If you aren’t local, you might not be aware of one of Charleston’s hidden culinary gems, Carolina’s, located a half a block off Rainbow Row on Exchange Street. The building itself dates back to Revolutionary times and the restaurant pays homage to their predecessor, Perdita’s, which opened in 1953.
Carolina’s is known for their contemporary take on traditional Lowcountry cuisine and has been a staple in the rounds of local foodies. They strive to use as many local ingredients as possible, including produce from their own farm and seafood from the local fisheries. Whether it’s a quick bite for lunch or a gourmet meal you’re looking for, Carolina’s will certainly have menu options to please any palate.
Chef Jill Mathias, one of only two female executive chefs in Charleston, hails from the Scandinavian influenced border of North Dakota and Minnesota. She is known for her ability to well-compose a dish with three or four themes intertwined, rather than focusing on one hunk of meat or fish. Within her diversity, lies a clean line of simplicity. She is known for her Pan Seared Scallop with Parsnip Pistachio Mostarda and Onion Gastrique. Looking for something more traditional to Charleston? If so, you can’t leave the restaurant without trying the shrimp and grits!
Carolina’s has been mentioned in the New York Times and Golf Digest, among many other great publications. They have a great happy hour that is offered from 5 to 7pm Monday through Friday. They feature half price glass of wine, $4 house liquor and half price bar menu.