Hot New Restaurants in Charleston this Spring

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At the beginning of this month we had the opportunity to go on a mini babymoon to Charleston. It was probably our first and last real vacation before baby bee arrives in August. It was bittersweet to have some time away just before my father-in-law passed away days later. We managed to fit in quite a bit of eating between our preparations for A Charleston Affair, the College of Charleston’s signature Spring alumni event, and a day at the beach. I was too busy catching up with friends to snap any photos at Minero in their new space but here are a few new-to-us restaurants we were able to try out over our quick weekend getaway!

Workshop

1503 King Street

Workshop brands itself as an "exploratory food court". We've been a big fan of the gourmet food court, having visited Ponce City Market in Atlanta several times. It's a concept I love because you're able to try lots of different restaurants all within the same venue. We ate inside the cafeteria to cool off in the AC but afterwards Alex grabbed a growler from Edmund's Oast and we sat outside on the patio to listen to the live band that was set up for Cinco de Mayo. We may have overdone it a bit with the amount of food we ordered for just four people, but here's a list of everything we shared with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend:

Juan Luis

Puffy Chicken Tacos
Chips and Salsa
Enchiladas with Red Sauce

Sambar

Chicken Thali
Mango Lassi
Glazed Gourmet Doughnut
Tamarind Margarita

Pink Bellies

Garlic Noodle Burrito
Fried Avocado

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Millers All Day

120 King Street

We waited almost an hour to eat at Millers All Day and brunch sort of turned into lunch by that point but boy, Charleston's hottest new restaurant didn't disappoint! We started out with coffee, water, and cranberry juice and walked around the place a little to check out the fresh mid-century modern decor, record nook, and bar areas. I went for the B.E. C. sandwich piled high with bacon, herb mayo, white cheddar, fried egg, and romesco then sandwiched between an everything brioche bun. It was delightfully messy. Alex ordered the small stack with a side of bacon and we shared the most incredible home fries. 

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Mercantile and Mash

701 East Bay Street

On our way out of Charleston we met up with my friend and mentor Alesya to catch up over coffee. I had the barista make a decaf sweet cream latte and at the risk of sounding very millennial, I indulged in the most delicious avocado toast I've ever had. The Merc & Mash version is topped with avocado spread, scallions, and a chipotle crema. Alex went for the House Made City Ham with a sunny-side up egg and Gruyere cheese on a house-made English muffin. The industrial interior space was warm and inviting. It almost reminded me of a Williams Sonoma store. Local goods lined the walls and there were plenty of seating options to choose from.

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I find it really difficult to avoid going to the same places when we visit Charleston. After years of living there, we certainly have our favorites. I'm really proud that we were able to try out so many new eateries during our short trip. Have you been to Charleston recently? Let me know where we should eat on our next vacation.