Everyone loves Southern Food, but many would argue that no one does it quite like the chefs in the Golden City. After all, it was the first place in the United States to see ingredients like Carolina Gold rice, field peas, sesame seeds, and fried okra, and we all know that traditional recipes are the best ones. Whether you're vacationing in Charleston, new in town, or just looking for a new place to take the family for dinner, we've got some recommendations for you.
For some genuine Southern American cuisine, you have to take a trip to downtown Charleston to dine at Husk. It's moderately priced, running about $25 per entrée – and after you taste the cornbread, it'll become an instant favorite. With bits of smoky Benton's bacon throughout and served in a hot cast-iron skillet, there's nothing quite like it around. Any of Chef Sean Brock's signature dishes are winners, but be sure to try some of the house-cured ham or the Geechie Boys grits, if you want something traditional yet unique.
This is the place to go if you're looking for a special night out. The entrées will run a bit more high-end in terms of cost – about $30 per main course – but it's worth every penny. The atmosphere, as well as the service, is divine and the chef, Bob Waggoner, is award-winning. The contemporary Southern cuisine includes Frogmore stew, grilled wild salmon shine, Maine lobster, and other unexpected twists on classic dishes.
Pearlz Oyster and Raw Bar
If you're looking for an affordable meal, a late-night snack, or plain amazing seafood, Pearlz is the place to go. You can get some oyster shooters after a night out at the bar, as well as other seafood favorites like Crispy Ahi Tuna Rolls, Crab Bruschetta, and Tuna Tacos. Entrees will cost you about $13 per plate.
Slightly North of Broad
Located exactly where it says it is, this restaurant is another moderately-priced establishment for downtown dining. Slightly North of Broad offers "New American" cuisine such as award-winning shrimp and grits, which is peppered with country ham and Andouille sausage. Lunches at this restaurant are particularly affordable, especially if you're looking for something filling and inexpensive. An Express Lunch will get you an entrée plus a soup or salad at fewer than 11 bucks.
This place is worth going to just for their famous dessert: the Ultimate Coconut Cake. Layers upon layers of coconut and cream make for one of the most decadent coconut dishes out there. Dinner runs at around $28 per entrée, and offers outdoor dining and seafood dishes like oysters, caviar, and rainbow trout.
Needless to say, for many, dining is reason enough to opt for some real estate in Charleston, SC. These are just a few of the popular restaurants located within the city limits!