Charleston

Peter Frank Edwards
Local Experts: Charleston, Sandy Lang

By Local Expert Sandy Lang

Best New Restaurants in Charleston 2014

1
Chez Nous

Chez Nous

Oops, we stayed more than two hours for lunch (again), ordered three courses, and drank coppery-colored rosé. I just don’t want to leave this one-room-wide house on an alley—or the trout in butter sauce or squash blossom beignets. Upstairs, downstairs, and on the patio everyone’s clinking wine glasses and supping with real silverware, too.

2
Leon’s Oyster Shop

Leon’s Oyster Shop

Char-grilled oysters in a former auto body shop, that’s what we come here for. Garage bay open, this is comfort-food-central, serving up scalloped potatoes (layered like tarte tatin), black-eyed pea salad, and fried chicken (mmm, is that Old Bay seasoning?). Owner Brooks Reitz made sure there’s soft-serve vanilla ice cream on the menu, too.

3
Brasserie Gigi

Brasserie Gigi

Chef Frank McMahon already has a following for his fish cookery at Hank’s Seafood nearby, but this place goes Parisian—with tile floors and café chairs and smoked (on purpose) mirrors. A wonderful night here, I think, includes Veuve Cliquot or one of the Belgian beers, shrimp Provencal, a hot baguette, and monkfish bourride. 

4
Obstinate Daughter

Obstinate Daughter

Brighter, lighter, and beach-ier than his wildly popular Wild Olive on John’s Island, Chef Jacques Larson’s Obstinate Daughter is drawing even more crowds—if that‘s possible—to the restaurant scene on Sullivan’s Island. If you like local ingredients and plates to share—seafood, pizza, oysters—this is the spot. One of my faves is the Frogmore chowder.

5
Edmund’s Oast

Edmund’s Oast

The bartender recommends the fresh charcuterie (they also have a cured option), and we think the catfish rillettes are smoky-incredible. Another sure thing, I think, is the lamb meatball dish in a light broth, along with saison-style beer. Or order something else from the taps’ ever-changing line-up of lagers, ales, sours, and darks.


Visit the Best New Restaurants in 2014 Charleston

Edmund’s Oast
1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, United States
9.3/10

People like this place

Gastropub
2
Obstinate Daughter
2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482, United States
8.9/10

People like this place

Restaurant
2
Brasserie Gigi
102 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
7.6/10

People like this place

French Restaurant
2
Leon’s Oyster Shop
698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, United States
9/10

People like this place

Seafood Restaurant
2
Chez Nous
6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403, United States
7.7/10

People like this place

French Restaurant
3
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