Two Boroughs Larder
Locals love this chic restaurant/deli that serves fresh, seasonal food that nods to the city’s Southern roots.
One of the first of its kind in Charleston, this exceptional cafe serves delicious, sophisticated sandwiches and deli fare. You can also pick up well-sourced provisions.
Butcher and Bee
Another place that serves thoughtfully made sandwiches.
This off-the-beaten track establishment has been serving low country soul food for thirty some odd years, making it a favorite of local chefs.
Our friend Maria loves the brick oven pizzas and pastas served here.
Great for burgers and Bloody Mary’s after a day at the beach on Sullivan’s Island.
New to the scene, The Ordinary is from the same people as the estimable FIG. Our friend Alexis just checked it out and raved about their amazing oyster selection as well as their great beers and cocktails.
A very family-friendly, casual neighborhood restaurant with classic Southern dishes. Our favorites included terrific shrimp and grits, tall biscuits and an incredibly delicious strawberry ice cream with swirls of cream cheese.
Husk and The Bar at Husk
We literally planned an entire trip to Charleston based solely on scoring a reservation at Husk, Sean Brock’s veritable temple to local ingredients prepared with impressive technique. The meal starts with a basket of piping hot sweet rolls with benne seeds (aka sesame seeds) served with pork lard. And it only gets better…
Sean Brock’s less formal restaurant with a similarly farm-driven menu.
So great. The menu changes a lot, but if the fish stew is available, you must have it. Must! Every last drop.
It’s a little bit off the main drag, but this inexpensive takeout place is capital-A Awesome. The best fried fish sandwiches, whole big filets served in styrofoam containers with piles of white bread, plenty of tartar sauce and crisp lettuce.
The Gin Joint
A hip place for great, stiff cocktails.
Even though it’s a bit corporate in feeling, the food at Hank’s is great, including massive piles of fried oysters and delicious she-crab soup.
Bull St. Gourmet
With two convenient locations, Bull Street Gourmet is a great place for coffee and a bit of breakfast, good sandwiches and salads for lunchtime and a large selection of well-selected groceries.
P.S. Get the the Coconut Cake at The Planter’s Inn. Just do it.