Places to Go and Things to Do in Charleston
Charleston Essentials: Dining Out
With James Beard Award-winning chefs, media-darling restaurants and a roaring Wine & Food Festival, Charleston has become the Southeast's foodie hotspot. The downside (besides the calories) is that choosing where to dine can be daunting. Start with these standouts, locals' secrets and suggestions for best places to ...
IMPRESS A DATE
5 Fulton St.
Warm, intimate dining room, fabulous Italian fare, attentive servers
BE SPOILED ROTTEN
224 King St., at Charleston Place Hotel
Definitely a special-occasion indulgence. Five-star dining and pampering from the always-personable general manager, Mickey Bakst
Five Loaves Cafe
43 Cannon St.
Hardy soups, fortified salads, generous servings of healthy entrees
186 Concord St.
Fleet Landing is smack on the Charleston Harbor, with indoor and outdoor dining. Fresh seafood abounds on the wide-ranging menu.
207 Rutledge Ave.
Locals' favorite for Southern comfort fare with a cosmopolitan flare. Shrimp and grits take the cake, but save room for their famous Buttermilk Pie.
START YOUR DAY
73 Spring St.
Sunday morning cinnamon buns -- enough said.
4 Vanderhorst St.
Hip crowd, lovely courtyard, African coffees and even craft beers if you prefer non-caffeinated brew
ENJOY A POST-SURF BEER
2210 Middle St., Sullivan's Island
Local craft beers, killer burgers and a haunting beach vibe inspired by Edgar Allan Poe himself.
1075 East Montague Ave., North Charleston
This Park Circle favorite serves imaginative Neapolitan pies using local and organic produce and deliciously inspired salads.
BE A LOCAVORE
479-B King St.
232 Meeting St.
Both these award-winning restaurants feature farm-to-table sophistication with fresh, seasonal bounty from nearby fields and waters.
GRAB A LATE-NIGHT BITE
Butcher & Bee
654 King St.
This foodie lunch hotspot reopens for night owls, Thursday through Saturday, 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., with sandwiches worth staying up for.