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 drumstick and thigh rest upon greens and corn

Fried Chicken

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


Pink, butter-sauced shrimp surround a mound of thin spaghetti noodles


Bowl of lima beans contains massive amounts of pork.

Lima Beans

Charleston’s Best Restaurants

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Great Charleston Recipes

A crockery cup holds midnight-dark chocolate pudding topped with snowy-white whipped cream.

Hominy Grill Chocolate Pudding


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