Charleston Restaurants

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  • 1. Butcher and Bee

    $ | North Morrison | American

    Healthy and light but always satisfying, this local favorite has grown into new digs and expanded its lunch and dinner menus. The seasonal menu...Read More

  • 2. Extra Virgin Oven

    $ | Pizza

    Known to locals as EVO, this Park Circle pizzeria is considered by many to be the area's best, doling out Neapolitan-style pies with super-thin...Read More

  • 3. Lewis Barbecue

    $ | North Morrison | American

    Austin pitmaster John Lewis transformed Charleston's smoked meat scene when he opened this Texas-style joint that serves prime rib, pulled pork...Read More

  • 4. Ted's Butcherblock

    $ | Ansonborough | Café

    Land at Ted's on some lucky afternoon for a memorable greeting: the scent of smoked meat wafting from a grill perched near the entrance. Ted...Read More

  • 5. Bakehouse

    $ | Market | Bakery

    Delicious seasonal desserts—heavenly sweet 'n' salty brownies, cheesecake bars, and whoopie pies—are baked at this popular spot. Soft as a pillow...Read More

  • 6. Basil

    $ | Upper King | Thai

    There's a reason that this corner restaurant in the heart of downtown has been lauded again and again for its Asian fare. Dinner hours generate...Read More

  • 7. Blind Tiger

    $ | South of Broad | American

    One of Charleston's oldest speakeasies, the Blind Tiger can go toe-to-toe with any newcomer. Name the beer, name the backdrop, and the Tiger...Read More

  • 8. Cupcake DownSouth

    $ | Upper King | Bakery

    This cute shop features more than 50 flavors of cupcakes. A daily flavor chart reveals the collection of pocket-sized pleasures on offer. Favorites...Read More

  • 9. Glazed

    $ | Upper King | Bakery

    Three words: maple bacon doughnuts. If that's not enough to get you in the door, any number of other creative options—think raspberry nutella...Read More

  • 10. Hiott's Pharmacy

    $ | American

    Hiott's Pharmacy is one of those delightful throwbacks—a drugstore with a soda fountain where the news of the day is discussed and young people...Read More

  • 11. Home Team BBQ

    $ | West Ashley | American

    This bar and restaurant has swiftly earned the endorsement of even the old-school barbecue set (the restaurant's newfangled pork tacos...Read More

  • 12. Jack's Cosmic Dogs

    $ | American

    The Galactic, Krypto, Orbit City, and Blue Galactic hot dog varieties at Jack's Cosmic are otherworldly excellent, with blue-cheese slaw, spicy...Read More

  • 13. Main Street Grille

    $ | American

    Grab a window seat at this casual spot for a pleasant view of East Washington Street while you dig into shrimp and stone-ground grits, a Philly...Read More

  • 14. Martha Lou's Kitchen

    $ | American

    Martha Lou Gadsden has made her pink cinder-block building into a palace of soul food. Although the building is quirky, with a huge mural of...Read More

  • 15. Moe's Crosstown Tavern

    $ | Hampton Park | American

    The decidedly old-school Moe's Tavern earns a perennial place on the area's best-burger list. The big, half-pound, Angus beef chuck patties...Read More

  • 16. Poe's Tavern

    $ | Burger

    The bar and restaurant is beloved among visitors and locals for its fish tacos and gourmet burgers, all named after stories by Edgar Allen Poe...Read More

  • 17. Queen Street Grocery

    $ | Broad Street | French

    For crepes, breakfast sandwiches, and cold brew, locals turn to this venerable Charleston institution. Built in 1922, the corner building has...Read More

  • 18. See Wee Restaurant

    $ | American

    This former general store is about 25 minutes from downtown Charleston, but it's worth the trip for the Southern-style flashback. The veteran...Read More

  • 19. Sesame Burgers & Beer

    $ | Burger

    This burger-and-beer joint makes just about everything on the premises—from its house-ground burgers right down to the mustard, ketchup, and...Read More

  • 20. Southern General

    $ | American

    This no-frills strip mall spot's 18 options include meaty masterpieces like the Super Butt, house-braised pork with smoked sweet onions and...Read More

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