Marina Variety Store

I am very excitable, so when my local friend asked to take me to his favorite breakfast spot a week ago, I got in my mood. Anything with the word “local” associated makes me smile. I’m all about wanderlust. This restaurant is located near the Charleston Marina and for this reason, has an unbeatable view. Though Charleston is a peninsula, there are few places you can eat by the water. I don’t know what makes eating waterside so much more enjoyable, but whatever it is works for me. You can tell that whoever brewed the sweet tea knew what they were doing. It was the perfect amount of sweet to tea ratio. Its not as easy as it sounds; in fact, it’s an art. Because it was my last southern breakfast for a while (spoiler alert: I will be in Paris for the next few months), I went all out. I ordered grits with shrimp and fried green tomatoes. It hit my southern sweet spot. 

Between the locals and the sweet tea, I will be back.

Person I would take as my date: Seafarer 

Red’s Ice House

Growing up near the Chesapeake Bay and now attending school in the Lowcountry, I can confidently say that the “coastal lifestyle” is a real thing. For me, this is influenced by something as simple as a salted breeze blowing through my hair or the seafood that is presented in front of me at a crowded restaurant.

The aforementioned coastal lifestyle is best experienced at a place such as Red’s Ice House. Red’s is located on Shem Creek, which offers a crowd of seafarers, downtown Charlestonians, or people who like to enjoy a beer by the water.

Monday is the night to be hungry. Red’s serves all-you-can-eat crab legs with a choice of side.

Trust me, you’ll want to keep the legs coming.

Person I would take as my date: Perfect place for a double date