As if there were not enough things about Charleston to send you running on vacation, it’s also a prime destination for foodies. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the best places in the city, but this will give you an idea of where to start. You will not be disappointed if you visit any of these places, all of which have been credited as the Best Places to Eat and Drink in Bon Appetit magazine.
76 Queen Street
Taste fine Southern cuisine from James Beard Award winning chef, Sean Brock; the man behind well-known Charleston restaurant, McCrady’s. Though the menu changes daily, ingredients are fresh, local, and guaranteed to taste great. Voted Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant 2011, this is a restaurant full of well-deserved accolades. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and for Sunday Brunch. To give you an idea of what you could expect on the menu, past offerings have included: Chicken wings, duck leg, pork chops, and more.
FIG (Food is Good)
232 Meeting Street
Taste amazing seasonal cuisine at this cafe/bistro from yet another James Beard Award winning chef, Mike Lata. This restaurant is another in the area committed to using local and sustainable ingredients. Open for dinner only, this is a great place to taste all the wonderful seafood the Charleston area has to provide. Menu items include: Oysters on the Half Shell, Slow Baked Snapper, Cornflour Dusted Jumbo Flounder, and Sauteed Gray Triggerfish.
167 East Bay Street
Enjoy menu items such as Crisp Wasabi Tuna with a ginger-garlic glaze and Certified Angus Beef® Filet of Beef with house made Boursin cheese from Chef Craig Deihl. Cypress has been a staple in the Charleston community since 2001. Open for dinner only, with an extensive wine list and bar fare menu, this is a great place to relax and unwind after a long day of fun.
511 King Street
Try a meat and cheese platter featuring a number of choices such as: lamb prosciutto, black truffle sausage, or enjoy a sandwich. The bar features a number of scotch and bourbon offerings, as well as a unique selection of cocktails. Though this restaurant is only open for dinner and drinks, it’s a great place to explore what Charleston is like during late-night.
Butcher & Bee
654 King Street
Just right down the street from The Belmont, this sandwich shop features daily menu changes. They are open for lunch every day, dinner on Thursdays, and offer a late night menu on Fridays and Saturdays. You can use their Facebook or Twitter to see the menu of the day, but you can expect things like: Roast beef, pork belly, Cuban sandwiches, fried chicken, and more.
If you’re planning your trip ahead of time, reservations are recommended at places like Husk and Cypress. Even if you can’t get a reservation before you intend to dine, you should be able to get a table in a reasonable amount of time.