Charleston is a foodie’s dream town. One could make a solid argument that Charleston restaurants have the cachet of the best in New York City, with merely an exorbitant price tag, not an extra exorbitant one. And on the lower end of the food spectrum, after many visits northeast to the in laws over 10+ years I will make the bold statement that Charleston now has the finest pizza and I given up the idea of trying to find a better slice up north.
But I digress. The James Beard Award ceremonies will be held May 3 and 6 in New York City. They are often referred to as “the Oscars of food.” They award food journalism, photography, restaurant design, and of course, chefs! The nominees were announced in Charleston at Lowndes Grove Plantation and of course there were some local names on that list.
In Charleston, The Ordinary (Mike Lata’s seafood and oyster restaurant on King St.) is nominated as Best New Restaurant, McCrady’s chef Sean Brock is nominated for Outstanding Chef, and Nathalie Dupree is nominated for the American Cooking Book award for Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking co-written with Cynthia Graubart. Both Lata and Brock are previous award winners for Best Chef in the Southeast.
Dunes Properties wishes everyone great luck. And while we’re at it, let’s plug an extended member of the Dunes Properties family’s cookbook. Dunes co-founder Betty Poore’s cousin Lisa Dupar is a chef in Seattle and has this tasty cookbook out Fried Chicken and Champagne . It’s quite popular around the office.
Architectural Digest recently wrote an article all about Charleston and what to do in the city. The article, which describes Charleston’s great balance between keeping the history while incorporating new energy, mentions some of the best places to eat and sights to see. Archdigest names Charleston Place Hotel as the “grandest of the city’s grande dame hotels,” with Charleston Grill as a “fine-dining standard bearer.” As you all know, I cannot agree more, as that hotel and restaurant are number one on my list. But, the article also brings in some hidden gems of the city that are not mentioned enough. A brand new hotel called “Zero George” opened last month that has had rave reviews.
When it comes to dining, most of the popular names are mentioned, such as Husk and McCrady’s, but I loved that they also threw in some smaller, more known places with the locals. Located in Elliotborough, Two Boroughs Larder and The Grocery are a couple of these, which are both fantastic.
Then there are the sights. The must-sees are named, like Gibbes Museum of Art and Fort Sumter. A fun activity is also to go through house museums. Two homes from the 18th and 19th centuries, the Joseph Manigault House, a Federal-period dwelling, and the pre-Revolutionary Palladian-style Drayton Hall, are some good picks.
Archdigest names some of the classic Charleston boutiques for shopping ideas in the Lower King Street district. There are countless antique stores in this area along with some local clothing stores with many local followers.
Read the full article here.