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 Hero of the Year last 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 my absolute favorite.
Pizza: Confession – I actually have 3 favorite pizza places.
The first is Crust Wood Fire Pizza. Not only is it walking distance from my house but their butternut squash pizza is my go to. I wouldn’t classify myself as a vegetarian by any means but I don’t eat meat often so their butternut squash is a great option. (Plus, it has goat cheese and truffle oil – YUM!)
The second is EVO Pizza. Remember how I said I don’t eat meat very often? Well, the pork trifecta and the pancetta and apple pizzas are my exception.
The third is D’Allesandro’s Pizza. They have some delicious pies but I’m a huge fan of the classic cheese.
Happy hour spot: Barsa. $2 off glasses of wine for happy hour? Sold!
Happy hour spot with a view: The Watch is great if you want to have a cocktail and enjoy views of downtown Charleston.
Italian: Pan e Vino. Best. Gnocchi. Ever.
The Loophole. Try the Kiawah Roll and you can thank me later.
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, I have never had a bad thing there.