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Jul '09

Foodie Vacations: Great Places to Enjoy Gourmet Food in Charleston, SC

Delicious Pulled Pork Barbecue!

Delicious Fried Whiting and HushpuppiesAre you in the mood for a culinary roadtrip? Do you enjoy eating delicious regional food served by award winning chefs, visiting palm tree lined beaches, enjoying local history, going boating and fishing, as well as viewing majestic live oaks draped with Spanish moss?

If so, then a relaxing foodie vacation in Charleston, South Carolina may be just what the doctor ordered.

The cuisine of Charleston, SC is an addictive combination of such classic Southern and Lowcountry foods as pulled pork barbecue, shrimp and grits, red rice, she-crab soup, roasted oysters, fried fish, cornbread, biscuits, hoppin’ John, boiled peanuts, and red velvet cake.

In 2008, Travelocity named Charleston one of the world’s 10 Best Delicious Destinations for Foodies. Top Chef Judge and cookbook author Tom Colicchio lists Charleston as one of his favorite eating destinations, praising the flavor of its fish as well as the rough sensual delights of its local oyster roasts.

With such Charleston area James Beard Award winning chefs as Mike Lata of Fig and Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill, as well as James Beard winning cookbook authors Nathalie Dupree and Matt and Ted Lee (The Lee Bros.), Charleston is also home to a wide variety of locally based gourmet stores and specialty food shops which help provide inspiration for chefs of every stripe.

Whether you’re planning to visit Charleston (or are lucky enough to live here), below are the addresses for 13 interesting local gourmet shops, markets, specialty delis, bakeries, and more you might want to visit.


(Listed in Alphabetical Order)
  • Charleston Cooks
    194 East Bay St.
    Charleston, SC
    Cooking classes from world class visiting and regional chefs. Also has a kitchen store.
  • Cupcake
    433 King St.
    Charleston, SC
    A cupcake-riffic bakery, with everything made from scratch.
  • Doscher’s Supermarket
    1133 Savannah Highway
    Charleston, SC
    An old fashioned Southern style supermarket featuring regional cuts of meat.
  • Earth Fare
    74 Folly Rd.
    Charleston, SC
    A large Southern based supermarket featuring such health foods as organic produce, bulk grains and spices, and more.
  • Euro Food
    1727 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC
    Sells Eastern European and Russian food.
  • H and L Asian Supermarket
    5300 Rivers Ave.
    Charleston, SC
    A giant Asian supermarket with a large variety of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other Asian foods and spices.
  • The Moon Pie General Store
    48 North Market St.
    Charleston, SC
    Sells a variety of Southern goodies (and yes) moon pies.
  • Nelli Indian Grocery
    1901 Ashley River Road (Highway 61)
    (West Ashley) Charleston, SC
    Sells Indian and Pakistani foods and spices.
  • The Olive Oil Shop
    316 King St.
    Charleston, SC
    Sells specialty olive oils pressed from all over the world, balsamic vinegar, rubs, spreads, and condiments.
  • Ted’s Butcher Block
    334 E Bay St.
    Charleston, SC
    Specialty butcher shop and gourmet market.

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