Coastal See Food Tour of Charleston

Coastal See Food Tour of Charleston

City Tour, 13 miles

Overview

This route celebrates the oceanic bounty of the Lowcountry, as interpreted by chefs working in highbrow and lowbrow restaurants.

NOTE ON HOURS OF OPERATION - The route was chosen with particular detail to hours of operation, beginning with a brunch at Hominy Grill and ending with dinner at Edmund's Oast.  Half the restaurants chosen don't open until 4:30 or later, so be sure to reference the hours in each restaurant's description.

NOTE ON COMFORT & SAFETY - Morrison Drive to Edmund's Oast has a bike lane but it doesn't meet our comfort standards for novice riders. The pickled shrimp dish is unbelievably worth it but please ride single file and outfit your bike with lights for night riding.

Logistics

Click on map image to open PDF of the route.

Click on map image to open PDF of the route.

Route Map:

Bikes

Bicycle Shoppe - $7/hour, $28/day, $50/week - Fuji Cape May cruiser with basket and lock

Water Taxi

We highly recommend the ride over the Arthur Ravenel Bridge for its scenic views and comfortable bike path.  However, take the water taxi back from Mt. Pleasant and save yourself time and energy.  From the Charleston Marina, the taxi departs every hour on the hour. $6 one way, $10 all day pass

What to Bring?

Empty belly and $120 for recommended dishes at every restaurant (not including tip or drinks); Water taxi is $6 one way or $10 for all day pass; Front & rear lights for your bike


Route Highlights:

A. Hominy Grill  207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston | hominygrill.com | (843) 937-0930

Garlic crabs and fried whiting are more genuinely Charlestonian, but nobody wants to leave the city without sampling shrimp-and-grits. Robert Stehling's feted restaurant is responsible for the best of them.  M-F, 7:30am-9pm | Sat, 9am-9pm | Sun, 9am-3pm

B. Dave's Carry Out  42 Morris St, Charleston | (843) 577-7943

One of the last soul food joints on the peninsula, Dave's is rightly celebrated for its lightly-breaded fried shrimp and spicy red rice.  Tu-F, 11:30am-3pm | Tu-Sa, 5-11pm

C. Nana's Seafood & Soul  176 Line St, Charleston | (843) 937-0002

Nana's is downtown's resident standard bearer for Gullah cuisine, from its roots to its 20th century incarnation. It's one of the few commercial sources of chili bears, a frozen concoction beloved across the Lowcountry, and a reliable purveyor of garlic clams.  Hours unknown.

D. Old Village Post Inn  101 Pitt St, Mt Pleasant | www.oldvillageposthouse.com | (843) 388-8935

Situated in the heart of Old Mount Pleasant, a centuries-old fishing village, OVPH is the most charming entry in the Maverick Southern Kitchens empire that launched Charleston's culinary reputation. We're here for the clams. 7 nights, 5:30pm-until | Sun Brunch, 10am-2pm

E. Wreck of the Richard & Charlene  106 Haddrell St, Mt Pleasant | www.wreckrc.com | (843) 884-0052

Wrecked twice by hurricanes, this casual seafood dive produces the region's best deviled crab (and is treated to Shem Creek's best sunset views).  Sun-Thur, 5:30-8:30 pm | Fri-Sat, 5:30-9:30 pm

F. Fleet Landing  186 Concord St, Charleston | www.fleetlanding.net | (843) 722-8100

Fleet Landing is noisy, and the cooked entrees are forgettable. Still, itโ€™s one the few restaurants in town with a harbor view, meaning thereโ€™s almost nowhere nicer for a tray of raw oysters. 7 days, 11am-4pm & 5-10pm

G. Edmund's Oast  1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston | edmundsoast.com | (843) 727-1145

Chef Andy Henderson, formerly the sous chef at FIG, has applied his sense of refinement to local shrimp, pickling them and serving them on EVO bread with ricotta. Edmund's Oast is widely considered one of the nation's best new restaurants, and the pickled shrimp plays no small part in the verdict.  7 days, 5:30pm-midnight | Sun Brunch, 12-3pm