Three’s a charm: Limit your crawl to three stops. Any more than that, and you’ll end up racing the clock, not to mention reaching for the Pepcid.
Keep it small: Tables for eight aren’t routinely available at a moment’s notice. Go with a small group―or be willing to split up.
Make a reservation: Every place we recommend readily accommodates walk-ins. However, if you don’t want to risk eating at the bar, reserve at least one table along your route.
Money matters: Crawling for appetizers can be cheaper than eating a full meal at a single restaurant (but not always). For the evening, expect to pay about $65 per person for a group of four. Cock¬tails and wine can escalate the bill significantly.
Dress code: Charleston restaurants range from white tablecloth haute cuisine to laid-back cafes. Business casual is dinner-appropriate no matter which combination you choose. Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes―cobblestones and stilettos aren’t friends.
Charleston Appetizer Crawl
We ate our way, one appetizer at a time, through more than 30 Charleston restaurants. Join us on our quest for the best―and try it yourself.