Poogan’s Porch

 What Does Poogan’s Porch Offer?

Poogan’s Porch sits on Queen Street in an area filled with great restaurants housed in old historic homes. The carefully restored Victorian house offers the perfect spot for lunch, dinner or a weekend brunch.
I especially like their warm homemade buttermilk biscuits and the she-crab soup! The buttermilk fried Chicken dinner is one of their signature dishes and it does not disappoint!

Fried Chicken Poogan's Porch
The restaurant has a variety of options for seating. There are private rooms for small groups as well as quaint, quiet, romantic tables of two. In good weather, the porch is available for dining. Well- mannered dogs are welcome to dine with the owners on the porch.

Buttermilk Biscuits Poogan's Porch

How Poogan’s Porch Got Its Name?

The house was built in 1888 and lived in as a single family home for nearly a century. By 1976, the neighborhood had become more suitable to restaurants and the house was sold. The owners moved, but legend has it, Poogan, the family pet, stayed behind. He became the official porch greeter as he wondered the porch searching for scraps and a good back scratch. In 1979, Poogan died of natural causes but his porch and restaurant live on.

Is Poogan’s Porch Haunted?

Poogan's Marker

Plenty of local guides tell stories of Poogan’s Porch being one of Charleston’s famous haunted houses. Of course, one ghost often referred to is Poogan himself.
But there is another ghost that reportedly walks the halls of this old Victorian house. Her name is Zoe. She lived at 72 Queen with her sister, Elizabeth in the early 1900’s. The sisters were very close and largely kept to themselves. Elizabeth died in 1945 and Zoe slipped into a deep depression. Neighbors claimed Zoe walked the streets at night, calling for her sister. She eventually was sent to a mental hospital where she died.
Many stories circulate the ghost tour routes about people in the hotel across the street, sighting Zoe’s ghost moving through the house at night. Staff of the restaurant also report encounters with her. You can read more entertaining ghost stories about the house here: Ghosts

Dessert on Poogan's Porch

The Essentials:

Poogan's Porch at nightPoogan's porch at night

 

Poogan’s Porch is a very popular place so be sure you have a reservation!

Address: 72 Queen Street Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Phone: 843-577-2337
Hours: Lunch 11-2:30pm    Dinner 5pm-closing    Brunch 9am-2:30pm
Reviews: Trip Advisor      Yelp

Parking: There is a deck across the street. Poogan’s Porch is a long block walk from the Charleston Market.

 

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Oysters: Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em!

oyster shell

Oysters…love ’em or leave ’em, there is no in between! These tasty, slimy, expensive delicacies don’t seem to have any middle ground. No one ever says, oysters are just OK. They are best eaten raw with plenty of champagne to wash them down. Sorry, pregnant ladies, but these are off the menu for you.

What are oysters?

Oysters are in the mollusks family. Other two shelled mollusks include clams, scallops and mussels. The shell of the oyster looks almost rocky. It is formed as the animal grows. Successive layers of shell form with each layer projecting a little beyond the last. This creates a series of concentric lines as shown in the picture above. A ligament and various muscles hold the edge of the shells firmly together like a hinge.

Oysters are most prevalent, and best eaten, in colder months. They breed during the summer and are harvested in months which contain an “R” (January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December).

Oysters feed by drawing a current of water between their two shells. Minute food particles pass through the water providing nourishment. Interestingly, oysters can live a long time out of water as long as they are kept cold since they can keep their shells tightly closed so no water escapes. Their biggest natural enemies are starfish and crabs…and of course oyster loving humans!

How to eat oysters?

The first issue for the person desiring to taste an oyster is the rather daunting task of opening the rough, rock hard, tightly sealed shell. But, take heart, there is a tool for that! Some brilliant person invented the oyster knife. But be careful to protect your hands from the rough shell. Watch this video on how to open an oyster shell:

For some people, getting past the gray, slimy, plump body and the strong desire to gag, makes oyster eating impossible. I must confess to being one of the those people! However, I am told that if I could get past my “issues”, I would discover a delicate, rich, salty flavor. Oysters are also high in calcium, iron and protein. But, I stand my ground…they are not for everyone no matter how healthy they are.

The best way to eat oysters, according to my friends, is to “slurp them down”. Most people use a tiny fork and move the oyster around in its liquid making sure it is not attached to the shell. Then, they put down the fork, pick up the shell and “slurp” from the wide end. While the majority of people shallow oysters whole, there are some brave soles who give it a light chew.

What so you do with the shell?

Don’t just throw the shells in the garbage! Because oyster shells have a very high calcium content, using them in your garden can improve the pH balance of the soil and result in more colorful plants.

Oysters being served

Where can you eat raw oysters in the Charleston area?

 

Pearlz Oyster Bar – West Ashley
9 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 573-2277

Pearlz Oyster Bar
9 Magnolia Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 573-2277

Pearlz Oyster Bar

Oyster House and O-Bar (Formerly A.W. Shucks)
5 S Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-1151

Oyster House

Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar
205 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 853-8600

Amen Street

Victor Social Club
39-F John St.
Charleston, SC

 

Victor Social Club

Coast Bar & Grill
39 John St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-8838

Coast Bar & Grill

Prohibition
547 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 793-2964

Prohibition

The Darling Oyster Bar
513 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

The Darling Oyster Bar

The Ordinary
544 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

The Ordinary

Red’s Ice House
98 Church St
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 388-0003

Red’s Ice House


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