After a long run, ride, or surf session, most people are extremely hungry, and it just so happens that Charleston is home to some epic entrees. With the sheer amount (and variety) of restaurants in such a small area, it can be a little intimidating trying to choose where to eat around here, even for locals. After a long day of adventure, you don't want to expend needless calories just thinking about where to find calories.
So here is a list of some of our favorite recovery meals in Charleston, dishes that stand out among the densely concentrated dining options in the Holy City. All of these dishes are distinctly delicious and leave you feeling satisfied no matter how long or strenuous your Lowcountry adventure was.
1. Fish Tacos from 167 Raw
Arguably the best tacos in town, 167 Raw never disappoints. The fish, the type of which changes daily depending on the market, is always fresh, as are the rest of the ingredients. The fish tacos are simple recovery food at its finest. And the rest of the menu at 167 Raw is just as impressive, from their oysters to the lobster roll.
2. The Buckboard Bacon BLT from Artisan Meat Share
The Artisan Meat Share is like stepping into a butcher shop in some small village in Europe. The sights and smells you experience upon entering this wonderful place are enough to bring a grown man to his knees. By far some of the best meats and cheeses you'll find in the city, Artisan Meat Share made a name for itself almost immediately upon opening its doors last year. The quality of their ingredients is obvious as soon as you take your first chomp out of this sandwich. Buckboard bacon, fresh lettuce, tomato, and garlic aioli on toast is about as good as it gets. You can feel the protein surging through your body, replenishing your muscles after a lengthy workout.
3. The Mezza Plate from Butcher & Bee
Butcher & Bee sets the bar high for restaurants in Charleston. Their standard seems to be a little higher than the rest, and it shows through the dishes they create. B&B sources the majority of their ingredients from local planters, have an ever changing menu based on what's growing, and produce food that will blow your mind. The catch? They're only open daily for lunch, Thursday nights for dinner, and Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. for late night. If you're lucky enough to catch them when they're open after a workout, order the mezza plate. Falafel, hummus, sunchokes, pickled veggies, beets, pita, and avocado toast all packed onto a plate will surely fill your tank back up.
4. The Turkey Goddess from Dell'z Deli
Dell'z has something of a cult following here in the city. Their two locations on Cannon Street and the corner of the crosstown and Rutledge Ave. look like hole-in-the-wall Jamaican dive bars, with their Rasta-inspired window paint. Inside you'll find the friendliest people in Charleston making veggie and meat wraps that will have you coming back for more. The Turkey Goddess is filled with sliced turkey, tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, jalapeños, cheese, fresh field greens, and the reason why everyone in town has been to Dell'z: Goddess Sauce. No one knows for sure what's in it, but think of a tahini, soy based sauce somewhere in between the consistency of gravy and vinaigrette. It's like tasting liquid gold.
5. Penne Pasta with Vodka Sauce from Monza
This plate is simple, filling, and incredibly delicious. Penne pasta with chunks of fresh, melty mozzarella, fresh herbs, and the best vodka sauce you've ever tasted. Add chicken to send it over the edge. Monza is home to some outstanding pizza and pasta dishes, not to mention they have a strong local beer selection. Located on King Street, Monza is a great place to get tasty carbohydrates and have a couple of brews without putting your fancy clothes on. Perfect for a post-workout meal.