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Restaurants In Charleston

Reviews of restaurants in and around Charleston, SC.


High Thyme, Sullivan’s Island, SC

We went there on Tapas night Tuesday. The menu includes small sized plates priced between $9.00 and $14.00 and half priced wine by the glass until 10:00 p.m

Hominy Grill, Charleston, SC

This is a location that is somewhat off the beaten path, on Rutledge Avenue. Driving by to find a parking spot (there is a parking lot adjacent to the building that holds about a dozen cars), we were chagrinned to see that there was a waiting line out front (it was 1:40 p.m. on a Saturday), but decided to still give it a try. Surprisingly we were seated within five minutes of our arrival, which was an unexpected treat.

Five Loaves Café, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Location, location, location… This is a restaurant that you have to KNOW is there, or you’d miss it, and that would be a shame.

In the far corner of Crickentree Village, on Johnnie Dodds Blvd is a small restaurant named Five Loaves Café.

Crave – Kitchen and Cocktails, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Nestled in The Shoppes at Seaside Farms is an interesting restaurant, Crave. Before we moved here, Crave was one of our favorite restaurant haunts. It always seemed busy and the bar had a wonderful, busy atmosphere. Upon a recent visit, however, a lot of that appears to have changed.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Ratings juggernaut Zagat released its restaurant survey results on Monday. Topping the list for “best burger” was Five Guys Burgers and Fries. This peaked our interest. We have visited the restaurant before but decided to take a closer look on what made them #1.

Bacco, Mt. Pleasant, SC

We found an unexpected jewel the other evening in the small strip mall at the corner of Houston Northcutt and Coleman Boulevard. “Bacco” is an unpretentious jewel on many levels. But one thing’s for certain, the food is terrific, and you won’t have to take out a second mortgage to eat there.

Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island, SC

When we know we want a quick bite at a place we can always count on to deliver, we head to Poe’s. You know that when you order your favorite item it’s going to be delivered to you quickly and “Just right”.

Taco Boy, Charleston, SC

We were lucky to have lunch today at Taco Boy in Charleston. This restaurant “gem” is certainly a hidden gem. Friends of ours that have lived here for many years told us about the place, otherwise, I don’t know if we’d ever had found it, or have tried.

Santi’s Restaurante Mexicano, Charleston, SC

With a strong referral from my hairdresser, Jamie at Salon Bellezza, and Jimmy Buffets lyrics, we decided to try Santi’s Restaurante Mexicano. Jamie moved here from out west and is used to having great Mexican food. We were hungry anyway so we decided to give it a go.

Jestine’s Kitchen, Charleston, SC

Upon hearing that we’d moved to Charleston, an old colleague of mine commented that she loved the area and that she and her husband have come very close to moving here. She also could not say enough about Jestine’s Kitchen on Meeting Street, so we wanted to see for ourselves if it would live up to the hype.

82 Queen, Charleston, SC

As restaurant week was coming to a close we selected 82 Queen as our last stop of the tour. I didn’t know much about the restaurant, but I did know that their dress code was very confusing. Some sites listed it as “Business Classy”, others as “Business Casual”, so I decided to get a better understanding by stopping by the restaurant ahead of time.

Boulevard Diner, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Sometimes you pick a place to eat just by the fact (with no disrespect), that it is a “dive”. After hearing good things about Boulevard Diner in Mt. Pleasant, we decided to stop by for a quick Saturday lunch. No disrespect, but it is a “dive”.

McCrady’s, Charleston, SC

Many people have asked us if we’ve eaten at McCrady’s restaurant in Charleston, and we hadn’t. Everyone remarked that it was very good, so we decided to give it a try. And considering it is still restaurant week here in Charleston, we thought, “What do we have to lose?”

The Oak Steakhouse, Charleston, SC

Charleston Restaurant Week continues. We decided to try Oak Steakhouse for one of our 3 for $30.00 venues. I don’t eat steak, so the chances of us getting to this restaurant have been slim, but my husband does and it seemed like we could kill two birds with one stone. Plus, the restaurant seems to be renown within Charleston.

Atlanticville, Sullivan’s Island, SC

Like many in the Low Country we decided to take advantage of Charleston’s Restaurant Week. The week, is actually 11 days, running from September 8th to the 19th. During this time restaurants are offering an appetizer, entrée and dessert for either $20.00 or $30.00. The menu selection may be small, but you can always order from the regular menu too. We decided to put our toe in the water on this adventure at Atlanticville on Sullivan’s Island

Slightly North of Broad (SNOB), Charleston, SC

Slightly North of Broad is a member of the Maverick Southern Kitchens Restaurant Group that owns a few restaurants around town. (See Old Village Post House Blog, July 2010). In all the years we vacationed here, SNOB was always on our list of stops. Although the word is recently that the group is catering to tourists, rather than locals, for us, the restaurant has only once disappointed us.

Fat Hen, Johns Island, SC

Fat Hen was recommended to us by Dean Rommes from Charleston Security Systems. He gave very little information only to say that it “was the best place for Sunday brunch, by far.” We decided to give it a try.

As we drove out to Johns Island I remember thinking that it was probably silly to have made reservations. This place seemed so remote that it probably wasn’t going to be busy, especially on Halloween. When we arrived we realized we were sorely mistaken.

Mercato, Charleston, SC

We were referred to Mercato by a golfer we met during a ride-along. He had said it was some of the best Italian food he’d ever tasted and we decided to give it a try. Other than knowing Mercato was voted the Best New Restaurant in 2007, I didn’t know anything else about it.

FIG, Charleston, SC

I had no knowledge of FIG only that another neighbor challenged me on my blog saying that FIG was by far the best restaurant in Charleston, and that the chef was a James Beard Award winner and why hadn’t I gone there? I can also say that prior attempts to make reservations were difficult.

17 North Roadside Kitchen Mt. Pleasant, SC

Just past Charleston National Golf Course lies 17 North Roadside Kitchen, Chef Brett McKee’s (formerly of Oak Steakhouse), newest innovation and a big disappointment at that.

If you don’t know where it is you run the risk of driving by it. The design of a “distressed” logo makes it difficult to read and see. But it’s not stopping people from coming, as the parking lot appeared to be somewhat full.

The Glass Onion, West Ashley, SC

After we visited I checked out their website before I wrote this. I never check the site ahead of time as it might taint my opinion. On their site they have a nice story to tell. Local, “green” wine (bottles are sustainable), “natural meats, local seafood and vegetables from as close to home as we can get it.” The owners have worked together in various places here in SC and in New Orleans. The menu was to be a “moderately priced” mix, including “soul food”. And here’s what we saw…

The Lost Dog, Folly Beach, SC

Talk about a hidden gem – this little restaurant is worth the trip to Folly Beach for breakfast.

As we pulled up at around 11:00 a.m. on a Sunday there were people waiting to get in. Since we had invested the time to get there we decided to wait, no matter how long. Surprisingly we were quickly seated at a two-top in the corner.

La Pizzeria, Mt. Pleasant, SC

We’ve also only eaten there once and I am happy to say that it was terrific. Great service, food was served very quickly (7 minutes), and a team effort. When we asked our server, “Eddie” for our bill he told us, “You’re table #10, and can go to the register to cash out.” Come to find out that the owner is the only one that handles any/all cash and the servers pool their tips, hence the teamwork, I guess

Langdon’s, Mt. Pleasant, SC

When we first moved to Charleston in early summer we stumbled upon Langdon’s, literally. It’s located in the oddest place – a Bi-Lo shopping plaza off Rt. 17 and they are in the strip mall section of it. But we were hungry and decided to give it a try.

Husk, Charleston, SC

We were excited to be having dinner at Husk with friends. One of our favorite restaurants in the city is McCrady’s where Sean Brock is also the chef. I was thrilled to see as reported by the Post and Courier that opening night was like a well-oiled machine, as there are usually a few speed bumps with a new restaurant opening.