These days, it seems you can’t fling a charcuterie board without hitting a James Beard Award nominee, semifinalist, or winner. The city has cutting e... Read More
These days, it seems you can’t fling a charcuterie board without hitting a James Beard Award nominee, semifinalist, or winner. The city has cutting edge cuisine and haute dining in spades, but it also boasts ramshackle seafood joints, country kitchens, and southern soul, and the best restaurants in Charleston span it all. Boutique markets offer picnic provisions or quick bites (Mercantile & Mash, Caviar & Bananas, Ted’s Butcher Block, Bull Street Gourmet, Queen Street Grocery, or local wine and cheese favorite Goat.Sheep.Cow.). One great perk about Charleston’s dining scene is that talent breeds talent; chefs are working their way up the line, then moving on to helm their own kitchens.
Places to eat in Charleston typically focus on traditional Southern cuisine, exploring the region’s ingredients and history. Shrimp and grits, ribs, catfish, gumbo and other Lowcountry classics are at their best here. But Charleston restaurants are not afraid to innovate, and some of the most exciting eateries in the country can be found here. At Husk, get a taste of the greatest Southern ingredients, courtesy of James Beard Award winner Sean Brock. The menu changes daily, depending on ingredient availability. You might find rabbit paté, pork ribs, or an arugula-peach salad–who knows? There’s only one rule: “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door.” One not-to-miss venue is Spero—humble in design but big on flavor. And you can’t visit Charleston without treating yourself to a serious barbecue. Head to Swig & Swine, one of the city’s funkiest restaurants for all the standard BBQ favorites, with an impressive variety of beverages to wash it down with to match.