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Wander-full

Explore the world's most delicious flavors without ever leaving Charleston.

Wanderlust. That urge to break away from everyday life and experience something unknown. We’ve all felt it, but sometimes the logistics of planning a vacation can seem overwhelming and daunting. To simplify, we’ve selected some destinations that don't require a ticket of any sort, just an appetite and a willingness to try something new. Here, we’ve rounded up some local restaurants boasting gorgeous global flavors. Travel the world via its flavors and iconic dishes, without ever leaving the Lowcountry.

Cafecito

Cuban

471 King St, Charleston SC

Take a trip to Cuba with this Charleston cafe and sandwich shop. The owners (husband and wife duo Kathy & Lane Atkins) hail from Miami, and they opened Cafecito after moving to the Holy City. The menu is a nod to Kathy’s Cuban heritage with traditional cafecito (dark roast espresso sweetened with a thick sugar foam), and pressed Cuban sandwiches. Hot tip, “If you want the true Cuban breakfast experience, order…a tostada (pressed Cuban bread with butter), and dunk that tostada in your café con leche.”

Pink Bellies

Vietnamese

595 King Street, Charleston SC

Pink Bellies, a Charleston food truck-turned restaurant, boasts a menu of modernized Vietnamese food. This electric Asian spot on King Street offers both an intimate dining experience, and a lively environment. Chef/Owner Thai Phi has created a menu that includes interpretations of his parents’ and grandparents’ Vietnamese cuisine. From a Pho burger to their “OG” garlic noodles, you’ll be able to get a true taste of Asian food without leaving the Peninsula. 

El Molino Supermercado

Mexican

1610 Sam Rittenberg Blvd Suite 301

Behind the doors of this Hispanic supermarket, you’ll find more than groceries. At El Molino Supermercado there're aisles of ingredients to craft a homespun Mexican, as well as a butcher shop, bakery, and taqueria. If you’re looking for an authentic Mexican taco, place an order here. The homemade tortillas are made daily, and tacos are served with a side of fresh avocado salsa.

Jasmine Thai Kitchen

1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd, Mt Pleasant SC

The South Asian country of Thailand is represented in Mount Pleasant by Jasmine Thai Kitchen. Created by owner Siwinee Suksri, this cozy but trendy restaurant has an extensive menu accompanied by a top-notch staff. The Tom Kha soup and its combination of rice noodles, mushrooms, tomatoes, scallion, and cilantro comes highly recommended. Don’t be afraid to customize things! Many of their dishes allow you to adjust the spice level to your preference.

Leyla Fine Lebanese Cuisine

Lebanese

298 King St.

This upscale, Middle Eastern restaurant positions tables right by the windows, so diners can watch passersby. The menu covers small plates and entrees: think tabbouleh, hummus, falafel, and shawarma. Don’t miss out on their homemade Manteh. These thin flour dumplings are filled with seasoned meat, fried, and served with yogurt, a delightfully warm and comforting addition to any dinner.