Here Are 9 More Restaurants For You to Adore...

Here Are 9 More Restaurants For You to Adore...

Raise a glass to the Charleston and Mount Pleasant Food Scene.

I'm sure it will come as no surprise that creating a list of nine more "must-try restaurants" around Charleston was no challenge...the only real challenge here was narrowing the list down to nine.

So, here's to you Charleston for keeping all of your visitors and locals well fed, well entertained and as of late, well watered due to your routine flooding upon the smallest amounts of rain.

Nonetheless, here are nine hotspots to try next time you find yourself with a free moment or some vacation time in the beloved Chucktown.

1. The Park Cafe

Although you may have to "park" yourself outside while you wait for a coveted spot at their southern Sunday brunch, I can assure you that all of their food (not just the brunch) is worth the wait. On certain Sundays, you may even run into this guy (pictured above) selling succulents, along with a few other local vendors to entertain you while you lightly fry and sun yourself under clear Charleston skies. Speaking of "frying," the fried egg sandwich is a must-have.

2. Tricera

Does Charleston have you too excited to even sit down and enjoy a meal? No worries, Tricera has you covered with their breakfast sandwiches that you can get to-go. Even though the Triceratops might have been a herbivore, some of Tricera's bagel breakfast sandwiches will have you eating otherwise. The "everything goes" sandwich is out of this world but luckily not extinct like the coffee shop's namesake.

3. Leon's

I can't say that I've had many great meals in an old garage but even if I'd had a thousand, Leon's would top the charts time and time again. Oyster lover or not, Leon's has something for everyone...including frozen yogurt. Even more, the interior is just like finding a pearl inside of an oyster: a hidden gem tucked away behind a perfectly rustic exterior.

4. Harold's Cabin

Funky, spunky and delicious. Harold's Cabin takes me back to my Tennessee roots with its Appalachian-esque, log cabin decor. Whether you're in it to win it for the biscuit, beer or beautiful rooftop garden, you may experience your first enjoyable case of cabin-fever after you find yourself wanting to cozy up in this restaurant/bar/grab-and-go market day after day.

5. FIG

The restaurant's name, FIG, is an acronym for "Food Is Good." Amongst all of the hustle and bustle of the growing food scene in Charleston, FIG has stood strong at the corner of Meeting and Hassell Street since 2003. Serving innovative, fresh, seasonal, local, Southern cuisine, FIG will have you wanting to "get 'figgy' with it" after experiencing why this restaurant has become a staple of the South.

6. The Grocery

Out of groceries? Save yourself a trip to the store and enjoy a meal by the 6th restaurant on this list. The Grocery specializes in farm to table cuisine but the only shopping you'll be doing at this grocery is choosing from food on the menu to go from table to stomach. Plus, any restaurant with house-made charcuterie and an in-house fresh produce canning program is a friend of mine.

7. The Granary

They say you should "eat your greens" but does it still count if those "greens" are brussels sprouts that have been marinated in a sherry maple glaze and resemble a perfectly crisped, browned color instead of green? My stomach thinks "yes." This Mount Pleasant favorite is one of the better meals I've enjoyed in a long time. Bravo Mount Pleasant, you've mastered the art of a downtown dining experience on the other side of the bridge.

8. Kanpei

While we're over in Mount Pleasant, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Kanpei, a local's best kept secret...until now. Located on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, this dive might go unnoticed and fly under the radar. However, put your radar detector (aka google maps) to good use and drop in. Kanpei offers the best of the best when it comes to sushi and authentic Korean cuisine. Did someone say bulgogi and steam buns? I'm in, and you'll want to be too.

9. The Drawing Room at the Vendue

Weighing in at #9 on the list, I suppose my biased opinion would say I saved the best for last. Have you ever heard of popcorn on a salad to add texture instead of a crouton? Or how about dehydrating olives to create a dusted, granule-like base for a plate of Valencia orange cream and roasted beets? Before you experience the culinary master pieces offered by the Drawing Room, take a quick elevator ride to the rooftop and enjoy panoramic views and a signature cocktail. On your way back down to the Drawing Room, you'll realize that the food isn't the only art the Vendue has to offer. The boutique hotel doubles as a gallery with walls adorned with beautiful works of art. Bon Appétit!

Cover Image Credit: Sophia Winter

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If Your College Major Was A Cookie, Here's What You'd Be Snacking On

Sorry, I had to.

Cookies are probably one of the greatest foods to exist in this world. There are so many varieties and tastes that my mouth is salivating just thinking about it. There are just as many, if not more, majors to compare to cookies. Let me give it a try.

1. History - Sugar Cookie

History never changes, much like sugar cookies. (Also, they're both boring.)

2. English - Nutella Lava Cookie Cups

English majors tend to be creative. This cookie is that and more.

3. Biology - Giant Cookie

Things are always evolving, becoming bigger and better than they were before. This giant cookie mimics a regular one, except, well, it's giant.

4. Accounting - Green Tea Shortbread Sandwich Cookies

2 + 1 = deliciousness

5. Art - Double Decker, Dark Chocolate, Mini Doughnut Sugar Cookie

This is simply a work of art - pun intended.

6. Chemistry - Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie

Hmm, maybe if I add just a bit of bacon, it will make this cookie 10x better.

7. Statistics - Hot Cocoa Cookies

Hmm, the statistics of this cookie being delicious is...100%.

8. Dance - Banana Split Cake Mix Cookies

It's all in the name.

9. Theater - Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies

There are some insanely talented people in this major.

10. Sports Management - Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled with Caramel and Peanut Butter

There are so many different things going on with this major, I thought it appropriate to put a cookie that also has a lot of things going on with it.

11. Public Health - Trail Cookies

I guess these are healthy? Kinda?

12. Mass Communications - Peach Drop Cookies

A reporter can do many things, especially if they blow our minds away. Mic drop, anyone?

13. Nursing - Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

Don't you love looking a blood? No? Then why are you a nursing major?

If your major wasn't on here, I'm sorry. There are too many for me to compare to cookies.

If you want to get all these awesome recipes for the cookies, check out this awesome blog!

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The Five Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Going Vegetarian

For one, you may want to actually like vegetables.

So, you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian? That’s great! Being a vegetarian can have a lot of health benefits. According to the Harvard Health Publishing, it can reduce the risk of heart disease and type two diabetes. However, there are some questions you may want to ask yourself before making that commitment.

1. Why are you thinking about becoming a vegetarian?

Believe it or not, your reasoning is very important and can have a large effect on whether or not you stick with it. If it’s for a reason of health, you’re more likely to stick with it than if it’s simply for vanity.

2. Are you really going to really miss meat?

If you are going to miss it so much that it’s physically painful for you, then you’re not going to stick with it. A good way to test this out is to slowly start phasing the meat out and see how much you miss it. For example, you could start by only cutting out red meat, or you could only eat meat on certain days of the week.

3. Do you actually like vegetables?

If you hate eating your veggies, being a vegetarian may not be the best move for you. You may end up making yourself sick from lack of nutrients, or you could even make yourself gain weight from leaning on highly processed, pre-packaged foods. Eating a lot of color is extremely important to a vegetarian diet, especially the color green.

4. Are you willing to do your research?

There is a lot that goes into being a vegetarian, and you’ll have to educate yourself along the way. You’ll have to research what foods satisfy what certain nutrients that you are no longer getting from meat. You’ll also have to do your research every time you want to go out to eat. This can honestly be one of the most frustrating parts of vegetarianism. Anytime your friends want to go to a restaurant, you will have to look it up online, find their menu, and find out if there is something that you can eat or not. If you don’t, you may end up eating a lot of house salad with the meat on the side because a lot of restaurants can’t charge you properly for a salad without it.

5. Are you willing to cook?

If you don’t like to cook, then vegetarian life may be very difficult for you. As stated previously, eating out can be very limiting and frustrating, and cooking at home is one of the easiest and most cost efficient ways to eat vegetarian. Not only that, but if there is something that you miss or are craving from your meat eating days, being able to whip up a veggie friendly version of it is one of the most satisfying options there is!

Being a vegetarian can be really gratifying, and it’s a great way to eat clean and find new, fun ways to change up you’re lifestyle. Being a vegetarian myself, I can say that I’ve reaped a lot of benefits. Just make sure it’s the right choice for you before diving in head first.

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