Head south for Lowcountry fare and Gullah-Geechee cuisine
You’re probably already familiar with many South Carolinian dishes (think shrimp and grits, collard greens, okra, rice and peas, smoked meats), but Charleston’s food scene is an ever-evolving gastronomic experience. Gullah-Geechee cuisine – a fusion of dishes and cooking styles originally created by the West African communities enslaved and brought to America – helped shape Charleston’s (and much of the American South’s) palate. It’s the best of slow cooking, with simmering pots of fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, stewed greens and heirloom tomatoes, seafood boils, okra soup, and other mouthwatering, one-pot dishes like purloo (typically made with sausage, shellfish and vegetables). Stay in The Dewberry hotel in the heart of Downtown Charleston and enjoy doorstep access to lowcountry fare at the historic 82 Queen restaurant, She-Crab soup at Anson Restaurant, or the local catch of the day at Poogan’s Porch.