Charleston Food Tours
Charleston Food & Wine Tour
Join us on a 7-hour Charleston Food and Wine tour. Hop on our one-of-a-kind Charleston limo party buses for some good wine, amazing food, and an unforgettably epic excursion. We’ll visit the Lowcountry’s majestic Angel Oak Tree, followed by a wine tasting and a hand-crafted seasonal charcuterie board.
Bourbon, Beer, & BBQ Tour
Acquire first-hand experience of the phrase "liquor before beer, you're in the clear!" Your group will experience a Charleston Distillery Tour and Tasting, a Brewery stop for a pint or flight of beer, and time to indulge in some local Charleston BBQ. Beware - This is not an educational tour.
Countryside Wine & Shop
Get out of the hustle of downtown and come along with us for a beautiful day in the countryside. This tour includes wine, charcuterie, and best of all, shopping. Explore and enjoy Johns Island as we stop by the historical and majestic Angel Oak Tree for the perfect photo opportunity.
Celebrity Chef Experience
Whether you're craving a taste of the South or an international culinary adventure, rest assured that we will surpass your wildest expectations. Get ready to indulge in a catering and culinary journey that goes above and beyond, leaving you and your girls with unforgettable memories.
Charleston, South Carolina, is a city that tantalizes the taste buds with its rich culinary heritage, diverse culinary scene, and a unique blend of Southern flavors. Renowned for its historic charm, cobblestone streets, and antebellum architecture, Charleston's food and drink offerings are as vibrant and varied as the city itself. From traditional Lowcountry cuisine to innovative culinary creations, Charleston is a gastronomic paradise that beckons both locals and visitors alike.
One cannot delve into the culinary landscape of Charleston without exploring the essence of Lowcountry cuisine. Rooted in the traditions of the region, Lowcountry cuisine is a celebration of fresh, local ingredients and a harmonious blend of influences, including African, European, and Caribbean flavors. At the heart of many iconic dishes is the holy trinity of Southern cooking: rice, grits, and seafood. These elements, along with an abundance of fresh produce, have given rise to a distinctive culinary identity that defines Charleston's food culture.
A quintessential dish that embodies the spirit of Lowcountry cuisine is shrimp and grits. This beloved classic features plump, succulent shrimp nestled on a bed of creamy stone-ground grits, often enriched with a flavorful gravy or sauce. Variations abound, with chefs adding their unique twists, such as incorporating smoked sausage, bacon, or exotic spices. Whether enjoyed in a casual diner or an upscale restaurant, shrimp and grits is a dish that captures the essence of Charleston's culinary traditions.
Another staple of Lowcountry cuisine is she-crab soup. Originating from Charleston, this velvety soup is a delectable blend of crabmeat, crab roe, cream, and a touch of sherry. Served hot, she-crab soup is a comforting and indulgent dish that pays homage to the bountiful seafood found in the surrounding waters. It is often accompanied by a dash of hot sauce for those who crave a bit of heat, adding another layer of complexity to this timeless favorite. Experience our Celebrity Chef offerings to capture these traditional southern flavors.
Charleston's culinary scene, however, is not confined to tradition alone. The city has also embraced innovation and creativity, giving rise to a vibrant food culture that fuses the old with the new. Modern Southern cuisine, characterized by inventive combinations and a focus on seasonal, local ingredients, has found a welcoming home in Charleston's kitchens.Local chefs, many of whom are celebrated nationally, have taken Southern staples and elevated them to new heights. Diners can expect dishes that honor the roots of Southern cuisine while pushing boundaries and challenging expectations.
Take one of our favorites, Lewis BBQ, as a top-notch example of this new flare. Here, you’ll find a culinary haven that beckons both barbecue enthusiasts and casual diners alike. Founded by Texas pitmaster John Lewis, this smokehouse is a temple to the art of slow-cooked, wood-smoked meats. Lewis, known for his expertise in the barbecue craft, brings a touch of Texas to the Lowcountry, creating a barbecue experience that stands out in Charleston's vibrant food scene
The heart of Lewis Barbecue lies in its massive custom-built smokers, affectionately named "Big Red" and "Little Red." These towering smoke-spewing behemoths are a testament to the commitment to authenticity and flavor. Guests can witness the mesmerizing dance of smoke and meat as they await their turn in the pit, ensuring that each bite is infused with the rich, smoky essence that defines true barbecue. On our BBQ tours, we’ll take you through the genius of the smokehouse. Prepare your sense of smell for this experience!
The menu at Lewis Barbecue is a carnivore's dream, featuring a tantalizing array of meats, from brisket and ribs to sausage and pulled pork. Diners can indulge in platters of perfectly smoked meats, served with classic Southern sides like coleslaw and baked beans. The barbecue joint's laid-back, communal atmosphere complements the indulgent fare, creating an experience that is as much about community as it is about exceptional food. With its authentic Texas barbecue roots and a touch of Southern hospitality, Lewis Barbecue stands as a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable barbecue experience in Charleston. Your taste buds will certainly thank you when we present the best of the best from Lewis on our BBQ tours - VIP style!
Charleston's culinary prowess extends beyond its savory offerings to a thriving dessert scene. One iconic treat that has captured the hearts of locals and tourists alike is the benne wafers. These thin, crispy cookies are made with toasted sesame seeds, a nod to the African influence on Lowcountry cuisine. With a delicate nutty flavor, benne wafers are both a sweet indulgence and a cultural touchstone, representing the diverse culinary heritage of Charleston. You can find some in the Charleston City Market when we take you on your Charleston SC sightseeing tour!
As much as Charleston is celebrated for its food, its libations also play a significant role in shaping the city's identity. The craft beer scene, in particular, has experienced a renaissance in recent years. Local breweries, such as Revelry Brewing Company and Holy City Brewing, have gained recognition for their innovative brews and commitment to quality. Whether sipping a hoppy IPA or a smooth porter, beer enthusiasts will find plenty to savor in Charleston's burgeoning craft beer scene. We’ll help find the perfect pairing during your Charleston Culinary Tour!
Of course, no exploration of Charleston's drink scene would be complete without mentioning its historic ties to sweet tea. A quintessential Southern beverage, sweet tea is more than just a refreshing drink; it's a cultural institution. In Charleston, you'll find sweet tea served in restaurants, cafes, and even on front porches as a welcoming gesture. The perfect balance of strong brewed tea and just the right amount of sugar, sweet tea embodies the gracious hospitality for which the South is known. Add Firefly Distillery’s “Sweet Tea Vodka” to your cup for an extra splash of fun!
That being said, Charleston's cocktail scene is equally as impressive. The city boasts an array of craft cocktail bars where skilled mixologists concoct inventive drinks using locally sourced ingredients. From classic concoctions to contemporary creations, the cocktail menus in Charleston reflect the city's commitment to excellence and creativity.
The historic charm of Charleston is also reflected in its bar scene, with many establishments housed in centuries-old buildings that exude character and charm. Whether you find yourself in a sophisticated rooftop bar overlooking the city or a cozy tavern with exposed brick walls, the ambiance of Charleston's bars adds an extra layer of enjoyment to the imbibing experience.
Charleston's culinary and beverage offerings are not confined to traditional restaurants and bars alone. The city's farmers' markets, food festivals, and culinary events are vibrant expressions of its commitment to celebrating good food and drink. The Charleston Wine + Food Festival, held annually, is a highlight for food enthusiasts, bringing together local and national chefs, winemakers, and culinary experts for a celebration of the region's rich gastronomic heritage. Our limo buses would be the perfect fit to take you to and from the event safely!
Come visit, and book your Charleston food tour with the best to draw testament to the rich tapestry of Southern cuisine and hospitality. From the comforting embrace of traditional Lowcountry dishes, to the bold innovations of modern Southern fare, Charleston's food scene is a dynamic reflection of its cultural heritage and culinary evolution. Whether you find yourself savoring a bowl of she-crab soup with our Private Celebrity Chef, or exploring the latest craft brews in a Bourbon, Beer, and BBQ tour, the flavors of Charleston are sure to leave an indelible mark on your culinary journey.