Peninsula Grill oysters Charleston South Carolina

From Southern food classics served in an historic Victorian home to the best coconut cake in the state, these are the best restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

The Ordinary

We hate to play favourites, but if we had to choose our #1 bar/restaurant in Charleston, it would be The Ordinary. Maybe it’s the hilarious and charming bartenders, who will prepare anything and everything for you on the spot, maybe it’s their incredible oyster shooters, crab toast and scallop crudo, or maybe it’s the stunning venue itself – a former bank that gives off a classic but buzzy vibe not dissimilar to The Wolseley in London. Whatever the reason, The Ordinary is at the top of our Charleston food list and it should be at the top of yours too.

Husk

Located in a former Victorian home, Husk dishes out southern food at its finest. The menu changes daily, but during our visit we enjoyed spiced chicken wings, quail, cornbread and a phenomenal burger. Given that the head chef is a former James Beard award-winner, it’s no surprise that the food lives up to the hype. Make sure to check out their rustic bar next door, where the eager mixologists infuse their own liquor in barreled caskets.

Peninsula Grill

The Peninsula Grills is known for its world-famous coconut cake, a delicacy that is shipped across the nation to foodie fanatics determined to celebrate their special occasion with one of the best desserts in North America. That said, the preceding courses at this fancy dining room (part of the Planters Inn hotel) are equally delicious. The food, much like the ambience, is traditional, so go for fail-safes like their oysters casino, Carolina trout and asparagus with truffled egg salad. Just make sure to save room for pudding…

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  • Planter's Inn
    112 N Market Street
    Charleston
    29401

Stars Grill Room and Rooftop

Located on Upper King Street, this downtown dining experience offers a true taste of Carolina cuisine. Stars has built strong bonds with local farmers and fisherman to provide you with new specialities from its seasonally changing menu. The 12-seat chef’s table offers diners a peek into the inner workings of the kitchen, as well as a glimpse of live firewood cooking. Named Stars for its rooftop with 360-degree views of the Holy City, we highly recommend finishing your night here (or starting it for that matter) with one of their specialty drinks or tap wines.

Two Boroughs Larder

In the mood for an adventurous American meal? This locally owned restaurant caters to the intrepid eater eager to try new twists on old recipes. Offering a mix of seasonal cuisine, American staples and experimental dishes, Two Boroughs’ highlights include their raw oysters, clams with baked potato, sour cream and cured egg yolk and the bavette steak with black garlic. Most importantly, they have the best breakfast sandwiches in town. After your meal you can pick up some of their unique pantry and tableware items (craft beers, local coffee, tea towels and local farm eggs).

Sugar Bakery

When your sweet tooth starts to kick in, make a quick pit stop at this cute little bake shop and pick up one of their delicious cupcakes or cookies (the M&M is our personal favorite). Other dangerously good treats to look out for include their apple slice cupcake and strawberry rhubarb tart.

Xiao Bao Biscuit

Formerly a run-down gas station, this cleverly converted space has some of the most delicious Asian comfort food we’ve ever tasted. Their seasonally changing menu offers a mix of reasonably priced cuisine from many Asian countries (Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand). The okonomiyaki, also known as a Japanese cabbage pancake, is always a crowd pleaser. Xiao Bao Biscuit also has an abbreviated lunch menu so if you’re in a rush, you can stop by earlier in the day.

The Ordinary

Husk

Peninsula Grill

Stars Grill Room and Rooftop

Two Boroughs Larder

Sugar Bakery

Xiao Bao Biscuit

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