Want to go to a restaurant where you can sit at a table that other celebrities have sat at multiple times? Want to eat at a world renown restaurant where the owner is still humble enough to be present each evening, personally greeting and talking to each table? Want to try some of the South's best voted seafood? Want to feel like your part of an incredible family story that been successfully passed down for generations? Hymans Seafood Restaurant is your ticket! I hope you got the point I was trying to make from all of the listed credentials above :)
My family and I have eaten at Hyman's Seafood restaurant a number of times. My step-dad has frequented the restaurant throughout his years of growing up more times than he can possibly count on his fingers. It is in fact a family must when visiting the low country. I'm not sure what would happen IF we didn't go while visiting, but I just won't take my chances. God blessed Charleston, and God has certainly blessed the family oriented business of Hyman's! Some of their credentials include being ranked #1 seafood restaurant in the South for nine years running, listed on the Food Channel Network as one of the top five seafood restaurants, and even positive reviews in some of the most prestigious, well known listings such as the New York Times.
Hyman's is located right on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, across from the market center. Many locals will play it off as if it's not an amazing place to go, making comments that it's a tourist trap and locals don't go there. Do Not Listen! Hyman's is amazing whether your a local, foreigner, owner, or employee! Trust me, I have asked around! Go! Try everything! You can't go wrong, and most importantly enjoy the hushpups! The prices are great, the staff are impressive and the owners, down to earth! I have never been there when the 15 minute wait wasn't worth it. My husband and I visited a year ago in October, before we got engaged. We returned in April, after being engaged for six months and the host who took names outside not only recognized us from six months prior but even remembered our first names. This is an establishment that most likely filters hundreds of hungry visitors from all over the world daily. To remember a couple from six months ago, as if it was just yesterday that you saw them, is anything shy of impressive and sincere!
Also, while you're there, don't be ashamed to buy a souvenir. I have NO problem buying souvy's when it's for a great establishment.
Hyman's Seafood Restuarant: Meeting Street, Charleston, SC
Hours: 11 - until
* Lobster Tail *
* Hushpups *
* Salmon Melody *
* Anything & Everything *
"Always smile while you're eating, you never know who's dinner will be made more delicious because of your brightness." ~ Mo
The fourth of July is always an exciting holiday for me! There’s just something about the parades, picnics, national colors flying everywhere, and of course the fireworks! A day in the middle of a stretch of no holidays where everyone just let’s go and enjoys the beautiful country in which we live!
Being the born and bred American that I am I have always wanted to experience this national holiday in our nation’s capital. So, this year we decided it was going to happen! On a spur of the minute decision my hubby and I loaded up the Tacoma and hit the open highway heading North!
We stayed outside of downtown D.C. in Arlington. I MUST recommend doing that! While I really should save this for another post, I can’t help but brag on Arlington a tad. Stay in Arlington! It’s wonderful! Much more peaceful and relaxed than the chaos of being in the heart of all the monuments and landmarks. We stayed at the Hilton right at Courthouse. It was conveniently across the street from a Metro and a block from neat restaurants and shops. Definitely one of many good decisions we made while on our fantastic trip to our Capital. It also didn't help that I was there to see my best friend for the first time in over a year and her family lives in Arlington! Double win for Arlington!
This blog is not about Arlington though. It is far more important! This blog is about breakfast, the lack of a breakfast place, and the journey in which we found great food! (Please remember the importance of eating a good, nutritious breakfast to start a successful day while reading this review). To be more specific, we found good bagels! This particular bagel place may have a New York name but obviously has the heart of many Washington locals and Washington tourist.
The first morning we were there we decided that we wanted to save our money and not spend $15 eating at our hotel for breakfast. So, thinking that it would be NO issue, we took off walking towards the little shops and restaurants just one block up from our hotel that we had seen the previous night as we were pulling in. To our surprise breakfast shops were limited. Very limited! In the midst of panic and hunger desperation we chose to follow the crowd on this one. So, that’s what we did! And, the crowd led us to Brooklyn Bagel Bakery right off of Courthouse.
This hole-in-the-wall joint was packed with everyone! Tourist, locals, business folk, and anyone else you could possibly think of! We decided it was an automatic win. So, we stood in line and by observing the demeanor of other customers realized that we better be ready to order once the tall man behind the counter came yelling at us. They are a busy place, with special talents of Bagel making and they do NOT have time to play we quickly learned. This is a concept that as an elementary school teacher, I can appreciate and respect!
Sure enough, in a very timely manner, through the midst of all the chaos and chatter, the man behind the counter yelled “what can I get you?” We yelled back our orders in our most confident tone and followed the crowd through the assembly line. When we reached the end we paid for our bagels (both were extremely reasonably priced), coffee and magically our food appeared ready to eat!
The one down side to this gem of a place, while still not a deal breaker was that seating is limited. Most, from our observations, chose to sit outside on their few provided tables but they were all packed so we just took our bagels and found a seat in a local tiny park located across the street. It turned out to be perfect!
Brooklyn’s Bagels are kettle boiled and cooked just to the right amount! Not chewy (I can’t stand chewy bagels) and perfectly topped (I can’t stand when there’s too much butter or cream cheese)! Perfection! All THREE times we ate there. :)
After eating our bagels that first morning we put on our patriotic attire and rode the metro a couple stops into the heart of D.C.! But, if the truth be told, we couldn't have managed our eventful fourth of July day without the jump starting help of Brooklyn’s Bagels! Truth be told, we visited every single day after that until our trip ended! It was just that delicious! And affordable!
When you're in Arlington, grab a Bagel from Brooklyn!
“Nothing says US of A like a good bagel on the fourth of July” ~ Mo
This is probably NO secret to many! In fact, I will probably sell myself out for being “tourist of year” with this blog post. But, that is the risk I am willing to take. While in Boston back in May, Josh and I had a four hour layover before we headed to Nantucket. Well, in case you’re ever in a similar situation and REALLY just don’t want to sit in an airport, and you just HAPPEN to be in Boston, good news! There are other options.
If there is one very nice thing about Boston it is their airport set up. I have never flown through another airport where I had time to get off the plane, catch a shuttle, then a taxi and make it to the downtown area and back in time to catch my connecting flight. Most airports are built so far away, provide little to no transportation, and are so chaotic that just the stress of leaving and checking back in would not be worth it. Well, Boston has figured out how to make it simple! They created the BOSTON WATER TAXI!
Josh and I only traveled with a carry on just for the sake of not having to fool with checking in bags (if this is ever an option it is a MUST! Our travels were so simple comparatively). This made the possibility of adventuring to the downtown Boston area much easier. We were able to just hop right off the plane and hit the streets. Literally! We walked right out the front doors of the airport where we caught a shuttle that took us to the dock. Now, I know what most think. This IS Boston. Docks, airports, yeah, yeah! We have ALL seen The Departed. It was NOT that scenario at all! We were dropped off at the water taxi loading dock by the five minute shuttle from that picked us up directly from the airport. Fortunately, we were the ONLY ones willing to risk the rainy, chilled morning air by taking a boat ride. This made for no wait and a number of drivers to choose from.
The taxi round-trip cost us a total of $15. This may seem pricey to some but really the view and nice boat ride were worth any extra dime we may have spent. Our driver was super too! She told us about tons of hidden treasures within the city and some of the history. We had a guide and a GPS all in one. It’s always neat to get a local’s scoop on the city that you’re visiting too. Definitely puts things into a different perspective.
We began our trip to the heart of Boston on the docks and then at noon she picked us up on the Boston side docks and brought us right back to the airport where the shuttle was sitting, as if it had been waiting the whole time! It was uniquely simple.
If you’re ever in this unique city, even if it’s just hopping through on a plane, I definitely recommend taking the water taxi! It’s neat, you get to connect with locals and, I mean seriously, who doesn't love a good boat ride? Especially when it’s through the Boston harbor!
“Dare to adventure into unknown seas. Treasures lie on the other side.” ~ Mo
I consider myself to be a Southerner to the T. I mean, sweet tea lover, “ya’ll” frequent user and guilt driven by many other stereotypical “southern” charm habits. I love everything about the South! However, recently my husband and I have found ourselves venturing North a bit more frequent than normal. Within the past two months we have been to Washington D.C. (Yes! DC IS considered north…no ands, if’s or buts), Boston, Nantucket, AND Martha’s Vineyard! We are on a roll! This particular blog is in reference to a hidden treasure we found while hanging out in the North's beloved Boston for a couple of hours.
While strolling through the North End section of Boston we decided, or better yet our stomachs decided, it was brunch time. In case you are unfamiliar with brunch it is a combination of breakfast and lunch. An American gem that allows us hungry folk to squeeze in just one more meal of the day because everyone knows that five just isn't enough! You see, we were on our first official day of our honeymoon. We had a 7 a.m. flight from North Carolina, and we were FINALLY Mr. and Mrs Best! Food had NOT been in the cards, until our grumbling stomachs broke their peace!
While strolling, Sunday mass was letting out at a beautiful church hidden between cobble streets and old brick buildings. We heard a NUMBER of people chatting that they were going to Mike’s Place to eat because it was the BEST! Well, seeing our state of hunger, and the fact our last name was now Best we decided that we better get to know this Mike person as well!
We actually stumbled upon Mike’s place really! If it hadn't been for the crowd and our need for energy we would have NEVER located this place. I am assuming (which I tend to do quite often) that Mike’s most popular business hours are right after Sunday services between 10:00 a.m. and noon. This is, at least, what the crowd suggested. Mike’s Pastry, located in the North End on Hanover Street was surrounding inside and out with what looked like pleasantly hungry, and satisfied local customers! Josh and I decided based on what had been heard and the look on all the fokl it was a must! We, too, had to experience Mike’s.
The restaurant has limited seating, but a large variety of pastries, cupcakes, sweets, and beverages to choose from. Anything and everything to fulfill that sweet tooth! Grab something and stand on the street chatting with the locals. That seems to be what the cool kids are up to! I chose to order a Chocolate Croissant with a Cappuccino. By far the best decision I made while in Boston! Talk about perfection to the lips, and tummy. It was delicious!
We felt like foreigners entering, but locals leaving. After fighting (and I mean you’ve got to put some back into it) to the counter at the front to place our order, we got our food within seconds. It was fresh and delicious from the first bite to the last. It’s always wonderful to find a local place, especially when it’s by chance. We truly felt like we had discovered and explored a gem of the North End on that overcast day in May.
“Sweet delicious treats are merely sunshine to a rainy day” ~ Mo
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