You won't find a better sandwich in Charleston than the world-class sandwiches coming out of Persimmon Cafe. From the Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich to their Crab Sandwich, the place is overfilling with creativity. If you like a good grilled cheese, order up their Adult Grilled Cheese. With smoked gouda, green apple, cheddar and prosciutto, you can't go wrong with this menu item. The ambiance here is definitely informal. The space is shared with a laundromat, which may be a bit offsetting at first, but one bite into your meal and you won't think twice.
For great upscale American dining, plug Halls Chophouse into your GPS. The steak here is out of this world. The filet mignon is a crowd favorite along with the slow roasted prime rib. But if you're in the mood for something light, go with the Halls Chop Salad. Filled with bacon, celery, peppers, tomatoes and feta cheese, anybody can get behind this dish. The ambiance is a bit formal here. A live piano player, a beautiful interior and classy seating all give Halls a touch of elegance.
Five Loaves is Charleston's shining gem. Serving everything from gourmet seafood to homemade soups and sandwiches, there's al little something for everybody here. If seafood is your thing, you're in the right place. Go with the Honey Mustard Salmon, you will not be disappointed. But if you're looking for a quick bite to eat, their sandwiches will set you right. For something vegetarian, go with the Sweet Chili Eggplant Wrap with Thai peanut sauce. But if you're looking for something heavy, the Portobello Goat Cheese burger is a must-try.
Prohibition is one of Charleston's most upscale bars. Thanks to amazing food and specialty drinks, this place gives off a great speakeasy ambiance. While the bar is a little rustic, the food is anything but. Expect gourmet dishes from Prohibition, like their stone-ground gouda and grits or their smoked shrimp salad. For cocktails, be sure to look for changes in their "Hooch" section of the menu. However, staples are a great Moscow Mule and one of the best King Street Cobblers in the country.
While the drinks here are stunning, their food is just as savory. For a great appetizer with your cocktail, some beef jerky and homemade soft pretzels with Sriracha cheese sauce are perfect. But if you're looking for a great drink, this place won't let you down. Simply give the bartender two adjectives (e.g. "strong", "fizzy", "unusual"), and minutes later you'll have a perfect gin drink in your hands. They also have a fair share of speciality cocktails as well.
For breakfast in Charleston, the Early Bird is one of your best bets. The chicken and waffles are the crowd favorite here. With perfectly fried (and slightly greasy) chicken, it's easy to see why this dish is so popular. Another staple here is their Surf and Turf Pasta, which is great for dinner. But most come for the breakfast, so keep your eyes peeled for their signature eggs Benedict dishes. The ambiance here is quintessential breakfast diner: loads of natural lighting, a great waitstaff and comfortable bench seating.