Everyone has a visiting aunt or cousin who insists the group must go to a restaurant they saw on the Food network or the Travel Channel five years ago — a place that locals rarely visit anymore because of the long lines of non-residents. Not all of the “tourist traps” are bad though. There’s some good to be found among the crowds.Read More
8 Charleston Tourist Traps Still Worth a Visit
In case a relative drags you there
1. Wreck of the Richard & Charlene
Locals like to debate whether Shem Creek dive Wreck of the Richard & Charlene is too touristy or just the right amount of out-of-towners. Nestled on the water, the dining room is not much more than a screen porch and some plastic furniture. It’s no frills, so stop by after a trip to the beach for some boiled peanuts, a cold beer, and fried shrimp.
2. Hominy Grill
The trick to Hominy Grill is to not go on the weekends. Go in the mornings during the week for Southern favorites like shrimp and grits or the infamous Charleston Nasty (pictured here).
3. Hank's Seafood Restaurant
Old-school fine dining restaurant Hank’s still turns out some great Lowcountry-inspired plates. Look for large seafood towers, oyster stew, or local grouper with a citrus beurre blanc.
Sometimes, only a giant slice of chocolate cake and a boozy coffee drink will do to end the night. Kaminsky’s provides homemade desserts for anyone searching for something sweet after dinner.
5. Callie's Hot Little Biscuit
The lines are always long for the namesake item at Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. For those lucky enough to grab a few doughy delights right out of the oven, it’s worth the wait.
6. Marina Variety Store Restaurant
Best known for breakfast, Marina Variety Store is like a diner by the sea. Go for shrimp and grits and views of the Marina. Stay for the never-ending cups of coffee.
7. Poogan's Porch
Established in 1976, Poogan’s Porch has been a place to go for Charleston hits like shrimp and grits and she-crab soup ever since. The restaurant is housed in a grand Victorian home, so guests get a taste of the genteel Southern life.
8. Bowens Island Restaurant
Buckets of steamed oysters and Lowcountry boils draw tourists from downtown Charleston to the scenic views of the tidal creeks. If the lines are long, grab a cold beer during the queue. Go right before sunset, so there’s a view to go along with the wait.