A Taste of Charleston

At Charleston Food Tours we offer a variety of culinary tours of Charleston with knowledgeable tour guides and delicious samples of Lowcountry cuisine. Join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through history! Our mission is to promote local artisan growers and producers and to help preserve South Carolina’s rich culinary heritage. On our exclusive culinary tours, you will experience the Lowcountry’s distinctive food and warm hospitality. These informative tours are ideal for casual fans of the culinary arts or the hardcore foodie in your life. It would be difficult to find a southern city better suited for culinary tourism than historic Charleston, SC. Our tours include the Savor the Flavors of Downtown Charleston tour, the Savor the Flavors of Upper King Street tour, the Chef’s Kitchen tour and the Charleston Dessert tour.Lowcountry Food Charleston South Carolina

On the Savor the Flavors of Downtown Charleston tour and the Savor the Flavors of Upper King Street Tour we will take you through the streets of Charleston stopping at favorite local restaurants and sampling a wide array of Lowcountry favorites. Our fully licensed tour guides will inform you on the history of the city, the evolution of food in the Charleston area and the origins of some of our favorite foods.

On the Downtown tour, we will take you to French Quarter hot spots such as Another Broken Egg, Lowcountry Bistro, Cumberland Smokehouse, and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. On the Upper King Street tour, we visit trendy restaurants such as Vincent Chicco’s, Virginia’s on King, Smoke BBQ, and Cupcake. You will not leave either of these tours hungry! Typical tastings include grits, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, BBQ, she-crab soup, cornbread, red rice,

crab dip, chicken and dumplings, collard greens, crabcake sliders, jambalaya, praline, and much more. These tours are a great way to experience the city and provide a unique historical perspective. They also allow you to try several foods that you might not have ordered on your own.Lowcountry Burger Charleston South Carolina

The Chef’s Kitchen tour is a special behind the scenes tour geared for the culinary enthusiast. On this tour, you will visit several great restaurants, including Magnolia’s, where you will explore the history of the restaurant, learn about the chef’s approach to culinary excellence, have the menus interpreted by a pro, and get a close-up peek at just what it takes to produce those fabulous meals. The Charleston Kitchen Tour begins with coffee and artisan pastries at a local coffee shop, Welkin Coffee. This is an excellent option for those who want an in-depth look into the mind of a chef, however, it is not a sampling tour. Some samples may be provided but they are not always guaranteed.

If you prefer sweet over savory then join us as we visit the finest dessert places frequented by Charleston locals on the Charleston Dessert Tour. Indulge in samples from the culinary artisans that create these delectable treats, including coconut cake, pralines, truffles, pecan pie, petit fours, and more. Our guides will regale you with notes about 18th-century traditions and the history of desserts and spices in the Lowcountry including their origins and original uses.

At Charleston Food Tours, we have worked diligently to showcase the places and foods that give Charleston its character. Lowcountry cuisine is like no other and taking a tour with us will give you a deeper understanding historically as to why the food here is so unique. You have heard about what Charleston has to offer, now get out and experience it with us! Your taste buds will thank you.

**Please note that the restaurants and samples on each tour will vary daily.

New Upper King Street Pub Tour

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We are excited to announce our Upper King Street Pub Tour coming to the popular Upper King area of downtown Charleston. We couldn’t be happier to add this tour to our repertoire. The Upper King Street area has been taking the city by storm ever since more bars and restaurants started opening up there about 10 years ago. Now, this trendy portion of King Street is the place to be and be seen. So we can’t wait to take our customers on a tour of the cool, new establishments in the north part of town.

The Upper King Street Pub Tour will focus on Charleston’s seedy and sordid history. We’ll discuss prohibition, bootlegging and the old speakeasies. Learn about the sultry history of Charleston’s brothels and the city’s crime and torture while sipping on a craft beer or a glass of wine.

We’ll visit Charleston Beer Works, 492, Smoke BBQ and Prohibition. The tour will start on the front steps of the Charleston Visitors Center. The tour is from 4-6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and costs $25 (not including alcohol).

Charleston Beer Works has a laid back vibe focused on cold beer, good food and sports. This is a great place to meet and watch a Saturday football game in the fall. The beauty of 492 is definitely different from the atmosphere at Charleston Beer Works. This classic restaurant/bar has an upscale quality, yet maintains a friendly and welcoming environment. You’ll want to try a mixed drink here and maybe one of the delicious appetizers.

Next on the tour is Smoke BBQ with a hard rock décor theme and divine barbecue. The bar is comfortable and familiar – like you’ve been there a 100 times even if it’s your first visit. Lastly, Prohibition is a great place to talk about, well, prohibition, of course. The selection at Prohibition is vast. This place has everything you could ask for in beer, cocktails and wine. Enjoy culinary delights and fine live music. The restaurant’s theme: Prohibition celebrates the bacchanalian decadence of the 1920s.

Join us on our new Upper King Street Pub Tour. Please book soon for your Friday or Saturday reservation at 4 p.m. Space is limited to just 12 people. Call 843-722-8687 or book your Upper King Street Pub Crawl online.

St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston

tommy-condons-st-patricks-dayGood ole St. Patrick’s Day is one day that doesn’t get overlooked in Charleston. Sure, there are plenty of parties and celebrations but check out these few that really know how to do it up right on March 17.

Of course, Tommy Condon’s comes to mind as one of the most popular Irish pubs in the city. Located at 160 Church St., this Charleston staple hosts a day-long celebration with lots of spirits flowing.

Molly Darcy’s is another great Irish spot in the heart of downtown. Located on East Bay Street near the corner of North Market Street, Molly Darcy’s celebrates with a bagpipe procession, and the patio is packed as people celebrate with music and Irish eats.

tommy-condons-st-patricks-day-2Mac’s Place on East Bay Street is another Irish hot spot many tourists and locals frequent. It is located on East Bay Street, right near the corner of South Market Street. Mac’s Place is a Chicago-inspired pub where the beer is flowing and the TVs are tuned to the NCAA basketball games.

Lastly, the tradition of Hibernian Hall cannot be missed on St. Patrick’s Day here in Charleston. Men decked out in tuxedos and green bow ties will celebrate the holiday in this elite society. The all-male members of the Hibernian Society were granted membership by having it passed down from generation to generation.

St. Patrick’s Day is definitely a great holiday to celebrate in the Holy City where the city is transformed into a sea of green!