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Charleston restaurants making national "best" lists


Well, the last blog featured the Lowcountry’s hip local libation scene.   Now it’s time to talk about the food to go with those beverages.

Charleston’s restaurants are no stranger to national press and accolades. The cuisine of the Lowcountry is one of the things that’s helped create the city’s world-class status and allure.

There’s a simple truism regarding our SC vacation rentals, be they Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC. Everyone in your Charleston beach house is gonna get hungry.

While having a kitchen is a real plus when staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, it’s also great to take everyone out to eat.

The trick here soon becomes deciding where to go, because there’s such a plethora of outstanding choices.

To help in picking a place, Zagat - the arbiters of good taste - came out with their top (aka “hottest”) restaurants in Charleston.

Zagat’s an especially respected source, since they base their determinations on the opinions of local diners and consider what matters most to them.   Zagat began rankings in New York about 30 years ago and now provides them for 33 cities in America, Charleston being one of them.

While they single out three especially popular places – the ever-classic Hominy Grill, and the oft complimented Husk and FIG - their official list includes eleven places that fly a bit under the radar.

I encourage you to click through their full slideshow with all their comments and suggestions (link to follow), but here’s a very brief recap:

  • 1) Básico (North Charleston, Lowcountry meets Mex)
  • 2) Edmund’s Oast (downtown, this is a rather new brewpub that’s making all sorts of best buzz lists lately)
  • 3) Nigel’s Good Food (soul food in North Charleston)
  • 4) The Ordinary (super seafood from the FIG folks, downtown on upper King)
  • 5) Palace Hotel (downtown on the East Side, a dive/gourmet dog place)
  • 6) Poogan’s Porch (downtown, classic southern and open 365 days a year!)
  • 7) Sesame Burgers & Beer (multiple locations)
  • 8) Sweet Radish Bakeshop (downtown, the only gluten-free bakery in the area)
  • 9) Two Boroughs Larder (downtown, great breakfast sandwiches)
  • 10) Warehouse (downtown, gourmet bar food and live music)
  • 11) Xiao Bao Biscuit (downtown, Asian like you’ve never had it)


Here’s a link to Zagat's article and slideshow: http://www.zagat.com/b/atlanta/the-11-hottest-restaurants-to-visit-in-charleston-sc?utm_campaign=-&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=atlanta&utm_term#1


It’s quite an interesting list that offers a wide variety of creative choices and prices, most pretty reasonable.  They are within a convenient distance from all our rental homes South Carolina, both Isle of Palms luxury rentals and our Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

And yet another list...

Thrillist recently came up with their list of the 21 best sandwich shops in America.  Charleston’s own Butcher & Bee made the list - in fact, it leads the pack.  

Although most places on the list were recognized for one sandwich in particular, the powers that be suggested simply getting whatever’s available at Butcher & Bee, it’s all good (and the menu changes frequently).   As author Adam Lapetina explained: “Their menu, scrawled on a chalkboard, is constantly changing depending on the region’s local offerings, but always features innovative creations such as the General Tso’s-chicken sandwich.”

The whole list has some gorgeous food photography and is guaranteed to make you hungry as you scroll through the best sandwiches in America: http://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/best-sandwich-shops-in-america-thrillist-nation

So bon appetit…. and remember, EP has some of the coolest in luxury beach house rentals SC. So when you’re searching for a beach house Charleston SC, check out the options on this website, then give us a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

Local libations

 

Charleston has long been known as a foodie destination.   It’s fast becoming known as a libation destination, as well.

Craft distilleries seem to be the hip trend at the moment, and are a kind of extension of the micro-brewery craze. As a matter of fact, after decades of there not being any local liquor producers at all, there are now three in the Charleston area, as well as a fourth on nearby Wadmalaw Island (Firefly, with their famous sweet tea vodkas).

They include High Wire Distilling on upper King Street downtown and The Striped Pig in North Charleston.

And now Charleston Distilling has finally opened its doors, after undergoing about a year’s worth of construction.

They are located in the very cool “warehouse” a little further down King Street, at # 501 (near the corner of King and Morris Streets), in the storefront with all the rough wood barrels and giant copper vats. Even though they just opened, they’ve already been singled out as a hot spot by Travel + Leisure magazine.

All these distilleries are within an easy driving distance from our luxury beach house rentals SC, both our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and our Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.   If you are staying in a beach house Charleston and visit one of these places, be sure to bring along a designated driver! They make some potent stuff.

Charleston Distilling is not a bar but a tasting room, where they offer educational tours of how their spirits are made.  They produce liquor like vodka, gin, whiskey and bourbon in small batches using local ingredients. Grains come from Summerton, South Carolina. Tours are offered every hour from 11:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m.

Here’s their official website: http://www.charlestondistilling.com/

One of the fun things about staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms or Folly Beach house Charleston SC is stocking it with local specialties. A visit to a Charleston beach house isn’t complete without a feast of fresh shrimp or crabs, and something local to wash it down with.   These spirits fit the bill. They also make a perfect souvenir of your time in the Lowcountry, or a thoughtful gift for those at home who held down the fort while you were enjoying a stay in one of our beach rentals Charleston.


Also in the news recently has been Mira Winery. Though based in St. Helena, California, it’s owned by a Charlestonian (Jim “Bear” Dyke, Jr.), and they will be opening an education center and tasting room downtown this fall. They recently unveiled a mural at the site of the planned education center, which will teach people about the wine-making process.

Mira has been doing something pretty interesting lately. They’ve submerged bottles of their wine at the bottom of Charleston Harbor and are studying the effects of ocean aging on the wine.

Should be very interesting to see what they discover.

And remember that when you are looking for SC vacation rentals, especially Isle of Palms luxury rentals, call EP, and do it well in advance. We have some of the very best in rental homes South Carolina, and they book up early.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: Charleston Distilling

Vote now for the new Bridge Run poster

 

The 2015 Cooper River Bridge Run is scheduled for March 28, 2015. And for only the second time, race officials have opened up the selection of the official poster to the public, via online voting. The design that’s chosen will be splashed all over the place -- posters, t-shirts and other race goodies, TV, print ads, you name it.

There are 65 designs to choose from, including the one above, in all kinds of styles - impressionistic, retro postcard, abstract, realistic, etc.   There are entries designed by kids, some that show support for the local shrimping industry and even the Hunley.

Race officials ask that you pick "the one that most represents the spirit and locality of the race combined with its artistic appearance, based on your personal judgment."

Here’s a link to all the designs: http://bridgerun.com/blog/?p=2274

Here’s a link to the voting page where you choose your favorite by number (1 – 65): https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/59SPMGG

You’d better hurry - voting ends tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Bridge Run weekend is one of the most popular weekends of the year for SC vacation rentals, both our Folly Beach rentals Charleston and Isle of Palms luxury rentals. A Charleston beach house is an ideal way to experience the race… it’s a great gathering place for your whole group, a perfect place to carb up beforehand and kick back afterwards.

If you are interested in a beach house Charleston for next year’s Bridge Run, it’s not too early to book it.   Early booking ensures you’ll have the best selection of our beach house rentals Charleston SC. While all our rental homes South Carolina are convenient to the race, a luxury house on Isle of Palms may be your best bet since it’s a bit closer to the start line, which is in Mount Pleasant.   A Folly Beach house Charleston SC would also work, but you’d need to factor in a little extra morning time to get to the starting area.

If you are in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals this weekend, it’s time for the 4th annual Sol Slam, hosted by Sol Driven Train, going on Friday and Saturday.

It’s a two-day musical fest with nine bands and two stages at The Windjammer on Front Beach, IOP.   They’re expecting tickets to sell out early, especially since American Idol finalist Elise Testone will also be performing. Part of ticket sales and all of the shuttle proceeds go toward Surfers Healing, a great group that helps children with autism and other special needs find healing in the water.

Here’s a link for tickets and more info: http://www.soldriventrain.com/solslam/

And when you’re looking for the best beach home getaway for your family and friends, call EP for the ultimate in luxury beach house rentals SC.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

MJ on the IOP



It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since the passing of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. His body of work is so vast and his tunes spin on, inspiring new generations of singers and dancers.

You know you’re talking about a profound influence when Cirque du Soleil designs a whole show around the skills of one artist.

If you are in one of our SC vacation rentals this week, especially a luxury house on Isle of Palms, you have a chance to see the next best thing performing live.

It’s Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band, largely regarded as the very best in the biz. They have performed all over the globe and sold out more than 50 venues on a recent tour of the UK, even selling out London’s O2 Arena.  On this side of the pond, they’ve played alongside Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, The Backstreet Boys, The Four Tops and Pitbull. Based in Chapel Hill, this eight-member group brings MJ back to life right before your eyes and ears. Here’s their official website: http://www.whosbadmusic.com/


And they’re here on the Isle of Palms, playing two shows at The Windjammer on Front Beach, a stroll from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  Tickets are $15 and doors open at 9:00 p.m. If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals right now, they are doing a live show tonight. Or, if you’re headed to your beach house Charleston tomorrow (Saturday, July 12th), they’re also doing a performance tomorrow night at 9:00.

You can purchase tickets at the door (if they’re still available) or online: http://www.the-windjammer.com/wp/

SECOND  SUNDAY  is here again...

Also this weekend is the July installment of the perennial favorite, Second Sundays on King.   They block off the shopping superstreet King to vehicular traffic, so pedestrians, dogs and outdoor cafes reign.

It’s an easy drive from all our rental homes South Carolina, both Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC and beach rentals Charleston on the IOP. It’s a fun family-friendly event that’s appropriate for everyone staying in your Charleston beach house.

Keep an eye peeled for special Bastille Day treats at Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier on Society Street, just off King.

As an extra bonus, the Gibbes, Charleston’s premier art museum, is offering free admission from 1:00 – 5:00 to coincide with Second Sunday. To walk to the Gibbes, head down King still you get to the Charleston Library Society, then cut through the garden path to reach the Gibbes, which fronts on Meeting Street.


Here’s a link with more info (and where you can click on the box on the right to print out a free parking pass for city garages): http://susanlucas.typepad.com/secondsundayonkingstreet/

And remember, when you’re looking for a beach house Charleston SC to rent, call EP. We offer the very best in luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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