Having re-fueled with oysters, our next stop on the Charleston food and drink trip was the Palmetto Brewery. The oldest brewery in South Carolina, Palmetto has a tap room where beer enthusiasts can sample their brews, listen to live music, and hang out.
I started with the Ginger Slap, the winter seasonal red ale spiced with ginger and cardamom. It was an incredibly flavorful beer, I imagine it would be great for sipping next to a fireplace. Next was the Huger St. IPA, their flagship IPA. That was followed with the Low Country Pilsner, which was very light, drinkable. The flight was rounded off with the Charleston Session IPA. I enjoyed the Session IPA because it wasn’t too heavy, and it had a great citrus hops to it.
Our next stop was for dinner. With so many great restaurants in Charleston, it is hard to pick just one (clearly given that at this point we had eaten multiple times). We finally settled on Leon’s, a very hipster Southern food joint. You will be surprised that as we waited for a table at the bar, we had more oysters. Trying to mix things up a bit, I tried the fried chicken sandwich. It was heavenly, fried to perfection, not greasy or soggy. Next time I am in Charleston, I am going to have to try Leon’s again, but I will make sure to get a reservation (we waited nearly an hour at 9pm).
Sunday morning, it was warm but raining, so we opted for a more casual brunch closer to home. On Rutledge Avenue is the very cute, bustling Park Café. Focusing on locally sourced ingredients, the Park Café offered an irresistible brunch menu. I selected the Fried Egg Sandwich: a fried egg, bacon, cheddar, avocado and spicy mayo to top it off. It was the perfect place for a Sunday brunch, delicious, unpretentious, the best end for the weekend Charleston foodie trip.