The highlight of our trip to Charleston! Charleston excels in two areas: history and food. The latter is without controversy--this is one of the Great Foodie Cities! Our guide, Glenn, knows the scene, he knows the chefs, and the restaurants, and their history, and their strengths and weaknesses. He was absolutely great enjoyable and amusing, in addition to informative!.
We stopped at four places for their signature foods...two were rather extensive: Cumberland Smokehouse no. 5 and Burwell's Stone Fire Grill. Cumberland was BBQ at its best, and we got samplings of beef, pork, chicken, along with a variety of sides and sauces buy your own alcohol, at reasonable rates. Then, a bounce pass through Carmella's, to look at a prize dessert, and to take a sandwich on the run goat cheese, salami on really fresh bread, to Burwell's.
If I were to pick one high end place in Charleston, it would be Burwell's. We had just a few dishes, but each really memorable--a butternut squash soup with cherry butter, peppered bacon, and a surprise pistachio butter with chunks of nuts...I'm leaving things out, but it was a miracle of inventive yumminess...their mixologist offered a couple of cocktails. I am not a big cocktail drinker, but this combined calvados, bourbon, a slice of apple, unfiltered apple cider and Laphroaig single malt Scotch. I am a fan of the latter, and this was an astonishing and wonderful combination! Then their signature dish, the Stone Fire Grill. They had some lava rock that could be heated to 700 degrees. that came out with salt and cubes of Wagyu beef, and we cooked our own with a house béarnaise and a tamarind sauce A-1 if it were made by a God of the Kitchen. WOW!.
But wait, there's more! Pastry chef came out with his crème brulee, topped with crème Chantilly, and streaks of caramel, white chocolate, and dark chocolate.
There's more but Viator says I'm out of room. Go. You'll thank me.