There are only a couple of things that you need to know when it comes to road-tripping to Charleston and Savannah. 1) They have amazing food, especially Charleston and 2) The people are uber, uber nice.

Looking back on it, we literally ate our way through this trip. It wasn’t originally planned this way. We were spontaneous after  I abruptly changed jobs and had a week off. Sabrina was on sabbatical and had always wanted to roadtrip to the south. So off we went, on the 12 hour journey each way. We stopped along Myrtle Beach for a break on the first day to break up the drive and spent the rest of the nights in Hilton Head (close enough to Savannah and Charleston to give us an option in case we wanted to spend more time in one city) and then Northern Charleston. To be honest, the Myrtle Beach & Northern Charleston picks were solely due to Starwood locations so that I could offset the hotel cost with points. It ended up working out well.

Other things to do in the area include quick trips to little islands (Sullivan’s Island by Charleston and Tybee Island by Savannah) and to plantations (Boone Plantation & Charleston Tea Plantation). Deets below.

PETERSBURG, VA (REST STOP | LUNCH)

Saucy’s Walk-up BBQ
5th & Bollingbrook Sts.
Petersburg, VA
Phone: (804) 504-3075
 www.saucysbbq.com

Holy mackerels. Just when you thought bbq couldn’t get any better, it does. And in VIRGINIA! We hadn’t even officially gotten to the “south” and the bbq was this good! Go for the brisket (get at least 3) and pulled pork but skip the dry rub ribs. Fries are also quite good. They’re like Five Guys style, but more mom and pop. Our server was also awesome. Just sayin’

 

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC 

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CHARLESTON, SC 

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Martha Lou’s Kitchen
1068 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-9583
http://marthalouskitchen.com/

Hands down best fried chicken. Sides are okay- we had the potato salad, bread pudding, cornbread and mac & cheese. Lunch is $13 for two pieces of chicken and two sides. Service is good but slow. The ladies are sweethearts though. That must count for something.

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Kaminsky’s
78 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 853-8270
www.kaminskys.com/

We stopped in here after a thunderstorm and an immense craving for cake. Everything looks delicious but go for the banana cream pie.

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Boone Plantation
1235 Long Point Road
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-4371
http://boonehallplantation.com/

 I’ll admit it. We wanted to visit because Blake Lively got married here and The Notebook was filmed here (by we I mean Sabrina). It ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip. The plantation is still alive and kicking- they grow melons, strawberries, asparagus, artichokes, and more. Prior to, Boone Plantation was the biggest producer of cotton in the US. The ticket price also includes a trolley ride around the plantation, a private tour of the mansion and a self-guided tour of the slave quarters.

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Poe’s Tavern
2210 Middle St.
Sullivan’s Island, SC
(843) 883-0083
http://poestavern.com/sullivans-island/

We came here upon the recommendation of a friend who grew up in Charleston. The main street on Sullivan’s Island is aligned with a bunch of quaint shops and restaurants with character. Think strung lights and al fresco dining with sandy shores after dinner. The burgers here are bomb as are the fries. It hit the spot perfectly.

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Charleston Tea Plantation
6617 Maybank Hwy
Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
(843) 559-0383
https://www.charlestonteaplantation.com/

An old co-worker came here before and raved about it. This is the only tea planation in ‘Murica and they produce a ton of tea. While they have a partnership with Bigelow, the gift shop sells tea under their own brand name. The ticket price includes a trolley tour of the plantation as well as a self-guided tour of their “factory”. We learned that all tea comes from one tea plant, and the tea grown here stems from a few plants that were transplanted from China. The difference in tea comes from oxidation times. Loved this place, and definitely worth a visit.  Nearby, there’s a vineyard and one of the oldest oak trees around.

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Butcher & Bee
654 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 619-0202
http://butcherandbee.com/

We waited a long time for the sandwiches, like nearly 25 minutes. This place is ALWAYS crowded. But, for a BLT, they did a heck of a job. The Reuben was also good but skip the kale salad and the frozen smore sandwich dessert. While delicious, this place probably isn’t worth the wait. We loved the decor and the ambiance though.

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The Macintosh
479 King St,
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 789-4299
www.themacintoshcharleston.com/

We came here for Sabrina’s bday dinner. The Executive Chef is Jeremiah Bacon, a three-time James Beard semifinalist. I mean, with a name like bacon, how can you possibly go wrong? She really wanted their deckle, which is supposedly a dish they are known for. I got the duck, which was very, very generous in portion size but super salty. It brought back memories of The Spotted Pig where it felt like someone in the kitchen had an “oops” moment with the salt. Still, it was a great experience. Our server was awesome and friendly and made the meal that much better, He even lit Sabrina’s candle TWICE!

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
501 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 212-5113
https://jenis.com/scoop-shops/jenis-king-street/

Because having a 3 course meal with a berry cobbler and all isn’t enough, we just had to stop at Jeni’s after dinner at The Macintosh, not to mention that Jeni’s sells pint-sized ice cream at a local grocer for like $12!! This place was quite delicious and hit the spot but Sabrina and I were nearly about to die of food overload and couldn’t even finish it all.

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Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 937-0930
http://hominygrill.com/

This place is commonly ranked as one of  Charleston’s top eats but honestly, breakfast was a bit underwhelming. Then again, since I’m not a fan of gravy, it eliminated alot of options for me. I’d give this place another shot if I were in town, but probably for lunch or dinner.

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HILTON HEAD, SC

We stayed at this resort-ish island for two nights since we weren’t sure if we’d wanted to spend an extra half day in Charleston or Savannah. In the end, it didn’t matter. We chose Charleston since it’s a bit better known for the food. In hindsight, staying in Hilton Head wasn’t the best decision but it was a great place to get in some early morning runs. There’s a beach area where you can go boating and go dolphin watching but it’s alot of mula just to get in (not one but 2 tolls!)

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SAVANNAH, GA

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The Collin’s Quarter
151 Bull St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 777-4147
www.thecollinsquarter.com/

Hands down, this was my FAVORITE, absoluteeeee favorite part of the trip. The food was mindblowingly amazing and the decor was so thoughtfully put together. My Moroccan Egg dish was a hit and the iced latte in the mason jar sealed the deal. Definitely make sure you pass by this place if you’re around.

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Leopold’s Ice Cream
212 E Broughton St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 234-4442
www.leopoldsicecream.com/

By the time we had arrived at Leopold’s, we were sweaty and tired from the 90 degree weather. All I wanted was to cool down with a nice seltzer.  Instead I got a float. A lemon custard float!! WAY better! Sabrina got the pistachio ice cream which was also really good. Overall, a solid ice cream place.

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Tybee Island

Some 20 minutes away from Savannah lies Tybee Island. There’s honestly not much to do here but there is a lighthouse (you need to purchase a ticket) that you can climb and get a darn good view of the ocean and  beach. Other than that, there’s not much else to do but drive around.

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The Public
1 W Liberty St
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 200-4045
www.thepublickitchen.com/

This was the only meal that was “unplanned”. We passed by The Public after lunch, look note of its coolness factor and went on. At night, when we were racking our brains for a place to eat, we came back. Overall, it was a good meal. They didn’t hit it out of the ball park, but it was decent. The ambiance was well done, so it’s a great spot for a drink (or two).

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