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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