What I Ate (And Saw! And Did!) This Week in Charleston & Savannah

By Kiersten | Last Updated: July 13, 2012

We just got back from a little jaunt to Charleston and Savannah. (Jaunt is such a fun word, isn’t it? It sounds so much ritzier than vacation.) The past several vacations we’ve taken have been planned around other things–family visits, house hunting, business trips, and conferences. So it was super nice to pick a place that we wanted to go and not have any obligations once we got there.

Charleston Collage
The downside of taking a vacation in July is the heat. Maybe heading further south wasn’t the best idea at this time of the year. By the time we got to Savannah, it cooled down to the mid-90s, but in Charleston, it was so hot that there were hardly any tourists out and about. Or maybe we were the only ones dumb enough to walk to everything when the heat index was 105 degrees. The highlight of Charleston was visiting a tea plantation on Wadmalaw Island. I’ll be posting about it next week!

Savannah Collage
I just adored Savannah and my husband wants to move there–I think he was only half-joking. We did a trolley tour of the city, which was nice because you could get on and off at different points of interest. Normally I don’t like that sort of thing because it’s hard to appreciate a city when you’re driving by all the sights, but the on-and-off part made it much more appealing.

I’m still a little bit terrified of bringing my good camera out with me. When I see other tourists with their expensive cameras dangling from worn out straps around their necks, it makes me nervous for them. So unfortunately, my food pictures didn’t turn out too great. But if you’re looking for vegetarian restaurants in Savannah or Charleston, here are some of the places we went:

What I Ate This Week Charleston & Savannah
Sesame Burgers and Beer [Charleston] // I got a massive black bean burger topped with shiitake mushrooms, grilled zucchini, caramelized onions, and a red wine reduction. They make their own ketchup here too!

Patat Spot [Charleston] // I would be super happy if one of these opened up around here. We went to Patat Spot twice–they sell fries and falafel, but the fries were my favorite part. The first time I got the Viva Italia, topped with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese and the second time, my husband and I split an order of fries with sate (peanut) sauce and Indonesian ketjup. And now I always want to eat fries with peanut sauce…

Saigon [Savannah] // We split a tempura eggplant appetizer and then my husband got a stir fry and I got a portabella curry dish. And then we had the leftovers for breakfast the next day.

Kayak Kafe [Savannah] // I got Tofu & Vegetable Quesadillas and my husband got Seared Tiger Tofu tacos. I’m totally going to try to replicate these at home.

Goose Feathers [Savannah] // This was right by our hotel, so we kind of had to get Peach Whoopie Pies for breakfast. We had no choice! None!

Thrive [Savannah] // Thrive is a little cafe that sells prepared foods to take home. We stopped here after going to the beach–we were too sandy and salty to go to a sit-down restaurant, so we brought our food back to the hotel.

And of course, I couldn’t go on vacation without doing some shopping (especially for kitchen stuff!). Among the highlights:

Shopping in Charleston & Savannah
The Salt Table [Savannah] // You can order from this store online! So you can buy crazy flavored salt too! I have no idea what I’m going to do with all this salt, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

The Paris Market [Savannah] // …where I found this strange big-eyed doll in the clearance section. Obviously, I had to buy it.

Savannah Bee Company [Charleston/Savannah] // I drink tea a few times a day and I always sweeten it with a little bit of honey. And Savannah Bee Company has honey made specifically for tea! But my favorite honey is the Winter White Honey. It’s thick and creamy, more spreadable than pourable. And it’s delicious!

Charleston Cooks! [Charleston] // I bought a few tools and props here, including these Le Creuset Mini Cocottes. They’re a special color made just for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.

The Spice & Tea Exchange [Savannah] // Okay, I really don’t know what I’m going to do with bamboo flavored rice, but I had to get it. Bamboo! Rice! It’s green!

Low Country Gourmet Foods [Savannah] // This was one of those oil and vinegar stores where you can taste all the products, and after much deliberation, we left with bottles of Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Honey Ginger Balsamic Vinegar.

…and then on the way home to North Carolina, we saw this:

South of the Border in Dillon, SC
Why yes, that is a giant sombrero on the side of the highway!

So tell me, do you buy food and cooking tools when you go on vacation too? Or am I completely alone in this?

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Um, that peach whoopie pie? Looks amazing. One of my favorite seasonal ones to make – though I spike mine with a little bourbon. 🙂 Gotta keep the TN/Southern flair, right?

Saving this for when The Husband + I venture over down that way sometime. Your eats all look like they were awesome!


I just told the Mr a few weeks ago I might be interested in going to Savannah and I got a blank stare. I’ll have to show him this and see if I can get him on board. I’d definitely have to wait until early Spring or late Fall because heat and I don’t mix well.

Yes, you should go there! We absolutely loved it. And if you do go, make sure you stay at the Studio Homes at Ellis Square–they’re (brand new!) converted condos and they’re really affordable too. No room service or amenities like that, but we don’t use those anyway and I loved having a washer & dryer, kitchen, and living room. And so many things are within walking distance from the hotel.

GIRL I just bookmarked that place! That is right up our alley!!! We always stay in condos or private homes when we travel and it looks like its centrally located too. The fact it has a personal recommendation is that much better. Thanks!!

We have stayed at a LOT of hotels over the years and this is without a doubt the best one we’ve stayed at. It was about $150 a night, so much cheaper than most of the other hotels in the area. It really felt like home, not a hotel, and because it’s so new, it was absolutely immaculate.

Thank you for sharing this trip…these are the two places I have always wanted to go! Love the kitchen stuff you purchased. Yes, my husband and I both look for neat cooking accessories anywhere we go.

We’re lucky that now we live within driving distance to so many great cities. When we lived in Wisconsin, we could drive to Chicago or Milwaukee and that was about it. 🙂

South of the Border is so kitschy–love it! We vacation down on Pawley’s Island every other year or so, and we always have to stop there on the way down. I would love to go to Charleston and Savannah someday as well!

I love kitsch, so the gazillion billboards we saw all along the highway persuaded me that we had to stop there for lunch, but then I looked at reviews on TripAdvisor and thought better of it. 😉 Maybe next time we will stop there, but probably not to eat!

Yeah, we used to drive to Disney World from NY when I was little, and I loved all of the billboards. I wouldn’t eat there either. We just look in the shops, which have the tackiest souvenirs I’ve seen since visiting the Eiffel Tower 🙂

The sombrero made me giggle. What a beautiful, colorful set of meals you had! I hope it was a wonderful trip! Your “what I ate this week” is inspiring me to start a “what I cooked this weekend” series. Today I made sauteed beets, crab/grape/dill salad, homemade meatballs (with fresh parsley, basil and oregano from the garden) and a parsley hummus (note to self – fresh garlic should be used in moderation in humus – spicy!)

It was a great trip–have you been to Savannah before? We’re already planning for when we can go back. 🙂 I love your what I cooked this weekend idea! And I’ve made the same mistake with fresh garlic. A while ago, I made pasta sauce and forgot to put the garlic in, so I threw it in after everything was finished cooking. BIG mistake.

We’ve been to the beaches around Savannah – but not much time in the city itself. It isn’t that far of a drive for us, but probably a bit far for a 4 year old to handle over a long weekend 🙂 We usually go for the week!

We went to the beach on Tybee Island–so pretty! And not too crowded either. Someday when my husband and I are millionaires, we’ll buy a second house there. 🙂

I almost squealed when I saw the mini cocottes! Such a pretty color. I don’t usually buy cooking stuff on vacation, often because I’m traveling by plane, train or bus and it would be a hassle.

I’m a sucker for yellow, so I had to get them. Now I have to figure out what to do with them! When we’re flying, I usually leave a little room in my suitcase for souvenirs, but this was a road trip so I was only limited by how much could fit in our car. 😉

Looks like a great trip! All the food sounds amazing, I hope you’re able to recreate some of it for your blog so we can get some recipes! 🙂 I don’t usually buy any food or cooking tools when I travel because I can never fit it in my suitcase, but I guess when you’re driving it gives you a lot more freedom to buy things, so it’s good you took advantage of that!

I really want to try to make Indonesian ketjup–that’s going to be my first attempted re-creation. Maybe if I harass the restaurant enough, they’ll give me the recipe. 🙂 I’ve found other recipes online, but I suspect that the one we had was different…

I’ve been wanting Le Creuset cocottes for a while, so when I saw them in that pretty pale yellow (and saw that they were only available in Charleston!), I had to buy them.

Sounds like a nice relaxing vacation! All that food looks so good, especially the quesadillas, and I like the sounds of those fries with peanut sauce too! I think buying local food and delicacies is a good idea when travelling, although for me I have to be careful in what I bring back when I go out of the country because of customs rules, so I usually stick to small things like spices.

Oh, I could never figure out the whole customs thing when traveling overseas! So usually I’d just bring back tons and tons of candy, which always seems to work out. 😉

Thanks for the shout out!!! I am thrilled you loved our friet. Did you try the falafel? It really is delcious and the toppings bar really makes it. You get to put whatever you want on the Falafel Pita or in your salad bowl. all fresh and we are a local co too. I would love to open one near you!! I also wanted to make sure people know that when they come to Charleston they should stroll the College of Charleston Campus. You enter on George St (right down the road from Patat Spot Friet & Falafel) and you can see some of the oldest prettiest buildings. It is a public college so you can stroll under the ancient Oaks for some shade from that CHS heat :o)
Thanks again for mentioning our little spot and we hope to see you again soon.
Peace Love Falafel
Patat Spot

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 We loved your falafel too, but the fries were most definitely my favorite–my husband and I are still talking about them! (Not to mention craving them!) Any chance you’d be willing to share your Indonesian ketjup recipe? 😉

Next time we’re in Charleston, we’ll check out the campus–wish I knew about that when we were there and getting heat stroke from the 100 degree temps and sun! And we will definitely be eating at Patat Spot again too. Thanks for being awesome and delicious (and veg-friendly).

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