One of the most fun things about living in a place like Charleston SC, is that there is never a reason or excuse to be bored in this town. There is so much constantly going on here that there really is something for everyone (the arts, an array of food options, festivals, tours, music, community activities, the list goes on and on). Being a food blogger, you can count on the fact that I will pretty much be interested in anything food related! So, when I was invited to spend an afternoon hanging out with a friend and doing a food tour around upper King Street, I was thrilled for the excuse and opportunity to join in on the fun and check out the tour group that was hosting the afternoon: Charleston Culinary Tours!
What a treat! Our tour began at HoM (the super cool burger spot, with a ping pong lounge in the back). Once everyone arrived our guide, Guilds Hollowell explained how we would be spending our afternoon and where we would visit. Our walking/culinary tour would involve eating at 3 restaurants and finishing at a 4th location for dessert. At each spot we would sample several dishes (family style) and learn about the restaurant and menu. FUN (I love family style sharing-its the most fun way to try as much as possible without gaining the extra pounds!) Inbetween venues our guide shared his in-depth knowledge of the area, buildings and the culinary scene in Charleston. I’ve lived here for about 12 years, and I have been on countless tours (of every kind) and this by far, was one of the most enjoyable and entertaining (plus it hit some super cool places)!
We started at HoM and tried (fried cheese curds, the fried chicken sammy and okra)! I LOVED the chicken sandwich, so delicious and flavorful-the avocado was a great addition on the sandwich, I’m going back for that! The okra was AWESOME, it’s always fun to try a new take on a common dish and I had never had okra like this, it was served with feta cheese (which rocked)!!!! Such a fun start to our tour.
Next we stopped at, Smoke BBQ. They started out with a food truck and have grown into a sweet little spot on King St. (we sampled the smoke wings, cuban sandwich and the slaw). The cuban sandwich was my favorite on this stop. It was really delicious!
Next we visited, 39 Rue de Jean (this of course was a total hit for me, especially considering that Rue de Jean is one of my personal top 5 places in Charleston to eat at)! Every stop along the tour was great but Rue de Jean, definitely rolled out the red carpet and brought out their best to the table (pistou mussels, ratatouille, pommes frites and their amazing bread basket).
Last stop, DESSERT: Paolo’s Gelato! I really appreciate just about any dessert, but gelato is extra special! Paolo’s is one of my favorites, and I loved stopping here to end a great experience with a lovely cup of mint chocolate gelato!
I highly recommend checking out this super fun tour when entertaining out-of-town friends/family or just for the sake of changing things up and doing something fun and unexpected (I love being a tourist in my own town)! Great locally loved restaurants, fun history lesson and a great way to meet some new people, while strolling around town. (This tour company has several other tours that I would definitely look into checking out…next on my list is the distillery tour)!