HF Goes To Charleston | Part Two

Hey Hey, it’s Friday! I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but wake up happy on a Friday. The weekend is here! Last week, I shared part one of my family’s recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Today, I’ll share a few pictures from the second half of our trip.

Our Thursday started at a popular breakfast and lunch spot in Folly, called Lost Dog Cafe, just down the street from our hotel. It’s very pet-friendly, just don’t tell my dog, Riggins, because although he made the trip with us that week, we didn’t bring him to breakfast that morning. (Don’t worry, you’ll see how I made up for it afterwards!)

Lost Dog serves all the standard breakfast items. I went with a simple scrambled eggs and bacon. My husband and I shared a cinnamon roll as an “appetizer.” It was intensely iced—definitely a sweet treat.Lost Dog CafeCinnamon Roll

After breakfast, we went to the beach for the afternoon. It was nice to just relax and get a little sun. Riggins even came out for a little bit. Although he had been to the dog beach on Lake Michigan in Chicago, this was his first time to the Atlantic Ocean. He’s not a huge fan of sand, but he did enjoy getting some fresh air and the people watching.IMG_7454Folly Beach

Before our dinner reservation that night, we decided to head into Charleston a little earlier for appetizers and drinks. We headed to Minero, a casual and contemporary Mexican restaurant on East Bay Street. I had read some great reviews on this restaurant and it did not disappoint. We ordered the salsa trio, guacamole, queso fundido, and a few tacos. Since it was happy hour, sangria and margaritas were half-priced. I had the fried fish taco, which was one of the best things I ate all week. (I scarfed it before getting a picture…oops!) Afterwards, we walked down Market Street and stopped in a few shops along the way. Then, it was time for dinner.MineroMom + DadOut to Dinner

Dinner that night was at Hominy Grill. I’ll be honest, I had been looking forward to that meal for a long time. In fact, I already knew what I was going to order (or, as my sister would say, my tastebuds were prepped). The restaurant, which is located in a converted house, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serves quintessential southern food. Since we had already stopped at Minero, we didn’t order any appetizers and went straight for the main course—although they do bring boiled peanuts to the table. I ordered shrimp and grits, again—sautéed shrimp with mushrooms, scallions & bacon served over cheese grits. It was good and well worth the wait. This was the best meal I had all week. Some other favorites? The fried chicken, deep fried cheese grits, and the biscuits.Hominy Grill 1Hominy Grill 2Hominy Grill 5Shrimp + Grits

After dinner, not yet ready for vacation to be over, we went back towards Market Street. My dad and husband lounged at a cigar bar and watched some of the NFL Draft, while my mom, sister and I stopped at Carmella’s for dessert and coffee. Cigar Bar

The next day, it was time to head home. Before hitting the road, I convinced everyone to make one last stop. I had heard about a little fish market and raw bar, 167 Raw. Their lobster roll looked too good to pass up, so I got one to go and ate it in the car. Not quite road trip food, but I did feel pretty fancy. 167 Raw is a tiny place, but they have a cute patio that would be perfect for an outdoor lunch or dinner. And, I recommend the lobster roll—it was packed with fresh lobster and dressed perfectly. 167 Raw 2Lobster Roll

I love any time I get to spend with my family and our week in Charleston & Folly Beach was no exception. It’s a beautiful city, full of history and charm, delicious food, some relaxing beach time, and lots of laughs—I’m already ready to go back!

Somehow, this was the only group picture (selfie) we got that week. Group Picture 2

See you next Friday! xx, Devon