Cupcakes, Donuts and Cookies, Oh My!

Some days that little craving for something sweet just won’t go away. No matter how hard we try to ignore it, we can’t deny a quick sugar fix. Thankfully, Charleston is filled with the very shops you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. So the next time you’re out and about, stop into one of these delicious places to indulge.

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Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

481 King Street, Charleston SC 29403

Made with all homemade, natural ingredients, these one-of-a-kind donuts come in unique flavors that will leave you wanting more. Try The Charleston donut with a bourbon cream filling topped with a toffee glaze and praline crumble. Drop by until 3pm daily, or until they sell out which is typically earlier.

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Café Framboise

159 Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401

This quaint French café is serving some seriously sweet treats. They have a stunning array of pastries from fruit tarts and éclairs to croissants, macaroons and more. Just off the beaten path on Market Street, visit here for breakfast or lunch, sit outside and enjoy one of the many decadent French baked goods.

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King Street Cookies

370 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

With more than 30 flavors of cookies, you are bound to find something your taste buds will love. This shop has everything from the basic Chocolate Chip to the Spicy Hot Chocolate plus gluten free options.  Even with the large variety of cookies, one thing remains true; every bite is soft in the center and crispy on the edges. These cookies are so good, you can’t try just one.

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Cupcake DownSouth

433 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

You will always be able to try something new at this scrumptious bakery featuring a wide variety of cupcakes with daily rotating flavors. Now open late night, stop by after a night out for their “After Dark” menu featuring Peach Bellini and Lemon Drop alcohol-infused cupcakes.

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Carmella’s

198 E Bay Street #100, Charleston, SC 29401

The newly opened café and dessert bar is the perfect sit-down spot to enjoy some sweets after a long day. Their menu includes old-school favorites like Italian ice, tiramisu cups and cannoli’s. Try a dessert cocktail or their homemade gelato and you won’t be disappointed.

In Charleston, great food is located on every corner. Don’t miss out on dessert too, with these sugary treats sure to give you a pick-me-up after a long day of sightseeing. With so many places to choose from, you really can’t go wrong!

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Holy Smokes in the Holy City

When the smokers light up, the aroma is not that of tobacco; it’s that of Charleston’s premier old country barbecue palaces. The Holy City is home to some of the finest BBQ the South has to offer. The only issue you will face when it comes to the cookout style grub is, where to feast? Whether you are shopping on King or strolling through the Market, your nose may catch the home-style smells of several local eateries. Simply put, the only way to choose which BBQ joint is your favorite is to try them all.

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Nick’s Bar-B-Q 288 King Street

Located on Charleston’s famous King Street, Nick’s is known for its quality service, great food and most notably, its cheddar biscuits. So kick back, grab a beer and some riblets, and enjoy the mouthwatering taste of a Southern-style cookout.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Dorothy’s Peach Tea

Starter- Brisket Chili

Main- The Double Decker

Side- Brunswick Stew

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Poogan’s Smokehouse 188 East Bay Street

Recently opened, Poogan’s Smokehouse is slaughtering the naysayers and making quite the name for itself as an elite barbeque establishment. This smokehouse has a more elegant, upscale feel than the classic BBQ atmosphere, but don’t let that fool you; the food is just as messy, fun, and flavorful as any other rib joint.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Bells Two Hearted Ale

Starter- Pimento Cheese & Pate Pickle Board

Main-Pork Belly

Sides- Collard Greens, Lexington Red Slaw

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Smoke BBQ- 487 King Street

This barbeque house may seem small on the outside, but we all know what really matters is what is on the inside. Smoke BBQ is a blast! The atmosphere is exciting and eventful, which is likely due to weekly live music and the entertainment of King Street’s nightlife.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Lagunitas IPA

Starter- Dozen Smoked Wings

Main- Slow Smoked Pork

Side- Brown Butter Mac & Cheese

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Queology Charleston BBQ Team- 32-C North Market Street

Stationed across from Charleston’s famous city market, this seasoned steakhouse features an outdoor patio and most importantly, includes a vast selection of local beers on tap. With more than 10 awards to its name, including 1st place in Pork and 3rd in Ribs at the Berkley Bar-B-Que Cook-Off, Queology is a must hit destination when visiting the Holy City.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Palmetto Amber Ale

Starter- BBQ Pork Tacos

Main- 1/3 Rack of Ribs

Side- Corn on the Cob

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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse- 161 East Bay Street

The Southend Brewery & Smokehouse is an incredible three-story venue on the corner of East Bay and Market Streets that brews a variety of eight different beers at a given time, and has the fermentation tanks to prove it! The service is great, and the food is even better so take a break from shopping in the Market, rest your weary legs and grab a flight of Southend’s own micro brews. The perfect pairing for one of the smoked entrees.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Castle Pinckney Pale Ale

Starter- Sweet Onion Hushpuppies

Main- Smoked Half Chicken

Sides- Mashed Potatoes, Smokehouse Slaw

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Healthy Eats in the Holy City

With the first month of 2016 under our belts, it’s time to follow through on our New Year’s Resolutions. Was yours to eat healthier and exercise more often? Here in Charleston, there is an abundance of delectable foods like shrimp and grits, she crab soup, crab cakes, baked mac n’ cheese, the list goes on. When traveling, it can be hard to choose a more nutritious option with so many yummy choices everywhere you go. Along with those savory, Southern bites, Charleston has plenty of fresh and delectable options to fuel you for a day of sightseeing around the Holy City. So pop into any of the restaurants below to fuel up on good-for-you-food when visiting Charleston and you won’t be disappointed.

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Caviar and Bananas

51 George Street Charleston, SC 29401

This gourmet shop has everything you need to please your palate and excite your senses. With a wide range of prepared and packaged options, you won’t leave hungry or empty handed. Pick up an assortment of healthy snacks like Sahale Fruit and Nut Snack Mix or a Green & Black Organic 85% Dark Chocolate Bar to enjoy throughout your time in Charleston.

Tip: Order the “Lunch Box Special” from the prepared foods case to try multiple items like the famous Kale Salad, Thai Peanut Salad and Garganelli Pasta Salad with a discount.

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Brown Dog Deli

40 Broad Street Charleston, SC 29401

Located in the French Quarter, Brown Dog Deli uses local and fresh ingredients to bring back timeless deli classics. With a hot dog menu plus a vegetarian and vegan menu, you can find something for everyone at this shop.

Tip: It is small and fills up during lunchtime. Get there early and grab a seat on their outside deck to enjoy your meal in the beautiful Charleston weather.

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Five Loaves Café

42 Cannon Street Charleston, SC

If you’re looking for a place to sit down and enjoy healthy, homemade soups, Five Loaves Café is exactly where you need to go. Their Gluten Free soups are made fresh in store each day and popular options include Mexican chicken chili with lime, avocado and cilantro as well as roasted red pepper, tomato, basil and bleu cheese.

Tip: Come with friends and suggest each person order a half soup and half sandwich to share. This way you can try a wider variety of their homemade soups and sandwiches.

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Whisk

209 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401

Stop into Whisk for an afternoon pick-me-up, located next to Belmond Charleston Place, and discover their fresh juice and smoothie options. The “Charlestonian” smoothie includes raspberry, blueberry, peaches and yogurt with no added sugar to keep you moving all day long.

Tip: Don’t like smoothies or juice? Design your own wrap from their list of fresh ingredients and pair it with any of their coffee drinks or a fresh parfait.

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Verde

347 King Street Charleston, SC 29401

Hearty salads at this King Street staple will keep you feeling full all day. With more than 42 toppings, options are endless when creating your own salad. All salads, signature or create your own, can come as wraps too!

Tip: Order one of their signature creations; they are specifically designed to have a wonderful mix of flavors. The Mesa Verde salad is a local favorite including romaine, roasted chicken, grape tomatoes, red onion, avocado, black beans, corn, fresh cilantro, and tortilla strips with chipotle lime vinaigrette, finished with a squeeze of fresh lime.

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Marty’s Place

96 Wentworth Street Charleston, SC 29424

Located on the College of Charleston campus, the newly opened Marty’s Place presents made-to-order vegan, vegetarian as well as kosher menu items. Some delectable options include the black bean torta with coconut chipotle mayo and the five spice fried quinoa with onions, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots served with pita.

Tip: If you are looking for a lighter option, try the daily special, which includes a choice of soup or salad and a drink.

Choose to dine at any of these delicious lunch spots the next time you are vacationing in the Holy City and sticking to your New Year’s Resolution will be a breeze.

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