicken biscuit with cheddar cheese, covered in sausage gravy. YEP. I have to say it did not disappoint.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
I’ve stalked Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Instagram for what feels like a few years now and when I was invited on this trip, I just knew I had to find it. Can you tell that Meg and I both love a good biscuit? Meg learned how to make them in a recent Southern Seasons class and the two of the three real meals I ate in Charleston just happened to be biscuits.
The small shop had limited seating but that was okay because we stopped in before hitting the road on Sunday morning. You know a spot is good when you stop in at 8 a.m. on a Sunday (in a city with an estimated 400 churches), and the place is packed. I tried one of the day’s specials — the bacon, egg and cheese biscuit and packed a couple of the blueberry biscuits to go. I also grabbed a tub of the pimento cheese to bring back to the office – you’re welcome Hodgers!
Overall it was an incredible weekend with good friends, great drinks and amazing food. I’ll be counting down the days until I’m able to visit Charleston again. If you have any suggestions for things to do or places to eat the next time I visit, please share your recommendations in the comments below.