September Spotlight on Charleston Cuisine

We think you’d agree with all of us at Charleston Carriage Works that a taste of Charleston is always sweet. However, when Charleston Restaurant Week, Sept. 9-20, 2015, comes along, it’s a gift for the wallet, as well as the tastebuds. Following right on the heels of the city wide dining out promotion, Southern Living’s “Taste of Charleston” is Sept. 25-27, and is the 35th annual installment of Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year. Make your visit even more memorable by pairing the best Charleston carriage tours with the best Charleston dining experiences.

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Treat yourself. The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association (GCRA) has created a 12-day event featuring more than 140 restaurants offering wonderful meals at wonderful prices. Simply say “Restaurant Week” when you make your dinner reservation or book via the free GCRA app.

When you explore Charleston by carriage on one of our historic horse-drawn carriage rides, you’ll spot some of these restaurants. Here’s a look at what’s cooking right in the heart of the city when you visit during Charleston Restaurant Week this September:

Amen Street Raw & Fish Bar – A short walk from City Market, whatever is caught fresh is what’s on the menu, like shrimp, baked oysters, and crab cakes. Amen Street Raw & Fish Bar is on the top 12 of dining recommendations from the Travel Channel, and is located at 205 E. Bay St., Charleston.

Circa 1886 – A well-known romantic dining destination for both locals and tourists. Located inside a carriage house on the grounds of the historic Wentworth mansion, Circa 1886 is the perfect place for a romantic dinner by candlelight. Listed in the top 10 of Charleston restaurants from TripAdvisor, it’s worth the visit the next time you come into town at 149 Wentworth St., Charleston.

Hall’s Chophouse – Classic in every sense, and an outstanding steakhouse with excellent service. Reviewers on TripAdvisor rate Hall’s Chophouse #1 restaurant in Charleston. You can find them at 434 King St., Charleston, and see what all the hype is about. You won’t be disappointed.

Indaco – Rustic Italian cuisine, wood-fire pizzas and homemade pastas prepared in an open kitchen is what you’ll experience at Indaco, and is recommended by the editors of Southern Living magazine. You can find them at 526 King St., Charleston.

Magnolias – Contemporary twist on New Southern dishes in a well-established, well-loved Charleston haunt, Magnolia’s is in a historic house where top chefs have hung their aprons since 1990. It’s easy to make a reservation with the Open Table feature on TripAdvisor. Stop in this weekend at 185 E. Bay St., Charleston.

Peninsula Grill – A lovely dining room, a cozy champagne bar, a lush hidden courtyard with AAA Four Diamond Award, serving Southern fine cuisine. Peninsula Grill is ranked in the top five for Charleston by reviewers on TripAdvisor. You can find them at Planter’s Inn in the Charleton’s historic district, 112 N. Market St.

Taste of Charleston

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Three days of fun and food are all about Charleston’s culinary excellence. Who will it be this year? Chefs Kelly Franz of Magnolia’s, and Landen Ganstrom of Crave Kitchen + Cocktails won the 2014 Iron Chef Competition. It happens on Friday evening, Sept. 25, 2015 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. The following evening, a gathering on Historic Charleston Harbor’s Waterfront Park brings together a culinary and a musical showcase.

The main event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015 at the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation, where Southern Living’s 35th Annual Taste of Charleston hosts 50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants. Join the all-day fun for great food and drinks, live music, plus fun and games like the amusing “Waiters’ Race” and the “Kid’s Kitchen Sideshow.” Food and drink tickets are sold separately. Children ages 10 and under are free, and the event is on, rain or shine.

Speaking of rain or shine, all our historic Charleston carriage tours have a roof, so you’re comfortable in sunshine or sprinkles. We’re all about your comfort and enjoyment, so let us know if we can assist with strollers and other large items. These can be left at our stable where they will be attended during your tour. You can simply pick them up when you return. We aim to keep our reputation as the best Charleston carriage tour in the Lowcountry. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, or to book your next tour.