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July 20, 2012
Celia Sin-Tien Cheng

If you are in Charleston for two or three days, here are some restaurants and house tours not to be missed.

House Tour A. Nathaniel Russell House Museum

The Nathaniel Russell House, built in 1808, is a National Historic Landmark preserved and restored by the Historic Charleston Foundation to give visitors a sense of what it was like to live in antebellum Charleston. This three-story townhouse is beautifully restored to depict the grandeur and culture of the lives of the wealthy merchant,... full article

House Tour B. Aiken-Rhett House Museum

The Aiken-Rhett House was built in 1820. Formerly the governor’s mansion, this historical landmark has been preserved since 1858 and stayed within the family until 1975, so much of the grounds, furniture and original artwork are still intact. You can see the wear and tear that the house has endured over the years, including the effects of... full article

Burger & Fries C. Butcher and Bee

Butcher and Bee is a gourmet sandwich shop, but it is by no means conventional. It’s open for lunch from 11am to 3 pm daily and late night from 11 pm to 3 am Thursday through Saturday, so this is where chefs hang out after their shifts on weekends. It’s a hip and casual joint serving some very serious grub. The menu changes daily and... full article

Fried Chicken D. Martha Lou's Kitchen

Martha Lou’s is by all means a hole in the wall. It’s slightly off the beaten path, north of downtown Charleston. And your dishes and sides are served on Styrofoam plates with plastic cutlery. Drink options include Bud Lite, Miller Lite, sweet tea or fluorescent yellow lemonade. But this little soul food shack sets the stage for the... full article

Tasting Menu E. McCrady's

Capers Blade Oysters, Grapefruit, Coastal Plants and Elderberry Capers

When I have a truly great meal, I gush about it to every living soul I encounter (hence the existence of this website). My four-hour meal at McCrady’s was definitely one of those experiences. Every dish on the 11-course tasting menu was memorable and delectable, from... full article

Benton's Bacon Cornbread F. Husk

I have never tasted cornbread as exceptional as Benton’s bacon cornbread at Husk. You might think that cornbread is just a side dish, but this simple little dish is an example of how Chef Sean Brock pays tribute to soulful Southern cuisine by bringing it to new heights. Husk was named the number one Best New Restaurant in... full article