McCrady’s Tavern, located on Unity Alley in the very heart of Charleston’s historic district, may be tucked into an alley off East Bay Street, but it holds it own with locals and visitors alike. It’s easy to see why, when you consider their food is almost notoriously too beautiful to eat, and always tastes as delicious as it looks! Find McCradys Tavern at 2 Unity Alley, Charleston, 29401.
Texture is an important element of cold soup. At McCrady’s Tavern (2 Unity Alley, Charleston), a chilled carrot soup is served with a circle of peach almond chutney and topped with a dollop of creme fraiche artfully dotted with black pepper and dill ($12). It’s a chunky, creamy and cool soup that has astonishing depth, thanks to the dots of lemon and lovage oil.
McCrady’s is the most famous bar and restaurant on our list, not necessarily because of its history, but because of its current chef-owner, Sean Brock, who’s turned it into one of the finest restaurants in Charleston. But this tavern was actually constructed back in 1778, and it played host to some of Charleston’s most notable high society (George Washington even dined in the Long Room, which is today its private dining space). It passed hands many times after McCrady’s 1801 death and eventually fell into disrepair, but it was fully restored in 1981 and today the space is once again playing host to Charleston’s elite; it’s also just a great place to stop in for a cocktail.
On his third night in Charleston, Washington joined a few fellow members of the Society of the Cincinnati + other notable figures for a dinner at McCrady’s Long Room. Throughout the years, the structure on Unity Alley has served many purposes; including a tavern, a warehouse, + even, at one point, a paper company. Fortunately for those looking to recreate Washington’s trip, it ultimately returned to its original form– all the way down to the name.
One of the oldest cities in America, Charleston has successfully evolved into a modern metropolis without sacrificing the rich history of its landscape or architecture. With a skyline punctuated by church steeples instead of high-rise and streets lined with grand Georgian homes, this popular South Carolina destination envelops you with the charm of its colonial past while delighting you with a seemingly endless array of noteworthy restaurants, boutiques, and cultural opportunities. When it comes to dining, Charleston’s star has been rising for years, becoming a landing spot for some of the South’s most innovative chef’s.
Diners mingling on the rooftop of Harold’s Cabin at the corner of Congress and President streets often don’t realize that they’re standing amid the restaurant’s own produce supply. Cooks intermittently emerge from the kitchen to retrieve fresh-as-can-be ingredients growing in the rooftop garden.
A mere two-hour flight from New York City, South Carolina’s oldest and largest city Charleston is a perfect weekend getaway, especially for those who love to eat and drink, play golf, visit historic homes or just chill out. Here are some of our favorite spots visited during a recent December long weekend trip. It’s hard to choose just a few restaurants to hit—and you’re certain to return home several pounds heavier.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — If you take a trip down Unity Alley and have a meal at McCrady’s Tavern, you’re taking part in an experience shared by some of histories most influential people.
This establishment on East Bay Street was founded hundreds of years ago by a man named Edward McCrady.
McCrady wore many hats. In historical records, he is listed as a barber, an inventor, a breeder and racer of horses, but he was known best for his tavern.
Not everyone is ready to consume freshly shucked oysters and caviar in the mornings (though, why not?), so McCrady’s Tavern updated its menu with some new brunch-crowd-friendly items. Chef Orlando Pagan, who joined Sean Brock’s Gilded Age-inspired restaurant as the new chef de cuisine in April, added more updated, crowd-pleasing items.
A few of the existing favorites are still available, including the quiche lorraine, but now diners can order preserved lemon souffle pancakes with sorghum syrup or baked eggs with Carolina Gold rice boudin noir or a croque madame with country ham. Pastry chef Katy Keefe also creates a weekly brunch pastry, which is a pumpkin cinnamon roll this weekend.
McCrady’s Tavern offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The restaurant has earned high praise from local critics for the dinner service, so brunch is worth a look.
The split personality of Chef Sean Brock’s McCrady’s and McCrady’s Tavern, one part envelope-pushing, tasting-menu-only experience and one part classic Franco-American gastropub, appeals to Pastry Chef Katy Keefe’s dessert philosophy that she learned baking with her mother: get creative when you have to and appreciate the classics. As the overseer of the sweeter offerings at both restaurants, Keefe creates historically informed modern marvels like Foiechamacallit, cured foie enrobed in peanut chocolate with puffed rice and caramel, on one side while serving a perfected, no-fuss slice of French Silk Pie at the other.