Frommer's Portable Charleston (2003) by Darwin Porter;Danforth Prince

By Darwin Porter;Danforth Prince

Event a spot the best way the locals do. benefit from the top it has to supply. And steer clear of vacationer traps. Frommer’s transportable publications assist you make definitely the right trip offerings. They’re effortless to carry–and hold an unbeatable rate. Frommer’s. Your advisor to an international of commute event. placed the easiest of Charleston on your Pocket additional insurance of Charleston’s outlying islands, together with Hilton Head & Kiawah. Outspoken critiques on best attractions–what’s worthy a while and what’s no longer. designated costs, so that you can plan the fitting journey it doesn't matter what your price range. the easiest motels and eating places in each funds, with candid experiences.

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FISH Most Southerners like their fish fried, especially catfish, and served with ubiquitous hush puppies. Almost every Low Country cook has his or her own recipe for catfish stew, although everyone we asked made it with salted pork jowl. Grilled porgy—a small, bony, but nonetheless flavorful fish that’s not as popular in Northern fish markets—is a dish of great renown in Charleston, evoking “Catfish Row,” dramatized in the operetta Porgy and Bess. Shark is less available now than before, but it still appears on some menus.

It’s made with vine-ripened tomatoes, chicken stock, and bacon. Impressions Give me that old-timey religion but I don’t want to see no wife of mine in church. When I get home from listening to some long-winded preacher rant about sin, I want my plate of Hoppin’ John, along with a mess of collards cooked with hog jowl, and fresh corn bread from the oven to sop up the pot likker, the second best liquor to Bourbon. —“Boll Weevil” Rutledge, “Hell-Raiser of the Low Country” (1927) P O R G Y, F R O G M O R E S T E W & S H R I M P ’ N G R I T S 31 Rice is also a principal ingredient in Carolina pilau (pronounce it per-loo and you’ll be an instant kissin’ cousin).

BY TAXI Leading taxi companies are Yellow Cab (& 843/ 577-6565) and Safety Cab (& 843/722-4066). Each company has its own fare structure. Within the city, however, fares seldom exceed $3 or $4. You must call for a taxi; there are no pickups on the street. BY CAR If you’re staying in the city proper, park your car and save it for day trips to outlying areas. You’ll find parking facilities FA S T FA C T S : C H A R L E S TO N 49 scattered about the city, with some of the most convenient at Hutson Street and Calhoun Street, both of which are near Marion Square; on King Street between Queen and Broad streets; and on George Street between King and Meeting streets.

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