Locals flock to the Metro Diner for all-day, diner-style breakfasts minus the grease and excess sodium. Stop by the 40-year-old San Marco Bookstore, the neighborhood's oldest retail store, and check out its rare books and collectible classics. Just across the street, Olive offers game-day dresses and Southern-made wares such as Sucker Jeans from Charleston. Built in 1938, the Art Deco San Marco Theatre is the perfect place to catch an afternoon matinee–and maybe a beer–before heading out to a dinner of seafood paella and house-made fettuccine at Taverna. A cozy, congenial place accented with reclaimed wood and locally made furniture, Taverna features one of the city's most extensive wine lists, and its menu suggests the best pairings for each entree as chosen by the in-house wine director.
Red Velvet Hot ChocolateWith a sweet cream cheese "frosting" and chopped milk chocolate, this take on red velvet cake will knock the socks off your guests.