11 Center Street
Folly’s 11 Center Street fuses good food and good scenery for an enjoyable experience at Folly Beach. The creative tapas menu features dishes like empanadas, a Mediterranean plate, spinach and poultry spring rolls, and citrus scallop ceviche. Buy wine by the glass or the bottle from the downstairs gourmet food and wine store, which has a generous selection of items. Upstairs, a rooftop dining area offers a place to linger on the patio by the open fireplace. Weekly wine tastings, live music, and the beach are all part of the relaxed and easygoing vibe at 11 Center Street.
Folly Beach. 11 Center St. 588-9898
77 Roosters at the Brick
Hidden inside The Brick, across from the Custom House and a half-block off Market Street, 77 Roosters is East Bay’s best-kept secret. Open for lunch and dinner, they’ve quickly become a local favorite with fresh house-made items, prices you can’t beat, and a smiling staff. The varied menu exceeds expectations with fun sandwiches, juicy half-pound burgers, salads, soups, vegetarian items, sweets, a kid’s menu, and the best cheesesteaks around. The daily Rooster plate ranges from meat loaf to lasagna to spinach-mushroom-and-feta stuffed chicken. Try them and get hooked on tasty goodness! Open Monday-Friday; limited delivery available.
Downtown. 213B East Bay St. 853-0107
A.C.’s Bar and Grill
Repeatedly voted best bar in Charleston, A.C.’s Bar and Grill never disappoints. The food offerings read like a bar menu, but with quality far superior to mere pub grub. Not only have they received CP’s Critic’s Choice for Best Philly Cheesesteak, their burgers really are some of the best in town. After satisfying weekday lunch crowds and late-night food cravings for years, A.C.’s downtown upped the ante again by serving brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. ’til 4 p.m.. A.C.’s invites you to come try brunch specials so unique they could only be offered by this Charleston institution.
Downtown. 467 King St. 577-6742
Mt. Pleasant. 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 849-2267
You’ll find hand-tossed New York-style pies at Andolini’s Pizza, where they make their own dough, grate their own cheese, and make their own sauce daily, using only the freshest ingredients. Try the calzones, salads, and breadsticks. Originally from New York, the family team that owns the chain has been serving pizza in Charleston since 1991. Their pies have been voted the best for 13 years running. Open seven days, with dine-in or takeout options.
Downtown. 82 Wentworth St. 722-7437
Mt. Pleasant. 414 Coleman Blvd. 849-7437
West Ashley. 1117 Savannah Hwy. 225-5200
A mere 15 minutes from downtown, Atlanticville on Sullivan’s Island offers Lowcountry cuisine with an eclectic twist. Deemed “Best Beach Meal With Appeal” by the Post and Courier in 2005, Atlanticville celebrates its 10th year of serving the Lowcountry. Stop by on Thai Tuesdays for Chef Billy Condon’s famous Thai creations, and on Wine Lover’s Wednesday for 30 percent off wine selections. Their fried oysters and whole flounder are not to be missed, and the Sunday brunch menu offers an excellent selection of Benedicts. Open nightly and for Sunday Brunch.
Sullivan’s Island. 2063 Middle St. 883-9452
Blossom’s cuisine focuses on fresh seafood with local flair. Executive Chef Randy Williams uses distinctive flavors to enhance a variety of seafood options, producing invigorated American cuisine with Southern sensibility. Just steps from the Charleston Harbor, Blossom is the perfect spot for sumptuous seafood. A courtyard dining alternative and a newly added private dining area overlooking East Bay Street complement the casual yet high-energy atmosphere.
Downtown. 171 East Bay St. 722-9200
Simply fresh seafood. The original building on Breach Inlet was transformed into the first Boathouse restaurant in 1997. Poised at the “Breach” between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic, the Boathouse features incredible cuisine, impeccable service, ocean breezes, and panoramic waterfront views from any seat in the house or rooftop bar. Located in downtown Charleston, the Boathouse on East Bay offers a variety of prime seafood, steaks, and chef’s specialties, as well as a full sushi and raw bar. Dine in the vast, open-air dining room or on an enclosed, climate-controlled patio. Serving dinner nightly and Sunday brunch at both locations. Reservations suggested. Catering available.
Downtown. 549 East Bay St. 577-7171
Isle Of Palms. 101 Palm Blvd., Breach Inlet. 886-8000
Brick ovens enhance the natural flavors of quality ingredients and gives Brixx pizza a great wood-fired taste unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. Delicious sandwiches are served on fresh-baked focaccia bread, and the big salads are made with only the freshest greens. The menu also features a great selection of pasta dishes. Enjoy any of the 24 beers on tap or 14 wines by the glass. An outdoor patio offers a perfect place for family dining. Serving late night until 1 a.m.
Mt Pleasant. 656-G Long Point Road, Belle Hall. 971-2120
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant and Market captures the charm and American spirit that made Paramount Pictures’ Forrest Gump such a classic hit. From the moment they arrive, guests are shown a glimpse into the world of Forrest and Bubba. This inviting atmosphere is unique; the restaurant is filled with movie memorabilia, pictures, and props. The dynamic staff provides continuous amusement with trivia, games, and fun facts. As Bubba talked about in the movie, this is a shrimpin’ restaurant, but that’s not all they have to offer. Go check it out, and you’ll see why Bubba Gump is the best place for food and fun.
Downtown. 99 S. Market St. 723-5665
Downtown’s Burris Liquors has been providing Charleston with all of its party needs for 38 years. This family-owned business caters to its customers, searching for the quintessential beverages for any event, whether it’s a holiday party, special event, wedding, or convention. They have the most extensive selection of liquor, wine, and alcoholic beverages in South Carolina, without the exorbitant prices. It’s no accident that they’ve been Voted Best Liquor Store in Charleston for the past five years by Charleston City Paper readers.
Downtown. 415 Meeting St. 723-0077 Party Supply. 723-5442
A Charleston hideaway, Carolina’s is as rich in local lore as it is in culinary tradition. Be whisked away by the succulent flavors and sophisticated elegant atmosphere. Three distinct dining areas — the Perdita’s Room for a more intimate dining experience, the Sidewalk Room with its tall, arched windows, and the bustling Bar Room — make Carolina’s the perfect place for dinner any night of the week. Serving dinner from 5-10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Extensive wine list and private cellar. Reservations suggested, walk-ins welcome. Valet parking every day. Private rooms and personalized menus available for group functions.
Downtown. 10 Exchange St. 724-3800
Charleston Crab House
The Crab House has been voted the No. 1 place for locals to get “fresh Lowcountry seafood and a darn good time.” Steamed Alaskan snow crabs, Lowcountry crab cakes, “world famous” hot steamed crab pot, zesty pasta dishes, wasabi encrusted Ahi tuna, and slow-cooked prime rib are some of the signature items, complemented by an ice-cold beer or a tropical cocktail. The generous portions and patio dining area are a hit with patrons and critics alike. The Wall Street Jounal says, “Charleston Crab House is a winner” while the Post and Courier supports their use of local fish and sustainable seafood. Kid’s menu available.
James Island. 145 Wappoo Creek Dr. 795-1963
Downtown. 41 S. Market St. 853-2900
Mt. Pleasant. Hwy 17 N. 884-1617
Cintra Ristorante andMartini Bar
Possibly one of Charleston’s best-kept secrets, Cintra Ristorante and Martini Bar, rated four and a half stars by Holly Herrick of the Post and Courier, celebrates the diversity of Italy’s extraordinary cuisine. Executive Chef Brian Parkhurst and staff create the ultimate in-house-made pasta, seafood, meats, risotto, and gnocchi in an open kitchen. Cintra offers gracious service with a relaxing gallery atmosphere and features a sophisticated martini bar, offering over 40 varieties of martinis and live jazz. Cintra is pleasing to the palate, eyes, and ears. Complimentary parking; reservations recommended.
Downtown. 16 N. Market St. 377-1090
Housed in an elegantly-restored historic carriage house in the gardens of Wentworth Mansion, Circa 1886 features a succulent assortment of dishes, utilizing local produce, savory seafood, and engaging seasonal creations. Executive Chef Marc Collins offers Southern cuisine with a sophisticated twist, which complements the historic atmosphere of this intimate restaurant. A cozy bar and an arbored patio along with private dining rooms are available. AAA Four Diamond and Dirona award winner. Real-time reservations can be made at www.circa1886.com.
Downtown. 149 Wentworth St. 853-7828
With a lively, island atmosphere, Coast serves up Charleston’s freshest seafood. Enjoy a peach blanco sangria outside on the patio or inside under preserved palm trees in the cool, eclectic beach bar. Experience coastal specialties and local favorites prepared to perfection on the hickory wood grill. Coast offers an extensive wine and beer list, along with your favorite tropical drinks. Tuesdays the chefs pull out all the stops with a six-course interactive tasting and wine flight at the community table. Thursdays mellow out with $1 Coronas and Corona Lights. Sundays are always happening with deeply discounted wine, $3 tacos, and the music of popular DJ Jesse Kramer. Dinner is served nightly beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Downtown. 39 D John St. 722-8838
Featuring eclectic American cuisine at its finest, Cordavi is Charleston’s hottest new restaurant. Located on North Market street, Cordavi’s goal is to create a dining experience that features sophisticated cuisine in a casual environment. The menu is designed to encourage guests to linger and savor the experience of great food lovingly and creatively prepared. So whether you’re in the mood for appetizers at the bar or a full five-course meal, diners can savor a variety of fresh ingredients along with some very rare imported items in a more relaxed atmosphere than is customary for haute cuisine. Cordavi — indulge your senses; arouse your palate; feed your soul.
Downtown. 14 N. Market St. 577-0090
There is more to be had at Cumberland’s than just great live music. Located on King Street in front of Granny’s Goodies, Cumberland’s has bar food made good by downtown Charleston’s burger and buffalo wings experts. Their signature Cumberland’s “blues” burger is not to be missed, and the tasty, traditional “Buffalo-style wings” are the best in town. Diners interested in a greater variety can also enjoy deli sandwiches, salads, burgers, hot dogs, platters, and apps. Local lunch delivery is available within a mile of Cumberland’s from 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Downtown. 301 King St. 577-9469
Cypress Lowcountry Grille
Cypress’ cuisine is classic American, featuring fresh local and regional ingredients accented with exotic flavors. Executive Chef Craig Deihl creates simple yet elegant fare with retro style, incorporating wood-grilled steaks, fish, shellfish, and tableside preparations. Cypress has an extensive wine selection artfully displayed over a three-story 4,500 bottle wine wall. The interior evokes a decidedly modern feel while retaining the architectural details of the historic 1834 building. The modern-meets-classic styles of both the cuisine and interior design have taken Charleston’s restaurant scene to a new level.
Downtown. 167 East Bay St. 727-0111
East Bay Deli
Charleston’s real New York-style deli slices their meats fresh every morning and uses only quality products such as Thumann’s Deli meats and Hebrew National Deli Dogs. The varied menu comes with many options to choose from: soups, chili, both hearty and heart-healthy sandwiches, wraps, giant spuds, and desserts. The salad bar, a local favorite, provides a great selection with many options for even the most calorie-conscious patron. East Bay Deli believes in the importance of great food that’s quick and modestly priced. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Voted Charleston’s Best Deli. Two great downtown locations. Free delivery.
Downtown. 334 East Bay St. 723-1234
Downtown. 159 N. Market St. 723-4443
El Bohio serves authentic Cuban cuisine made from recipes handed down from generation to generation. Appetizers such as Yuca Con Mojo, served with house-made mojo sauce, and dishes such as seared Palomilla steak are sure to please. The roasted pork, or lechon asado, is made on site daily. Traditional ingredients such as citrus and garlic flavor these dishes, which are all served with plantains. The Caribbean décor and relaxed atmosphere create a comfortable ambience. Stop by for lunch, dinner, or a fresh mojito. Salud!
James Island. 1977 Maybank Hwy. 571-4343
Firehouse Bar and Grill
Owned and operated by real firemen, the Firehouse Bar and Grill is well known as Charleston’s largest restaurant and bar. Firehouse is the only West Ashley restaurant to exclusively offer a full selection of Choice Certified Angus Beef steaks and burgers. You can grill your own steak on their 10-foot open hardwood charcoal pit grill or let one of their expert grill masters do it for you. Coming soon, the largest salad bar in Charleston for lunch and dinner will feature pastas, fruit, breads, and more. Settle in at the Firehouse for a fun-filled evening of games like shuffleboard, air hockey, billiards, and NTN trivia all week long. Go to firehousebarandgrill.com for their nightly events calendar featuring karaoke, the “Meet Your Match” dating game, and live trivia. See your favorite bands tear up the stage Thursday through Saturday. Located in the Ashley Town Center next to Costco and Food Lion, the Firehouse combines great entertainment with delicious meals.
West Ashley. 3025 Ashley Town Center Dr. 225-4347
Fresh. Local. Flavorful. Sustainable. Fish. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston and featuring piazza dining, Southern favorites, and a comfortable atmosphere, Fish restaurant is the first and last place to go for fish. Executive Chef Ryan Herrmann specializes in an innovative approach to seasonal seafood, prepared minimally. Herrmann presents proven flavor combinations in a unique way, ensuring a dining experience that won’t be repeated anywhere else. The menu changes seasonally, with fried green tomatoes, fried calamari, wreckfish, crabcakes, and salmon highlighted as repeated favorites. Serving lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat., Fish is the perfect place for a date, business meeting, or casual night out with friends.
Downtown. 442 King St. 722-FISH (3474)
Fleet Landing Restaurant
Perched over Charleston Harbor with panoramic views from the wraparound deck and a maritime chic dining room, Fleet Landing is historic downtown’s finest casual seafood restaurant. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building, Fleet features classic and contemporary Southern seafood fare, delicious regional favorites, juicy burgers, hearty sandwiches and salads, and more. Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch, waterfront dining, family friendly, full bar, outstanding wines, reservations accepted, complimentary parking.
Downtown. 186 Concord St. 722-8100
Frankie Biggs Sports Grill
Frankie Biggs is more than just a sports bar with over 25 TVs (including plasmas screens and 17 satellites), it’s also an awesome place for casual dining. Selections include marinated chicken breast tenderloins, hand-breaded and fried golden brown to perfection, dirty dip sandwiches with shaved ribeye, sautéed peppers, and onions, with provolone cheese, and hand-rolled spring rolls. A few of the local favorites include the “Big Little Burger,” traditional club wrap, and buffalo chicken wrap. From pastas to sandwiches to some of the best wings on James Island, visit Frankie Biggs Sports Grill, a great place to watch sports, hear live music, and enjoy great food.
James Island. 1175 Folly Road, Suite G. 225-4030
Looking for great pizza? Look no further. Giuseppi’s Pizza and Pasta has “wowed” their guests for over 20 years with award-winning pizza. “Cut no corners” is the philosophy here, and they take that motto seriously, as they’ve been voted “No. 1 in South Carolina” by Pizza Today Magazine. At Giuseppi’s, you’ll find fun casual dining for the entire family, a full bar with wine, liquor, and a large beer selection, a game room, outdoor seating, and friendly service. In addition to pizza, they offer an extensive menu selection including great pastas, fresh salads, authentic Philly cheesesteaks (they import the bread from Philly), wings, hoagies. They literally have something for everyone. Located in Mt. Pleasant Square shopping center, Giuseppi’s is a must.
Mt. Pleasant. 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd. 856-2525
Now open in West Ashley, the Gourmet Studio offers a wide variety of cooking classes, from the latest trends in baking to many different types of savory cooking and wine tastings. Classes are offered Tues.-Sat. morning, afternoon, or evening. In addition, the Gourmet Studio has a full line of custom wedding cakes available for special order. The Gourmet Studio, with its elegant setting and fully equipped kitchen, can hold small private parties and tastings.
West Ashley. 1033 Wappoo Road. 225-6545
Nestled in Charleston’s historic district near Waterfront Park, The Griffon is one of Charleston’s favorite local watering holes. The great pub fare, extensive beer menu, and friendly staff combine to give The Griffon the authentic pub atmosphere that has made it a fixture with both locals and tourists, garnering Charleston’s “Most Authentic Pub” award six times. Throw a game of darts while enjoying the fish ‘n’ chips, one of their most popular items, in addition to salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, chicken fingers, and wraps, with daily specials on weekdays. Open Mon.- Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m; Sunday hours seasonal. Locally owned and operated since 1995.
Downtown. 18 Vendue Range. 723-1700
Hank’s Seafood Restaurant
Located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse in the heart of the Charleston market, Hank’s is a modern interpretation of a classic Charleston fish house. Chef Frank McMahon’s menu combines traditional Lowcountry dishes and delicious fried seafood platters with strong seasonal specials and contemporary offerings. A Charleston classic from the start, Hank’s has won the City Paper’s Best of Charleston Reader’s Choice award for Best Seafood Restaurant every year since it opened in 1999. The classic saloon-style bar is a perennial hot spot to enjoy their oysters, shrimp, and other fabulous raw bar selections, including the famous seafood towers featuring iced shellfish from around the world. In Charleston, you go to the market for fresh seafood, and that means Hank’s.
Downtown. Corner of Church and Hayne Streets. 723-FISH (3474)
New York-style sandwiches, hand-tossed pizzas, calzones, subs, salads, homemade pastas and sauces, and freshly-made meatballs are Iacofano’s specialties. They cook their own corned beef in house and serve both hot and cold sandwiches — from the best Cuban north of Miami to the Caprassi hoagie with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato, and fresh basil. Build your own pizza with any of the 24 toppings or choose from one of their specialty pies like the roasted garlic chicken or classic Italian. Weekday blue plate specials at lunch and dinner for $5.99 and $9.99. Delivery to West Ashley, downtown, and Mt. Pleasant. Full service catering available.
West Ashley. 10 Windemere Blvd. 225-3354
Mt. Pleasant. 626 Coleman Blvd. 881-2313
Nestled between the majestic live oaks on Charleston’s back porch, Wadmalaw Island, this 48-acre winery and vineyard is a wine lover’s delight. As Charleston’s only domestic winery, Irvin-House Vineyards takes special care in growing, harvesting, making, and bottling the wine. The wines are hand-crafted from the humble muscadine grape, a sweet grape with a fruity aroma that grows practically everywhere in the South. With a variety of five fine muscadine wines to choose from, there is something for everyone. Drink to your enjoyment and your health as you picnic on the vineyard. Catering can be arranged for special events.
Wadmalaw Island. 6775 Bears Bluff Road. 559-6867
Situated on the corner of Maybank and Folly Road, J’Paul’z blends the food and entertainment expertise of several seasoned F&Bers, including Johnson & Wales grad Mark Roberts, whose talents have dazzled patrons of Carolina’s, the Boathouse, and Zinc. The menu is designed to suit a variety of tastes, offering a wide selection of sushi, meats, seafood, and vegetarian dishes, ranging from the Dragon Roll ($11) to the grilled hanger steak with truffle and port reduction ($8) to the lobster, clam, and mussel paella ($16). J’Paulz also boasts a unique wine list, spacious bar, and swanky dining space and is completely smoke-free.
James Island. 1739 Maybank Hwy. 795-6995
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
This retro slice of American nostalgia has been dishing out an updated version of fast food on Hwy 17 N, since the invention of sliced bread (well, sort of). Voted Best Hot Dog every year, this hip hot dog joint combines style with homemade combinations of toppings that are out of this world. Channel 2 News says “the Cosmic Dog with Jack’s sweet potato mustard and blue cheese slaw is almost a new food group! Combine that with fresh-cut fries, draft root beer, and ice cream custard, and you know this just isn’t another roadside attraction!” Food Network star Alton Brown says “best hot dog I’ve ever had. Ever.” Check it out! Open 11 a.m.– 8 p.m., seven days a week. Three miles north of IOP connector.
Mt. Pleasant. 2805 Hwy. 17 N. 884-7677
As you drive down Maybank Highway, small yellow and red signs mark the locale of this legendary Johns Island smokeshack. Judged “Best of the Best in America,” by National BBQ News, JB’s could put most any weekend cookout to shame. The pork and ribs are cooked slowly over hickory wood, and the chicken over apple wood, then seasoned with their own special rub. Along with mouth-watering barbecue, JB’s offers an assortment of Lowcountry veggies, prepared from fresh produce, along with homemade desserts and barbecue sauces. There’s also catering available to bring the great taste of a homemade barbecue cookout directly to your doorstep. One trip to JB’s, and it’s no wonder why “The Flavor’s In The Meat, The Sauce Is On The Side”!
Johns Island. 3406 Maybank Hwy. 557-0426
This Charleston institution serves the Lowcountry all the good Southern favorites; specials include their famous fried chicken (some of the best in town), seafood, steaks, and homemade soups. The daily meat-and-three special, just $8 including drink and tax, changes daily and draws from a seasonal menu featuring items such as string beans, macaroni pie, collard greens, fried okra, and more. Don’t forget the $9.95 all-you-can-eat fried catfish and shrimp special every Wed., Thurs., and Sat. night. Located one block down from South Market Street. Down-home cookin’, Southern style. Established 1953. Closed Sundays.
Downtown. 5 Cumberland St. 722-1541
Located on the corner of King and John streets near the downtown Visitor Center, Joe Pasta offers comfortable, casual Italian dining with a versatile build-your-own-pasta menu. Diners can choose from a variety of pastas and sauces, with their choice of meats, seafood, and vegetables. Lasagnas, thin and crispy pizzas, soups, and salads finish out the menu items, made with all-natural ingredients by Chef Michael Faust. The seasonally updated menu will please you and the ever-popular $3.99 bowl of pasta with marinara and bread is available all day, every day.
Downtown. 428 King St. 965-5252
Kim’s Express serves authentic Korean and Japanese hibachi food in a quick and easy fashion. With over 20 years experience preparing Asian cuisine, owner Kim Brown introduced Korean and Japanese hibachi dishes to West Ashley when she opened Kim’s Korean and Japanese Grill in 1987. Now you can experience the same great quality of food for lunch or dinner in downtown Charleston. Kim’s Express serves everything from appetizers like tempura vegetables, to classic sushi rolls and express noodle bowls for lunch. For dinner, enjoy dishes like teriyaki chicken and filet mignon. Kim’s Express is the perfect location to eat healthy and fast for lunch or dinner.
Downtown. 145 Calhoun St. 577-7177
Since opening in 2003, Langdon’s has become the only Mt. Pleasant restaurant to receive AAA’s four diamond award for an exceptional dining experience. The eclectic American cuisine is complemented by an ever-changing wine list with 100 choices by the bottle and more than 20 by the glass. Chef Owens enjoys experimenting with different types of food and ingredients from all over the world. From lamb chops to sea bass, Langdon’s never fails to impress. The friendly, inviting, and relaxed atmosphere and the excellent menu selections echo Owens’ personality and flair.
Mt. Pleasant. 778 Shelmore Blvd. 388-9200
Live Oak Café and Coffee
Comfortably situated under a huge live oak tree across from the post office, Live Oak Café and Coffee is Johns Island’s best-kept secret. The delicious breakfast sandwiches, omelets and platters are available all day. For lunch, satisfy your hunger with the best Reuben in Charleston, the Stono Club Wrap, the Sea Island Sub, or the potato salad, which is out of this world. Stop by anytime for locally-roasted coffee and gourmet espresso drinks. This family-owned Café with its friendly staff is the perfect place for a quick bite or a lazy afternoon on the shady front porch.
Johns Island. 2867 Maybank Hwy. 557-1795
With three locations serving the Lowcountry, you’re never more than a couple of miles away from fresh seafood, steaks, chicken, pastas, sandwiches, or salads. Enjoy the best ocean view in Charleston from the deck at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier or host your next function in a private dining room at their James Island and Mt. Pleasant locations just minutes from downtown. Looking for a late lunch or early dinner? Open all day, every day with happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Relax with a $2.75 mimosa or Bloody Mary during Brunch on Sundays. Don’t forget to try the award-winning she-crab soup and fried green tomatoes. Now offering full service catering.
James Island. 1990 Maybank Hwy. 762-2549
Mt. Pleasant. 320 Coleman Blvd. 884-3346
Folly Beach. Folly Pier. 588-6412
Lost Dog Café
When out on Folly, surely you’ll be drawn to the heart of this surfer’s haven, the Lost Dog Café. You are instantly enticed by the aroma of fresh-baked goods, custom blend coffee, and the local vibe. Whet your appetite with huge breakfast burritos, bagel sandwiches, fresh fruit parfaits, and more. If you’re a member of the “crack of noon” club, it’s no problem here, they serve breakfast all day. With lunch comes an abundance of tasty treats, featuring daily specials, salads, homemade soups, sandwiches, and creative wraps … go for the “unleashed.”
Folly Beach. 13 Center St. 588-9669
Lowcountry Food and Wine
On March 2-5, 2006, a spectacular world-class culinary weekend will take place in the heart of downtown Charleston that will showcase everything that makes this city so distinctive. The Distinctively Charleston Food and Wine Festival will be an event like no other as the heart and soul of the city shines and all of the truly unique flavors and traditions are showcased. Some of the country’s best chefs, authors, and wine professionals will unite in over 45 events including wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, tastings, dinners, parties, a gospel brunch, and more Lowcountry cuisine will be center stage as local chefs transform fresh local produce, seafood, and specialties such as Carolina gold rice and grits into dishes that are distinctively Charleston. From Lowcountry barbecue, seafood boils, country ham biscuits, and venison on the opening night “Celebration of Charleston” to the gospel brunch on Sunday, the festival will be packed with events that capitalize on the unique characteristics of Charleston.
LuLu’s does Bohemian Southern style. Surprising sauces, unique ingredients, and tantalizing presentations add flavor to already classic Southern cuisine. The lavender meat loaf, country-fried steak with smoked gouda hash, and pistachio-encrusted duck are a few dishes that define LuLu’s Bistro. Our extremely knowledgeable staff will offer service that is casual with a fun dining approach, providing customers a better value for their dollar, with ambiance to match. Attention-grabbing decor excites the senses with stimulating colors, design, and overall attitude. The goal is simple: adding another room to your home.
James Island. 1956 Maybank Hwy. 406-4989
Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district at the site of the original Custom House, Magnolias combines true Southern style with Charleston charm in a sleek, yet comfortable atmosphere. Founding Chef and Partner Donald Barickman is widely recognized as a pioneer in the creative culinary use of the Lowcountry’s bounty, sparking a culinary revolution in Charleston and what is now known as Lowcountry cuisine. Executive Chef Don Drake continues the “Uptown/Down South” tradition with his own refreshing interpretations of classic Southern cuisine.
Downtown. 185 East Bay St. 577-7771
Manny’s is an old favorite that’s sure to please even the pickiest group with an enormous menu encompassing everything from authentic Greek cuisine to American favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and steaks. For Greek lovers, there’s classic fare like spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, falafel pita, souvlaki, and Greek-style shrimp and pasta. Manny’s is open for lunch and dinner and is a great place to catch your favorite team or game on one of the 12 satellites and 50 TVs. Also enjoy Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Too busy to come in? Manny’s delivers their signature Greek hand-tossed pizzas to West Ashley and downtown.
West Ashley. 1680 Hwy 171. 763-3908
McAlister’s Deli is not your ordinary deli. Choose from over 30 deli and signature sandwiches or try a delicious low-carb wrap. Or change things up with a cool, crisp salad: the grilled chicken Caesar, taco salad, chef salad, and more. Can you handle a Texas-sized, loaded spud? From the Spud Ole’ to the Spud Max to the Chicken Fajita Spud, there’s something for everybody. And, of course, enjoy McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea. McAlister’s is perfect for your next shindig, office meeting or team party — deli trays, fruit trays, and dessert trays are available. Dine-in, carry-out, or get it catered.
Mt. Pleasant. 644-A Long Point Road,
Belle Hall. 284-2288
Summerville. 400-A Azalea Square Blvd., behind the Target. 378-0116
Med Deli is a funky little eatery. Locally owned and one of Charleston’s oldest continuously-run restaurants, Med Deli has been located in the South Windermere Shopping Center for more then 50 years and is convenient to downtown, West Ashley, James Island, and Folly Beach. People come from all over for the black bean soup and Reuben sandwich. The dinner menu includes great pasta dishes like Rex and Sherry and Med Pasta, plus great entrées such as pecan-encrusted pork loin, pancetta-wrapped in salmon, and grilled bistro steak. At night, this funky little place comes alive with the sounds of jazz, blues, and bluegrass, plus great food, wine, a large beer selection, and a fully-stocked bar. Come enjoy Saturday brunch from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and happy hour Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. Open Mon.–Sat. for lunch and dinner.
West Ashley. 90 Folly Road. 766-0323
Pizzas, salads, calzones, and hoagies reign supreme at this funky restaurant in the heart of downtown Charleston. If you want to truly tempt your taste buds, visit the restaurant that’s been voted Best Gourmet Pizza four years running. The Mellow’s pies are full of fresh ingredients and are always prepared to order. Toss in cheerful service, a relaxed environment, and a great full-service bar, and you’ll see why the Mellow is a Charleston institution for locals, students, and tourists alike. Along with a full selection of premium liquors, the upstairs bar boasts Charleston’s best beer selection with over 150 draft and bottled brews and a 100 Beer Club that rewards you for sampling your favorites. Voted Best Bottled and Draft Beer the past three years in a row, and Best Bar Staff in 2004, the bar at Mellow Mushroom is a pilgrimage all beer lovers should make. Dine-in and delivery available. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Downtown. 309 King St. 72-FRESH
Melvin’s Legendary Bar-B-Que has been a South Carolina tradition since 1939. Famous for the best St. Louis-style pork ribs, chickens, and “all Ham” barbecue, Melvin’s has been voted Charleston’s Best Barbecue seven years running. Melvin’s starts by using a wood-burning pit that slow-cooks the meat for 24 hours over smoldering live hickory coals. Top that off with one of Melvin’s four famous sauces and you can taste the difference. Melvin’s Pigs on the Run Catering will make your next event a “Legendary” one! Give them a call today.
James Island. 538 Folly Road. 762-0511
Mt. Pleasant. 925 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 881-0549.
Mo Sussman’s Steakhouse
Charleston’s newest steakhouse, located in the Bank of America building on Meeting Street, is restaurateur Mo Sussman’s latest venture. With Executive Chef Pierce Bowers at the helm, Mo has created an amazing menu offering appetizers such as Baked “AmeriPure” Oysters Rockefeller and classic entrées like surf and turf, porterhouse of lamb, lamb chops, and veal piccata. Seafood specialties include fresh jumbo lump crabcakes and shrimp scampi. Mo Sussman’s is the only restaurant in Charleston serving Prime dry-aged center cut New York strips, and all entrées are designed to impress and satisfy. Pair anything on the menu with a selection from the extensive wine list to create a special evening out, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or just looking for a delicious meal. Piano bar every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Downtown. 200 Meeting St. 958-8887
Morgan Creek Grill
Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and the Isle of Palms Marina, Morgan Creek Grill serves fresh local seafood, choice steaks, and nightly chef’s specialties, along with unbeatable water views from any seat in the house. The Upper Deck Bar and Grill, on the rooftop, provides outdoor dining with panoramic vistas, live entertainment, and a more casual menu. The main restaurant serves dinner and Sunday brunch year round and lunch on the Upper Deck begins in March. Call for reservations and be sure to ask about the live entertainment schedule. Large groups are welcome and complimentary boat docking is available.
Isle Of Palms. 80 41st Ave. 886-8980
Muddy Waters Coffee Bar
Muddy Waters is owned and operated by a husband and wife team who transformed their despair over the scarcity of local independent coffee bars into a new occupation. Everything about Muddy Waters invites patrons to come in and relax for a while, from the warm browns and natural wood decor to the comfortable mix of seating (couches, café tables, and two bars). Colorful local artwork adorns the walls while an eclectic mixture of music plays from the sound system. In the evening Muddy Waters also serves wine and scrumptious desserts from local bakeries, providing another spot for the after-dinner crowd to gather.
James Island. 1739 Maybank Hwy. 795-0848
Noisy Oyster seafood restaurants have three very different locations for your dining pleasure. The downtown location, at the corner of Market and East Bay streets, has large windows that open to allow the harbor breezes to blow through. The Rivers Avenue location, in the shopping hub of North Charleston, is a great spot for lunch or dinner. The Johns Island location, at the Buzzards Roost Marina, offers cool breezes and a breathtaking view of the Stono River. All three provide extraordinary seafood and great service. Don’t miss incredible happy hour specials, as well as phenomenal seasonal specialties.
North Charleston. 7571 Rivers Ave. 824-1000
Johns Island. 2408 Maybank Hwy. 559-3552
Downtown. 24 N. Market St. 723-0044
Since its opening in January 2005, Oak Steakhouse has reinvigorated Charleston’s savvy dining scene. This refined Italian Steakhouse is situated in one of Charleston’s most impressive historical settings. After a $3.3 million restoration and renovation of this 1850’s landmark building, Chef Brett McKee created several stunning dining rooms for his signature steaks and chops and stellar connoisseur’s wine collection. Bon Appetit noted that the “150-year old former bank has been transformed into a three-level stunner…” Couple this with excellent ingredients, superior service, and a personal take on America’s steakhouse and the result is a recipe for greatness that has thrilled local and visiting diners and revitalized historic Broad Street. Oak Steakhouse is open Monday-Saturday from 5-11 p.m. and features live jazz and a special late-night menu Fridays from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Downtown. 17 Broad St. 722-4220
O’Hara and Flynn
O’Hara and Flynn’s downtown wine shop has moved to 160 E. Bay St. and added a streetside wine bar. Light snacks include a cheese plate that changes daily, olives, and locally made pates, each served with freshly baked bread. Quaint and candle-lit, the bar is a perfect place to enjoy a serene moment while snacking in good taste. For a small corkage fee, all the wines from the store are available for imbibing in the bar or for sipping and leisurely shopping in the store. Helpful staff are always on hand to assist with the vast array of cheeses, chocolates, oils, vinegars, and, yes, wine. Indulge in the finer gastronomical delights in the store’s beautiful new location. Open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Friday tastings: 5-7 p.m. Saturday tastings: 3-5 p.m. Call for details.
Downtown. 160 E. Bay St. 534-1916
Mt. Pleasant. 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916
Pa Pa Zu Zu’s
When you walk into Pa Pa Zu Zu’s, it doesn’t take long for your senses to tell you you’re in the right place for some good eats. As you walk past the local tomatoes sunning themselves in the window, you see baskets of onions and garlic perched on buckets of Greek pepperoncini peppers. Next to the newspaper rack are large jars of kalamata olives bought directly from the importer who grew up under the very same trees from which they were picked. The aroma of the slow-roasted beef/lamb gyro grows stronger with every step forward into this warm and friendly little hole in the wall. This is the kind of place where you can enjoy delicious food while tapping your foot to local acoustic offerings. This is the kind of place you come back to.
Downtown. 370 King St. 534-1666
Pearlz Oyster Bar
This raw bar offers a casual, friendly atmosphere and features a wide selection of fresh local seafood and seasonal specials, as well as a full service bar. With its grand opening on Jan. 24, Pearlz is the newest addition to the T-Bonz Restaurant Group and is conveniently located downtown on East Bay Street. Open for lunch and dinner Monday thru Sunday 11a.m.-until.
Downtown. 153 East Bay St. 577-5755
This world class, four-star restaurant is a jewel in Charleston’s culinary crown and has won the City Paper’s Best of Charleston award for Best Restaurant time and time again. Internationally recognized and award-winning Chef Robert Carter has crafted a menu filled with classic American and Lowcountry favorites. Top-notch wines, impeccable service, and a clubby, yet relaxed atmosphere round out a dining experience not to be missed. Leave room for the sumptuous desserts, including the Ultimate Coconut Cake, which the New York Times accurately referred to as “a little slice of heaven.”
Downtown. 112 N. Market St. 723-0700
Tucked away on a charming downtown street, Poogan’s Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest and most reputable culinary establishments. A historic landmark with an entertaining past, Poogan’s Porch has become synonymous with faultless Lowcountry hospitality and cuisine. Since opening in 1976, Poogan’s Porch has been a hot spot for celebrities, politicians, tourists, and locals who rave about this Southern institution. Open 365 days a year, Poogan’s Porch serves Lowcountry breakfast from 8-11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and dinner from 5-9:30 p.m. (the bar is open until 10 p.m.) Sunday brunch is offered, and a variety of special events are celebrated at the restaurant throughout the year.
Downtown. 72 Queen St. 577-2337
Roof Top Bar and Restaurant
The Roof Top Bar and Restaurant, voted number one Roof Top Bar in town, also features televisions for sporting events and live music nightly. Serving delicious Lowcountry cuisine in a casual atmosphere, the two-level establishment is located above the Vendue Inn in the Historic District, adjacent to Charleston’s beautiful Waterfront Park. With both covered and open-air dining options, you can enjoy a colorful Lowcountry sunset or dine under the stars. Heaters create a cozy, warm atmosphere during the chilly months. Overlooking the city skyline and Charleston Harbor, the Roof Top is the perfect place to unwind at the day’s end. Go on upstairs today.
Downtown. 23 Vendue Range. 414-2341
Rosebank Farms Café
Local flair. Southern fare. Island style. Rosebank Farms Café in the Bohicket Marina has got it all. Their menu offers seafood and Southern specialties made with the freshest and highest quality local ingredients. From salads with Clemson blue cheese to the Upscale Beaufort Boil to everything you could possibly want to eat with grits, Rosebank Farms Café knows what Charleston likes. Owner Julie Limehouse lends her open Lowcountry spirit to every aspect of the place. Open for lunch and dinner, the Café offers sophisticated dining with a Lowcountry attitude.
Johns Island. 1886 Andell Bluff Road. 768-1807
Now open in three locations, Señor Tequila is famous for delicious Mexican food at awesome prices. Their menu contains a wide variety of savory items, from their Special Nachos and Fajita Taco Salad to their Burrito Deluxe and Steak Quesadilla. Indulge with the tastiest Mexican food in town and don’t forget about the drinks! Señor Tequila offers great specials on beer and margaritas all week long, including the 46 oz. margarita for only $7.50 and 34 oz. domestic drafts for only $3.75. Don’t miss the mariachi band every other Monday at their Ashley River Road location!
West Ashley. 1836 Ashley River Road. 852-0561
Mt. Pleasant. 612 Coleman Blvd. 856-8998
West Ashley. 1280 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 763-8773
Sushi lovers who are looking for a more casual scene should visit Shi Ki. The quaint restaurant on East Bay Street caters to those who want authentic Japanese cuisine without the exorbitant prices. Shi Ki combines exquisite Japanese flavors, exotic sushi, and reasonable prices. Try their $6.95 lunch special or the $8.95 sushi special. Ask for Misa for a friendly, personal Japanese experience.
Downtown. 334 East Bay St. 720-8568
Sunfire Grill and Bistro
Just off I-26 at exit 216 A, over the Cosgrove Bridge, and right at the caution light sits the Sunfire Grill and Bistro. Practically everything is on the menu — honestly. Sunfire features a service staff that obviously cares, fantastic values, and grand portions. As far as seating, there are two private rooms, a main dining area, a smoking lounge, and the breezy, beautiful patio for diners to choose from. Whether you come for lunch, dinner, or for happy hour and live music, you are in for a truly spectacular restaurant experience. Come see us. Come join us. Come as you are. Sunfire Grill is the place to be!
West Ashley. 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 766-0223
Ted’s Butcherblock is a locally owned and operated, full-service butcher shop that also offers an extensive selection of gourmet prepared meals, boutique wines, artisinal cheeses, sandwiches, specialty foods and more. All-natural meats and poultry are cut and ground to order by a knowledgable kitchen staff that includes a chef who keeps the menu fresh with a revolving selection of sides and entrées available to go. Also on staff is a wine director who hand-selects boutique wines from around the world and leads weekly wine tastings in this bright and friendly neighborhood establishment. Ted’s is perfect for both people who love to cook and want access to quality ingredients and people who love good food but don’t have time to cook!
Downtown. 334 East Bay Street, Suite K. 577-0094
For a family-friendly environment, head to one of the area’s popular TBonz restaurants. The extensive menu ranges from hand-cut steak, off-the-bone baby back ribs, fresh seafood and poultry, and sandwiches. Bring your friends and share a cozy leather booth while snacking on their acclaimed appetizer, Tommy’s Texas Cheese Fries Deluxe. After dinner, head next door to Kaminsky’s, their sister restaurant, for homemade desserts and coffees.
Downtown. 80 N. Market St. 577-2511
West Ashley. 1668 Olde Towne Road. 556-2478
Mt. Pleasant. 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 971-7777
Voted Best Sushi two years in a row by Charleston City Paper readers, Tsunami is known for great sushi, great sake, and great times. Their innovative approach to sushi makes them a must-eat for those passionate about this culinary delight. Tsunami also offers traditional Japanese tempura, gyoza, tataki, and hibachi. Whether for a date or with a group, Tsunami is the perfect place for a sophisticated night out. Try it downtown, or in their new Mt. Pleasant location.
Downtown. 215 East Bay St. 965-5281
Mt. Pleasant. 1909 Hwy 17 N. 881-7061
The Eclectic Chef
Selected as the Post and Courier’s Lunch Counter of the year for 2005, The Eclectic Chef is anything but your standard lunch counter. Chef Ben McCollum and his staff serve made-to-order sandwiches, salads, and sides with seating indoors or outside. The seasonal menu reflects only the freshest ingredients. And don’t forget about dessert, there’s plenty to choose from. Located in Summerville’s historic district, this “eclectic” eatery also boasts gourmet-to-go entrees and catering for any occasion. Because “Life is too short for boring food … so eat eclectic!”
Summerville. 125 Central Ave. 821-7733
With an open patio and easy access to shopping on King Street, Vickery’s Downtown has fast become a favorite destination for both locals and vistors. Vickery’s Mt. Pleasant, in one of the country’s most picturesque locations, features water on three sides and tremendous views for all tables. You can stroll outside onto the deck, where there is additional seating, a shark bar, and telescopic viewers for a closer look at nature. Both Vickery’s locations serve a variety of dishes — some simple and creative, some complex — from various regions and ethnicities, consistently good and fairly priced. All in a friendly, fun, and casual atmosphere with attentive, professional service.
Downtown. 15 Beaufain St. 577-5300
Mt. Pleasant. 1313 Shrimp Boat Lane.884-4440
Steps from downtown’s thriving Market Street, Wasabi is downtown Charleston’s only Japanese steakhouse, and is owned by a Chinese husband and wife team, John and Wendy Tang. In one part of the dining room, you can sit at the hibachi grill and watch as chefs prepare seafood, steak, and specialties such as Japanese noodles in front of you. The sushi bar can prove just as entertaining, as patrons can see the sushi chef in action, preparing a variety of favorites such as the scam roll, crunch roll, and eel and avocado roll. You’re guaranteed nothing less than a fantastic meal at Wasabi, which was voted “Best Sushi” by the readers of the City Paper in 2005.
Downtown. 61 State St. 577-5222
West Ashley Bait and
The West Ashley Bait and Tackle Shop actually sells no bait and no tackle. This friendly neighborhood bluegrass tavern has recently changed ownership. Since 1963, they’ve served the coldest ice-trough beer in town, and now they serve peerless lunches and dinners as well. An experienced San Francisco culinary institute-trained chef enjoys making everything fresh from scratch and in-house daily. They offer homemade soups, signature sandwiches, blue plate specials and five-star entrées on a menu that ranges from boiled peanuts and beer battered cheese curds to half-pound lean burgers, N.C. BBQ, collard greens, and BBQ shrimp and grits. And don’t be afraid to top it off with a Moon Pie. The bar and dining area is one of Charleston’s few smoke-free environments, while smokers can dine on the outdoor patio. Check the website regularly to see a schedule of the finest in regional bluegrass music. Head home to the Bait and Tackle … No Bait. No Tackle.
West Ashley. 1177 Magnolia Road. 556-1828
Who says size doesn’t matter? It obviously does, and that’s why West Wings offers the biggest wings in town! There are 19 flavors to choose from, but only one size — big! Ready to escape the wife and dodge some yard work? West Wings features high-definition TVs with all the big games, and you can shoot a round of pool and knock back a big cold one before she can say “Honey Do.” Half-price appetizers during happy hour Monday to Friday, plus salads, wraps, sandwiches, pizza, calzones and burgers. Run and hide on either side of town, as West Wings is now located in West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant.
West Ashley. 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 225-1964
Mt. Pleasant. 627 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 881-4599
Yo Burrito! has been serving up burritos and healthy Mexican fare since 2000. Satisfy your salsa craving with the famous homemade salsa bar or try the delicious fish tacos with a double mason jar margarita. Check out new menu items, like roasted pineapple salsa or spicy grilled tofu, along with old favorites like rojo chicken and slow-cooked carnitas. Enjoy $1 beers and margarita specials weekdays at Happy Hour, 4-7 p.m. Located in Mt. Pleasant at the Shelmore intersection of Johnnie Dodds Boulevard (by Time Out Sports), and soon reopening downtown on Wentworth Street, a few doors down from the original location. See you soon!
Mt. Pleasant. 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.856-0061
Downtown. 77 Wentworth Street.