By Chef Kevin Getzewich of Charleston's Indaco
Originally from Pennsylvania, Kevin began his career at Savona Restaurant before joining the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia. He went on to work in the Bahamas at the Mahogany House. In 2011, he moved to Charleston and staged at McCrady’s, spent two years at Two Borough's Larder and in 2013, he joined the Macintosh. Since 2015, he has been a member of the team at Indaco.
Indaco is located on Upper King Street and serves modern, rustic Italian cuisine featuring wood-fired pizzas, hand crafted pastas, and house-made salumi.
What makes Charleston a great travel destination?
Charleston is a great travel destination for many reasons. First off all, it is a very unique place, it's located on a peninsula and surrounded by beaches, great weather, and amazing people. There are so many neat local people making really interesting things, from candles to art. The food scene is amazing, there is a great restaurant on every corner and hidden gems along the way. The toughest decision is where to eat, but you really cannot go wrong. It also offers an amazing history of America's south, carriage rides to fort tours. You can immerse yourself in a plethora of education and exciting history experiences. There is so much to see and explore you will not be at a loss for activities and adventures.
What people don’t know about Charleston?
Charleston is rich with art and theater. The Dock Street Theater was the first theater built in the country. A visit to this theater is a great way to start an evening in Charleston.
When you visit, I suggest you try:
Local shrimp. The Charleston waters make for beautiful shrimp that is a pleasure to enjoy. They are so delicious and we have a close knit community of fishermen who work hard to provide an incredible product.
My favorite locally made edible souvenir:
You can’t go wrong with boiled peanuts. Everyone loves them and they are a great gift to take home to people who have never had them before.
MY CHARLESTON GUIDE
MORNING | Breakfast & Coffee
TWO BOROUGHS LARDER
Get the scrapple sandwich for breakfast. Being from Pennsylvania it is a reminder of home and chef Josh Keeler executes it perfectly.
186 Coming Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.637.3722 | twoboroughslarder.com
BROWN'S COURT BAKERY
It is very Charleston. It is small, locally-owned and they have a great staff and awesome bread and pastries. It is set in an old Charleston single house with hardwood floors, porch seating, and it has a lot of charm.
199 St Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.724.0833 | brownscourt.com
KUDU COFFEE & CRAFT BEER
They have an awesome courtyard with live music sometimes. It’s a good place to mingle and relax. They also serve craft beer, which is always a lot more fun than coffee.
4 Vanderhorst Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.853.7186 | kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com
THE DAILY CHARLESTON
They have a great selection of sandwiches, smoothies and juice. I love the coco blue smoothie -- blueberry and coconut deliciousness.
652 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.619.0151 | shopthedaily.com
CHARLESTON FARMERS MARKET AT MARION SQUARE
Bypass all the corny souvenirs and talk to the farmers to see what they are offering. Sample local cheeses and just enjoy the variety of local people doing amazing things.
329 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.724.7305 | www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com
GOAT. SHEEP. COW.
This is a cool food shop to check out. They have sandwiches for lunch and an awesome assortment of cheese, honey, and other interesting food accompaniments.
106 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.480.2526 | goatsheepcow.com
ARTISAN MEAT SHARE
This is best for lunch. Bob Cook and Craig Diehl crush the charcuterie game. I would get the Italian sandwich; it's classic and perfect. However, they have a huge selection of things that are always changing that you have to check out for yourself. Anything you get will blow you away.
33 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.641.7299 | www.artisanmeatsharecharleston.com
This place is great for lunch. They have unique selections that change from time to time. They also have outside seating, which is a big draw in Charleston. I like the grilled cheese with tomato and duck fat fries. But the duck club is also great and the Lucky Number 1 is also on point.
1137 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.277.2990 | tattooedmoose.com
This new kid on the block is known for tater tots, hot dogs, and ice cream.
207A St Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.900.7574 | parlordeluxe.com
This is a fun place to check out with interesting cocktails. Chef Emily Hahn and beverage director Alex Copley do a great job of pairing interesting cocktails with food. Here's my insider tip: order the deviled eggs. They change flavors all the time. They also have an extensive food Happy Hour with $5 items from bone marrow to ramen.
45 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.202.0712 | wearewarehouse.com
Catch a cocktail here; it has a speakeasy vibe to it and they are always creating new and interesting cocktails. They also have a nice beer selection and they offer small meat and cheese boards. There is always a movie playing on a projector screen -- something from days past that really sets the interesting mood they are going for.
511 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
BUTCHER & BEE
They have a huge late night food game. They are always changing what they are doing and it's also bring your own beer. It’s fun to meet up with friends after work or when the bars are closing to finish off the night with some fun and food.
Take a trip to Sullivan’s Island where it is fun to walk along the beaches in a relaxed atmosphere.
A day trip to Edisto island is also worth it. Driving through the Spanish moss and going to the beach to see the shoreline is one of a kind and unique. There is so much to do and enough for everyone. My advice is don’t make a plan, just explore and see what happens.
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