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Butcher and Bee – Charleston, SC

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5 out of 5 sprouts

The outside of the Butcher and Bee restaurant in Charleston in a white building

We were looking for a unique restaurant to try some fresh and local fare on a recent trip to Charleston, SC and we found the perfect place- Butcher and Bee.  Just slightly north of the downtown area, Butcher and Bee is hidden next to a photography studio and the High Wire Distillery.  There is only a small sign painted on an adjoining building but it is well worth the hunt to get here.

chalkboard with lunch specials written on it

There are no paper menus.  The only way to find the ever changing daily menu is on Facebook or Twitter.  The menu is written on a chalkboard when you first walk in and while it is not very big, it is very unique.

BBQ pulled squash sandwich with pickles on a stone platter

a crusty roll with pulled BBQ squash on a stone plate

Perhaps the most interesting item on the menu in all my visits have been the Pulled Squash Sandwich with BBQ sauce and smoked slaw.  I had read some reviews online from both Vegetarians and meat eaters alike, just raving about how unbelievably delicious this sandwich was.  They were not lying.  I would never miss the meat here, the Pulled Squash melted in my mouth.  The taste was smoky and tangy and topped with sweet and sour pickles.  This is a sandwich I could see winning big awards and praise against any pulled pork version any day.

a plate of halvedd brussels sprouts with a curry sauce and green lettuce

Anyone who reads any of my blog regularly know that both Chad and myself are obsessed with brussel sprouts.  We had to try the Curried Brussels on the Butcher and Bee menu.  The sprouts were cooked in a spicy sauce and topped with fresh herbs.  Probably my most favorite  sprouts dish I have ever had in a restaurant.

white bowl with kale salad sprinkled peanuts and a bottle of Cheerwine behind it

We also ordered the Kale Salad with soy, sesame and peanuts.  We fell in love with the Kale Salad with Peanut Dressing from Houstons so this was a no brainer for us.  A nice portion of torn kale topped with crushed peanuts.  Amazing.

two round balls of falafel on a white plate with grated radish and green lettuce

a half falafel with green chick pea filling on a white plate with a fork

The Falafel with pickled radish and arugula were placed on top of a spicy yogurt sauce that added incredible flavor.

a red beet burger patty on a bun with sauteed onions and bread and butter pickles

The Vegetarian Beet Burger is amazing and right up my alley. Who doesn’t love beets? OK, a lot of people, but the beets are not really prominent in this burger. However, you still get the nutritional benefits of the beets so eat up.

a white plate with sauteed mushrooms and cloves of garlic

Then there’s the Mushroom Confit with garlic. Oh so good.

a white bowl of fries and a side cup of ketchup

Then there are the standard items, like fries and ketchup.

white bowl with green lettuce and pieces of asparagus

And salad with asparagus.

bottle of cheerwine and silverware behind the bottle

a cardboard box of Cheerwine bottles

There is a selection of beer but I wanted a Cheerwine.  For anyone unfamiliar with it, Cheerwine is a locally made cola with cherry flavoring.  They use only cane sugar to sweeten it- no high fructose corn syrup.  Cheerwine can be found in almost any restaurant in South Carolina.  It’s like a Dr. Pepper, only better.

a large room with a long table and mismatched chairs

The dining room is just as eclectic as the menu.  Long tables fill a warehouse type space.  No two chairs are alike.  Very unique and fun.

a random green antique chair on a concrete floor

I especially loved the hand scrub that was in the bathroom.  It is from the Charleston Soap Chef and is sold at Butcher and Bee as well as other local merchants in the area.

a silver cup filled with sugar scrub and a wooden spoon on a white counter with a white tile wall

Butcher and Bee is open daily from 11am until 3pm for lunch, then re-opens again at 6pm for the dinner and late night crowd Thursday-Saturday nights.  Other items on the menu include a Cuban Sandwich, Korean Beef and hummus.  The menu does change daily so be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest offerings.  This is one of those places that I would give ten out of five sprouts if I had that option.  Wait, it is my blog and I have that option- ten out of five sprouts!!

Butcher and Bee website

Butcher & Bee Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato