Brunch: The Darling
April 10, 2019
The Darling Oyster Bar allows seafood lovers to sit and watch local shuckers prepare thousands of East Coast oysters each day. The charming restaurant serves up the best of the Charleston seafood scene with briny delicacies like oyster shooters, King Crab parfaits, and local littleneck clams. Blending classical preparations and exciting new flavors, this King Street favorite pays careful attention to local ingredients and sustainability. The restaurant space is chic and stylish yet utterly unpretentious. Booths are minty green and resemble boat seats, the floor-to-ceiling curtains are made of sailcloth, and the floors are adorned with white honeycomb tile floors. It is definitely one of the most Instagrammble spots in the Holy City!
On Sundays from 11am-2pm The Darling offers a fabulous brunch menu. It is known for serving a very over-the-top Bloody Mary known as “The Captain,” this Bloody Mary is a meal in itself. Y’all it is seriously SO GOOD! The cocktail includes a massive king crab leg, lobster claw, shrimp, a hushpuppy, celery, olives, and wedge of lime. If you are not a fan of Bloody Mary’s, I recommend the Fish House Punch on draft. It is a perfect mix of Gosling’s Gold Rum, cognac, créme de péche and lemon – a recipe adapted from “The Fish House” fishing club from 1732.
Alongside classic seafood favorites like ceveche, lobster & king crab rolls and shrimp and grits you’ll find distinctly Southern fare like a fried chicken biscuit slathered with house made honey hot sauce and Geechie Boy grits with sweet pepper relish. Get the grits people, you will not regret it! If you prefer a more traditional breakfast dish, try the fluffy french toast smothered in maple whipped cream and topped with mixed berry compote.
I recommend you head to The Darling to slurp up fresh salty oysters and the best Bloody Mary in town.