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August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip

Tuesday, August 14th
 
 
I headed down south again in mid-August, maybe not the best time as far as the heat goes, but great, as always, for the food. I was going to leave on Wednesday at 6 a.m., but I got a message from United saying there could be service interruptions during the day because of heavy rains, and I could change my flight for no charge. I didn’t think the storms would be starting that early, but I decided to go the night before anyway. I left Chicago at 9:30 pm, arriving in Raleigh close to 1 a.m. I got to the rental car lot and was told that they had no sedans at all, that I had my choice of a mini-van or an SUV. I took the van, which I really didn’t want, and while I was checking out, two of the workers tried to sync my phone to the car without success. I drove to my hotel in Chapel Hill, which told me they had been trying to call me all evening (I was on the plane!) to tell me they had made a mistake and didn’t have a room for me after all. The good news was that they put me up in a University of North Carolina campus hotel nearby which was nicer than their hotel, and they paid for it.
 
 
Wednesday, August 15th
 
 
My first stop every morning that I’m in Chapel Hill is Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen. While I can’t say that these are the absolutely best biscuits I’ve ever had, they certainly are in the top two or three. They’re just wonderful. I often get a bacon biscuit, but today I decided on a plain (butter) biscuit. Melt in your mouth, buttery, soft, chewy, the top is crunchy, it’s just great. 

 

 

 

 
 
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
1305 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
(919) 496-2609
http://sunrisebiscuits.com/
 
 
After the biscuit I drove back to the airport to exchange the mini-van for a car I would feel comfortable driving. I then headed towards Dudley, North Carolina, for my all time favorite barbecue, Grady’s.

 

 
I always love seeing the wood pile, knowing what’s coming.

 
Very true!

 
They have a few different things on the menu, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone order anything other than barbecue and chicken (and sides).
 
This very nice smiling woman is Gerri Grady. I believe she is in her 80s and I think she makes all the sides and brews the iced tea.

 
My order of a barbecue sandwich with slaw, cabbage, and fried chicken breast.

 
A real thing of beauty.

 
Close up of the barbecue with slaw. Succulent.

 
Close up of the fried chicken breast. 

 
Incredibly moist and tender.

 
Close up of the cabbage.

 
My second sandwich.

 
The Golden Shovel Award, Keepers of the Flame for the North Carolina Barbecue Revival. I can’t imagine anyone deserving this award more. 

 
 
Grady’s Barbecue
3096 Arrington Bridge Rd

Dudley, NC 28333
(919) 735-7243
https://www.yelp.com/biz/gradys-barbecue-dudley
 
 
After that sensational lunch I headed to Columbia. My first stop was the new-to-me ice cream parlor Sweet Cream Company. 

 

 
They have some pretty unusual flavors, like blackberry kale, which I didn’t try!

 
I had almond cherry and peppermint chip. I thought the peppermint would be vanilla ice cream with peppermint chips, but it was peppermint ice cream with chocolate chips. Both flavors were very good. 

 

 

 
 
Sweet Cream Company
1627 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 251-3311
http://sweetcreamcompany.com
 
 
Dinner was another new-to-me spot, the Carolina Buffet. It’s a really down home spot, very inexpensive, and quite good. They are noted for their large selection of very good vegetables, although I only tried a few of them. 

 
The very simple interior. 

 
The buffet line.

 
The very good vegetables. 

 
The very good mac and cheese, yams and fried chicken. 

 
Some good looking desserts, which I didn’t try. 

 
Plate no. 1. Fried chicken thigh, mac and cheese, sausage and greens, cabbage and excellent mashed potatoes. 

 
Close up of the excellent mashed potatoes.

 
Close up of the very good mac and cheese. 

 
Close up of the very good fried chicken thigh. 

 
Close up of the excellent sausage and greens.

 
Plate no. 2. Fried chicken breast, mashed potatoes, this time with the excellent gravy, a small piece of very good meat loaf and an okay biscuit. 

 
Very good okra and tomatoes on rice.

 
Close up of the very good meatloaf. 

 
Close up of the biscuit, which really was just okay.

 
Close up of the excellent mashed potatoes and gravy.

 
Close up of the fried chicken breast, which was a little on the dry side. While I normally prefer the white meat, the thigh was juicier. 

 
 
Carolina Buffet
3122 Platt Springs Rd.
West Columbia, SC 29170
(803) 661-7881
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/carolina-buffet/
https://www.yelp.com/biz/carolina-buffet-west-columbia
 
 
.....much more to come
 
 
 
 
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 00:02:43 (permalink)
Thursday, August 16th
 
 
This morning I drove to Augusta to meet up with Keith McLendon, aka chickenpluker, who I met for the first time at the Roadfood Nashville Crawl. He lives about 40 miles from Augusta, and since I was going to be spending the day in Columbia, about an hour from Augusta, we decided to meet for some Roadfooding! It was a great day, he showed me around the city of Augusta, which was very interesting, and we went to some great places, all, of course, new-to-me, since I had never been to Augusta. We also met up with his friend, the one and only Michael Stern, who, along with his ex-wife Jane, was the creator of Roadfood. 
 
We started at Gary’s Hamburgers, not for the burgers, but because they are also known for their freshly made biscuits.

 

 

 
Keith’s sausage biscuit.

 
My bacon biscuit.

 

 
 
Gary’s Hamburgers
410 Georgia Ave. 
North Augusta, SC 29841
(803) 278-1314
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/garys-hamburgers/
https://www.yelp.com/biz/garys-hamburgers-north-augusta
 
 
Keith also brought me some pastries from the Dutch House Bakery, in Wrens, Georgia. I took a couple of bites, but I brought the rest of them back to the hotel at the end of the day. I liked the cinnamon bun quite a bit, and I thought the peach cobbler was wonderful.

 

 

 
In James Brown Park, Keith poses with Brown.

 
The Riverwalk is a wonderful area in downtown Augusta.

 

 

 

 

 
The old Cotton Exchange Building is now a bank. It’s the only bank I’ve ever seen that has a museum in the lobby.

 

 

 

 
Our second stop was the Roadfood legendary Perry’s Pig, most famous for the barbecue sandwich topped with cracklins. 

 
With no place to sit inside, there are a few seats available outside.

 

 
Keith getting ready for barbecue.

 
The bare bones inside.

 
More and more I’m seeing the “Recommended by Roadfood” signs.

 
The barbecue sandwich. No way to eat this without a fork.

 
With the cracklins on top. 

 
Keith’s hash and rice.

 
A bag of skins.

 
 
Perry's Pig
1957 Old Savannah Road
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 724-2387
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/perrys-pig/
https://www.yelp.com/biz/perrys-pig-augusta
 
 
 
Our next stop was another Roadfood legendary restaurant, the Red Shed Diner. While I had originally planned this for a dessert break between two barbecue restaurants, the reviews of the food were so good that we decided to make it a full visit. 

 
This is a very charming setting.

 

 
I was disappointed by the fact that there was not a bigger pie selection, but everything they had looked wonderful.

 

 
Two Roadfood stars, Keith and Michael.

 
The specials menu.

 
The menu.

 

 
I ordered the fried chicken special, with mashed potatoes and gravy, cabbage and cornbread. The mashed potatoes and gravy were the star of the meal for me. They were fantastic.

 
Keith and Michael both ordered the Mississippi pot roast special, severed over a bed of mashed potatoes. (I’ve forgotten what makes it a Mississippi pot roast, but I think it has something to do with pepperoncini peppers.) Keith’s sides were mac and cheese and limas. Michael’s sides were mac and cheese and rutabagas. The chicken was okay, a bit dry, but the pot roast that I got a taste of was marvelous.

 
A close up of the fried chicken.

 
A close up of the cabbage.

 
Close up of the little bit of pot roast I tried. I wish I had ordered it!

 
I had the lemon bar, served with whipped cream. It was fantastic.

 
Keith had the buttermilk pie, also served with whipped cream. I had a taste of it and it was very good, although I don't have a lot of experience with buttermilk pie.

 
Michael had the banana cream cake, which I had never heard of, and it was also wonderful. This is really a terrific restaurant.

 
I also enjoyed their advertising signs. 

 

 
 
Red Shed Diner
212 Ascauga Lake Road
Graniteville, SC 29829
(803) 663-0584
https://redsheddiner.wordpress.com
 
 
The next stop was Roadfood legendary Aiken Ice Cream, the recently opened ice cream shop owned by Michael Stern’s wife Linda. It is an interesting little place, actually an ice cream cart inside the Feel Good Food Truck commissary. 

 

 
Some very interesting flavors, made in small batches with local ingredients, including peaches, blueberries, strawberries, pecans and cream from South Carolina cows.

 

 
This was my peach blueberry, very good ice cream.

 
Aiken Ice Cream
1031 Richland Ave., W.
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 522-2461
https://www.aikenicecream.com
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/aiken-ice-cream/
 
 
Our next stop was also a Roadfood legendary stop, Freeman’s Bar-B-Q. 

 

 

 
I liked this barbecue very much. It was chopped pork with a vinegar based dip, which was wonderful. 

 

 
Freeman's Bar-B-Q
1060 Sand Bar Ferry Rd.
Beech Island, SC 29842
(803) 827-1623
https://roadfood.com/restaurants/freemans-bar-b-q/
 
 
Our last stop of our Augusta mini-crawl was the Boll Weevil, this time an actual dessert stop.

 
The pictures through the glass cases didn’t come out very well, but there were some incredible looking cakes and pies.

 

 

 

 
I went with the peanut butter pie, and Keith got a slice of Hummingbird cake. Both were very good, but I found the peanut butter to be too sweet.

 

 

 
 
The Boll Weevil 
10 James Brown Blvd. 
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 722-7772
http://www.thebollweevil.com/Home
 
 
This was a great day, and I appreciated Keith spending the time and showing me all around Augusta.
 
 
I headed back to Columbia and made one last stop for the day, at the Kingsman. I had been there last year and wanted to try it again. I enjoyed it more this year than last. 

 

 

 

 
Last year I had a cheeseburger. This year I had a ribeye burger, which was a lot like…a burger. I had the Palmetto, which was topped with pimento cheese, bacon and battered and fried jalapenos, which I had on the side and didn’t eat. It really was very good.

 
A close up of the burger.

 
The bacon was excellent.

 
Covered with that wonderful pimento cheese.

 
Very good onion rings.

 
 
The Kingsman 
936 Axtell Dr
Cayce, SC 29033  
(803) 796-8622
https://www.thekingsmanrestaurant.com
 
I ended the day with some of the baked goods that Keith had brought me. It was the perfect end to the wonderful day of Roadfooding.
 
 
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 00:29:19 (permalink)
Friday, August 17th
 
 
I started the day with a return visit to Drake’s Duck In, a rather run down place on Main Street in downtown Columbia. 

 
I like the Quackin’ Good Food menu.

 
I’ve only had the biscuits before, but this time I got a bacon biscuit. It was excellent.

 
Very good bacon, and nice sized portion for a biscuit sandwich.

 
I was a bit surprised that the biscuit was so crumbly towards the end. That had never happened before.

 
 
Drake’s Duck-In 
1544 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 799-9290
http://www.drakesduckin.com
 
 
Next was a return visit to Duck Donuts, where I had gone for the first time last year. They are interesting in the way that they make the yellow cake donuts fresh and then add whatever coatings and toppings you request. They are served hot, and it’s a good idea to wait awhile before digging in!

 

 
My box of two donuts.

 
I got a lemon and a glazed. I ate them after they had cooled awhile, on the way to my next stop.

 
 
Duck Donuts 
702 Cross Hill Road, 100B
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 888-7424
https://www.duckdonuts.com
 
 
My next stop was my third (or fourth?) visit to Jackie Hite’s Bar-b-que. One of the most celebrated barbecue restaurants in the south or anywhere, a 100 mile bbq on the South Carolina Barbecue Trail, the Friday pig pickin at Jackie Hite’s is a thing of beauty. In addition to their regular buffet, which has the pork mixed in with their mustard bbq sauce, they have the meat of a whole pig on the buffet line, including the ham, ribs, shoulder and skins. It’s wonderful. 

 

 
The buffet line.

 

 

 

 
Plate no. 1. Pork shoulder, ribs skins, shoulder from the regular buffet line, mixed in with their mustard sauce, fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

 
Some very good and simple steamed cabbage.

 
Close up of the shoulder and rib meat.

 
Close up of the shoulder mixed with the mustard sauce.

 
Close up of the skins. The other times I’ve been here the skins have been perfect. This time, there were a few that I just could not chew.

 
Close up of the excellent fried chicken.

 
Plate no. 2. A rather small plate with just a bit more shoulder mixed with sauce, a couple of skins and some rice. I was considering getting some of the hash, which is why I got the rice. I changed my mind. 

 
In looking at some of my old pictures of previous visits, I noticed that it seems they are using considerably more sauce, both with the shoulder on the regular buffet line, and also mixed in with some of the other cuts on the pig pickin line. It might have been a bit too much for me this time, although it was still terrific.
 
 
Jackie Hite’s Bar-BQ
460 E, Railroad Ave.
Leesville, SC 29070
(803) 532-3354
https://www.yelp.com/biz/hites-bar-b-que-batesburg
 
 
 
After this wonderful lunch I headed to Savannah. My first stop was new-to-me Gottlieb’s Bakery, recommended by Chickenpluker. 

 
They have a very large selection and everything looked very good. Unfortunately, I think I could have chosen more wisely.

 

 

 
Menu board.

 
I got a chocolate canasta cake, filled with chocolate. It had a good chocolate flavor, but could have been moister.

 
Some chocolate cherry cookies, which is their specialty. These were very good.

 

 
I also got a small cherry and small blueberry pie. I think this was my mistake. 

 

 

 

 
Unfortunately, the pies just weren’t that good and I didn’t eat much of them at all. The fillings were a bit too sweet and sticky and the crusts just weren’t what I want in a freshly made crust.
 
 
Gottlieb’s Bakery
1100 Eisenhower Dr., Unit 28
Savannah, GA 31406
(912) 777-5133
http://gottliebsbakery.com
 
 
 
These are a few photos from my hotel room in Savannah.

 

 

 

 
The view from the elevator.

 

 
I walked along River Street and saw something I haven’t seen too often, someone walking a cat on a leash. It looked like a nice cat.

 

 
I continued my short walk and arrived at my destination.

 
Huey’s is one of my most anticipated stops on any trip to Savannah. I just love those beignets.

 
They were wonderful as always.

 

 
Perfection.

 
 
Huey’s on the River
115 E. River Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 234-7385
http://hueysontheriver.net
 
 
A couple of more scenes on the river.

 

 
 
For dinner I returned to Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp on Tybee Island, which has become one of my favorites and a regular stop in Savannah.

 
It’s a very colorful setting.

 

 
They have lots of signs nailed to posts. These are some of my favorites.

 

 

 
The wonderful fried shrimp dinner, with fries and cucumber salad.

 
Plus an extra side of corn on the cob. Sweet and delicious. 

 
Close up of the shrimp, succulent and juicy.

 

 
Close up of the cucumber salad. Very refreshing. 

 
The hushpuppies were also very good.

 
I liked this sign at the pizza parlor right next door.

 
 
Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp
115 E. Hwy 80
Tybee Island, GA
(912) 786-4227
http://www.tybeebbq.com
 
 
 
My last stop of the night was the same every night. Leopold’s ice cream is another one of my favorites in Savannah, or anywhere.

 
Open since 1919!

 
No, I’m sorry, you can’t go inside.

 
Okay, I’ll tell her to bring you something.

 
My double scoop of pistachio ice cream. It’s just wonderful.

 
 
Leopold’s Ice Cream
212 E. Broughton St.
Savannah, GA
(912) 234-4442
https://www.leopoldsicecream.com
 
 
.....much more to come
 
 
post edited by Davidsanders - 2018/08/29 00:32:37
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 07:10:19 (permalink)
Wow...you sure covered a lot of ground ...and food. Great report. Looking forward to more. Thanks...
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 08:00:55 (permalink)
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They have lots of signs nailed to posts. These are some of my favorites.

Looks like the guy in the top photo needed to read this sign.

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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 10:47:10 (permalink)
Fantastic report! I'm dying to spend more time in that part of the country.
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 10:59:27 (permalink)
Another outstanding report David.
 
I'm glad to see that ChiBears15's posting habits did not rub off on you.
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 12:10:12 (permalink)
Love it. Thanks.
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 15:55:08 (permalink)
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Another outstanding report David.
 
I'm glad to see that ChiBears15's posting habits did not rub off on you.

Thanks. Even though the report is finished, I won’t be able to get it completely posted on Roadfood until sometime early next week. I’m out of town again and won’t be able to complete it until I get home.

Danny has totally embraced Instagram. He’s a fiend on it and his pictures are great. I do wish he would also post on Roadfood!
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 16:46:26 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby rudebarb 2018/08/30 14:17:28
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Another outstanding report David.
 
I'm glad to see that ChiBears15's posting habits did not rub off on you.

Thanks. Even though the report is finished, I won’t be able to get it completely posted on Roadfood until sometime early next week. I’m out of town again and won’t be able to complete it until I get home.

Danny has totally embraced Instagram. He’s a fiend on it and his pictures are great. I do wish he would also post on Roadfood!



He's got us doing all his work...he even has Jim coordinating his outings and dinner reservations now!   
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/29 20:55:22 (permalink)
Fabulous report and an entertaining read as always David. Thanks!!
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/08/30 13:27:08 (permalink)
Again, A enjoyable report...Thank you David.
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 19:16:29 (permalink)
Saturday, August 18th
 
 
At about 4:45 in the morning a blaring alarm went off in the Hyatt hotel I was staying in, and a very loud announcement began telling everyone to immediately evacuate the hotel, to walk to the emergency exits and slowly and orderly go down the stairs to the street level. After about 45 minutes they announced that the fire was out and that we would be able to reenter the hotel once they had cleared out the smoke. That took about another hours. Luckily, no one was hurt. Here are links to a few videos that I took outside the hotel (photobucket doesn’t accept videos).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wMeC07UE8g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bP5PQKWl2Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ZLq0rK4SQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0_8WOz8608
 
After returning to my room I took a few photos of the early morning sky.

 

 

 
Since it was already close to 7:00, I just got ready for the day and headed out again, this time in the elevator. My first stop was the new-to-me Narobia’s Grits and Gravy, which I had read had very good biscuits. It’s a pretty small and rather busy place. 

 

 

 

 
I ordered my usual biscuits and bacon, but they told me they only had turkey bacon, so I just ordered some orange juice instead, which was a small bottle of Tropicana. The biscuits were pretty good, as was the jelly that came with them.

 

 
Narobia’s Grits and Gravy 
2019 Habersham St. 
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 231-0563
https://www.yelp.com/biz/narobias-grits-and-gravy-savannah
 
 
My next stop was another one of my favorites, Clary’s Café. I first heard about Clary’s while listening to the audio book of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt. Listening to this book was the reason I wanted to visit Savannah for the first time. The descriptions of the city, Clary’s Cafe and the people were incredibly engaging. 

 

 
I had gotten there a few minutes before 8:00, their opening time for the weekends. Also waiting to get in was this man with his dog in the cart. I sat outside, which I always try to do, and he went inside. He came out at around the same time I was finishing up my breakfast, so I’m assuming they both had a very good breakfast!

 
It’s a pretty extensive breakfast and lunch menu, but I’ve almost always just had the biscuits and a side of bacon.

 
The biscuits are really, really wonderful. The bacon is excellent. I love this place.

 
Close up of the biscuits.

 
Clary’s Café
404 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 233-0402
https://www.claryscafe.com
 
 
 
The next stop was yet another favorite, Back in the Day Bakery. They have so many incredible things to try, it’s hard to get out of there without overdoing it. But that’s okay. It’s worth it.

 
Everything looks so amazing. I think there has been a change, because I don’t actually remember them having pies before. I checked a couple of my previous visit’s pictures and didn’t see any. They now have a sign that says fresh pies daily. That’s a good thing.

 

 
The scones also looked fantastic. I was going to go with the coconut orange…..

 
….. but the person at the register recommended the apricot pistachio, so I got that instead.

 
And also this.

 
I love their signs.

 
And yes, it’s my happy place also.

 
Close up of the Strawberry Blueberry Pie Bar.

 

 

 
I also got a buttermilk biscuit. I love the biscuits at Clary’s, and I love these also. Although, this is a bit different, because it has flakes of salt across the top and bottom. It’s interesting, and I don’t really think it’s necessary, but it’s still great.

 

 
Close up of the apricot pistachio scone. It was sensational.

 

 

 
 
Back in the Day Bakery
2403 Bull Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 495-9292
http://www.backinthedaybakery.com
 
 
My next stop was another favorite, AJ’s Dockside, on Tybee Island. I love the setting and I love the fried shrimp. 

 

 

 

 
An extra special guest.

 
A very nice Caesar salad to start.

 
Great fried shrimp and hush puppies.

 
Close up of the shrimp.

 
Order of fries.

 
AJ’s Dockside
1315 Chatham Ave.
Tybee Island, GA 31328
(912) 786-9533
http://ajsdocksidetybee.com
 
 
I walked around Forsythe Park for awhile before heading back to Huey’s for another order of beignets.

 

 

 

 
Dinner was the new-to-me Crystal Beer Parlor. I had read about it for quite awhile, and the reviews were very good.

 

 
In business since 1933.

 

 
I started with the “Savannah Gumbo”. I’m not sure what that is, but it was much thinner then any gumbo I’ve had, more like a soup. It had good flavor with lots of vegetables in addition to the chicken and sausage. I prefer the thicker type of gumbo, but it was nice to try it.

 

 
I had a pimento cheese burger with fries. It was good, but not overwhelmingly so. I preferred the burger at the Kingsman by far. 

 
Close up of the burger.

 
Close up of the fries.

 
Crystal Beer Parlor 
301 W. Jones Street
Savannah, GA 1401
(912) 349-1000
http://www.crystalbeerparlor.com
 
 
I followed dinner with a return to Leopold’s. Today was their 99th anniversary block party, and single cones or cups were only 99¢. My double was $1.99. Quite a bargain, but I certainly didn’t get it because of the price!

 

 
 
.....much more to come
 
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 19:32:46 (permalink)
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I ordered my usual biscuits and bacon, but they told me they only had turkey bacon,

Hopefully only because they'd run out of the real stuff!
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 19:36:30 (permalink)
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I ordered my usual biscuits and bacon, but they told me they only had turkey bacon,

Hopefully only because they'd run out of the real stuff!


I don't think so, but I can't be sure.
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Back in the Day bakery looks like it's worth every damn calorie. I'm drooling!!
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 21:04:52 (permalink)
Sunday, August 19th
 
 
My first two stops were repeats, Clary’s followed by Back in the Day Bakery. I had my usual at Clary’s.

 
The biscuits were even better this morning. I didn’t really think it was possible.

 
And so was the bacon.

 
Back in the Day had their usual assortment of incredible offerings. 

 

 
They’re famous for their cinnamon buns, but I didn’t have one this time.  The website says they're available on Saturday only, but they had them today. I didn’t see them yesterday. I had one several years ago, and it was pretty amazing, but a bit overpowering.

 
Today I had the coconut orange scone that I didn’t have yesterday. It was fantastic.

 

 
I also had a slice of the strawberry lemon pie which was very good.

 

 
As I was driving to St. Simons Island to meet Keith this morning, I got him a piece of buttermilk blueberry pie.

 
Keith and I had arranged to meet up at Southern Soul Barbeque on St. Simons Island this morning. He’s been there a number of times and I was there once, in January, 2015, and loved it. I loved it again this time.

 

 

 
Keith admiring the smokers.

 

 
A master at work.

 
Keith and his lovely wife Linda waiting patiently for the arrival of the feast.

 
The barbecue sauces and hot sauces lined up ready to go.

 
I couldn’t decide what to get. I knew I wanted the pulled pork sandwich, because I had had it during my other visit, and it was great. But they also have a fried chicken special on Sundays only, so I did the only thing I could. I ordered both. Here’s the fried chicken, fries and collards. 

 
The pulled pork sandwich with slaw and hushpuppies. 

 
Close up of the sandwich with slaw. 

 
Close up of the hushpuppies. Made with pieces of corn.

 
The fries were nothing short of sensational.

 
The collards were very good. I really enjoyed this entire meal. 

 
Keith got the three meat combo, with pulled pork, smoked turkey and brisket, and sides of Brunswick stew and barbecue beans. 

 
Close up of the smoked turkey and brisket.

 
Close up of the pulled pork and smoked turkey. 

 
Close up of the Brunswick Stew.

 
Close up of the beans.

 
Incredible smoked turkey.

 
Incredible brisket.

 
Keith also ordered the egg rolls, made with spare rib meat. They were wonderful.

 

 
Linda ordered the fried chicken special, with sides of mac and cheese, fried okra and fried green beans. 

 
Close up of the mac and cheese.

 
Close up of the fried okra.

 
Close up of the fried green beans.

 
This is a great barbecue restaurant. Everything we had was first rate. If and when I go back some day I want to try the ribs.
 
 
Southern Soul Barbecue
2020 Demere Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
(912) 638-7685
http://www.southernsoulbbq.com
 
 
 
After lunch I went back to Savannah, went walking around a bit, and then went back to Huey’s. And then went walking again. 

 

 

 

 
These pictures were from my hotel room. There was quite a storm coming in.

 

 
Dinner was at Vic’s on the River, where I had been last year. I really like this restaurant, and I really liked my meal.

 

 

 
My drink of choice.

 
The meal started with a couple of delicious mini biscuits and honey butter. 

 

 
Very good French onion soup.

 

 

 
A very good salad.

 
Wonderful fried shrimp, fries and coleslaw.

 
Close up of the wonderful fried shrimp.

 
Close up of the fries.

 
Very good coleslaw. 

 
 
Vic's on the River
26 East Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 721-1000
https://www.vicsontheriver.com
 
 
I was pretty full, but I didn’t want to miss my final visit to Leopold’s for the this trip.

 

 
 
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Keith and his lovely wife Linda waiting patiently for the arrival of the feast.


I'm guessing that Linda has an Etta James-esque drawl and said, "Yeah, he never puts that g*dd*mn thing down."
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 21:43:00 (permalink)
Monday, August 20th
 
 
Before leaving for Charleston this morning I went back to Clary’s for the third time.

 

 

 
 
After Clary’s I decided to go to Rise. I had been once before and thought it was very good.  

 

 
The blueberry biscuit was really wonderful. It was a bit like a cross between a biscuit,a blueberry muffin and a cinnamon bun, but without the cinnamon flavor, and denser than a regular biscuit. Really delicious.

 
 
Rise Biscuits and Donuts
10 W. Broughton Street
Savannah, GA 31401
(912) 201-3599
https://risebiscuitsdonuts.com/locations/savannah-downtown/
 
 
 
Upon arriving in Charleston I met up with Danny, aka ChiBears15. Our first stop was the new-to-me Little Jack’s Tavern. Their burger is no. 23 on the Thrillist 100 best burgers in the US, and I have wanted to try it for some time.

 

 

 
They have a rather small menu, but all the essentials.

 
We both ordered the cheeseburger, which was fantastic.

 

 
Perfect.

 
The fries were also very good. 

 
The only thing I didn’t really care for were the garlic knots. I figured they would be warm, but they weren’t. But the burger made up for everything else. 

 
 
Little Jack's Tavern
710 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 531-6868
http://littlejackstavern.com
https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/best-burgers-in-america-burger-quest
 
 
Our next stop, new-to-me Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop, was pretty much right next door. We had talked about going there, but more or less decided it would be too much for the day. When we saw it was so close, we had to give it a try. 

 
It was too hot to think about eating outside.

 

 
Danny getting ready for the next stop.

 
Interesting decorations.

 

 

 

 
I had thought about getting the fried chicken, but went with a shrimp roll instead. It was very good, on a bun similar to a New England roll used for lobster rolls. It came with a side and I got the cucumber salad.

 

 
The one thing I didn’t understand is why they put broken up potato chips on top of the shrimp roll. They didn’t seem to do much for it. They would have been better on the side.

 
The cucumber salad.

 
Danny had the oysters, which he liked a lot.

 
 
Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop
698 King Street 
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 531-6500
http://leonsoystershop.com
 
 
Our next stop was the new-to-me Miller’s All Day. I had read good things about them for their desserts and their breakfast and biscuits. We went to try the desserts. I was sure I remembered that they had a pretty extensive pie list, but it didn’t turn out that way. They had three pies daily, and the waiter said they don’t change them very often. 

 

 

 

 
I went with the pistachio blackberry. There wasn’t a lot of blackberry flavor, and there actually wasn’t much flavor to the pie at all. It was pretty much just non-descript. I really didn’t enjoy it very much.

 

 
Danny had the key lime. His was a better choice than mine. It had good flavor and tartness.

 
Miller's All Day  
120 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 501-7342
https://millersallday.com
 
 
We next went to Christophe Chocolatier, where I have been several times. I love their chocolate. 

 

 
The chocolate assortments are wonderful. 

 

 

 

 
My choices: milk chocolate hazelnut, peanut butter, pistachio white chocolate, gianduja, coconut milk chocolate.

 
The cherry pistachio tartlet was also excellent.

 

 
Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier
90 Society Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 297-8674
http://www.christophechocolatier.com/index.php
 
 
 
Dinner was at Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ. I’ve been here several times now, and have loved it each time. Keith made the trip from Louisville (GA) to meet up with Danny and me. 

 

 

 
A nice outdoor seating area.

 
Keith and Danny. Danny is waiting to start until we all get our food. I’m not sure I would have had that much self control.

 
The two sauces: Rodney’s Sauce, which is a vinegar and pepper sauce, and Other Sauce, which is a little thicker.

 
My pulled pork sandwich, fries and hush puppies. Everything was fantastic.

 
Very good barbecue beans.

 
Close up of the pulled pork sandwich. Incredible flavor.

 
Close up of the fabulous fries.

 
Close up of the excellent hushpuppies.

 
Danny’s pulled pork sandwich, collards and banana pudding. I tried the collards and they were great. I didn’t try the pudding, but Danny said it was fantastic.

 
Close up of Danny’s collards and banana pudding.

 
Keith got a three meat sampler, with pulled pork, ribs and chicken, plus sides of collards and mac and cheese. 

 
Close up of the fabulous ribs and pulled pork. Keith gave me two of the ribs and they were absolutely wonderful.

 
Close up of the chicken, which Keith also shared, and which was also terrific.

 
Close up of the mac and cheese.

 
The smokehouse.

 

 
 
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
1011 King Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 990-9535
http://www.rodneyscottsbbq.com
 
 
 
We finished up the evening with another new-to-me place, Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream and Sandwich Café. They also seem to be very busy selling burgers and fries, and I hope they were better than the ice cream, which was quite ordinary.

 

 

 
I’m not sure what colors some of the flavors should have been, but I’ve never seen colors like these.

 

 
I had a single scoop of cookies and cream, and I ate about half of it.

 
 
Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream and Sandwich Café
474 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
843-766-4854 
http://www.yeolefashioned.com
 
 
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 22:00:12 (permalink)
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Keith and his lovely wife Linda waiting patiently for the arrival of the feast.


I'm guessing that Linda has an Etta James-esque drawl and said, "Yeah, he never puts that g*dd*mn thing down."

Nailed it.
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 22:03:15 (permalink)
Tuesday, August 21st
 
 
 
I have been to Hominy Grill several times and this morning returned there with Danny and Keith, who was leaving later in the morning, so was able to join us for our first few stops.

 

 
Their menu isn’t huge like some places, but has great variety, and everything they offer is first class.

 
I ordered a pimento cheese biscuit, a regular biscuit and bacon.

 
I also ordered the griddled banana bread. Both my dishes were very good.

 
Keith ordered the shrimp and grits. I had one of his shrimp, which was succulent.

 
Danny got the breakfast special, a southern benedict, eggs served on a split pimento cheese biscuit, with pimento cheese sauce.

 
On the advice of Buffetbuster, I ordered the chocolate pudding to share. It is topped with whipped cream.

 
Once you break through the layers of whipped cream you get to the rich chocolate. It was great.

 
Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 937-0930
http://hominygrill.com
 
 
After Hominy Grill we walked over to Wildflour Pastry, where I had been several times and have had many different pastries, all quite good. 

 

 
They seemed to be a bit limited in what was available today. That, combined with the fact that about 8 people came in immediately after we did made me feel rushed into making a decision on what to order. I decided on a citrus cranberry scone. We took it outside onto their patio.

 
I have to say it was a little disappointing today. I think I have had their scones before, and didn’t remember them as being this dry. As I thought back, there were better choices I could have made. I think they are a great bakery and I definitely will be back the next time I’m in Charleston.

 
 
Wildflour Pastry
73 Spring Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 327-2621
http://www.wildflourpastrycharleston.com
 
 
 
While we were finishing at Wildflour, I used the Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits app to preorder. I have been there several times and the lines were always quite long, with waits up to 45 minutes. I had started using the app I believe during my last visit, and it seemed to work very well, allowing me to bypass the waiting crowd. This time, when we got there to pick up our order, there was virtually no line, maybe just a couple of people. 
 

 
Time to make the biscuits.

 
I have been here when this corridor had 10 or more people waiting for their order.

 
 
We had ordered four biscuits, two buttermilk, a country ham and a black pepper bacon. While they were very good, and Keith and Danny enjoyed them also, I think I remembered that they were better in my previous visits. Perhaps they prepared them before we actually arrived at our appointed time to pick them up? 

 
 
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
476 ½ King Street
Charleston, SC
(843) 737-5159
http://calliesbiscuits.com
 
 
While Keith left us to head home, stopping first at Lewis Barbecue, Danny and I went for our fourth breakfast stop to the new-to-me Baguette Magic. A rather non-descript building.

 
Lots of selections, croissants, breads, brioche. 

 

 
Everything looked very good. Danny ordered the tomato pie. He liked it very much and I had a bite. I thought it was very good.

 
I ordered my usual butter croissant. I really didn’t like it and ate very little of it.

 
I also ordered a baguette. I was sorry they didn’t have a half size, because there was no way I would be able to eat the entire full sized baguette.

 
The baguette was quite good, and with the butter was delightful. I still only ate less than half.

 
 
Baguette Magic
792 Folly Road
James Island, SC 29412
(843) 471-5941
http://baguettemagic.com/index.html
 
 
After our four breakfasts, Danny and I headed to Middleton Place, to see the gardens, and for lunch at the restaurant. It’s really a spectacular place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The sign for the Middleton Oak, thought to be between 900 and 1000 years old.

 
It’s hard to believe that anything could still be standing in this country after that length of time.

 
A Great Blue Heron, just hanging out.

 
Turtle minding its own business.

 
After walking around for quite awhile we headed to the very fine restaurant.

 

 
I started with a house salad, which was very fresh. We were told they grow all the vegetables on the premises.

 
Danny started with a cup of she-crab soup, which he liked a lot.

 
I had the fried chicken, with sides of mac and cheese and collards, and cornbread. It was all very good, although I had made a mistake and forgotten to ask for the white meat.

 
Close up of the fried chicken. The crust was very good.

 
Close up of the mac and cheese. The cheese was distributed throughout the macaroni, which isn’t always the case.

 
Close up of the good collards.

 
Danny got the shrimp and grits which he thought was great. I had one of the shrimp, and it was excellent.

 
 
Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston. SC 29414
(843) 556-6020
https://www.middletonplace.org
 
 
After lunch we went down to Battery Street to walk around the park and along the river. I love doing this whenever I’m in Charleston.

 

 

 
It certainly is a beautiful sight.

 
The magnificent houses across from the river.

 

 
 
Next we went to new-to-me Dave’s Carryout Seafood, another place I’ve wanted to try for quite some time. Unfortunately, they were closed, even though their phone message said they were open on that day.

 

 
 
We had had reservations for another new-to-me place, Indaco, and Italian restaurant, for later in the day, but we had canceled them. However, since Dave’s was closed, we decided to see if we could get in, which we did. Since this place is just a block away from the hotel I’ve stayed in my last three or so visits, I’ve walked by it dozens of times. It always seems to be busy, and we thought it might be a nice change. 

 

 
I ordered the olive appetizer. I was glad to have it, and I really enjoyed it, but since Danny doesn’t like olives, there were an awful lot of them for me. I made a valiant effort, but couldn’t finish them.

 
We split a very simple Margherita pizza, which was quite good. 

 
Close up of a slice of pizza. Nice crust, good chew, good flavor. 

 
 
Indaco
526 King Street 
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 872-6828)
http://indacocharleston.com
 
 
 
We followed up our dinner with an after dinner dinner. I really wanted to go back to Little Jack’s, because I just loved that burger. 

 
We shared a very good shrimp cocktail to start.

 
The lighting wasn’t very good, so the pictures didn’t come out as well as the ones I took when we were there during the day.

 
I was wondering how this burger would be with pimento cheese. I don’t know if they have any other choices, but it’s served with American cheese. I wouldn’t want to experiment too much, because it’s just great the way it is.

 
Instead of the fries, this time I ordered some potato chips. The waiter had said they were out of a bag, but he also said they were really good. They were pretty much okay. Even though I didn’t love the fries the other day, I think I would have preferred them. 

 
 
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 23:15:33 (permalink)
Wednesday, August 22nd
 
 
 
We began the day at Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer, another new-to-me stop. I’m not a coffee drinker, but according to Danny, he has been told it’s the best coffee shop in the south. He had been the day I arrived, and enjoyed it, so we went again. I was going for the pastries, which, according to their website, they don’t make, but get from some of the bakeries around town.  They also make a point of not having wifi. They want you to talk to your friends.
Danny is very excited to make a return visit.

 
It’s a very inviting space.

 
A fairly nice selection of pastries and savories.

 

 
I went with a butter croissant, but I had it heated, which was kind of a mistake, since it made it a bit rubbery.

 
Danny had an oatmeal raisin cookie, which I tried. I didn’t think it was anything special.

 
 
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
4 Vanderhorst Street
Charleston, SC 29403
843-853-7186
http://www.kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com/contact
 
 
Our next stop was also a new-to-me place, Sugar Bakeshop. I had read about it, and although they don’t have any pies by the slice, they seemed to have lots of other good things, like tarts, cookies and cupcakes. 

 
It’s a charming little place.

 

 
Lots to choose from.

 

 

 

 

 
We went with a pistachio and a coconut cupcake, and a lemon and a strawberry rhubarb tart.

 
An also a lime sugar cookie. Everything was excellent.

 
Close up of the lemon tart.

 
Close up of the strawberry rhubarb tart.

 
Close up of the coconut cupcake.

 
Close up of the pistachio cupcake, which was unexpectedly filled with a jam of some kind.

 
 
Sugar Bakeshop
59 1/2 Cannon St.
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 579-2891
http://www.sugarbake.com
 
 
 
Lunch was at another new-to-me place, Bertha’s Kitchen. A 2017 James Beard award winner, this is an absolute gem. 

 

 

 
It’s a really down home type of place, with just a few tables. Everyone is very friendly, from the servers to the customers, who are anxious to help the obvious newcomer with your order.

 
At the James Beard Awards.

 
The food is ordered and served up in a cafeteria-type line.

 

 
Danny and I both ordered exactly the same thing, so we didn’t have a chance to try anything other than what was on our tray. But it really wasn’t necessary. This was great stuff. Fried chicken white meat, red rice with sausage, steamed cabbage, mac and cheese and cornbread. All of it was first class.

 
Great fried chicken, nice and moist, with a great crust.

 
Close up of the great red rice, with a bit of sausage.

 
Close up of the excellent cabbage.

 
Close up of the mac and cheese. Thank you Bertha’s Kitchen.

 
 
Bertha's Kitchen
2332 Meeting Street Road
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 554-6519 
https://www.yelp.com/biz/berthas-kitchen-n-charleston
 
 
Next we went to Magnolia Gardens, where I had been once before. It’s another great Charleston garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Another Great Blue Heron.

 
 
After walking around the gardens we were going to go back to the hotel, but decided to give Dave’s Carryout another chance. Lo and behold they were open.

 
The non-descript front door.

 
An absolute Roadfood gem, this is a small, kind of rundown space, where you can get great fried fish and shrimp.

 
One person takes care of the counter, taking orders, answering the phone, and one does the cooking.

 

 
Here the cook has taken a fish out of the refrigerator and is taking over to the fryer.

 
We shared the fried shrimp and fries snack. It was fantastic.

 
Close up of the shrimp.

 

 
The yellow rice was a special, and it was wonderful.

 
 
Dave's Carry-Out Shrimp    
42 Morris Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-7943
https://www.yelp.com/biz/daves-carry-out-charleston
 
 
 
After a bit of a break we went to one of the highlights of any trip to Charleston, Lewis Barbecue. 

 

 

 
Outdoor seating.

 
The menu board.

 
My order of brisket, one pork rib, collards and fries.

 
Close up of the brisket.

 
Close up of the pork spare rib.

 
Close up of the collards.

 
Close up of the fries. This was the one part of the meal I didn’t love. They were just okay.

 
A little grease left on the paper!

 
Danny’s order. Brisket, jalapeno cheese sausage, and green Chile corn pudding. 

 
Close up of the sausage.

 
Close up of the corn pudding. 

 
This dinner was spectacular. I know this is Texas barbecue in Charleston, but since John Lewis was a pitmaster for years in Texas, I can’t imagine that any brisket could be better than this. Thank you John Lewis, for bringing your art to Charleston.
 
 
Lewis Barbecue
464 North Nassau Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 805-9500
http://lewisbarbecue.com
 
 
 
After this spectacular dinner, we went down to Bay Street again and walked around in the park and along the river. This is Waterfront Fountain.

 
Click the link to a video of the Waterfront Fountain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUoV0uZZZL4
 
Pineapple Fountain.

 
A video of Pineapple Fountain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H6h4QaHPKE
 

 

 

 

 
Our last stop of the evening was Jeni’s Ice Cream. It’s not my favorite ice cream, mostly because I find the flavors really odd, but it was very good.

 

 
I had a small cup with two flavors, Milkiest Chocolate and Gooey Butter Cake.

 
 
Jeni’s Ice Cream
501 A King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 212-5113
https://jenis.com/scoop-shops/jenis-king-street/
 
 
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Next we went to new-to-me Dave’s Carryout Seafood, another place I’ve wanted to try for quite some time. Unfortunately, they were closed, even though their phone message said they were open on that day.

Dave wasn't there.
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Thursday, August 23rd
 
 
 
My first stop on my last day in Charleston was a return to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits. Once again there wasn’t much of a line. I was a bit disappointed a couple of days earlier and wanted to try it again. It was definitely better. 

 
I ordered two buttermilk biscuits and they came out rather quickly. I ate the first one t the small counter in the restaurant, but it got very noisy, and I decided to take the second one to Starbucks.

 

 
My next stop was the Slave Mart Museum. I had gone in a number of years ago, but never gone through the museum. It’s an interesting museum that shows the horrors of what people are capable of.  After parking my car I walked through a back alley passageway that was quite interesting.

 
An old house with gaslights.

 
The Old Slave Mart is the first African-American Museum. Often staffed by individuals who can trace their history to Charleston slaves, at one point in the history of slavery, 35-40% of slaves entered the United States through Charleston. The Old Slave Mart was built in 1859 and is considered the last surviving slave auction gallery in South Carolina. No pictures are allowed in the museum.

 

 
Old Slave Mart Museum
6 Chalmers Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 958-6467
http://www.oldslavemartmuseum.com
 
 
I walked back to my car passed St. Phillips Church.

 

 
The church’s cemetery.

 

 
 
My next stop was the new-to-me Maple Street Biscuits. It’s a very large chain, that was pretty good. I had thought about going to the one in Savannah, but never got the chance.

 
It’s a very large space.

 

 
The biscuits are really pretty good.

 

 
The jelly was very good as well.

 
I had noticed the pecan cinnamon biscuit at the register, but I decided against it. As I was working on my buttermilk biscuit, one of the workers came to my table and offered me one. It was very good, with a nice taste of cinnamon, and the icing wasn’t overpowering.

 
 
Maple Street Biscuits on James Island 
1739 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
(843) 203-3889
https://maplestreetbiscuits.com/menu/
 
 
My next stop was my last new-to-me stop on my trip. I had found the H & R Sweet Shop while looking for places for desserts and other sweets, but it turned out that they don’t have sweets. The reviews said their cheeseburgers were very good, so I thought I would try it. 

 
It’s a tiny place, but within a couple of minutes of my ordering it was full of people, mostly construction workers. Most were ordering the two piece fried chicken and fries plate, which was only $4, compared to my $6 cheeseburger, not counting the fries. I ordered some iced tea, which only came sweetened, and it was so sweet I couldn’t drink it. It also had a pretty strong aftertaste which was rather unpleasant.

 
My cheeseburger, ordered medium well, came out very, very rare, almost partly raw.

 
They redid it for me, and I changed my order to go. It was cooked much more to my liking, but it was swimming in and dripping grease. I took a couple of bites and took it back to the hotel where I just dumped it. Too bad.

 
 
H & R Sweet Shop
102 Royall Ave.
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 884-2118
https://www.yelp.com/biz/h-and-r-sweet-shop-mount-pleasant
 
 
After that disappointment, I decided to go back to Hominy Grill for an actual lunch. It was wonderful.

 

 
I ordered the shrimp bog with a side of Charleston red rice. A few mintues later the waitress came back to tell me that the chef had said there wasn’t enough of the bog for a full portion, so they were going to give me what they had for no charge. She asked if I wanted to order anything else, since I was getting a small portion of the bog. I added a buttermilk biscuit and a side of okra and tomatoes, also on rice. It was a wonderful lunch! The bog portion wasn’t excatly small, but I powered through and finished everything. I especially loved the red rice, but everything was wonderful.

 
Close up of the shrimp bog. The shrimp are succulent, and it’s made with Carolina Gold rice.

 
Close up of the Charleston red rice. 

 
Close up of the okra and tomatoes on rice.

 
Close up of the very good biscuit.

 
 
After lunch I went back to the Starbucks to wait for the time I had to leave for the airport. It’s a very progressive Starbuck where this woman didn’t just come in with her two dogs to get something to go, but sat down with them at a table.

 

 
 
 
This was a great trip for me, and I was so grateful to have been able to meet up with Keith in Augusta, St. Simons Island and Charleston, and Danny for my whole stay in Charleston. I’ve gone to the Carolinas and Savannah quite a number of times now, and while I went to more new-to-me places than I have in awhile, I really enjoy going back to my favorite places. 
 
Here is my summary, such that it is. 
 
 
My favorites:
Grady’s
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
A.J.’s Dockside
Clary’s Diner
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
Leopold’s Ice Cream
Back in the Day Bakery
Huey’s on the River
Lewis Barbecue
Gerald’s Pig and Shrimp
Hominy Grill
Little Jack’s Tavern
Christophe’s Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier
Vic’s on the River
Dave’s Carryout 
 
 
 
 
Runners up:
Jackie Hite’s
Southern Soul Barbecue
Gary’s Hamburgers
Drake’s Duck-In
Freeman’s Bar-B-Q
The Kingsman
Bertha’s Kitchen
Aiken Ice Cream
Sweet Cream Company
Rise Biscuits and Donuts
Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop
Indaco
Sugar Bakeshop
 
 
 
Good:
Carolina Buffet
Perry’s Pig
Red Shed Diner
Boll Weevil Sweetery
Callie’s Little Hot Biscuits
Duck Donuts
Gottlieb’s Bakery
Crystal Beer Parlor
Middleton Place Restaurant
Kudu Coffee
Jeni’s Ice Cream
Maple Street Biscuits
Narobia’s Grits and Gravy
 
 
A disappointment:
Miller’s All Day
Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream and Sandwich Café
Wildflour Pastry
Baguette Magic
H & R Sweet Shop
 
 
 
Thanks for reading!
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/02 23:48:29 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/09/05 07:13:38
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My cheeseburger, ordered medium well, came out very, very rare, almost partly raw.

 
They redid it for me, and I changed my order to go. It was cooked much more to my liking, but it was swimming in and dripping grease.

"Partly raw" and "dripping grease" are my idea of a perfect burger.
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/03 00:19:28 (permalink)
What a comprehensive report. Amazing looking food, great photos and beautiful scenery. Thank you so much for all the time,effort and work it took to put this together for us. It is greatly appreciated!!!
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/03 09:03:34 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for all the time,effort and work it took to put this together for us. It is greatly appreciated!!!

Should we also thank him for eating all that food so we don't have to?
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/03 10:06:11 (permalink)
Excellent report!!  I enjoyed every word and every mouthwatering picture!
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/03 10:46:44 (permalink)
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My cheeseburger, ordered medium well, came out very, very rare, almost partly raw.

 
They redid it for me, and I changed my order to go. It was cooked much more to my liking, but it was swimming in and dripping grease.

"Partly raw" and "dripping grease" are my idea of a perfect burger.


I know I'm an anomaly among Roadfooders when it comes to the doneness of burgers. Can't help it.
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Re: August 2018 Carolinas and Georgia Trip 2018/09/03 11:14:14 (permalink)
That really was an epic trip report David. Thanks for letting me join in when I could. I am a proud supporter of southern food.
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