Off to Charleston: Indaco and The Belmont


A couple weeks after returning from Toronto, I found myself at the airport once again. I was traveling South to South Carolina for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Off to Charleston!

It would be my first time in the historic port city known for its cobblestone streets, antebellum houses, horse-drawn carriages, fountains, and famous landmarks. My hotel was close to King Street – downtown’s main street lined with restaurants, bars, and shops.

My first stop was Indaco for dinner. The rustic Italian restaurant with communal tables and an open kitchen serves hand-crafted pastas, wood-fired pizzas, housemade salami and cured sausages.

I was seated at the Chef’s Counter and ordered a glass of red wine.

I tried the Polpette made with Certified Angus Beef, Keegan Filion pork, prosciutto, San Marzano tomatoes, and parmesan. I also ordered a half portion of the Fried Artichokes with walnut-anchovy vinaigrette and parmesan. The meatballs were solid and the artichokes were really good.

I was in the mood for pasta and wanted to try the Black Pepper Tagliatelle. It had pork tesa, chives, parmesan, and an egg yolk. It was wonderful.

I’m glad I didn’t skip dessert because the Ricotta Fritters were fantastic. The fritters were warm, soft, and dusted with sugar. They were delicious with the lemon curd.

My first meal in Charleston at Indaco was delightful. The service was great and I enjoyed the warm rustic ambiance. The antipasti were good, but the pasta and dessert were exquisite.


After dinner, I stopped by The Belmont for a couple drinks. The chic bar is also located on King Street and known for classic and creative cocktails.

I had the El Diablo made with tequila, lime, pomegranate, and ginger beer. Cheers!

I also enjoyed the Brown Derby made with bourbon, grapefruit, and jalapeno-honey.

I met a cool couple sitting next to me and we talked about Charleston, traveling, and some of our favorite spots in various cities. Traveling solo tends to push you out of your comfort zone and lead you into interesting conversations with great people. It’s one of my favorite things about traveling by myself.

My first night in Charleston was really nice. I was looking forward to breakfast and a tour of the city the next day.

The Belmont

526 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 872-6828

The Belmont
511 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

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