On the way to a family week in Isle of Palms, Kyle and I decided to take a detour to explore the food on Charleston’s most delicious, shopable street. We only spent a half day here so by no means did we get to try everything we had hoped, but that just means we get to go back! These are the few of the King Street eats that we did get a chance to try and I’ll go ahead and tell that most are REALLY GOOD!
GLAZED GOURMET DONUTS
We started with donuts because, well, you know me.
These donuts were good. Really good actually! Highly recommend the raspberry glaze. I have to admit, though, I was a little bit disappointed by the atmosphere! I was expecting a gorgeous donut bar that screamed Charleston but instead walked into a classic donut shop that could have been plopped into any strip mall. That may be a little harsh but with real estate on this street, it could definitely have been kicked up a notch. None the less, if you need a donut to get your day going like I do, definitely worth picking one up on the go!
Happy Hour! This was a quick stop mostly brought on by a need to get out of the heat! Charleston is HOT so what better way to cool down than with a craft cocktail. The Rarebit is known for their mules and I think we messed up not ordering those. Only after we ordered did we note that every person in the bar was holding a copper mug. I went with the Aviation and Kyle went for the Greyhound. Both were good but apparently not as good as those Mules.
The Darling Oyster Bar
GO HERE! Like, no questions asked, add this to your Charleston to do list. You won’t regret it. Kyle promises! I found out about this little bar through another blogger that had spent a weekend in Charleston and ended up going here twice. First of all, this spot is super cute. Bright green booths and modern lighting keep the boujee bar approachable and fun. There is a full beverage bar and a raw bar. We sat at the raw bar which has a great view of king street and let’s you watch the guys behind the bar shuck and insane amount of oysters! Happy hour starts at 3 which means 1$ off signature cocktails. I got the fish house punch and it was, in all honestly, one of the best cocktails I’d ever had. I haven’t quite worked my way up to trying an oyster yet, so Kyle took those on himself. He ordered 18 including one of each of the varieties they offer. His response when I asked if you could tell which one’s are 1$ and which are 3$ – “You can tell, but the 1$ ones are bigger, so I’d probably just go with more of those next time!”. There you have it folks. I opted for the burger and hush puppies. I was not dissapointed. Those hush puppies were doused in old bay and left me wanting more. The Darling Oyster Bar left us wanting more of everything! So – Highly recommend! We will back (mostly because Kyle seems to have added their seafood tower to his bucket list)!
Jeni’s Famous Ice Cream
We ended out King Street feast with a frozen treat at Jenni’s Ice Cream. This was probably my second favorite stop following the Darling. If you aren’t familiar with Jeni’s Ice Creams, you’ve got some snacking to do. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream was founded by a super cool lady named Jeni Britton Bauer (who I get to meet next month!!! WHAT?!). She was on the front end of the artisan ice cream trend and her brand has only grown from there. This ice cream is SO GOOD. The flavors are super unique and a really delicious twist on the flavors we’ve had a million times. We got the trio which is the absolutely perfect way to try a bit of everything and picked Milkiest Chocolate, Supermoon (the best by a mile), and Coffee with Cream & Sugar. If you need a frozen treat to cap off your King Street feast, this place is a must!
This street is covered in delicious places to stop for a cocktail, app or treat. I feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface so we are definitely going back for more! Do you guys have any other King Street favorites??? Let me know in the comments so we can add them to our list for our fall trip!