Eating Charleston: The Darling Oyster Bar

As a food lover, I have been dying to visit Charleston, South Carolina to check out the incredible culinary scene and of course, explore the city.

When in a seaside town like Charleston, you can’t NOT eat seafood.  It is just not right.  While there are many of places (delicious places!) to eat seafood, I would highly recommend putting The Darling Oyster Bar on the very top of your list.  Located right in the heart of King Street, The Darling Oyster Bar brings life to an old historic store front.  The inside has been completely redone but still resembles a classic establishment.  Inside, there is a beautiful full service bar, a raw bar where you can get up close and person with the people shucking your oysters, or get a bit of privacy in a leather banquet.  The combination of the exposed brick walls and the black and white tile floors give this restaurant a really cool and classy vibe.

But back to the food- shall we?  There was really nothing on this menu that I didn’t want to put in my mouth ASAP.  We went for brunch, and the menu was slightly different from their main menu, however the raw bar menu remained the same.  Legitimately everything on the brunch menu looked unreal but we decided to go more of the seafood route instead of the brunch route…

The absolute star of the show were their Bloody Mary’s.  DO. NOT. MISS. The Bloody Mary’s!!  While you can get a normal Bloody Mary, I would definitely recommend add at least a King Crab Leg to the mix.  How often is it that you can drink your brunch?

The Captain- Bloody Mary with shrimp, hushpuppy, King Crab leg, and a lobster claw.

 Next, from the raw bar we split a dozen raw oysters, going with the servers recommendation and the full fry basket- because we had yet to try fried fish in Charleston.  The oysters were delicious and the fry was incredible (and incredibly filling…)

Fry basket- shrimp, flounder, oysters with hand cut fries, kale slaw, cocktail and tartar sauce

I cannot sing The Darling Oyster Bar’s praises enough and will say that this is a spot that cannot be missed next time you visit Charleston!

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