Told in the alternating voices of Les and Wes,The Last Original Wifeis classic Dorothea Benton Frank: a tale of family,
friendship, self-discovery, and love, that is as salty as a Lowcountry
breeze and as invigorating as a dip in Carolina waters on a sizzling
summer day. In this guest post, Dorothea Benton Frank talks about the setting for the novel, from a foodie's point of view:
Charleston is a food lover’s tiny
paradise. Yes, people come to Charleston for historical and cultural
experiences, but the excellent and abundant choices of dining experiences are
often a surprise. Not a week goes by
that someone from some where tells me they’re going to Charleston and where should
So, let’s start with breakfast.
The best meal to start the day is
to be found at Page’s Okra Grill on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. Definitely have a biscuit. (go easy on the gravy – you’ll live
longer.) The grits are perfect, they
cook eggs any way you want them and the French toast and pancakes are wonderful
too. I’m a tea drinker but I always drink their coffee. It’s that good. If you’re downtown, try Hominy Grill.
It’s absolutely awesome too.
Lunch? Well, one day you have to eat seafood on Shem Creek, also in Mount Pleasant. My personal favorites are the Shem Creek Bar
and Grill and The Water’s Edge. Both are
great for families and offer outdoor eating experiences. You can watch dolphins playing while the sea
gulls swoop all around. They both fry
seafood and make crab cakes. Or, drive
out to Folly Beach and have your pick! My
favorite is Taco Boy for a casual meal.
But you might enjoy Folly Beach Crab House or Locklears Beach City
Grill, which is right on the pier.
If you’re in downtown Charleston for
lunch, you have to try Slightly North of Broad (SNOBS), Magnolia to devour the
shrimp and grits, Rue de John, Virginia’s, Sermet’s Downtown and/or High
Cotton. Each one has a seasonal menu
with specialties that highlight regional food.
If you’re in the mood for Thai food, which I always am, you could pay a
visit to Basil’s on King Street. They are also open for dinner.
Don’t even think about leaving town
without a cocktail at McCrady’s, or Husk where Sean Brock, a James Beard Award
winning chef, holds court. Just park yourself at the bar and let them shake a
little magic into your evening.
Out on Isle of Palms is The Long
Island Café which is located in a shopping center near the connector
bridge. It doesn’t seem possible that
such an unassuming little spot could be so delicious, but it is. In fact, the light fare of super fresh
seafood keeps us coming back all the time.
Is it cocktail time? Sprint to Grill 225 in Charleston for a
nitro-tini! Don’t ask me what a
nitro-tini is, just order one and take a picture of it! Fabulous!
They also have a roof top bar when you can watch the sun set – you’re in
The Land of Mango Sunsets, you know. And
Grill 225 makes some of the best steaks in the country, as does Halls
If you want to visit my island
favorites you have to try High Thyme on Sullivans Island and Salt at Station 22
where my old buddy Marshall Stith serves up seafood so fresh that a year from
now you’ll find yourself filled with a longing for his She Crab soup or fresh
flounder. High Thyme’s menu is inventive
and the food is very, very good – you’ll rub shoulders with lots of locals. Also
on Sullivans Island is Dunleavy’s Pub. I
wish I had a nickel for every burger I’ve eaten there. PS They have Harp Lager on tap. Who could resist?
Off the beaten path? For dinner only there’s Bowen’s Island
Restaurant just five minutes from Folly Beach and The Wreck in Mount
Pleasant. Both are for the whole family.