Clay took today off work, so I took an extended lunch and we went downtown for some grub and to knock a few places off our Charleston bucket list.
Downtown Charleston was exceptionally crowded today because a P&O cruise ship called in our port. I’ve never even heard of that cruise line, but the ship was from England and traveling around the East Coast, then back to England. Sounds like a pretty exotic cruise- I just thought it was neat to see a big cruise ship in port. I like big boats and I cannot lie…
After finding parking in a garage (it was packed… garages were full and no street/meter parking either!), our first stop was a restaurant called The Green Door. It’s a hole-in-the-wall style restaurant that evolved from a successful local food truck, Roti Rolls. Since so many people liked Roti Rolls, the chefs opened a brick and mortar restaurant downtown, which is nice because you don’t have to chase the truck and you can enjoy your meal without fear of wearing it because you’re eating on a park bench.
The restaurant was so fun! Chalkboards were everywhere with awesome drawings depicting the food truck and the farms where the food comes from. Like many Charleston eateries, Roti Rolls and The Green Door pride themselves on using local ingredients when possible.
There’s even a bubble gum bubble blowing cow in the Green Door’s family. The cow lives on a local farm. My kind of family right there!
Clay had the Buddha Bowl, which consists of rice noodles, bone marrow broth, braised beef, kimchi, roti, and egg. He also added vegetables to it and got a side of pimento cheese. I loved the pimento cheese- it had just the right amount of kick.
I had the chickpea burger, which is a chickpea patty, artisan goat cheese, salsa verde, and pickled radish on a bun. It came with a side of tots and really awesome dressing for the tots.
I loved the different ethnic influences on the food at The Green Door. Our meals had Asian, Mediterranean, and Southern influences. The restaurant can obviously serve a bigger variety than the food truck does (it still operates, don’t worry), but it also has a few of the food truck sandwiches on the menu as well.
We’re already planning to return on Tuesday for tantric tacos, plus we want to try Sunday brunch. Both of us were a little sad when we finished our meals- The Green Door is definitely one of our new favorites in Charleston.
When we left the restaurant, we walked down East Bay Street to cross another place off our Charleston bucket list- The Vegetable Bin. It’s a store that sells fresh veggies and other local products. Almost everything comes from the Lowcountry but a few things come from NC or GA, which is also cool. At least it’s not being shipped from across the country or another country, right?
It may not be the most aesthetically pleasing landmark of Charleston, but it was a neat shop. We bought some zucchini there, but if I hadn’t made a trip to the grocery store already this week, I’m sure we would’ve bought a lot more.
We had a pretty fun afternoon downtown- there are so many restaurants to try here and stores like this to visit that you can always feel like a tourist in Charleston, even if you already live here!