At chef Sean Brock's ode to Mexican street food, order lots of messy tacos loaded with meats such as fatty carnitas or perfectly charred al pastor.

155 E Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-2241

Stop into Mixson Market for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a quick snack. Choose from gourmet coffee, artisinal sandwiches, and craft beer. It also sells household items and cookbooks.

Mixson Market
4338 McCarthy Street
Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 471-2850

Like neighborhood taverns of old, Tavern & Table on Shem Creek is designed to be that local gathering place where friends and family get together for classic cocktails and spectacular handcrafted food in an atmosphere as comfortable as your living room. The inventive menu, created by Executive Chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith, celebrates the flavors of the Lowcountry

Tavern & Table
100 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29464
(843) 352-9510

Order the wood Roasted Clams with house-made chorizo sausage, sweet peppers, and onions.

The Grocery
4 Cannon Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 302-8825
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

At chef Mike Lata’s high temple of Neptune’s bounty, the oyster sliders are the perfect spicy-sweet, crispy, tender combo: fried oysters are tucked inside Hawaiian rolls, topped with cabbage, pickled carrots, homemade Sriracha hot sauce, cilantro, and jalapenos.

The Ordinary
544 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-7060

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

Order the Pork Scrapple Sandwich, on a hard roll, with aged Cheddar and a silky farm egg cooked over-easy. Or the Bowl-o-Noodle, house-made noodles with pork confit and a runny egg in pork broth. Go all-in by adding kimchi, sesame greens, pickled mushrooms, and an extra helping of pork.

Two Boroughs Larder
186 Coming Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 637-3722

Tucked in an old gas station in Charleston, Xiao Bao Biscuit has given the Peninsula a new take on the lunch counter with their Asian comfort foods, such as Tenri-style ramen (thin, straight noodles in a soy-based broth) with pork belly, kimchi, stewed greens, and a slow-cooked farm egg.

Xiao Bao Biscuit
224 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29401