My first memorable meal in Charleston, South Carolina, was a BLT. After that, I noticed that this classic appears on lunch menus around the city. A lifetime believer in sandwiches-for-lunch, I promptly devised a plan to find the best BLTs in Charleston, using this mission to try great food without breaking the bank.
Here’s a taste of my favorites, five delicious sandwiches that are affordable, often made from local and seasonal ingredients, and enjoyed in a cool, friendly atmosphere.
Bay Street Biergarten
Gobalt (Fancy BLT)
On top of thick, crisp bacon, the sandwich comes with goat cheese mousse and avocado, a fantastic twist on the traditional mayonnaise spread. Of all the BLTs I’ve encountered in Charleston, this one remains my favorite.
Ted’s Butcherblock BLT
Food Network named this BLT the best sandwich in South Carolina, so I excitedly ordered the classic BLT. Made with the artisan bacon of the month, it was a quick, simple, yet delicious meal. If you like your sandwiches without the frills, then this BLT is the perfect choice.
The Southern Comfort
Caviar and Bananas Pimento Cheese BLT
It arrived topped with a generous layer of pimento cheese, something that Charleston takes very seriously. So even though I keep pimento cheese in the home fridge, I order this sandwich on a regular basis.
The Tattooed Moose Smoked Chicken Salad BLT
One of their (slightly) lighter sandwiches, it comes topped with a massive scoop of their smoked chicken salad over a generous layer of bacon and tomato, a genius mashup of two classics.
Cru Café Shrimp BLT
More elaborate than most, this encompasses the best of summer dining in Charleston. Featuring seared shrimp and maple bacon aioli, it’s decadent, but full of the sweet flavors of Carolina shrimp.