‘My TOP 10 Places To Eat Right Now’ is one of my favorite segments to do on my blog. There are so many great places to eat in Charleston…deciding which one to choose for a particular night really all depends on what you’re in the mood for, at the time! I often get asked, ‘whats my favorite restaurant?’ The truth is…it changes all the time. And in a city like ours, its hard to narrow it down to just 1 place. Which is why I began the Top 10 Places To Eat, series 2 years ago. I like to give a few options of places that I am in love with that consistently offer great food and good service. I hope that these suggestions are helpful and you enjoy them as much as I do! To read more recommendations and lists like: ‘Fav Casual Patio‘ or ‘Best Sweets In Town’ and much more, check out the new app: CurEat. It’s a great resource for food lovers to find recommendations in their own city and throughout the country while on their travels to find highly recommended places to eat and drink. The app is brand new and more areas are being included all the time! Each city has a hand selected panel of chefs, mixologists, food lovers, makers and curators who know: WHATS UP! They each make and share lists they have personally chosen of their fav spots to help you while on your own food adventure!! I am super excited to have been asked to be a Guest CurEat Representative for Charleston and share over the next few months the places that I think should be spotlighted! Download this great app today and see what all the buzz is about!!!
My TOP 10 Places To Eat Right Now…
The Obstinate Daughter
Located at: 2063 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. (843) 416-5020
Such an amazing menu to choose from: pasta, pizzas, awesome local produce, tasty brunch menus and the gelato downstairs is mind blowing good! And that carrot cake…I actually dream about that cake (it’s amazing)! The kitchen puts out consistently good food…every single visit! The place is HOT! Make a reservation if you can, but if you can’t then go and try to snag a seat at the bar…it is always worth the wait! I want to give an extra big thanks to the Executive Chef Jacques Larson and Chef de Cuisine Will Fincher for always be willing to help me with the various food projects I always seem to find myself in…y’all are the best!
A FEW FAVS: O/D Skillet, Capers Blades Oysters, Geechie Frites.
The Darling Oyster Bar
Located at: 513 King St. Charleston SC 29403. (843) 641-0821
Great oyster selection (locals along with varieties from all the places that oyster lovers appreciate)! I am a huge fan of the local flavor inspired, custom-made mignonettes and sauces and they have a great happy hour oyster deal that is awesome! The thing I really think is great about this restaurant is that the menu also offers a variety of non-seafood options as well to make sure your entire dinner party has a great meal and everyone is happy! Fantastic staff! This is a great spot for after work bites, date night or family meals. LOVE IT! Chef Joe DiMaio has a great pulse on the the seafood scene.
A FEW FAVS: Tuna Poke Bowl, Creole Shrimp and Geechie Boy Grits with Sweet Pepper Relish.
Located at: 45 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403. (843) 202-0712
I love the local produce and flavors mixed with the twists on classic and fan favorite dishes that Chef Emily Hahn brings to this super fun restaurant. Its the perfect place to grab a happy hour cocktail, Sunday brunch or weekday dinner. Casual, easy to hang out place with great food and refreshing beverages! Hang around late enough and you can join in on a dance party when the DJ turns up the tunes!
A FEW FAVS: Sunday Brunch crepes, chicken bombers and I love the empanadas when they are available!!!
1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412. (843) 225-0094
This hidden gem doesn’t get enough attention for all the great things they are doing!!! It is the only nose to tail restaurant in Charleston (which means that they use the full animal, utilizing everything possible in their cooking). They source from local farms and producers and make some of the best food that exists in this city. Great pasta, steaks, charcuterie boards and more. It’s an amazing restaurant with a sweet patio (the perfect spot to enjoy mimosas and brunch on beautiful weekend mornings)!!!!
A FEW FAVS: The menu changes daily…so my suggestion…order whatever looks good! I’ve never been disappointed!
Little Jacks Tavern
710 King St, Charleston, SC 29403. (843) 531-6868
LOVE A GOOD BURGER!!! They offer a tasty small burger (Tavern Burger) along with a fantastic double decker (Double Tavern Burger). I love them both…just depends how many calories I have left for the day when placing my order! Great spot for lunch, dinner or to stop and have a cocktail. Very casual, cute and fun.
A FEW FAVS: Double Tavern Burger, Garlic Knots, Garlic and Herb Fries.
Swig and Swine
1217 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407. (843) 225-3805
This town has an amazing selection of fantastic BBQ joints and while I can say good things about almost all of them…this place is definitely my: GO-TO SPOT! Meat over all wood burning pits (is always the way to my heart)! Good food, great service, relaxed and enjoyable. I enjoy the fun vibe of this place and really appreciate the passion and love that pit master Anthony DiBernardo cooks with and offers to the BBQ lovers of the Lowcountry.
A FEW FAVS: Brisket, pulled pork sandwich, smoked pork belly sandwich and love all those sides (especially the mac & cheese and the cole slaw).
XIAO BAO BISCUIT
224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29401.
XBB…is always my fav spot for Asian cuisine. They have a variety of Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai dishes. I love their daily specials which are always exciting and interesting! It’s great to be able to order several plates and share with friends or devour them all by myself (these are the perfect size plates and bites for both occasions). I love food that has some heat, spice, zip and heart…XXB has it all!
FAV MUST ORDER ITEM: OKONOMIYAKI (aka: the cabbage pancake. Please order 2 of these with an add on topping of the Pork Candy) you’ll thank me later!
ZERO GEORGE CAFE + BAR
0 George St, Charleston, SC 29401. 843-817-7900
Innovative, exciting and beautiful food. It’s a simple recipe for the perfect dinner. Everything about the meal is extraordinary and exciting. I love the outdoor patio, it is a lovely and charming spot to enjoy a cocktail or a nice glass of wine and cheese plate. The perfect spot for a special occasion or date night and you will walk away thinking about how amazing the food was, long after your meal is over. Chef Vinson Petrillo is absolutely one of my fav chefs in Charleston. He is bold, honest and gives 100% to his food and giving guests a great experience!
A FEW FAVS: The Lamb Belly, Deviled Eggs and the Tres Leches.
526 King St, Charleston, SC 29403. 843- 727-1228
There are 2 places that I go to eat almost every single week. This is one of them. This is my staple place that I know I can count on. It is my everything spot: I can walk in dressed up for a date, go in after work in jeans, take my mini-me for an early dinner, grab happy hour at the bar, go by myself or dine with a big group of friend. It’s hard to find a spot that literally fits every kind of occasion…but this place somehow achieves that and I LOVE THEM FOR IT! Anyone that follows my instagram is fully aware how much I enjoy this place…because my page is covered with pics of their food-they are awesome! Especially that pasta…SO GOOD!
A FEW FAVS: Brussel Sprout Pizza, Charred Broccoli, Pickled Shrimp and Polpette
ARTISAN MEAT SHARE
33 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403. 843-641-7299
I’m a huge fan of AMS! I really appreciate the variety, quality and attention to detail that they put into their food. I also really like that they carry local products (like Red Clay Hot Sauce-love that stuff) and offer holiday food specials and a variety of gift ideas for meat and cheese lovers! They are open for lunch and dinner-check them out! A FEW FAVS: Motherboard (meat board), Local Bean Salad, Antipasti Salad, also they have a great kids menu! Chef Bob Cook is cooking up some super tasty, finger licking good eats! YUM!
A FEW FAVS: Shaved Pork Sandwich, Sticky Peanut Wings (and LOVE that seasonal soft shell crab sandwich)!!!