You've met the honorees of our first-ever 30 Under 30 Charleston list, now here's where to find them in action.
Locals rave about the “exquisite” oysters, ceviche, lobster rolls and more at this “convivial” Ansonborough seafooder, which doubles as a carry-out fish market; “gleaming white tiles” lend a “New England vibe” (the original's in Nantucket) and the staff is “super-personable”, but “be prepared to wait” for the “limited” seating since rezzies aren’t accepted.
The “magnifique mussels” get special attention at this “Parisian-like” Wraggborough bistro offering a “well-priced” menu that’ll “satisfy anyone’s taste buds” – from “French food with flair” to one of the “best burgers in town” to “amazing sushi” (“shut up, you’ll love it!”); service is “friendly and experienced”, and the “terrific bar scene” within the “bustling”, brick-walled setting is the “original place to see and be seen."
AmericanNorth Morrison Drive
Foodies "embrace the eat-local ethos" at this "hip" Cannonborough/Elliotborough BYO where the focus is on lunchtime's "creative", "gourmet sandwiches", elevated by an "inventive" use of "straight-from-the-farm" ingredients; the "antique-country-market-meets-butcher-shop" space attracts a "hipster" crowd, especially for the late-night dinners served on weekends.
“Get your biscuit on” at this “cute”, counter-serve cafe in Wraggborough for “delectable”, “perfect little bites” packed with savories like country ham, eggs or fried chicken, as well as some sweet options and a small selection of other Southern nibbles; while the staff is “welcoming”, the “tiny”, rustic-chic spot offers limited seating, so most take their eats to go.
King St. Historic District
A “gold standard” for "decadent", French-influenced Southern dining, this “upscale” destination in Downtown’s Charleston Place Hotel “delivers on the details” with “beautifully presented” dishes, an “incredible wine program” and “helpful (and abundant)” staffers; the “romantic” setting features "soothing", nightly live jazz and windows overlooking the courtyard, but since “you pay” for it all, you might want to save it for “important occasions.”
The namesake bivalves share menu space with shrimp, scallops and local seafood in creative dishes like lobster pot pie and oyster spaghetti at this 19th-century King Street storefront. White tile floors, sea-foam green accents and expansive street-facing windows lend a classic feel to the raw bar and airy dining room.
New AmericanNorth Morrison Drive
A “gastropub of the highest order”, this North Morrison Drive hangout pairs craft beers brewed on-site, small-batch cocktails, ciders and meads (“you won’t be thirsty”) with an “imaginative” New American menu featuring upscale bar bites, small plates and housemade charcuterie; “knowledgeable” staffers work the “elegant but rustic” dining room, as well as a lush outdoor patio with communal tables.
“Charleston’s original farm-to-table superstar”, this Ansonborough American helmed by chef Jason Stanhope offers a seasonal menu of “stunning” dishes, as well as an “exceptional” wine list and “excellent” cocktails; “delightful” staffers preside over a “lovely" and "lively" dining room, and while some say “be prepared to book ahead”, others suggest just “grabbing a seat at the bar."
This buzzy Westside cafe focuses on vegetables grown on its rooftop garden, as well as regional game and seafood for an American menu of breakfast biscuits, omelets, lunchtime sandwiches and entrees. The renovated historic building features reclaimed wood and eclectic, lodgelike decor, with multiple dining rooms, a small market and coffee bar up front.
Set in Wraggborough’s Dewberry Hotel, this brasserie uses locally sourced ingredients to bring a Southern influence to contemporary French fare. The stylish white-tablecloth space features a caned ceiling, black-and-white tile floors and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a bar area and views of Marion Square from the dining room and expansive patio.
This Charleston "winner" takes a "seasonal approach" to "excellent" New American fare with "Southern fusion" accents, using "locally sourced" ingredients in dishes that are "innovative" "without being pretentious", and "lots of items intended for sharing"; the "upbeat" "farm atmosphere", "swoon"-worthy cocktails and "knowledgeable" servers who "comfortably make you feel at home" are added draws, justifying borderline-pricey tabs; P.S. there's free parking next door.
BarbecueNorth Morrison Drive
Pitmaster John Lewis brings his Texas-style barbecue to this North Morrison Drive joint where the eats include cut-to-order brisket, hot guts (housemade sausage) and ribs, prepped in huge custom-built smokers. The hip counter-serve space features concrete floors, a big bar and plenty of seating both inside and at picnic tables under a massive oak tree on the sprawling patio.
AmericanThe French Quarter
Chef Sean Brocks' daily changing menu at this 18th-century French Quarter gastropub draws from local farms and fishermen (plus the rooftop garden) for its array of upscale American tavern fare – think blue crab bisque, oysters, steaks and chops; high ceilings and exposed brick walls and arches add to the experience of stepping back in time.
Southern AmericanKing St. Historic District
"Vacationers and locals" alike frequent this “bustling”, “old standby” in the King St. Historic District for "traditional" Southern "cooking done well”; “classic dishes” like shrimp-and-grits are “beautifully presented” by “always-on-point” servers in the converted Victorian home which offers seating in an elegant dining room, as well as on two porches and a patio.
Set in a historic boutique hotel, this Ansonborough American features a succinct, ever-changing menu of seasonal fare using local ingredients (some grown on-site), as well as craft cocktails and a thoughtful wine list served in a petite dining room with an elegant bar and courtyard patio seating.