Best of Charleston offers Holy City residents the chance to recognize their favorite places to tuck into a dozen oysters, plate of soul food or half-pound of brisket, among so many other options. From downtown to Park Circle or Johns Island, there’s innovative restaurants throughout the Charleston area, and City Paper readers’ favorites encompass everything the Lowcountry has to offer. 

The well deserved praise comes at a time when restaurants that are still fighting for survival continue to impress diners with one-off specials, riffs on traditional Southern favorites or simply by serving customers with a smile on their faces.

There’s a lot to eat in Charleston, and these restaurants, bartenders and chefs are the ones who make it happen. Here are the Best of Charleston “Eating” winners, as voted on by City Paper readers. 

Best Asian Fusion
Xiao Bao Biscuit
224 Rutledge Ave. Downtown 
xiaobaobiscuit.com 

Runner-Up:
Zen Asian Fusion 

Best Bagels 
Bagel Nation 
520 Folly Road #60. James Island.
(843) 406-7869 
1975 Magwood Drive. West Ashley.
(843) 779-0700
bagelnationsc.com 

Runner-Up:
Charleston Bagel 

Best Bakery 
Baguette Magic
792 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 471-5941
baguettemagic.com 

Runner-Up:
WildFlour Pastry

Best Barbecue
Lewis Barbecue
464 N. Nassau St. Downtown.
(843) 805-9500 
lewisbarbecue.com 

Runner-Up:
Rodney Scott’s BBQ 

Best Biscuits
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit
476 ½ King St. Downtown.
(843) 737-5159
188 Meeting St. Downtown.
(843) 577-8900 
calliesbiscuits.com 

Runner-Up:
Vicious Biscuit

Best Breakfast
Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-3333
pagesokragrill.com

Runner-Up:
Early Bird Diner 

Best Brisket 
Lewis Barbecue
464 N. Nassau St. Downtown.
(843) 805-9500 
lewisbarbecue.com 

Runner-Up:
Swig & Swine

Best Buffet
Duke’s Barbecue
331 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 789-4801 
4428 Spruill Ave., Suite B. North Charleston.
(843) 554-1110

Runner-Up:
Nirlep Indian Restaurant

Best Burger
Poe’s Tavern
2210 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 883-0083
poestavern.com 

Runner-Up:
Little Jack’s Tavern

Best Caterer
Home Team BBQ 
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Cru Catering

Best Charcuterie 
goat.sheep.cow 
106 Church St. Downtown.
(843) 480-2526
goatsheepcow.com 

Runner-Up:
Edmund’s Oast

Best Cheap Meal 
Five Loaves Cafe 
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. #100. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 849-1043
214 N. Cedar St. Summerville.
(843) 804-9410 
fiveloavescafe.com 

Runner-Up:
Waffle House 

Best Cheesesteak
DB’s Cheesesteaks
2 Avondale Ave. West Ashley.
(843) 225-3231
dbscheesesteaks.com

Runner-Up:
Philly’s 

Best Chef
Nico Romo

Runner-Up:
Mike Lata 

Best Chicken Fingers 
Boxcar Betty’s
1922 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-7470 
7800 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 990-9804
1701 Shoremeade Road. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 227-5198 
boxcarbettys.com 

Runner-Up:
Chick-Fil-A 

Best Chinese
Red Orchids China Bistro
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. West Ashley.
(843) 573-8787
redorchids.com 

Runner-Up:
Jackrabbit Filly 

Best Chocolatier
Christophe Artisan Chocolatier
90 Society St. Downtown.
(843) 297-8674 
christophechocolatier.com 

Runner-Up:
Charleston Chocolatiers

Best Coffee House 
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
4 Vanderhorst St. Downtown.
(843) 853-7186 
kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com 

Runner-Up:
Charleston Coffee Exchange 

Best Daniel Island Restaurant
Sermet’s Courtyard
115 River Landing Drive #101. Daniel Island
(843) 471-1777
sermets.com 

Runner-Up:
Dockery’s

Best Deli
East Bay Deli
Various locations
eastbaydeli.com 

Runner-Up:
Mozzo Deli 

Best Desserts 
Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
78 N. Market St. Downtown.
(843) 853-8270 
2 Magnolia Road. West Ashley.
(854) 429-1777
kaminskys.com 

Runner-Up:
Carmella’s 

Best Doughnut Shop 
Krispy Kreme 
Various locations
krispykreme.com 

Runner-Up:
Duck Donuts 

Best Downtown Brunch
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Poogan’s Porc

Best Downtown Restaurant 
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
FIG

Best Folly Beach Brunch
Lost Dog Cafe
106 W. Huron Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9669
lostdogfollybeach.com 

Runner-Up:
Rita’s Seaside Grille 

Best Folly Beach Restaurant
Taco Boy
106 E. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9761
tacoboy.net

Runner-Up:
Rita’s Seaside Grille

Best Food Truck
Roti Rolls
(843) 822-5070 
eatrotirolls.com 

Runner-Up:
Dashi 

Best French 
39 Rue de Jean
39 John St. Downtown.
(843) 722-8881 
holycityhospitality.com/39-rue-de-jean

Runner-Up:
NICO Oysters + Seafood 

Best Fried Chicken
Boxcar Betty’s 
1922 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-7470 
7800 Rivers Ave. North Charleston.
(843) 990-9804 
1701 Shoremeade Road. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 227-5198 
boxcarbettys.com 

Runner-Up:
Leon’s Oyster Shop 

Best Fries
Tattooed Moose
1137 Morrison Drive. Downtown.
(843) 277-2990 
3328 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 952-7591
tattooedmoose.com

Runner-Up:
Five Guys 

Best Gelato 
Carmella’s 
198 E. Bay St. #100. Downtown.
(843) 722-5893
carmellasdessertbar.com 

Runner-Up:
Beardcat’s Sweet Shop

Best Gourmet Sandwich
Five Loaves Cafe
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. #100. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 849-1043
214 N. Cedar St. Summerville.
(843) 804-9410 
fiveloavescafe.com

Runner-Up:
Mozzo Deli 

Best Greek
Stella’s
114 St. Philip St. Downtown.
(843) 400-0026
stellascharleston.com

Runner-Up:
Kairos Mediterranean 

Best Gyro
My Big Fat Greek Trailer
mybigfatgreektrailer.com

Runner-Up:
Stella’s 

Best Hot Dogs
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
2805 N. Highway 17. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 884-7677
jackscosmicdogs.com 

Runner-Up:
Skoogies 

Best Ice Cream 
Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream 
Various locations
yeolefashioned.com 

Runner-Up:
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 

Best Indian
Nirlep Indian Restaurant 
908 Savannah Highway #7802. West Ashley.
(843) 763-9923
nirlepcharleston.us 

Runner-Up:
Ma’am Saab

Best IOP Brunch
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
31 J.C. Long Blvd. Isle of Palms.
(843) 886-3474
acmelowcountrykitchen.com 

Runner-Up:
Sea Biscuit Cafe 

Best IOP Restaurant 
Acme Lowcountry Kitchen
31 J.C. Long Blvd. Isle of Palms.
(843) 886-3474
acmelowcountrykitchen.com

Runner-Up:
Coda del Pesce 

Best Italian 
Wild Olive
2867 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 737-4177 
wildoliverestaurant.com 

Runner-Up:
Le Farfalle

Best James Island Brunch
Black Magic Cafe 
1130 Folly Road. James Island.
(843) 576-4868 
blackmagiccafe.com 

Runner-Up:
Bohemian Bull 

Best James Island Restaurant 
Bowens Island Restaurant 
1870 Bowens Island Road. James Island.
(843) 795-2757
bowensisland.com 

Runner-Up:
Kwei Fei

Best Japanese
O-Ku
463 King St. Downtown.
(843) 737-0112
o-kusushi.com 

Runner-Up:
Wasabi 

Best Johns Island Brunch
Fat Hen 
3140 Maybank Hwy. Johns Island.
(843) 559-9090
thefathen.com 

Runner up: 
Tattooed Moose 

Best Johns Island Restaurant
Wild Olive
2867 Maybank Highway. Johns Island.
(843) 737-4177 
wildoliverestaurant.com

Runner-Up:
The Royal Tern 

Best Juice/Smoothie Bar
Huriyali 
401 Huger St. Downtown.
(843) 207-4436
huriyali.com 

Runner-Up:
Tropical Smoothie

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant 
Home Team BBQ
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 42209
Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Paige’s Okra Grill 

Best Late Night Menu 
Waffle House
Various locations 

Runner-Up:
Tattooed Moose

Best Local Artisanal Food Product 
Rio Bertolini’s Pasta
riobertolinispasta.com 

Runner-Up:
Red Clay Hot Sauce 

Best Local Legacy Restaurant 
Bowens Island Restaurant 
1870 Bowens Island Road. James Island.
(843) 795-2757
bowensisland.com 

Runner-Up:
Halls Chophouse 

Best Mac and Cheese
Home Team BBQ
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Lewis Barbecue

Best Meat & 3 Veggies
Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant 
(843) 881-3333
pagesokragrill.com

Runner-Up:
Lewis Barbecue 

Best Mexican Restaurant
Santi’s Restaurante Mexicano
1302 Meeting Street Road. Downtown.
(843) 722-2633
santisrestaurantemexicano.com

Runner-Up:
Taco Boy

Best Milkshake
Ye Ole Fashioned
Various Locations
yeolefashioned.com

Runner-Up:
Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe

Best Mount Pleasant Restaurant
NICO Oysters + Seafood
201 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 352-7969
nicoshemcreek.com

Runner-Up:
Page’s Okra Grill

Best Nachos
Home Team BBQ
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Saltwater Cowboys

Best New Restaurant
Neon Tiger
654 King St. Downtown.
(843) 640-3902
neontiger.com

Runner-Up:
Frannie and the Fox

Best North Charleston Brunch
Jackrabbit Filly
4628 Spruill Ave. North Charleston. 
(843) 460-0037
jackrabbitfilly.com

Runner-Up:
Holy City Brewing

Best North Charleston Restaurant
EVO Pizzeria
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston
(843) 225-1796
evopizza.com

Runner-Up:
The CODfather

Best Outdoor Patio
Saltwater Cowboys
130 Mill St. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 856-0700
saltwater-cowboys.com

Runner-Up:
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. 

Best Oysters
167 Raw
193 King St. Downtown.
(843) 579-4997
167raw.com

Runner-Up:
Bowens Island Restaurant

Best Pitmaster
Rodney Scott, Rodney Scott’s BBQ
1011 King St. Downtown. (843) 990-9535
rodneyscottsbbq.com

Runner-Up:
John Lewis, Lewis Barbecue 

Best Pizza, Gourmet
EVO Pizzeria
1075 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston
(843) 225-1796
evopizza.com

Runner-Up:
Crust Wood Fired Pizza

Best Pizza, Traditional
D’Allesandro’s Pizza
229 St. Philip St. Downtown.
(843) 853-6337
dalspizza.com

Runner-Up:
Famulari’s Pizzeria 

Best Place to Buy Local Seafood
Crosby’s Seafood Co.
2019C Cherry Hill Lane. North Charleston 
(843) 577-3531
crosbysseafood.com

Runner-Up:
Mount Pleasant Seafood

Best Poke
Poke Bros.
5070 International Blvd. North Charleston
(843) 718-1354
644-H1 Long Point Road. Mount Pleasant
(843) 800-5600
1305 N. Main St. Summerville.
(843) 285-9053
eatpokebros.com

Runner-Up:
167 Raw

Best Raw Bar
167 Raw
193 King St. Downtown.
(843) 579-4997
167raw.com

Runner-Up:
Pearlz Oyster Bar

Best Restaurant
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Wild Olive

Best Restaurant for Vegetarians 
Five Loaves Cafe
214 N. Cedar St. Summerville.
(843) 804-9410
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 849-1043
fiveloavescafe.com

Runner-Up:
Basic Kitchen

Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
FIG

Best Ribs
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
1011 King St. Downtown.
(843) 990-9535
rodneyscottsbbq.com

Runner-Up:
Lewis Barbecue

Best Romantic Restaurant
82 Queen
82 Queen St. Downtown.
(843) 723-7591
82queen.com

Runner-Up:
Chez Nous

Best Salad 
California Dreaming
1 Ashley Point Drive. West Ashley.
(843) 766-1644
californiadreaming.rest

Runner-Up:
Verde

Best Seafood
167 Raw
193 King St. Downtown.
(843) 579-4997
167raw.com

Runner-Up:
Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

Best She-Crab Soup
82 Queen
82 Queen St. Downtown.
(843) 723-7591
82queen.com

Runner-Up:
Poogan’s Porch

Best Shrimp and Grits
Page’s Okra Grill
302 Coleman Blvd. Mount Pleasant.
(843) 881-3333
pagesokragrill.com

Runner-Up:
82 Queen

Best Soul Food
Bertha’s Kitchen
2332 Meeting Street Road. Downtown.
(843) 554-6519
facebook.com/berthaskitchen

Runner-Up:
Nigel’s Good Food

Best Steak
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Oak Steakhouse

Best Sub Sandwich/Hoagie 
Jersey Mike’s
Various Locations
jerseymikes.com

Runner-Up:
Publix

Best Sullivan’s Island Brunch
The Obstinate Daughter
2063 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 416-5020
theobstinatedaughter.com

Runner-Up:
Poe’s Tavern

Best Summerville Brunch
Five Loaves Cafe
214 N. Cedar St.  Summerville.
(843) 804-9410
1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Mount Pleasant
(843) 849-1043
fiveloavescafe.com

Runner-Up:
Vicious Biscuit

Best Sunday Brunch
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Page’s Okra Grill

Best Sushi
O-Ku
463 King St. Downtown. (843) 737-0112
o-kusushi.com

Runner-Up:
Locals

Best Sweet Tea
Chick-Fil-A
Various Locations
chick-fil-a.com

Runner-Up:
McAlister’s Deli

Best Tacos
Taco Boy
217 Huger St.  Downtown.
(843) 789-3333
106 E. Ashley Ave. Folly Beach.
(843) 588-9761
tacoboy.net

Runner-Up:
Mex 1 Coastal Cantina

Best Tapas 
Barsa Tapas Lounge & Bar
630 King St. Downtown.
(843) 577-5393
barsacharleston.com

Runner-Up:
Stella’s 

Best Thai
Basil
1070 E. Montague Ave. North Charleston
(843) 225-8161
1465 Long Grove Drive. Mount Pleasant
(843) 606-9641
eatatbasil.com

Runner-Up:
Taste of Thai

Best Vietnamese
Xiao Bao Biscuit
224 Rutledge Ave. Downtown
xiaobaobiscuit.com

Runner-Up:
Little Miss Ha

Best Wait Staff
Halls Chophouse
434 King St. Downtown.
(843) 727-0090
300 Nexton Square Drive. Summerville.
(843) 900-6000
hallschophouse.com

Runner-Up:
Home Team BBQ

Best Waterfront Dining
Fleet Landing
186 Concord St. Downtown.
(843) 722-8100
fleetlanding.net

Runner-Up:
Tavern & Table

Best West Ashley Brunch 
Early Bird Diner
1644 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 277-2353
earlybirddiner.com

Runner-Up:
Three Little Birds

Best West Ashley Restaurant 
The Glass Onion
1219 Savannah Highway. West Ashley.
(843) 225-1717
ilovetheglassonion.com

Runner-Up:
Home Team BBQ

Best Wings
Home Team BBQ
126 Willman St. Downtown.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 4
2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island.
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 3
1205 Ashley River Road. West Ashley
(843) 225-RIBS Ext. 2 
hometeambbq.com

Runner-Up:
Swig & Swine