What to Eat in Charleston: Pork Rinds
Warehouse: Charleston's newest kid on the block, the Warehouse opened its doors less than a month ago and already the buzz is about their focused and delicious bar style menu. Pork rinds are one of the best-selling items and although topped with pimento cheese, it is done so in a "cheese whiz" style, literally in a string like manner on top of each rind.
Scott's BBQ: Even though Scott's BBQ is roughly an hour and a half drive from Charleston, it is well worth the trip for their bags of “skins” alone. A hot commodity, these delicious jewels are the result of pitmaster Rodney Scott's work, who has been cooking hogs since he was eleven. The skins come either off the hog or kettle fried, and either way, they are delicious! Asked about his secret ingredient and Scott blushes, “love, of course.”
If you’re lucky, you might catch them at some high-end restaurants like The Grocery, Husk, McCrady’s and The Macintosh who serve them on seasonal menus. Lowcountry Bistro on Market Street offer them for free for happy hour patrons. According to food writer and farmer Jeff Allen, the best fried skins are found at the Mexican tienda next to Pollo Tropical off Dorchester Road.