By Ellie Thomson
Dear incoming CofC students:
Welcome to the “World’s Best City” and America’s new food mecca. From walk-up taco bars to James Beard-nominated restaurants, Charleston’s options run the gamut when it comes to food. However, navigating the restaurant scene here takes practice and a willingness to be adventurous. I remember arriving on campus for New Student Orientation during the summer of 2014 and falling into the trap of going to the place next to my hotel, the place with no wait and the chain I’ve been to a million times before and know will suffice. If you’re new to the College, please don’t make the same mistake!
Here are some of the best places near campus to try during New Student Orientation:
- Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on Upper King Street offers a quick and delicious start to your day. Go big with the sausage, bacon and fried chicken biscuit or indulge like a true Charlestonian with the crab cake biscuit. (476 King Street)
- 60 Bull Cafe, nestled in the Harleston Village neighborhood just a block and a half from the College’s Addlestone Library, serves a big breakfast spread that will make anyone in the family happy. From a classic bacon, egg and cheddar sandwich to duck confit and all of the Geechie Boy Grits in between, take time in your morning to indulge and relax in this charming neighborhood spot. (60 Bull Street)
- Caviar & Bananas has become an institution for a quick lunch near campus. Make a lunch box from the prepared food section, design your own gourmet sandwich or salad or try some brown rice sushi. You seriously can’t go wrong here. (51 George Street)
READ ABOUT CAVIAR & BANANA’S ALUM OWNER, MARGARET FURNISS ‘00, AND ALUM MARKETING DIRECTOR, ASHLEY WARNOCK ‘00.
- Circe’s Grotto, just a block from Caviar, is another grab-and-go spot. The paninis and salads are fresh, fast and hit the spot every time. (85 Wentworth Street)