Travel is not always fun. When you see people like Anthony Bourdain (may he RIP) and Andrew Zimmern jet set across the country and around the world, you think it must be wonderful. Well on my latest trip to Washington D.C (where I am currently writing this article), I had to endure the unglamorous side of travel, day-long layovers.

Not to bore you with the details, but I was flying from my home in Austin, Texas to Charlotte, NC. My flight from Charlotte to Charleston (I get these too confused so much) was delayed. That delay caused me to miss my connecting flight to D.C. from Charleston by 4 minutes!!! So I waited while they put me on the next flight for later that evening. After waiting 5 hours, my flight is completely canceled due to bad weather. So my travel adventure begins…

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Whenever things go wrong, I always try to see the positive in the situation. So even though my luggage was already in D.C. and I was stuck in Charleston for the night, I counted my blessings which included my stay at the Courtyard Marriot. This hotel had great service and a shuttle to take me to and from the airport.

The next day, I had time before my flight back the Charlotte, NC to grab some clean clothes at a local Wal-mart and enjoy a delicious brunch recommended to me by my Uber driver. Hiram my second Uber driver on that Saturday was kind enough to give me a small tour of the African American side of Charleston. He also recommended and drop me off (free of charge) at local downtown eatery Rutledge Cab Co..

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The service on Saturday’s is said to be slow but this particular day it was rainy and very busy. I sat at the bar after a short wait. And while it took a while for the bartenders to acknowledge me, after they finally got to me, the service was great. Rutledge Cab Co. was formerly a gas station that has been transformed to a hip eatery. Expect southern favorites and great brunch specials.

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I had a simple two egg breakfast platter which comes with two eggs any style, grits, toast, or a biscuit. It was perfect along with their $2 mimosas. This meal was under $12 and I was very happy.

Unfortunately, I had to get back to the airport because I had a flight to catch. But if you are in Charleston, SC I encourage you to give Rutledge Cab Co. a try and be sure to explore the downtown area, it’s very charming.

Do you have a favorite restaurant or attraction in Charleston that you’d like to recommend? Leave your recommendations in the comments section. And stay tuned to my review of Washington D.C. area restaurants.