Wow, this section will be tough to cover in just a few paragraphs. Just like other scenes in Charleston, the food scene is jam-packed with layers. The Charleston area attracts heavy media coverage for its cutting-edge cuisine. In my opinion the media misses many of the really GREAT spots, because the restaurants receiving national coverage are likely to have large P.R. companies helping them secure that high-profile attention.
The food here is as diverse as the people — and architecture — of Charleston, SC. From the less-than-sheik but wildly popular Bowens Island restaurant near Folly Beach (famous for fresh oysters) to the upscale Peninsula Grill located in the center of the shopping district of Charleston. I point out these two top-notch eateries to illustrate that excellent restaurants can be found all over Charleston–not just in the historic district. You can move all around Charleston and not run out of food options.
Charleston’s food scene of late has really gotten a boost from the very popular Food and Wine Festival held annually in March. I strongly recommend that if you are a foodie, you block off some time to come to Charleston for this, as you won’t be disappointed.
Below are a few of Becky’s and my favorite spots, but this is by no means all-encompassing. Please feel free to call or email me if you want a certain type of food and I am happy to share other spots.
Favorite is Anson’s — fresh local, delicious.
Lana Restaurant, is a little off the beaten path in downtown, but worth a look. Across the street from Lana is another great spot — Fuel, a Jamaican eatery. Look for Hominy Grill next to Fuel.
If you want steak and seafood — you have to try Oak Steakhouse and Grill 225.
A great casual place in Charleston is Taco Boy, again off the beaten path, but worth a stop if you want Tex-Mex with some character and very cool décor.
Seafood is great at Hanks just off the city market. At Breech Inlet on the Isle of Palms, The Boat House has great food and outstanding views of the intracoastal waterway a perfect spot to watch the sunset and enjoy a beverage of your choice.
If you are in Mt. Pleasant for the day, you have to try Square Onion for lunch and Red Drum for dinner. I also recommend Vickery’s on Shem Creek. The restaurant specializes in Cuban-American food with a Lowcountry twist.
If you happened to venture out to Daniel Island you have to try Laura Alberts. They are only open for lunch, but a must do if you get out to Daniel Island.