Saturday, April 13, 2013

Not Your Normal Tour Guide... Part One

We are desperately working on making Charleston our home!

I've made many trips down there searching for a place to call our own, each time getting more and more acclimated to sticker shock (cough, cough... struggle to breath!).  A home to just chill out ~ a place where we can put the key in the front door, walk right in, and pick up where we left off ~ can come with a pretty hefty price tag!  Frugal me has been battling this every step of the way but I feel in my bones there is a compromise on the horizon, headed in our direction.  And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I am there, in the right place at the right time, ready to receive it! 

In the meantime, this city where my husband and I honeymooned over 38 years ago, a place where the celebration of our married life began,  has become my own with each and every venture down there.  It helps that my eldest son has lived there for 2 years, as he tells me about the places where the true Charlestonians hang out.  Which feeds right into the way I like to discover a locale.  Give me the funny, little out of the way places, ones that sparkle with  independent, entrepreneurial spirit and my eyes light up like the fourth of July! So, come along with me as I show you a few of those places!   How about some lunch!

We are on Upper King Street straddling two overpasses.  Now, don't get concerned.  I know it looks like we are in the warehouse district. But see that sign on the wall? The fourth one down?  That's where we are having lunch.  Turn right...

...that's it ~ Butcher & Bee!  

An unassuming entrance situated in unassuming surroundings!  Belies what's inside as the food is outstanding with one of the premier Charleston chefs in charge.  Come on in!

Each day the menu changes depending on the availability of what's fresh at the market that day.  Love the long chalkboard for the menu board... love the vintage cash register... and the glass canisters for water at a "serve yourself" station.  Having placed our orders, I have time to scan the decor, delighted in their creativity! Community tables .....

Or perhaps a table for four...

Love all the one-of-a-kind seating...

Ok... now look up at the ceiling.....

Crazy, awesome art installation, right??  It stretches the entire width of the building.  I was mesmerized.. that is until our food arrived!

A tomato thyme soup with a three cheese grilled sandwich ...
and a cheeseburger, grilled to perfection, with freshly cut sweet potato fries.  Simple dishes with hints of sophistication made aware to your palette once you take the first bite!

And did you notice they were plated on small baking sheets?  Tickled me so!  I've been back to Butcher & Bee many times and each time I have not even come close to being disappointed.  Fun, funky and fabulous is the only way to go!

Next up? Let's go looking at the homes in Charleston!

Linking up to: Oh! The Places I've Been!



  1. Welcome to the south Kadee. On your next trip, venture down into McClellanville for lunch. You'll love the area and the food.

  2. Oh, MAN - I want to move there myself, just from this restaurant! I hope you find a way to make it happen, girl...can't wait to look at homes through your eyes. I could actually live in the restaurant, I think! Happy Saturday - Tanya

  3. We talk about moving to the south for retirement all the time (and getting out of the rain here in the Pac NW). I hope you soon find the perfect place! Blessings, Patti

  4. Oh Kadee,
    I will be with you all the way on your journey to find a Charleston Home. We vacationed there last year and I fell so far in love with the history and charm of SC. The food the people and the history is amazing. I want to settle there some day too. Sticker shock for us too. I will be anxious to see what you find.
    I am so excited for you.

  5. I wish you much good luck in finding your perfect home! I'm just sure it will happen for you!

    Thank you so much for following me back, New Friend!

  6. Hi Kadee,
    Love your pics. What an awesome place and how fun to be there for lunch.
    The food looks so yummy!! The decor is so fun. Great touch with the cookie sheet.
    I just know you are going to find the perfect home to call your own.
    Wishing you the best on your search. And, it's so fun to be on the journey with you.
    I have been on the same house hunt many times so I can appreciate what you are
    going through.
    Have fun!!
    Hugs, CM

  7. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog. It can be such fun looking for homes but also highly frustrating. Here in Auckland the prices have shot through the roof and today I looked at a tiny (and I mean tiny), two bedroom cottage that needed totally doing up, new kitchen, bathroom etc and they wanted over $500,000 for it!! We were very lucky to buy our little three bed cottage a few years ago when I returned from overseas, just before they started to shoot up. Its small but has everything and I can walk to the beach so I love it.

    The cafe you went to looks fabulous, what wonderful food and I love the artwork on the ceiling, it reminds me of honeycomb from a bee hive, quite fascinating.

    I wish you well with your house hunting and will join your blog so I get regular updates.

    Lee :) (New Zealand)

  8. Hi Kadee, Besides the sticker shock I imagine it to be a lot of fun to search for a home in Charleston. There must be so many architectural eye-candies.
    The restaurant is cool. I love the non-matching chairs and tables.
    Good luck with the house hunt!
    Happy Sunday :-)!

  9. Your lunch looks perfect- grilled cheese and tomato soup are my favorites, but a bonus of sweet potato fries- heavenly!

  10. I know you'll love Charleston and I hope you get there, soon. What IS that thing hanging from the ceiling of the restaurant? It almost looks like a wasp nest -- but could there be one that huge?

  11. What a beautiful place to reside in.. I absolutely love the little restaurant!
    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.

  12. What a fun restaurant. The food looks so yummy... I have heard that Charleston is simply beautiful. I have not been there yet but I am planning a trip there this summer. Have fun in your new search.

  13. Thank you so much for joining me on the front porch.. Roses have always been my favorite, with Lilacs right behind.. I am so happy there were enough Lilacs this year to cut for the house.. ahhhhhhh..
    Yes, the tulle to guide the climbing roses works well.. It has enough give as to not hurt them but hold them up.
    Wishing you a beautiful day
    p.s. I best stay away for a bit... Every time I see the food I get hungry! Boy it looks good!

  14. Oh man this place looks awesomely soooooo up my alley!!!!

  15. YUM!!!! And darling to boot.......... Thanks for sharing Kadee! I hope you find your dream place. Just starting to get back into the stream of things after being gone to Round Top. Fun was had by all but, the reality of getting this house ready for move in LOOMS over me like a drooling giant. HUGS!

  16. You are making me so hungry! I want to visit Charleston just so I can eat at that fabulous restaurant. Thank you for sharing your day.

  17. Hi Kadee,

    I wish you all the best in your search. Charleston is a gorgeous place (if you like warm weather). I'm sure it would be nice to live near your son.

  18. What a great place is that restaurant! Good luck with the house hunting Kadee, hope you'll find your dream place :) Hugs and happy day, Wendy

  19. I was fortunate enough to visit Charleston a few years ago and fell in love with all of its charm and character. Your lunch looks delish. May you find just the perfect place to turn the key. Oh the Charm of Charleston...

  20. I have always loved Charleston. My favorite city in the country and wish I could move there myself. Thanks for sharing your photos and trying not to be jealous.

  21. Oh my gosh, I have not had breakfast yet and this has me drooling. lol! I swear we are kindred spirits. I love eating at out of the norm back road kind of places. When hubby and I travel I have a rule that we don't eat anywhere that we could eat at home. I've broken it a few times when we've needed something fast, but not often. Love the decor in this fun spot and the food looks yum! Wishing you lots of luck. What a wonderful place to call home!

  22. How great is that!? I'd really like to visit Charleston some time soon. Our son in law is stationed at Camp Lejeune N.C. and I was checking to see how far a drive it would be to road trip down to Charleston when I visit them. I love to find the places the locals like, too.

  23. This is so perfect! It's exactly what I was hoping for as a post for "Oh, the PLACES I've been!". It's been awhile since I've been to Charleston but I'd love to go back. I can't wait to see the homes you're looking at.

    I'm so happy that you've joined the premier of "Oh, the PLACES I've been!" and hope that you will become a regular contributor.

    - The Tablescaper

  24. wow, that restaurant looks amazing...and the food too

  25. I have never been to Charleston, but would LOVE to one day! How exciting that you are going to make it your home! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  26. When it comes to wonderful places to eat, Charleston is one of the best. Living there will be an adventure unto itself.

  27. Hi Kadee,
    This looks like a delightful and fun place to eat for sure, and their food looks awesome. It is so true, that if you want to find some good eatin' - then find out were the local folks go, cause they know the best enjoyable. Like the casualness of this restaurant. Paper towels on the table, and the glass water
    containers where you getyour own, they were very smart,
    cause they probably cut down on a lot of extra work, with some of the things they
    did, course, best of all, the restaurant has it's own fun and quirky personality.
    Don't you just love discovering new places like that, and new food done a unique way,
    or presented in a different way.

    My grandparents and dad had a diner in KeyWest where all the locals went, a u shaped counter with jukeboxes, and the food was awesome, in fact, it was a Key West landmark for 40 years, and his sign is still up, even tho he has been closed for years, there is a sundry shop or something in there now, but all the locals were so sad when he closed, many had breakfast or lunch there daily.

    How exciting that yall are planning a move to Charleston, and so neat you honeymooned there too, Will be praying you find a wonderful home there that doesn't break the bank......and so neat your son lives there too, course, I am sure that was probably one of the drawing cards
    Do you have any grandchildren yet??

    We visited Charleston once while on vacation and just loved it, the people
    are so polite and nice, just like in Savannah, Ga.- so refreshing and charming! Course, that was years ago when my children were younger, over 20 years I would say! lol

    Look forward to seeing your other 2 parts to this series,

    Blessings, Nellie