39 RUE DE JEAN French. This is the right spot for cafe au lait, a leisurely lunch or a lively dinner. A late-1800sstyle brasserie in an 1800s brick warehouse, which has been redesigned in the Art Moderne style, “Rue” features indoor and outdoor seating. L (M-Sa), D (daily), brunch (Su). www.39ruedejean. com. 39 John St., 843.722.8881.
82 QUEEN Southern. The awardwinning restaurant in the French Quarter is not to be missed. Try its signature she-crab soup or delve into a delectable dish like the fried oyster and and shrimp gumbo. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.82queen.com. 82 Queen St., 843.723.7591.
ANSON Southern. Everything from the plate to the decor is filled with creative elegance and Southern charm at this local favorite. On the menu: she crab soup laced with sherry, mushroom pasta with goat cheese, chicken under a brick with carrot puree and mustard jus, fried okra with chili oil and much more. D (daily). 12 Anson St., 843.577.0551.
ARTISAN MEAT SHARE Delis & Diners. Inspired by Cypress’ meat-sharing program, which has spun 90-plus recipes for charcuterie and other cured meat, Artisan Meat Share offers an array of hot and cold sandwiches and freshly butchered cuts. Grab a spot at the 15-seat restaurant and order from a menu of cured, smoked or salami cuts, or take home some meat or a homemade condiment (think bacon jelly, pimiento cheese). L and D (daily). www.artisanmeatsharecharleston.com. 33 Spring St., 843.641.7299.
BAY STREET BIERGARTEN German/ American. This Biergarten features a transformed, spacious interior of a former railroad depot, pour-it-yourself taps and more than 60 craft beers, plus, wine and craft cocktails. There are Bavarian-inspired bites such as a brat with kraut or the veal schnitzel, and Southern-made classics such as the shrimp and grits. Be sure to check out the entertainment happening weekly from trivia nights to music and more. L ( Th-Sa), D (daily), brunch (Su). www. baystreetbiergarten.com. 549 E. Bay St., 843.266.2437.
BLOSSOM Seafood. Graced with a light, outdoor feel with courtyard dining and stunning decor, this restaurant offers up simple, American seafood dishes with a bit of flare. If seafood’s not your thing, check out the wood-fire gourmet pizza oven. L (M-Sa), D (daily), brunch (Su). www.blossomcharleston. com. 171 E. Bay St., 843.722.9200.
BUTCHER & BEE New American. Although Butcher & Bee’s flagship store is in Nashville, you’d never know it when you walk into this Charleston favorite. A fusion of offerings cover the menu from grilled okra to tagliatelle.
The eatery has many vegetarian options, as well, with vegetable boards, falafel, hummus and more. B (M and W-F), L (M and W-F), D ( W-M), brunch (Sa-Su). www.butcherandbee.com. 1085 Morrison Dr., 843.619.0202.
CHARLESTON GRILL Global. This acclaimed, Mobil Four-Star restaurant features a unique balance of Southern and French cuisine that, along with local jazz musicians playing nightly, creates an elegant yet relaxed ambience. Features impeccable service and a nearly 1,300-label wine list. D (daily). www.charlestongrill.com. 224 King St., 843.577.4522.
CHEZ NOUS French Mediterranean. Serving cuisine from Southern France, Northern Italy and Spain, Chez Nous (French for “our place”) offers a menu that changes daily and focuses on local ingredients. Patrons can find the daily menu offerings, consisting of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts, on the restaurant’s social media outlets. L and D ( Tu-Su). www. cheznouschs.com. 6 Payne Court, 843.579.3060.
CIRCA 1886 Lowcountry. With a romantic ambience in the charming carriage house behind the Wentworth Mansion, this restaurant offers a finedining experience. Gourmands can relish in Chef Marc Collins’ inspired and fresh lowcountry dishes like wild boar with IPA-braised kale, broken arrow antelope with Carolina gold rice, and the lowcountry broil with shrimp, clams, bratwurst and collard greens. D (M-Sa). www.circa1886.com. 149 Wentworth St., 843.853.7828.
CRU CAFE American. Upscale comfort food is served up in a classic, 18thcentury, Charleston home. Dessert is not to be skipped here, with delicious offerings like flourless chocolate torte and cheesecake paired perfectly with selections from the tailored wine menu. L and D ( Tu-Sa). www.crucafe.com. 18 Pinckney St., 843.534.2434.
CYPRESS Global. James Beard Award nominee Chef Craig Deihl mans the kitchen at this fine dining foodie haven housed in a historic building in downtown Charleston. The menu features globally inspired dishes using Lowcountry ingredients. Charcuterie is a chef’s specialty. D (daily). www. cypresscharleston.com. 167 E. Bay St., 843.727.0111. THE DARLING OYSTER BAR Seafood. This charming 115-year-old restored storefront serves up the best of the Charleston seafood scene with briny delicacies like oyster shooters, snapper ceviche and lobster cocktail. Dive into one of many seafood classics or a fry basket. Wash it down with a draft microbrew or specialty cocktail. D (daily), brunch (Su). www.thedarling.com. 513 King St., 843.641.0821.
DAVE’S CARRYOUT Southern & Soul. The deep fryers hum all day long at Dave’s, a guaranteed fix when only crisp seafood platters and juicy fried chicken wings served in Styrofoam boxes will do. L ( Tu, F), D ( Tu-Sa). 42 Morris St., 843.577.7943.
EDMUND’S OAST Gastropub. Edmund’s Oast creates an upscale, authentic pub experience through its extensive food and drink menus with more than 30 draft beer choices. With an open kitchen and chef’s counter seating, the atmosphere is welcoming and reflects the restaurants transparency with food and brew. Try housecured meats, pickled shrimp, sweet corn salad, roasted chicken and much more. D ( Tu-Su), brunch (Su). www. edmundsoast.com. 1081 Morrison Drive, 843.727.1145.
FEATHERTOP New Southern. A rustic yet elegant interior invites patrons to sit back and enjoy the elevated cuisine of dishes like rigatoni with rabbit sausage, dried olive and tomato soffritto or the Cheshire pork with rutabaga and pickled cauliflower. L and D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.eathertop.scarecrowandco.com. 23 Ann St., 843.306.0101.
FIG American. From roasted suckling pig to grilled amberjack with crushed yellow finn potatoes, the dailychanging menu at FIG (Food Is Good) is inspired by the seasons and home cooking. The neighborhood-style-cafe decor is inviting and unpretentious, making it a local favorite. D (M-Sa). www.eatatfig.com. 232 Meeting St., 843.805.5900.
FISH French & Asian. Inside the walls of this 1837, single-style home, patrons can find local seafood and produce prepared with innovative French and Asian inspirations. Created with Southern flair, the seasonal menu allows Fish to provide the freshest food possible. D (daily), brunch (Su). www. fishrestaurantcharleston.com. 442 King St., 843.722.3474.
THE GROCERY American. Seasonal ingredients are in the spotlight at The Grocery. In-house canning, housemade charcuterie and fresh, local seafood support a menu of quality, inventive dishes. Graze on small bites like the butternut squash with dates and pumpkin seeds or the fried oysters with deviled-egg sauce, or stop by for a singular brunch and get the Green Eggs and Ham. D ( Tu-Su), brunch (Su). www.thegrocerycharleston.com. 4 Cannon St., 843.302.8825.
HALLS CHOPHOUSE American. Named one of the “44 Best Restaurants in America” by Business Insider, Halls Chophouse serves prime steaks plus Lowcountry and seafood specialties in a comfortable, family-owned setting in the Upper King Street district. The twofloor eatery also features an extensive wine list. And don’t miss the lively Gospel Brunch every Sunday. D (daily), brunch (Su). www.hallschophouse.com. 434 King St., 843.727.0190.
HANNIBAL’S SOUL KITCHEN Southern & Soul. Pigtails and fried gizzards and smoked neck bones, oh my! Note that in a pinch, the crab rice will delight even the fussiest eater. B, L and D (M-Sa). www.hannibalkitchen.com. 16 Blake St., 843.722.2256.
HAROLD’S CABIN American. This re-imagined, rustic-mod place is a nod to the original mid-century Charleston staple and former snowball shop that resided on this site. Today, the part corner store part cafe concept features provisions, cocktails and a menu with a strong vegetarian influence and regional ingredients. B and L ( W-Su), D ( W-Sa), brunch (Sa-Su). www. haroldscabin.com. 247 Congress St, 843.793.4440.
HIGH COTTON American. Mahogany woodwork, old brick walls and ancient, heart-of-pine floors give a feeling of warmth and style. The food is straightforward and robust with lots of meats, game and fresh fish. Weekend brunch includes live music. D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.highcottoncharleston. com. 199 E. Bay St., 843.724.3815.
HOMINY GRILL Southern. Nationally acclaimed and locally beloved, Hominy Grill is a Charleston institution serving classic Southern specialties that taste just like grandma used to make. Think
pimento-cheese and fried-catfish sandwiches, chicken livers with ham gravy and smoked ribs. Or spoil yourself with the Charleston Nasty Biscuit (biscuit, fried chicken, cheddar and gravy), but don’t tell your cardiologist. B and L (M-F); D (M-Sa), brunch (Sa-Su). www.hominygrill.com. 207 Rutledge Ave., 843.937.0930.
HUSK Southern. Travis Grimes now helms this highly popular Charleston eatery, working with founder and James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock. Using locally grown products is the Husk hallmark: all dishes are cooked using only ingredients that are indigenous to or produced in the South. L (M-Sa), D (daily), brunch (Su). www.huskrestaurant.com. 76 Queen St., 843.577.2500.
JUANITA GREENBERG’S Mexican. From the pico and guacamole right up to the Royale Nachos and burritos, all of Juanita’s food is cooked to order using only the freshest ingredients. Sit on the beautiful outdoor deck and enjoy the “world famous” margaritas or catch some live music, which plays regularly. L and D (daily). www.juanitagreen- bergs.com. 439 King St., 843.723.6224; 410 W. Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 843.329.6224.
KUDU COFFEE AND CRAFT BEER Coffee. Sporting a spacious outdoor courtyard, frequently filled with the sound of live music, and 22 taps pouring local and imported beers, Kudu is not your average coffee shop. Still, its coffee program is an impressive one. Open M-F 6:45 am-9 pm, Sa 7 am-9 pm, Su 8 am-8 pm. www.kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com. 4 Vanderhorst St., 843.853.7186.
LEON’S OYSTER SHOP Seafood. Leon’s has been hailed as one of the best eats for both seafood and chicken in Charleston. Stop in for classics like oyster shooters, fried fish and half chicken, or order up one of the more inventive dishes like the crispy clam wraps and the fried oyster sandwich. L and D (daily). www.leonsoystershop.com. 698 King St., 843.531.6500.
THE MACINTOSH Regional. Charleston native Jeremiah Bacon serves a soulful menu focused on homegrown flavor and seasonal bounty. If the confit pork shoulder with pine nut gremolata and tamarind barbecue sauce or the black and blueberry grit cake aren’t enough to win you over, try stopping in for the bacon happy hour at the bar (M-F, 5-7 pm). D (daily), brunch (Su). www.themacintoshcharleston.com. 479B King St., 843.789.4299.
MAGNOLIAS Southern. Billed as “uptown down South,” Magnolias blossoms with a menu whose highlights include the Down South Egg Roll stuffed with collard greens, plus shellfish over grits and frequently changing entrées. Magnolias is well-known for pioneering the new Southern cuisine. L and D, M-S; brunch Su. Reservations suggested. www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com. 185 E. Bay St., 843.577.7771.
MARTHA LOU’S KITCHEN Southern & Soul. This family run spot has been going strong for more than 30 years. The menu changes daily and includes a compelling rotation of chitterlings, collard greens and even ‘mystery meat.’ Still, many locals agree that the fried chicken— one of the few items available daily—is the best anywhere. L and D (daily). www.marthalouskitchen.com. 1068 Morrison Drive, 843.276.9583.
MCCRADY’S Southern. James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock’s ticketed, tasting menu-only, 22-seat restaurant is intimate and food is served at one communal table. D ( W-Su). www. mccradysrestaurant.com/home-page. 155 East Bay St., 843.577.0025.
MCCRADY’S TAVERN Southern. Have a beer in the same place George Washington once dined at this farmto-table kitchen from award-winning chef Sean Brock. Dark cypress wood and a copper-screened ceiling add to a relaxed and sometimes boisterous atmosphere. L ( W-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). www.mccradystavern.com. 2 Unity Alley, 843.577.0025.
MERCANTILE AND MASH American. Mercantile and Mash offers a graband-go menu of sandwiches and salads. The 7,500-square-foot Mercantile is adjacent to Mash, an American whiskey bar with an array of spirits and elevated bar food on the menu, where the entertainment includes 1980s arcade games and bocce ball. B and L (daily), brunch (Su). www.mercandmash. com. 701 E. Bay St., 843.793.2636.
MINERO Mexican. True to the localingredients form that has made him a James Beard winner for best Southeast chef, Sean Brock sees that the tortillas made here are from the Lowcountry’s best kernels of corn and ground fresh daily. Favorites include the shrimp and masa grits and the Minero Burrito. L and D (daily), brunch (Su). www. minerorestaurant.com. 153B E. Bay St., 843.789.2241.
NANA’S SEAFOOD & SOUL Southern & Soul. It’s a toss-up as to whether the massive fried pork chop or flip-flopsized fried whiting sandwich is a better bang for your $5, but no one will argue with anything once they get a mouthful of garlic crabs. L and D ( Tu-Sa). www. nanassoulfoodkitchen.com. 176 Line St., 843.937.0002.
167 RAW Seafood. This much-lauded fish market and oyster bar in the heart of downtown offers crowd favorite lobster rolls, fresh catches from the sea, fish tacos, plus, key-lime pie. A full bar and a friendly staff round out the appeal. L and D (M-Sa). www.167raw. com/charleston/. 289 E. Bay St., 843.579.4997.
THE ORDINARY Seafood. From FIG and Chef/Partner Mike Lata comes this beautifully restored bank building and a menu that showcases the “merrior” of the Coastal Carolinas. Chef Lata offers multiple oyster-bar choices, shellfish towers and large plates of shrimp, swordfish and more—if this is ordinary, we want to be forever normal. D ( Tu-Su). www.eattheordinary.com. 544 King St., 843.414.7060.
THE PARK CAFÉ New American. The Park Café offers carefully sourced, local ingredients for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The light, airy dining room epitomizes the restaurant’s philosophy that fresh and simple is best and follows suit with the farm-to-fork dining style. B (M-F), L (daily), D (M-Sa), brunch (Sa-Su). theparkcafechs.com. 730 Rutledge Ave., 843.410.1070.
PENINSULA GRILL American. Rich velvet walls, antique cypress woodwork and large, 19th-century oil paintings, all combined with lush gardens outside, create a pampered setting for exquisite local cuisine. D (daily). www. peninsulagrill.com. 112 N. Market St., 843.723.0700.
RUTLEDGE CAB CO. American. This eclectic eatery in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood on the northern part of the peninsula was converted from a vintage gas station and features Bill Murray among its founders as the “chief fun officer.” Breakfast is served all day, and there are plenty of sharing platters and plates to choose from, plus, milkshakes, craft beers and cocktails. B, L and D (daily). www. rutledgecabco.com. 1300 Rutledge Ave., 843.720.1440.
SLIGHTLY NORTH OF BROAD Lowcountry. Chef Frank Lee is nationally acclaimed for his award-winning Lowcountry cuisine prepared with a Maverick twist. This lively bistro is a favorite for Charleston natives. There is even a gluten-free menu for those with sensitivities. L and D (daily). www. slightlynorthofbroad.net. 192 E. Bay St., 843.723.3424.
SPERO American. One of the newer restaurant hotspots in town, Spero, offers shared plates for indulging in a flavorful menu made from local ingredients, including local oysters and clams. Owners and Chefs RJ Moody and Rob “El Jefe” Laudicina have invested themselves in the culinary perfection of each plate. Admire the art-ladened walls while you nosh on delectable, sharable plates. L& D (M-Sa). www. sperocharleston.com. 616 Meeting St., 843.203.3255.
TRATTORIA LUCCA Italian. Chef Ken Vedrinski’s eatery, hidden away in Charleston’s Elliotsborough neighborhood, specializes in Italian cuisine that is both innovative and delicate. The dinner menu is adjusted nightly based upon the available local ingredients as well as the day’s local, fresh catch. D (M-Sa). www.luccacharleston.com. 41A Bogard St., 843.973.3323.
THE WATCH: ROOFTOP KITCHEN &
SPIRITS Lowcountry. Authentic Lowcountry cuisine pairs with incredible panoramic views of Charleston at this rooftop dining destination. Nosh on shrimp and grits, hush puppies, crispy chicken skins and market-fresh seafood while sipping bespoke, hand-crafted cocktails. L and D (daily), brunch (Su). www.therestorationhotel.com. 75 Wentworth St., 877.221.7202.
XIAO BAO BISCUIT Asian Fusion. This trendy Asian comfort-food staple in an up-and-coming neighborhood delivers traditional dishes from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan. The menu changes seasonally and is designed to be eaten family style with many shared plates. L and D (M-Sa). www.xiaobaobiscuit.com. 224 Rutledge Ave.