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Xiao Bao Biscuit

This was a great stop on the way back from a long bike ride over the bridge one afternoon. Located on the Northern edge of town, in a funky neighborhood with coffeeshops and clothing stores, this converted gas station retains the charm of the past but throws in quite a few Asian twists in the … Continued

The Ordinary

Yet another great find along King Street, this is one of two options from local chef and pioneer Mike Lata (Fig is his other, fine-dining option). A classic Low Country seafood house, pretty much anything that’s sourced within the state is going to be great. Ceviches and raw oysters are good bets. The Ordinary 544 … Continued

Leon’s Poultry & Oyster Shop

With echoes of Big Star in Chicago, this mostly locals hang specializes in two things: oysters and impossibly crispy fried chicken. There’s usually a boozy slushy available and some soft serve too. Take your hipster friends or teenagers here, and hang outside on the patio to watch traffic go by on King Street. Leon’s Poultry … Continued

Little Jack’s Tavern

Clubby local joint with green-and-white-checkered tablecloths, old black and white photos of prize fighters and race horses and a swanky bar that sees contractors during lunch and local swells at night. Tavern burgers are tasty, but we loved the seafood salads and stiff whiskey sours. Also, the pastrami on marble rye is a sleeper hit. … Continued

167 Raw

Such a fun, cozy little joint just a few minutes’ walk from most of the major tourist spots in town. They have a location in Nantucket as well. Get there early at lunch, as lines form just before noon. Raw oysters, lobster rolls and whatever is freshest on the blackboard are recommended. Great craft beers … Continued

Husk

From it’s location in historic downtown Charleston to the ingredients used by award-winning chef Sean Brock, Husk is a thoroughly southern restaurant. The continuously evolving menu starts with ingredients indigenous to the South (there’s no olive oil in this kitchen), grown in the restaurant’s own garden or sourced from Lowcountry farmers, and redefines the meaning … Continued

McCrady’s

McCrady’s combines traditional southern flavors with local, peak season ingredients in its contemporary take on southern cuisine. Uber-Southern chef-hero Sean Brock is behind it all, sourcing from Lowcountry farmers, fishermen, even the restaurant’s own rooftop garden; and the menu is updated daily to serve ¬†food at the peak of freshness. Also not to be missed … Continued

The Palmetto Cafe

The Palmetto Cafe combines the best of Lowcountry cuisine with the freshest ingredients and serves them in a unique and elegant garden-style setting. The Palmetto Cafe 205 Meeting St., Charleston, SC, 29401; (843) 722-4900

The Ordinary

Part Southern seafood hall part oyster bar, The Ordinary pairs fresh, local seafood with an inventive menu and serves it up against the backdrop of its historical Charleston location. Chef Mike Lata is one of the region’s best chefs, so you know you’re in good hands. The Ordinary 544 King St., Charleston, SC, 29403; (843) … Continued

The Glass Onion

The Glass Onion serves up southern comfort food inspired by the rural South, New Orleans, and South Carolina’s Lowcountry. It’s a locals-only joint where you’ll have a hard time choosing just one dish. Personally, I’m a big fan of the deviled eggs, quail and grits or fried chicken. The Glass Onion 1219 Savannah Hwy., Charleston, … Continued