Date Night Ideas

New date night restaurant recommendation

In anticipation of an upcoming trip to France, I’ve been intrigued with all things French. So when a friend recommend the very quaint Gaulart & Maliclet (Fast and French) in downtown Charleston, I couldn’t have been happier to try it. This off-the-beaten-path eatery is delightful! Dining is a communal event, as the seating is bar-style throughout the place. The wait staff is friendly, down-to-earth, and happy to stop and chat about things on and off the menu.

There are savory items on the menu such as croissants, baguettes, and croques. The soups are delicious. The various types of fondue are amazing, including chocolate fondue for dessert. The house-made cakes and tarts are delectable. There are a wide variety of vegetarian and omnivore options for all tastes. Nightly specials keep guests coming back time and time again.

Breakfast is served starting at 8am, lunch starts at 11am, and dinner starts at 6pm. No matter what time of day, you can enjoy dishes that please your palate as well as your pocket. Prices are very reasonable in this establishment. My husband and I enjoyed croissant sandwiches for dinner one evening, and complete with drinks and desserts, our total bill was $30! This is unheard of for dinner in downtown Charleston! As if all of these things weren’t delightful enough, this is a “tip included” establishment. The price on the menu is the price you will pay, taxes and tip already included. You can tip additionally if you want, but it is not expected nor encouraged.

My husband and I enjoyed this place so much, we were there three times within a span of two weeks! We highly recommend it, not only for the food, but for the welcoming ambiance. We wanted to keep this place all to ourselves, but it’s too good not to share. Bon appetit!

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We recommend you run, not walk, to your nearest MOD Pizza. We recently tried It and were delighted at the light, yet filling fare that didn’t cost an arm and a leg! You choose the size and whatever ingredients you want, and they’ll make it right there in front of you. Then your pizza goes into an open fire oven for a few minutes, and soon the deliciousness is at your table. We split a pizza, a salad, and ordered the fancy bottled sodas and ate for less than $20. Definitely a “two thumbs up” from us for MOD Pizza!

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We live in Charleston, South Carolina, so our recommendations are mostly centered around our area.

Many of our dates focus around dinner. If you try these places, let us know what you thought! Feel free to send us your ideas as well!

Here are our top picks…

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Fiore’s Pizza and Grinders: 3642 Savannah Hwy, Johns Island, SC. We LOVE the loaded baked potato pizza and the margherita pizza – both amazing!

Fire Street Food: 293 King St., Charleston, SC. A small place along the main strip with a surprisingly wide variety of food. We love the Pad Thai and the California Rolls. But there are sandwiches and other things too. The bubble tea is awesome too!

Wild Wings Cafe: 7618 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, SC. It’s just good. Lots of options. Live music some nights.

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Cane Rhum Bar: 251 East Bay St., Charleston, SC. Such a neat little place downtown off of Market Street! Live music some nights, and great atmosphere. The small plates are just the right portions if you’re not too hungry.

Poe’s Tavern: 2210 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. A very busy place, and it’s first come, first served, so depending on when you go, you might have to wait a while for a table. But it’s very good grub, and just a fun place to hang out. Everything Edgar Allan Poe.

Red Orchids China Bistro: 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC. Another great Asian restaurant, so many great options! And the icing on the cake is their homemade ice cream in incredible flavors, including honey bourbon!

Taste of Thai: 874 Orleans Rd., Charleston, SC. Thai food is my absolute favorite, so I have only good things to say about this place! Replace any meat with tofu if you’re into that. My favorites are Basil Tofu and also Chicken or Tofu Pad Thai.

The Loophole: 2817 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC. Great options including wings, salads, and sandwiches, but the real reason I love this place is for the sushi! Ladies’ night on Wednesdays, along with the occasional wine and canvas evenings make this a fun place to eat.

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82 Queen: 82 Queen St., Charleston, SC. This is my favorite restaurant in Charleston. The food is really, really good (they served brussel sprouts that were so good, my husband and I wanted seconds of those!). The atmosphere inside the old historic home is so “Charleston,” and dining on the back patio on cool evenings is also a delight.

Angel Oak Restaurant: 3669 Savannah Hwy., Johns Island, SC. Such a quaint little place, and such good Southern food! Your drink will be served in a mason jar, and your table may be decorated with beautiful wild flowers. The honey-drizzled chicken is best!

Eli’s Table: 129 Meeting St., Charleston, SC. A really quaint restaurant downtown with amazing food! I am in love with their fried green tomatoes appetizer.

High Cotton: 199 E. Bay St., Charleston, SC. Just a lovely, Southern-style restaurant with wonderful down-home cooking.

Leyla’s Fine Lebanese Cuisine: 298 King St., Charleston, SC. Oh. My. Goodness. If you love Mediterranean food, it doesn’t get more authentic than this. The Shawerma is to die for. The owners are very friendly, and will explain the dishes as well as recommend things for you to try. The baklava topped with pistachio ice cream is amazing.

Magnolia’s: 185 E. Bay St. Charleston, SC. I love this place – the food, the atmosphere, it has it all!

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Circa 1886: 149 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC. We don’t usually dine at restaurants this pricey, but one day we decided to check it out. It was worth every penny. We were treated like royalty! Never been treated better anywhere. We ordered a couple of courses, but the chef kept sending out samples of other things for us to try. We ended up eating like a seven-course meal. The server explained everything we were offered, and was very attentive throughout the evening. If you really want to splurge for some very fine dining, this is the place to go!

DESSERTS:

Cupcake Down South: 433 King St., Charleston, SC. Just YUM. Lots of different flavors, different ones every day, and gluten-free options.

Carmella’s: 198 E. Bay St., Charleston, SC. This is my favorite place to go if I’m just hanging out downtown. Many dessert options are available to choose from, as well as a variety of drinks and coffees, and even sandwiches and small plates. Very open and airy, and a great place to people-watch.

Kaminsky’s: 78 N. Market St., Charleston, SC. If you’re from Charleston, you have probably heard of Kaminsky’s. The desserts are amazing. So amazing, in fact, that you may have to wait outside for a table because the place is so small and yet so popular, people line up outside to have the opportunity to sit for a spell.

Sugar Bakeshop: 59 Cannon St., Charleston, SC. Such a cute, tiny place, and the desserts are to die for!

Yum Yum Yogurt: 3642 Savannah Hwy., Johns Island, SC. Soft-serve, self-serve frozen yogurt – so good!



Things to do…

See a play at the Dock Street Theatre . . . http://www.charlestonstage.com

Go hear some comedy at Theatre 99 . . . http://www.theatre99.com

Go to a show or a concert at North Charleston Performing Arts Center . . . http://www.northcharlestoncolisumpac.com

Take a Charleston Harbor Dinner Cruise . . . http://www.charlestonharbortours.com

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride . . . http://www.charlestoncvb.com/plan-your-trip/tours-attractions~204/carriage-tours~1151/

Visit Fort Sumter . . . http://www.fortsumtertours.com

Take a Water Taxi ride . . . http://www.charlestonwatertaxi.com

Visit Waterfront Park . . . http://www.sciway.net

Visit Folly Beach . . . http://www.follybeach.net

Visit the Morris Island Lighthouse at Folly Beach . . . http://www.nps.gov/maritime/

Visit Sullivan’s Island . . . http://www.sullivansisland-sc.com/

Visit Isle of Palms . . . http://www.iop.net

Go to a Stingrays Hockey game . . . http://www.stingrayshockey.com

Go to a Riverdogs Baseball game . . . http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t233

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