Day 2 Charleston trip

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

I would say we slept like babies, but then I’d be lying. Like I said before we stayed at the Lodge Alley Inn on E. Bay street. Bailey wasn’t originally coming so my mom just reserved a one-bedroom room, but since Bailey got to come we had to put the pull-out couch to work. Interestingly the pull-out couch was an air mattress that didn’t want to stay blown up, so we sunk in and cuddled a lot that night. However, our mishaps on night one the people of Lodge Alley fixed our little situation quickly and even left us a little note.

Our first stop of the day was Toast, the ultimate tourist trap. Yes, Toast is talked up quite a bit, but the food is subpar.

My mom and I ordered their specialty dish and what put them on the map:

-The French Toast


Bailey’s order:

You should know by now that Bailey sticks to the basics

-2 scrambled eggs


Okay, so the French toast was good. I really liked it. We split the apple and peach French toast and I would recommend that. However, Bailey’s eggs and sausage were nothing special and neither was our sides of sausage and bacon. We had an awesome waitress, Nelly, and she helped make the experience enjoyable for us. Overall, I don’t recommend it.

Freckled Standard:

Location: 5 out of 5

-It is located in the heart of downtown Charleston right near the market

-If you’re driving, parking might be a little difficult

Atmosphere: 2 out of 5

-It felt like a retirement home to me…

Food: 2 out of 5

-The French toast was good, but it wasn’t to die for like I was hoping.

Service: 4 out of 5 freckles

-Nelly had a great personality and always made sure we had what we needed

Price: 3 out of 5 freckles

-$12.95 for two pieces of good French toast…eh no thanks

-However, for breakfast in downtown Charleston I don’t think it’s bad

After our disappointing breakfast we headed a few blocks over to the Charleston City Market. The market is fun, I think it’s important to walk through the market recognizing the folks behind the tables. Those people wake up early and set up their booths every day, they’re out there to share their passion with tourists and the community. If you take the time to walk through the market, then take time to also appreciate their hard work.

Beach time, we got lucky and the weatherman was WRONG (shocker). We drove across the bridge to Isle of Palms and soaked up the sun for a couple of hours. Sadly, I let the sun get the best of me and I got TOASTED. Wear your sunscreen people and re-apply…re-apply…re-apply.

We headed back to Charleston and took some time to work up an appetite by walking the historic streets of Charleston. Y’all...I could and have walked these streets for hours. It is simply amazing how much history those streets, buildings and trees have seen. I don’t care what you do when you go to Charleston, but you have to take time to respect the city.

After we worked up a sweat. We showered up and got a little cute and then hit the streets for FOOD. We ate dinner at Paw Paws on E. Bay street, it was literally a 30 second walk from the Inn. My mom, Bailey and I are big Paw Paws fans, it might be an ode to my late Grandpa (Paw Paw) or good food, or both!

Appetizer: Buttermilk Biscuits with pimento cheese, wildflower honey butter and strawberry jalapeno jam


-Order it, devour it and then repeat

My order: Hickory Smoked baby back ribs with fries

-I don’t recommend ordering this at all. I actually hated every little piece of meat on each rib.

-The fries were great though!

Bailey’s order: Paw Paws Recipe Free-range fried chicken

-Bailey swears it is the best fried chicken she has ever had, and I trust her

-I took a bite or two and I agree, so good

My mom’s order: Shrimp & Grits

-A Charleston signature

-My mom really enjoyed her dish and would recommend it!

Freckled Standard:

Location: 5 out of 5

-Literally 30 seconds from our Inn

-If you’re driving, parking might be a little difficult

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5

-I absolutely love the building Paw Paw's is housed in

-They designed it so well

Food: 4 out of 5

-The only thing not giving it a 5 out of 5 is the ribs...

-But oh my it's so good

Service: 4 out of 5 freckles

-Our waiter wasn't the best, but we were never lacking and it was efficient

Price: 3 out of 5 freckles

-It's expensive, but it's probably cheaper than most downtown Charleston restaurants

After our go-to dinner we headed to yet another go-to: Belgian Gelato by the Battery. Okay, so here’s what ya do people: Order the Belgian style cone (it comes with melted chocolate filled cone with whipped cream, but I ask for it without the whipped cream). My favorite is the pistachio, but feel free to sample the flavors and decide which is best for you. After ordering grab a lot of napkins and then take a stroll past the fountain and scope out a swing. It’s the capstone to a perfect day.

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