Last Summer when I was in Charleston I heard rumor of a place named The Darling Oyster Bar. Being a curator of “Darling” myself, I had to put it on my to-visit list for my trip. One glance at their website and brunch menu, and I knew it would be love at first sight. Joie Blouse (last season) similar here and here || White shorts || Sandals (similar) || Handbag (similar) || Sunglasses || Julie Vos Pendant || Tassel Earrings
This North King street restaurant may be a hike from the shops in the heart of downtown, but it’sworth the walk even if just for a glimpse of it’s gorgeous teal and white facade. If the outside is any indication of what’s inside, you’re going to want to steal inside for a glimpse- and possibly stay for some of the freshest seafood in town.
Their raw bar enables 14 guests to sit and watch as their oysters get shucked and plated right in front of their eyes while busy King street bustles by outside the large windows illuminating the area. But the regular bar is a great place to enjoy a crafted tincture ranging from the classic and refreshing Paloma to a fun oyster shooter complete with the bay’s finest catch.
When we went for brunch I opted for the over-the-top bloody mary complete with lobster claw, hushpuppy skewer and lobster claw cracker to accompany my lobster roll that I chose over my typical #putaneggonit breakfast concoction. Even though my brunch came with fries, the overall meal was light and filling, enabling me to stroll through the streets of Charleston without being weighed down from that morning’s culinary decisions.
The interior is fun and welcoming. With large tufted booths in rich jade circling the edges of the restaurant, the decor nods it’s head to nautical without being full on crab-shack. An elegant place for pre-dinner drinks or closing the bar down, it’s a perfect place to grab a meal and escape the heat of summer.
Sadly, when I went they were out of matchbooks, but that just means when I return in a couple of weeks I will have to pop by for some more oysters and potentially another bloody mary.