I rarely write or promote businesses, but I have to make an exception for Poogan’s Porch – which is one of my favorite restaurants for several reasons. I’ve been lucky enough to visit with both my mom and mother-in-law on chilly winter days, where the fireplaces in each room make the perfect cozy spot to enjoy some she-crab soup and sweet tea.
Poogan’s Porch was originally built in 1888 as a large Victorian townhome on Queen Street. In 1976, the owners sold their home to the restaurant and moved away. However, they left behind one thing – their dog, Poogan.
Poogan was a scruffy little mutt who was known throughout the neighborhood for being very happy and friendly. For this reason, restaurateur Bobbie Ball adopted Poogan. On the porch, Poogan began his career as the restaurant’s host and was paid in the form of back scratches and table scraps from visitors. The Ball family ultimately named the restaurant after Poogan, who passed away in 1979 from natural causes. Their website reads, “His porch and restaurant live on in his honor.”
If that sappy history doesn’t grab you, you might be more impressed by the restaurant’s visitors. The entry hall is lined with framed letters and memorabilia from celebrities, politicians, athletes, who all attest to the greatness of the food. Despite this, Poogan’s Porch has maintained a casual and cheery atmosphere of Southern hospitality, making it a landmark in downtown Charleston.
Posts are a combination of my own research, visits, and conversations, plus various information found around the web. I try to provide sources, but if you have specific questions, feel free to ask!