Charleston’s Uptown Funk: North Central and NoMo Neighborhoods
This charming café is co-owned by Brooks Reitz, an amiable North Central resident and restauranteur who can be credited with upping the cool factor of his ‘hood. Saint Alban’s delights with swoon-worthy design—floral wallpaper, glass lamps, smoky mirrors—as one would expect from part-owner of the hospitality design firm Neighbourhood. Modeled after European cafés, Saint Albans is open day and night, enticing visitors to breakfast on buckwheat waffles and La Colombe coffee, lunch on cauliflower quinoa salad, or sip an Italian aperitif post-work.
To the delight of Charleston’s doughnut lovers, popular food truck Diggity Doughnuts opened an adorable brick & mortar shop last December. Owner Ambergre Sloan’s vegan doughnuts are wonderfully wholesome, thanks to a blend of whole wheat and white flour. Flavors range from classic, the chocolate frosted Old Skool, to creative, the spicy Sirracha and peanut butter Nutty Rooster. Plus, there’s always a mix of seasonal offerings, like springtime’s strawberry and jalapeno. Note: the shop is only open Thursday through Sunday, but check their truck’s Facebook page for hours and location.
More than your average brewpub, they offer 48 smartly chosen taps of craft beer in addition to the house-brewed offerings, including the toasty Edmund’s Oats. The creative cocktails are some of Charleston’s tastiest. In the kitchen, chef Andy Henderson’s thoughtful fare—think pickled shrimp on rye and Carolina Gold rice porridge—highlights the local bounty. The in-house charcuterie is piggy pleasure. With a stunning, loftlike interior and an expansive patio that jams with live music, Edmund’s Oast is the handsome hub of NoMo.
One of the first eateries to set up shop in NoMo, the Tattooed Moose now boasts four locations around Charleston. Sandwiches are the draw at this upbeat, watering hole. The famous duck confit club tops the hearty menu, which is stuffed with ham, pâté, and other carnivorous goods from local Meathouse Butcher Shop. There are duck fat fries, natch, plus you can choose your own beer adventure with suds from near and far. For late-night grubbers, the kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. every night.