Restaurants in Charleston, SC

Charleston is the eating capital of South Carolina; indeed, it is one of the eating capitals of the East Coast, with a distinctive repertoire that offers flavors of the Deep South — humble and fancy — as well as a memorable taste of the ocean. Some dishes that should be eaten are emblematic of the city in particular and the South Carolina coast in general: Huguenot torte, she-crab soup, hoppin’ John, okra soup, shrimp & grits, and the all-you-can-eat oyster roast. Of course, there are many fine and/or fashionable dining opportunities — we like 82 Queen for swank, Leon’s Poultry and Oyster Shop for urban hip, and The Macintosh for such New American treats as a PBLT (pork belly added) and bone marrow bread pudding. The city’s soul food restaurants are a whole separate eating world, featuring such local favorites as pig tails and neckbones larded into lima bean supper, turkey prioleau (pilau), and sweet potato pie.

Charleston’s Most Famous Dishes

Fried Chicken

Seafood platter is loaded with fried shrimp, scallops, oysters, flounder, plus deviled crab and hushpuppies

Seafood

Bowl of lima beans contains massive amounts of pork.

Lima Beans

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.

Salads

Charleston’s Best Restaurants

Crisp-fried whole founder, topped with lemon wedges, is scored so it is easy to fork up bite-size pieces.
Hyman Seafood

CHARLESTON, SC

FIG - Peach & Cucumber Salad
FIG

CHARLESTON, SC

Hominy Grill - Sauteed Shrimp On Cheese Grits
Hominy Grill

CHARLESTON, SC

Dave’s Carry-Out

CHARLESTON, SC

82 Queen

CHARLESTON, SC

Sugar Bakeshop

CHARLESTON, SC

Middleton Place Restaurant

CHARLESTON, SC

Rising High Cafe

CHARLESTON, SC

Ernie’s

CHARLESTON, SC

Hannibal’s

CHARLESTON, SC

Martha Lou’s Kitchen

CHARLESTON, SC

Magnolia’s

CHARLESTON, SC

Wild Flour Pastry

CHARLESTON, SC

Second State Coffee

CHARLESTON, SC

Queen Street Grocery

CHARLESTON, SC

167 Raw

CHARLESTON, SC

Rodney Scott’s BBQ - Ribs
Rodney Scott’s BBQ

CHARLESTON, SC

Poogan’s Porch

CHARLESTON, SC

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

CHARLESTON, SC

The Macintosh

CHARLESTON, SC

Codfather

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC

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