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Holy City eating and drinking

Since becoming the national media’s Southern food darling, Charleston’s dining scene has grown exponentially, both in style and geography. Yes, South Carolina traditions, like shrimp and grits and barbecue, are still on menus at Charleston restaurants. But so is okonomiyaki, housemade tortillas, and foie gras. The city’s served as the landing for numerous Michelin-starred restaurants and James Beard award winners over the years: FIG, Husk, The Ordinary, Peninsula Grill, and other institutions surround the downtown’s iconic King, Broad, and Market streets. While these establishments still pump out exquisite plates and refined ambiance in downtown, more and more of Charleston's dining scene has gravitated toward cheaper real estate. Smaller, more relaxed joints throughout residential neighborhoods present an entire new guard of eateries. Throughout the upper peninsula’s warehouse district and in the residential neighborhoods across the bridges in Mount Pleasant and the islands, a hotbed of food and drink awaits in the greater Charleston area, along with flavors from the Lowcountry to Portugal, Vietnam to the Caribbean.

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A Weekend in Charleston

The Local Palate's ultimate itinerary for a weekend in Charleston, complete with where to eat, drink, and go to make every moment and meal count.

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Best Eats and Drinks in North Charleston

Discover TLP's ultimate eating and drinking guide to North Charleston, a diverse part of town with restaurants and bars that rival those of downtown.

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Expert Picks: Shuai and Corrie Wang

At Jackrabbit Filly, opened last fall in North Charleston’s Park Circle neighborhood and named for their Chinese zodiac signs, the couple serves food that’s grounded in Shuai’s Chinese heritage and embracing of Southern ingredients.

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Tableaux: Insider’s Guide to Charleston

What to eat, where to drink, how to spend your days—whether you’re a lifelong resident or visiting the city for the first time, consider this your guide to all that Charleston has to offer.

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Charleston Restaurants

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Charleston’s Kitschy Sichuan Spot

Charleston is eating up Tina and David Schuttenberg’s brand of Sichuan at their kitschy hot spot Kwei Fei.

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First Look at The Menu of Charleston’s Brasserie La Banque

Charleston's new French Brasserie brings comforting classics and distinctive standouts to its historic Broad Street neighborhood.

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A First Look at Vern’s Menu

A sunny corner front in Charleston’s Elliotborough neighborhood is getting new life with the opening of Vern’s on July 14.

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Meet the Man Behind Charleston’s Lively New Tapería

Max Kuller brought DC's favorite tapería Estadio to Charleston’s Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood last fall.

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First Look at Minero’s Mexican Menu

Charleston's favorite gourmand burrito spot Minero has found a new home on Johns Island. Chef Shamil Velazquez shared his process in creating the new menu.

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Quick Bites from Basic Projects

Getting back to basics with Charleston design couple Ben and Kate Towill.