We drove to Charleston from New York City for our first vacation in 17 years. Although we arrived in Charleston around midnight we were elated. Alas, that feeling didn't last long when everything went wrong at our hotel culminating in our having to evacuate it in the middle of the night because of a fire alarm. Try getting a hotel in Charleston on the same day for an entire family.
By chance, while walking, or rather stumbling around downtown Charleston, exhausted, cranky and starving (we hadn't eaten or slept in well over 36 hours), we came across Tabbuli and were drawn in because as vegetarians we saw many options. When our greeter casually said, "How are you?" I responded, "You don't really want to know." He replied, "I do," and sounded quite sincere. So I told him. We were ushered in, treated like royalty and ate some of the best humous we'd ever had. Indeed everything we ate from the Greek salad to the falafel was excellent. But best of all was the incredibly warm, kind and friendly staff. Our waitress, who just recently moved to Charleston, was a delight. Our mood was uplifted, including that of our 14-year-old son's, and our attitude about Charleston much improved for the better. Before leaving Charleston, we may return to Tabbuli.