Take a seat on one of the bar stools for a feast of Atlantic coast seafood, from fresh oysters to yellowfin tuna tacos to voluminous lobster rolls, dense with claw meat and light on mayo.

167 Raw
289 E Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 579-4997

Pick up rosy salami and mortadella studded with pistachios, or get a sandwich—perfect for a picnic in Hampton Park—such as the Porchetta, a glorious pile of pulled pork, 'nduja, and cracklins on ciabatta.

Artisan Meat Share
33 Spring Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 641-7299

Known for inventive sandwiches such as Pimiento Grilled Cheese with pickled okra and candied peanuts on ciabatta, this BYOB spot on Upper King serves lunch and then re-opens for the late-night crowd (until 2 a.m.).

Butcher & Bee
654 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 619-0202

The menu at this 16 seat diners' hideaway, located in a two-story 1835 house, showcases classic French fare through the pantry of the Lowcountry. It changes daily and is about as tiny as the space (two appetizer, entrée, and dessert options each).

Chez Nous
6 Payne Court
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 579-3060

At Goat. Sheep. Cow. off Church Street, you can stock up on smoked pancetta, Spanish cheeses, olives, and wines perfect for a picnic at nearby Battery Park.

goat. sheep. cow.
106 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 480-2526

Order the Fried Chicken Skins with hot sauce and honey; The Husk Burger, quite possibly the finest example of a hamburger in the South; and a side of skillet cornbread with Allan Benton’s bacon. Oh, and the veggie plate. Honestly, this is the perfect opportunity to #ordereverything.

76 Queen Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500

At this former garage on Upper King, crispy yardbird, glasses of bubbles, and raw oysters by the dozen anchor tables at this always-packed new neighborhood favorite.

698 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 531-6500
Order the bone marrow bread pudding.
The Macintosh
479 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 789-4299

Though the wood-fired pizzas and pastas conjure Italy, Jacques Larson relies mightily on the flavors of the Lowcountry. Oyster mushrooms from the nearby Mepkin Abbey join earthy kale and a runny Sea Island egg under shards of Parmesan.

The Obstinate Daughter
2063 Middle Street
Charleston, SC 29482
(843) 416-5020

Here, it's all about everyday eating done well. From a salad of roasted cauliflower with hazelnuts to the exemplar of fried egg sandwiches, restaurateur Karalee Nielsen delivers locally-sourced food without the farm-to-table luxury tax.

The Park Cafe
730 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 410-1070