2013 Restaurant Week in Charleston, SC is going on right now, September 4-15! Residents at DeBordieu, the gated residential community on the ocean just south of Pawleys Island, SC, think nothing of hopping in the car and traveling south about an hour to what has become one of the most delicious cities in the world! I found the great article below in the Locals’ Guide to Charleston, presented by the Charleston CVB and Garden and Gun Magazine. For more about Restaurant Week, Click Here.
Since its founding in 1670, Charleston has enjoyed a well-earned reputation for setting sumptuous tables laden with local bounty from both land and Sea. Today’s chefs nurture that tradition, making the city on of the nation’s premier dining destinations.
39 JOHN STREET
Situated in historic Charleston in a brick warehouse that was once home to Charleston Manufacturing Company, this French bistro is loud, lively and always serving up a good time.82 Queen
82 QUEEN STREET
Fresh Lowcountry cuisine and Southern hospitality are to be found at 82 Queen, a Charleston favorite for over 30 years. Be sure to sit on the charming patio overlooking the lush courtyard.Bowen’s Island
1870 BOWENS ISLAND ROAD
Bowen’s Island Restaurant has been dishing out fresh, local oysters since 1946. This simple place has a rustic atmosphere and a phenomenal view of the river and surrounding marshes.
654 KING STREET
Known for its unconventional hours, this BYOB sandwich joint is contemporary with a relaxed atmosphere. Open from 11-2 for lunch and 11-3 for a late-night stop, this hip joint on Upper King Street features a fresh, local menu.Charleston Grill
224 KING STREET
Pure, Lush, Southern, and Cosmopolitan are the four menu categories at Charleston Grill. Traditional favorites and delightful surprises collide to create a unique dining experience at Charleston Place Hotel’s restaurant.
18 PINCKNEY STREET
Though tucked away, Cru is one of Charleston’s not-so-best-kept secrets, thanks to chef-owner John Zucker, who treats regional comfort food to a gourmet makeover.Cypress
167 EAST BAY STREET magnolias-blossom-cypress.com
On bustling East Bay Street, chef Craig Deihl treats diners to his signature style of cooking with Lowcountry ingredients and global techniques. Not to be missed is his award-winning charcuterie program.The Fat Hen
3140 MAYBANK HIGHWAY, JOHNS ISLAND
Chef Fred Neuville transforms local produce grown on rural Johns and Wadmalaw islands into a succulent yet down-home fusion of Lowcountry-French cuisine.Fig
232 MEETING STREET
James Beard Award-winning chef Mike Lata and his team continue to wow guests at this wildly popular spot, known for its focus on fresh, local ingredients prepared purely and minimally.
5 FULTON STREET
A romantic, rustic Italian atmosphere at the tucked away Fulton Five creates a picturesque setting for feasts of Northern Italian fare.
1219 SAVANNAH HIGHWAY
Chefs Chris Stewart and Sarah O’Kelley’s ever popular The Glass Onion is a local favorite for classic Southern dishes, but with an emphasis on fresh, natural, and local, your body can feel a bit better about indulging.The Grocery
4 CANNON STREET
The menu at The Grocery depends on the local farmers and fishermen for its fresh farm-to-table dishes. With original creations like Quail and French Toast, chef Kevin Johnson whips up refreshingly different Southern meals.
434 KING STREET
While enjoying a USDA Prime dry-aged steak paired with a select Northwest cab, expect one of the Hall family to drop by for a quick, genuinely hospitable visit.Hominy Grill
207 RUTLEDGE AVENUE
Serving up traditional Southern grub from a historic single house in downtown Charleston, the Hominy Grill’s James Beard award-winning chef Robert Stehling has a knack for perfecting the South’s most loved dishes.
76 QUEEN STREET
Led by chef Sean Brock, Husk redefines what “eating local” really means—if it can’t be sourced from the South, it doesn’t make Brock’s menu. The result is a menu that is authentic with food that can’t be beat.
891 ISLAND PARK DRIVE
Located on Daniel Island, Laura Albert’s serves up farm-to-table cuisine, fine wines, and craft beers. The fresh menu is inspired by traditional Southern meals with an innovative twist.The Lot
1977 MAYBANK HWY.
The Lot is known for its quiet simplicity and use of local ingredients of the South Carolina Lowcountry, used to create a daily menu based on the best available meats, vegetables, and fruit.
479B KING STREET
Chef Jeremiah Bacon dishes out beautiful, locally sourced Southern cuisine at this Upper King Street eatery that’s always bustling, with guests coming for both the handcrafted cocktails and the exceptional food.
2 UNITY ALLEY
James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock has created a Charleston landmark in McCrady’s. The upscale restaurant is committed to using ingredients from local farmers and fishermen in a surprising, inventive way.
17 BROAD STREET
Elegant fine dining meets exceptional American cuisine at chef Jeremiah Bacon’s Oak Steakhouse in the heart of Charleston’s historic district on Broad Street.
544 KING STREET
Brainchild of Adam Nemirow and Mike Lata of FIG fame, this posh, straight-up seafood hall-meets-oyster bar is a must visit.
112 NORTH MARKET STREET
Chef Graham Dailey serves up elegant Lowcountry cuisine at its freshest at this Charleston staple, located at the famed Planters Inn.
803 COLEMAN BOULEVARD, MOUNT PLEASANT
Chef Ben Berryhill brings Texan cuisine to South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Located just over the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant, Red Drum is a local favorite for dinner, drinks, and live music.SNOB (Slightly North of Broad)
192 EAST BAY ST.
An elegant Lowcountry bistro that boasts fresh ingredients and creative presentations, SNOB has an undeniable energy that makes it a local staple for the lunchtime crowd.
103 WEST COOPER AVE.
Located on Folly Beach, Surf Bar serves up burgers from a wood-fire grill but perhaps is best known for its thriving nightlife scene. Voted Best Bar on Folly Beach, Surf Bar features live entertainment and an excellent selection of craft beer.
186 COMING STREET
Heather and Josh Keeler bring all corners of the world together, with a fresh dose of Southern influence, at this Cannonborough/Elliotborough eatery and market, where neighbors enjoy everything from wagyu belly tartare to Benton’s country ham.
412 KING STREET
Breakfast is a must at this King Street restaurant where traditional Southern dishes based on family recipes are served with a big dose of gracious hospitality.Xiao Bao Biscuit
224 RUTLEDGE AVENUE
This hip gas station turned Asian soul food spot quickly became a local favorite in the burgeoning Cannonborough district for its use of local ingredients in dishes inspired by the chef’s travels through Asia.
131 Columbus Street
Now you can bowl strikes, quaff brews, and roll some skee ball all in one spot without having to hop back in the Ford Torino until closing time.
152 King Street
Paris meets Pacific as an American husband-French wife duo introduces you to one of the largest, most diverse wines-by-the-glass offerings you’ve ever met.
The Cocktail Club
479 King Street
A rooftop overlooking upper King Street houses the cozy Cocktail Club underneath, which mixes up farm-to-shaker concoctions and in-house infusions.
Holy City Brewery
4155 C Dorchester Road
A local favorite opened by four friends, Holy City Brewery brews year-rounds like a hoppy German pilsner and a porter, with seasonals from IPA to stout to Belgian Strong Pale Ale to a bacon porter.
437 King Street
You’ll thank the fates for the cocktail’s comeback when you sample the Smoldering Manhattan, which tastes intriguingly like an old library smells.
Red’s Icehouse Bohicket Marina
1882 Andell Bluff Blvd, Seabrook Island
Red’s Icehouse prides itself on its laid-back atmosphere. Nestled between Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, Red’s is a unique gathering place of visitors and locals, with special events each night of the week.
The Rooftop at Market Pavilion
225 East Bay Street
No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to a rooftop bar. The al fresco surroundings serve as a perfect frame for panoramic views of the harbor.