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ch ch ch charleston, part 2

yesterday i posted some of my favorite wedding venues in charleston, south carolina. today, i'm back with my favorite culinary destinations around town that are great for weddings, rehearsal dinners, sunday brunches, or just a romantic dinner por deux!

where to eat, drink, be merry: mccrady's: this is fabulous spot to host your rehearsal dinner (just like these two did). The wine and food are amazing, and the building is listed as a national landmark.

husk restaurant: be a trend-setter by hitting up this new spot in town (and a sister to mccrady's). everything on the menu is prepared using 100 percent local ingredients, and the guys can head over to the whiskey bar next door when the convo takes a girly turn.

fig: short for food is good, this place specializes in local, seasonal food. i was smitten with the tastiness of everything, including the cocktails -- they have a "make your own" manhattan bar. plus, their menus and paper goods are local too—designed by stitch design co.

high cotton: the different rooms here hold between 15 and 80 people and welcome you into the warm space, located on a great corner of broad street. and the lowcountry cuisine keeps you there. it's a great place to try pork belly if you haven't already.

planters inn & peninsula grill... like coconut? order chef robert carter's famous "ultimate coconut cake" or get married at the hotel and serve it as your wedding cake. you can order one every year for your anniversary, since they ship!

caviar & bananas... If you're getting married in town and need a caterer, put these guys at the top of your list. if you're in town and hungry, stop by. part catering kitchen, part café, part event space, and part store, your stomach will thank you.

fish restaurant... four words: goat cheese spring rolls. chef nico romo infused the menu with regional french cuisine, and overall yumminess. if you're in the area (upper king street) and feeling peckish around lunch time, swing in for their special and order a moo shu wrap.

misc get the heritage passport so you can visit all of the old homes and sights.

visit drayton hall. yes, in the past they hosted wedding (like this one), but due to preservation it's no longer available as a venue. but visit it nonetheless.

get pampered! guys, go to old south barber spa. girls, head to the cos bar.

looking to get spoiled? head to crogan's jewelbox for jewelry, estate silver, and other sparkling treasures.

yeah, it's kinda cheesy, but it makes more sense in charleston than new york city: take a guided tour of the city on a horse-drawn carriage, like with palmetto carriage company.

or travel by foot. i'd suggest walking as much of king street as possible. from the battery at the bottom, by all of the old homes, through the main shopping strip, and up to the growing design district of upper king.