America’s south is a cultural melting pot of diverse influences, and nowhere else is this more evident than in the broad spectrum of Southern food, which owes its palette to an array of influences from its colonial trader past and an even more dynamic present.
Should you find yourself in South Carolina with an appetite as big as America’s South, you’re going to need a little guidance. Enter GRAZIA. Our leader on this spiritual journey is hot chicken savant Morgan McGlone, who worked alongside James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock at Southern institution HUSK and brought his passion for soul food back to Melbourne, where he opened the famous Belle’s Hot Chicken. Now the resident chef of a culinary takeover at Sydney’s Harpoon Harry, McGlone gave GRAZIA his picks for a feast that traverses South Carolina’s ever-changing culinary landscape.
The Best Brunch at Husk Restaurant
For the best brunch in Charleston, you can’t beat Husk. While McGlone – who trained under head chef Brock in Charleston before leading the restaurant’s Nashville branch – vouches for excellence of the lunch and dinner menus sourced from ever-changing local produce, it’s brunch that gets him really excited.
“As much as I love the other menus, I still think it’s the best brunch in the South,” McGlone says of Husk, which housed in a spectacular nineteenth century Victorian manor. “Make sure you check out the bar for the largest Pappy Van Winkle collection,” which for the uninitiated, is a limited edition bourbon that is as rare as it is delicious.
Sensational Soul food at Martha Lou’s Kitchen
The only imperative when you arrive at Martha Lou’s Kitchen, a homely pink shack that has served classic, comforting soul food for over thirty years, is that you order anything and everything on the menu. If it’s home cooking you’re after, you can’t beat the pork chops and fried chicken with a side of sweet tea. Pro tip: Martha (who counts Martha Stewart amongst her legion fans) accepts cash only, so prepare your stomachs and wallets accordingly.
Happy hour at Leon’s Oyster Shop
Leon’s is a great bar spot known for its casual drinks paired with either oysters or delicious fried chicken. Or both.