The food scene in this iconic city keeps getting better; you could stay for a week and still not discover all the great meals. Here are our favorites places to dine for your next trip.
Chef Sean Brock left Nashville for Charleston in 2006, and in the four years since, he’s established himself as one of the most creative chefs in town―or anywhere. He’s so dedicated to local food that he manages a farm for the restaurant; then he applies really inventive preparation to the fresh product. The braised short ribs cooked sous vide style (i.e. sealed in plastic then cooked at low temps in a warm water bath) melt in your mouth. Mccradysrestaurant.com
Virginia’s serves some of the best comfort food in town. Try the fried chicken or the deviled crab―just be sure to bring your appetite. Virginiasonking.com
Winter is the time for oysters, and Pearlz is the place in Charleston if you want freshness in a festive, casual spot. You’ll find local oysters, as well as varieties from up and down the coast. Pearlzoysterbar.com
Mike Lata, chef and owner of this laid-back eatery on Meeting Street, was one of Charleston’s early advocates for local food, and his devotion to freshness shows. Much of the preparation is simple, unadorned―yet stellar. Try the cauliflower with mustard butter. Eatatfig.com
Two words: Chocolate Indulgence. It’s a six-layer devil’s food cake with chocolate buttercream, served with a shot of milk. What’s not to love? Oaksteakhouserestaurant.com
In food-obsessed Charleston, Amen Street Raw & Fish Bar has locals abuzz. Plump, perfect oysters and locally caught fish showcase Lowcountry cuisine at its finest. amenstreet.com
The archetype of what chef Sean Brock does best: heirloom Southern food prepared with a connoisseur’s sensibility and a deft
Don’t-Miss Dish: The hyper-local menu changes daily, but the cornbread is constant—crisp, scented with Benton’s bacon, and piping hot in a mini cast-iron skillet.
huskrestaurant.com or 843/577-2500