It’s hard to choose when there are so many options.
You can go Southern in name and cuisine at Blossom (www.blossomcharleston.com) and Magnolias (www. magnoliascharleston.com), both on East Bay Street – or at Rutledge Avenue’s Hominy (www.hominygrill.com), with its James Beard Award-winning chef; go for seafood at one of two King Street favourites: Beard Award-nominated The Ordinary (www.eattheordinary.com) or atmospheric The Darling Oyster Bar (www.thedarling.com); test out the AAA Four Diamond credentials of Circa 1886 on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion (www.circa1886.com); enjoy regional produce, including seafood, in Cannon Street’s The Grocery (www. thegrocerycharleston.com) or drop by King Street’s newish
Parcel 32, set in a revitalised 1837 townhouse (www.parcel32.com). However, two of my favourites are farther afield –
Purlieu (www.purlieucharleston.com), a friendly neighbourhood bistro, is on Fishburne Street north of the bridge leading to the James River Road plantations; and then there’s
Middleton Place Restaurant, which is tucked into a corner of its namesake plantation (www. middletonplace.org/explore/restaurant).