I rarely take photos of my food, for a couple of reasons. honestly, it makes me feel self conscious, which I know is silly but it's true. I know I should do what I want but pulling out my huge camera to photograph my food just makes me feel uncomfortable. more importantly, I usually want to eat said food asap. playing with angles to get the right shot while my food gets cold, no thanks. however... in charleston, I decided to document all the amazing southern foods we ate. it just felt right, like everything we ate was photo-worthy!
our first night, I had an amazing veggie burger that I didn't photograph but it was so good - from fuel, a caribbean inspired open-air hotspot that was featured on diners, drive-ins, and dives. we initially stopped at hominy grill for dinner but they were about to close and a small table fire started next to us so we bolted. the next morning we showed up again to give it a second chance. it didn't disappoint, I opted for an egg and cheese biscuit while my friends ordered more decadent "nasty biscuits" with fried chicken.
our biscuits filled us up for hours and it wasn't until two o'clock that we decided to eat lunch at the watch. we stopped there to enjoy the rooftop view, but oh my gosh was the food phenomenal. we started with hushpuppies with pimento cheese and red pepper jelly as an appetizer.
my friends ordered the mahi tacos, which inspired total food envy on my part. I couldn't help but order the falafel. I know it's not southern, but I rarely get to eat it so I was sold. I'm being slightly dramatic, but this was the best falafel I've ever had and it was plated so beautifully.
the next morning, we started our day at low country bistro. a round of brunch cocktails included mimosas, bloody marys, and mint juleps. I love this shrimp in the bloody mary!
our brunch dishes were as southern as it gets: low country eggs benedict, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and biscuits. the chicken and waffles were served with a whopping scoop of cinnamon sugar butter that looked so good I wanted to eat it like an ice cream scoop!
that evening, we headed to the southern living biscuits and jam event. it was there that I finally got to try the famous callie's hot little biscuit. they just opened a location in atlanta that I've been wanting to check out, so I love that I got to have my first hot little biscuit in charleston where it all started. I even bought a callie's biscuit cookbook for my mom's birthday. these pimento cheese topped biscuits did not disappoint!
have you ever taken a trip where all you did was eat?! I mean we did a lot of other things too (like my top 10 things to do in charleston), but it really felt like we were eating non stop. no complaints here :)