Coffee: Tie between Muddy Waters and Bitty and Beau’s. Muddy Waters has the best coffee on James Island and since it’s located about a mile away from my house, of course it’s my go to! You may have heard of Bitty and Beau’s when it’s founder, Amy Wright, was named CNN’s 2017 Hero of the Year. They recently expanded a shop in Charleston and not only is the coffee delicious but I dare you to find a kinder and sweeter staff.
Lunch spot: Verde. The salads are great and you can get them made into wraps, which is good for days that I have to eat on the go (aka in the car). On days when I have time to sit down and eat lunch – Five Loaves Cafe is in regular rotation.
Pizza: Tie between Crust and D’Allesandro’s. Both serve pizza but they’re uniquely different which is why I cannot chose just one place. D’Als also holds a special place in my heart because their classic cheese pizza kept me fed during my college days.
Happy hour spot: Barsa. $2 off glasses of wine for happy hour? Sold!
Happy hour spot with a view: The Watch. This spot is great if you want to have a cocktail and enjoy views of downtown Charleston.
Brewery: Low Tide Brewing. Great selection of beers, dog friendly and they almost always have a food truck serving up delicious food.
Italian: Wild Olive – Best. Gnocchi. EVER.
Seafood: Bowen’s Island – Between the food, casual atmosphere and gorgeous views, it makes for a fantastic dinner spot.
Mexican: Zia Taqueria – I’ve never had a bad thing here but their queso cannot be beat.
Sushi: Aji Asian Bistro – They have some of the best specialty rolls that I have ever had (and I’ve eaten a lot of sushi in my day)
Greek: Stella’s – Whether it’s brunch or dinner, everything here is superb.
Food truck: Short Grain – The Karaage-Don is simply AH-mazing!
Breakfast: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit – Not only do they have fantastic made from scratch biscuits but you have no lived until you’ve had shrimp and grits out of a biscuit bowl!
Bar: Maybank Public House – Great selection of beers on tap and the food is delicious.