Vegetarian Travel: Charleston, SC

 

Whewwww what a whirlwind week (ish) it’s been!! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably been very confused by the amount of destinations I’ve photographed and shared in the past week and a half (3 different cities to be exact). There’s a solid explanation, I promise— but let’s first rewind back to Christmas of LAST year, 2014.

My fiancé, Nate, and I had this brilliant idea of bringing both our families together for Christmas of 2015 in the magical world of Disney! Our families live on opposite ends of the country, so they haven’t had a chance to spend quality time together— and with the big wedding coming up in October, why not start that bonding a bit earlier?!? Nothing can go wrong when Mickey is involved, right?!?

So we got all our family members on board, booked flights, loaded up cars, and everyone made the trek to Orlando from 6 different cities across the US. That was magic in itself! Nate and I decided to turn it into a little road trip since we’ve been dying to explore a few picturesque southern cities for a while. On our way down we did a quick 20-hour stay in Charleston, SC— which brings you up to date for today’s post!

 

Vegetarian Travel: Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

We started our trip with food (no surprise) at this incredible little vegetarian joint I’ve been eying up ever since I saw it featured on the Food Network. Dellz Uptown is located off the beaten path, about 5 minutes from King Street in historic Charleston. It’s actually in a very residential area, so most of the people that frequent this gem are locals and crazy-internet-foodie-planners (like me haha). We walked in around noon on Christmas Eve, ready to get our eat on!

Dellz is that perfect hippy-hole-in-the-wall cafe, smelling of incense and fresh herbs from the second you walk in the door. The menu is packed with mouth-watering vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options— as well as a few meat-friendly dishes for your carnivore friends. It took us a WHILE to decide what we wanted to eat, especially when we saw some seriously decadent vegan and gluten free pizzas brought to the table near us.

Nate ultimately decided on the My Thai Bowl, loaded up with coconut-lime rice, tempeh sausage, fresh zucchini and squash, ginger, rice noodles, and of course, a delicious house-made Thai sauce.  I ordered a huge Veggie Wrap, filled to the brim with avocado, portobellos, peppers, romaine, tomatoes, and the most incredible goddess sauce/dressing I’ve ever tasted (both pictured below)! It’s definitely one of the BEST veggie wraps I’ve ever had— and I’ve had a lot of veggie wraps in my vegetarian days 😉

 

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

After our lunch adventure, we checked into our hotel right on King Street in historic Charleston and took a long walk along the water, gawking over all the stunning mansions and brightly colored houses. Here’s a few of my favorite pics from our stroll— but I swear they don’t even come close to doing this place justice.

 

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

After a long walk through the city, we ended our evening with an incredibly unique Christmas Eve feast! Like all foodies, I had been researching restaurants in Charleston for a while to find something special for our evening— which can be hard to do for {mostly} vegetarians. We do eat seafood about once a week, and I knew Charleston’s reputation for their fresh fish, so we jumped at the chance to try what we’d been hearing so much about!

I finally stumbled upon R Kitchen, a quaint-little restaurant off the beaten path that only does 3 dinner seatings per night, each which serve only 12-15 people. Aka make reservations in advance. Oh, and there’s only one menu— a 5-course chef’s tasting menu that just so happens to change nightly, based on whatever looked good that the market that morning. Ohhh I was hooked! When I called to make reservations, the staff was super friendly and happy to cater to our pescatarian needs. They also make accommodations for vegans and other food allergies, which I was so excited to hear.

Now— onto our experience! The first course was a baby arugula salad with brown butter pistachios and herb vinaigrette. Delish (so delish I forgot to photograph it). Next was a super creamy roasted tomato soup— ohhmyyygoodnesss this was the MOST flavorful tomato soup I’ve ever had! After the soup course, we were served a decadent shrimp scampi, topped with luscious pesto. I’m not a huge shrimp fan, but I scarfed this down with no problem!

 

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

For our fourth course, we were supposed to have pork and beans, but they substituted out a crispy red snapper fish instead of the pork. Both the fish and the beans were extremely flavorful and were unlike anything I’ve ever had before! You could tell those beans had been given lots of love— they literally melted in your mouth. Last, we ended the night out with a spice crusted salmon over butter bean potato mash and greens. This miiighttt be my favorite course of the evening since I’ve never had a more perfectly cooked piece of fish, well, ever! And that butter bean potato mash… I could eat that stuff all night long.

If you’re ever in the Charleston area, I can’t recommend R Kitchen enough to you! It was such a unique dining experience and is very reasonably priced (especially for the amount of courses involved). Make sure you let them know if you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies— they were more than happy to accommodate any needs!

Check back over the next few weeks for some more travel and dining posts from our Orlando and Savannah trips! Have a wonderful Monday everyone 🙂

Christmas in Charleston // pumpkin & peanut butter

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

6 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, it looks like this trip was SO much fun. R Kitchen sounds amazing!! I’ve heard from multiple sources that Charleston is really amazing so this just reaffirms that I need to plan a trip out there 🙂

    • It’s SUCH a beautiful city! Perfect for a relaxing long weekend. We’re already planning our next trip back 🙂

  2. Ok, so I bookmarked this post months ago and now I’m circling back around because we’re getting ready to go to Charleston. I’ve been trying to get a reservation for R Kitchen but I can’t get them to answer the phone or respond to my text. Any tips or tricks? How did you get in? Thanks in advance!

    • Hmmmm I actually didn’t have a problem getting ahold of them. I called them in the late morning— I think around 11 am— and that seemed to work. Hope you’re able to get ahold of them because this restaurant is AMAZING!!

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