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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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The bar at Money Cat, one of the recently opened restaurants in Houston
In the Field

10 Recently Opened (and Soon-to-Open) Restaurants Around the South

Check out these 10 recently opened and soon-to-open restaurants from Miami to Louisville, with Lebanese mezze to rustic Italian food and Spanish vermouth bars.

Blue cushioned sofas outside of the roaring fireplace at the Pinch Hotel in Charleston

Getaway: The Pinch Hotel

The Pinch Hotel in Charleston is built for extended stays, nestled in the center of the city and at the heart of good food and adventure.

Friends gather at Charleston Wine + Food Street Fest

Charleston Wine + Food Presents Street Fest

City of Charleston presents Street Fest in partnership with Charleston Wine + Food: A family-friendly, free event to feature food, sips, & tunes


Charleston Restaurants

At the Table

Charleston’s Kitschy Sichuan Spot

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

In the Field

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.

Dining Out

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.

In the Field

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.

In the Field

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.

In the Field

Quick Bites from Basic Projects

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


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In Columbia, old stalwarts dish out gourmet plates while a new guard of eclectic eateries have sprung up in the farthest reaches of the city.

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Welcome to Bluffton, South Carolina, where the locals are friendly, the food is fresh, and the history is rich.

On the Road


While Savannah has long been steeped in history, a new generation of chefs and makers have breathed new life into the city.

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Discover the Local Palate's thoughtfully curated selection of regional food products.