11 Center Street

11 Center Street fuses great food and scenery at Folly Beach. The tapas menu changes seasonally and reflects a Mediterranean sensibility. Featured dishes include Argentine beef tenderloin, spinach and chicken spring rolls, a Mediterranean plate (enough for two!), and seared quail breast medallions. A great selection of wine comes by the glass or the bottle. The downstairs wine store also has a generous selection of wines that may be purchased to go, or to enjoy in-house. If you’re favoring something else, choose from a full selection of imported micro beers or pitchers of fresh sangria made tableside. The upstairs rooftop dining area offers a place to socialize on the patio, or by the open fireplace. Wine tasting, live music, and the beach are all part of the relaxed and easy-going vibe at 11 Center Street, voted Best Folly Beach Restaurant by City Paper readers in 2006. Serving lunch and dinner.

Folly Beach. 11 Center St. 588-9898

Atlanticville Restaurant

The Post and Courier says, “Atlanticville sets a high standard for island dining.” Located on Sullivan’s Island, Atlanticville features upscale cuisine served in a casually elegant setting. Chef William Condon’s fresh local favorites range from new age Southern to traditional. Seasonal nightly specials keep discerning diners coming back for more. The Post and Courier, Southern Living, and Charleston City Paper all praise Atlanticville for being one of Charleston’s best. Locals rave about Thai Tuesdays and the extensive Sunday Brunch menu. Live music most Tuesdays from Triple Lindy and jazz on the porch on Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurant and bar are open nightly from 5:30 p.m. Sunday brunch served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome.
Sullivan’s Island. 2063 Middle St. 883-9452.

Avondale Wine & Cheese

Browse the specialty coffees, artisan cheeses, wines, and gourmet condiments or sit back and enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese plate in the café or backroom parlor of this cozy little West Ashley wine and cheese shop. Proprietor Manoli Davani will help you select the perfect bottle of wine and provide you with competitive pricing. Wine and cheese tastings are held on Monday and Thursday nights from 5-7 p.m. for $5. Wine bar open until 9 p.m. on the weekends.
West Ashley. 813-B Savannah Hwy. 769-5444

Barberitos Southwestern Grill and Cantina

Way fresher, way better. Not only is Barberitos the home of “the best tasting burritos in the world,” but the successful franchise proudly serves patrons Southwestern cuisine that is both delicious and healthy. The produce arrives daily, yielding only the tastiest and most wholesome meals. The menu has something for everyone, from tacos and quesadillas to nachos and salads. There’s even a menu for the kids and ice-cold beer in the fridge. Located on the corner of Maybank Highway and Folly Road in the Piggly Wiggly shopping center.
West Ashley. 1739 Maybank Hwy. 406-4955.


Whether you’re looking for a laid-back evening out or a place to sit and catch the game, Benders’ traditional menu features a variety of eats, including wings, poppers, burgers, salads, and overstuffed subs. Nosh on great bar food as you catch up with friends during happy hour at this neighborhood bar. Drink deals include $2 bourbons on Tuesdays and $2 margaritas on Wednesdays. With daily draft prices from $1-$2 and pitchers starting at $5, Benders will help keep the cash in your wallet. Open daily.
West Ashley. 1750 Savannah Hwy. 573-1027


Blend’s mission is the “pursuit of excellence,” and Executive Chef Matthew Niessner intends to orchestrate that in his brand new Ashley Avenue restaurant. On the first floor, which has a courtyard patio, you can enjoy gourmet sandwiches and salads and a premium coffee bar with pastries for breakfast and lunch. Upstairs, the mood is more calm and serene with two intimate dining rooms and piazza seating. The chef’s broad international menu features dishes like herb-roasted rack of lamb and crabmeat stuffed flounder. Open for lunch and dinner, Mon.–Sat., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Parking available. Reservations encouraged.
Downtown. 170 Ashley Ave. 724-3391

Brixx Pizza

Brick ovens enhance the natural flavors of quality ingredients at Brixx, giving their pizza a great wood-fired taste unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. Delicious sandwiches are served on fresh-baked focaccia, with big salads made with only the freshest greens. The menu features a great selection of pasta dishes, and diners can enjoy any of the 23 beers on tap or 15 wines by the glass. Buy one get one free pizzas and appetizers every day after 9 p.m. The outdoor patio offers a perfect place for family dining and serves food 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 a classic hit. From the moment they arrive, guests are provided a glimpse into the world of Forrest and Bubba. This inviting atmosphere is unique and 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

California Dreaming

At California Dreaming, every table is a “table with a view.” Designed to resemble an 1800s fort from the Civil War era, the restaurant sits at the mouth of the Ashley River and gives diners a panoramic view of both the city and harbor. Serving classic American cuisine in a casual atmosphere, California Dreaming is open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations and phone-ahead seating are available. Happy hour served Mon. to Fri. from 4-7 p.m.
Downtown. 1 Ashley Pointe Dr. 766-1644.

Charleston’s Café;

The Bookstore Café, recognized as one of “the South’s great neighborhood restaurant(s)” by Bon Appétit magazine, closed its doors after 15 years in downtown Charleston and reopened in Mt. Pleasant as Charleston’s Café. It “still serves an excellent breakfast. In fact, even better,” says the City Paper’s Jeff Allen. The menu also features a selection of salads and sandwiches. Check out “the social scene going on” as featured on the Food Network’s The Hungry Detective and enjoy the creative dishes. Located on the corner of Highway 17 and Anna Knapp Boulevard in Anna Knapp Plaza. Open seven days a week.
Mt. Pleasant. 1039 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 856-7796.

Chinar/Taste of India

Chinar and Taste of India boast an extensive menu of elaborate appetizers, delicious soups, prepared vegetables, fresh bread, and authentic entrées featuring chicken, lamb, and fish cooked in various sauces, herbs, and spices. If you think the food sounds good, the locations are even better. Chinar is downtown at 363 King St. (the old Hoagie Haven), and Taste of India is in West Ashley at 851 Savannah Hwy. Both locations are open for dinner and have extensive lunch buffets. Chinar’s is priced at only $6.99 and served from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Downtown. 363 King St. 937-9800
West Ashley. 851 Savannah Hwy. 556-0772

Cintra Ristorante and Martini Bar

With its charming atmosphere and sophisticated martini bar, Cintra has become a local favorite. They’ve garnered rave reviews for extraordinary Italian and European cuisine. The City Paper’s Jeff Allen says Executive Chef “Thomas Clayton can flat out cook.” Clayton emphasizes combinations of simple, clean flavors with rich, earthy ones, featuring dishes such as sweet potato ravioli, mustard gnocchi with pork cheek and Swiss chard in a mushroom pork jus, house-made pastas, beef tartare, house-pulled mozzarella, seafood, meats, and risotto. Complimentary parking provided; reservations recommended.
Downtown. 16 N. Market St. 377-1090

Coco’s Café

French-style cooking and rustic country fare combine with modern influences to create unforgettable experiences at Coco’s Café in Mt. Pleasant. Chef Ollard’s quintessential French country “from the farm to your plate” cooking is highlighted by daily gourmet specials. On the last Monday of each month, the five-course “Taste of France” wine dinner explores the different regions of France. Coco’s Café offers full service catering and several take-out selections, including house-baked breads and charcuterie. A new art exhibition space — Coco’s Gallery — hosts various artists every three weeks and features an interactive show with complimentary food, wine, and live entertainment. You don’t have to journey a continent away to enjoy a fine French dining experience: head over to Coco’s and be transported.
Mt. Pleasant. 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 881-4949.


Featuring eclectic American cuisine at its finest, Cordavi is Charleston’s hottest new restaurant. Located on N. Market St., 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

Creekside Bar & Grill

With quality people providing quality service in a relaxed atmosphere, Creekside Bar & Grill, Shem Creek’s newest neighborhood restaurant, has something for everyone — from food to friends to football to beer. Enjoy the views of Shem Creek from the rooftop bar or from one of the three dining rooms. Gavin Mills, formerly of Carolina’s and Peninsula Grill, brings his culinary expertise from downtown to Shem Creek, offering soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and local favorites as well as late night dining and daily and weekly specials. Everything is made fresh and in-house, from dressings and sauces to the sirloin burgers. Open seven days a week, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Opening Late May 2007.
Mt. Pleasant. 508-B Mill St. 856-4803

Cru Café and Catering

Cru Café is home to some of the best and most consistent food in the Lowcountry. Renowned Le Cordon Bleu Chef John Zucker graduated at the top of his class and, in response to overwhelming demand, opened Cru Café in 2002. Cru is a true hidden gem in downtown Charleston’s impressive restaurant scene. Locals and tourists consistently rank Cru Café and its award-winning Cru Catering division as top eateries. Enjoy indoor and outdoor porch seating, gourmet comfort food, a wine list tailored to the varied menu, and rich, satisfying desserts. Lunch is served Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner is served Tues.-Thurs. 5- 10 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. from 5-11 p.m. Call Cru Catering at 534-2433.
Downtown. 18 Pinckney St. 534-2434


Charleston’s sweetest delicacy is now available on King Street. Cupcake, the Lowcountry’s cupcake specialty shop, sells old favorites in an exciting new way. Cupcake offers an array of delicious flavors such as red velvet, mint chocolate chip, praline, and carrot cake. With nine different flavors to choose from each day, you’re sure to find a delight. The cupcakes are baked fresh daily with the finest all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. Cupcake’s creations are perfect for birthdays, showers, office parties, business meetings, weddings, and other events. Sure to add fun and excitement, you’ll be the hit of the party if you show up with these treats. Open Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Downtown. 433 King St. 853-8181.

D’Allesandro’s Pizza

Serving up authentic family recipes, this pizza joint offers much more than great ‘za. The salads are large, subs are hot, and the ingredients are always fresh. With whole pies starting at just $4, you can get great food and not break the bank. Offering a casual atmosphere for lunch or dinner and free delivery downtown, you’re never far from a great pie. The great beer selections on tap or in bottles make it a perfect spot for happy hour. Open until midnight, D’Allesandro’s satisfies even the late-night hunger. “These guys are for real, they know their way around pizzas and calzones.” –City Paper food critic Jeff Allen.
Downtown. 229 St. Philip St. 853 6337.

East Bay Deli

Charleston’s real New York-style deli slices sandwich 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 modestly priced and served quickly. Two great downtown locations open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a third location now open in North Charleston. Free delivery.
Downtown. 334 East Bay St. 723-1234
Downtown. 159 N. Market St. 723-4443
N. Charleston. 4405 Dorchester Road. 747-1235

Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ

Born out of “Bunch’s gas station,” which was built in the ’40s, Home Team BBQ is dedicated to bringing you the best barbecue in Charleston. With fresh ingredients, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and wraps, these guys have a unique approach to barbecue that holds true to the traditional methods needed to create great barbecue. The dry-rubbed ribs, chicken, and pulled pork will knock your socks off. Home Team proudly features eight beers on tap, 20 bourbons, and live music.
West Ashley. 1205 Ashley River Road. 225-RIBS (7427).

Fish Restaurant

Celebrating their seventh birthday this year, Fish restaurant in downtown Charleston has given locals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy local, sustainable, and flavorful seafood in a chic and stylish atmosphere. Housed in a beautifully renovated, 1837 Charleston single-style home in the heart of the city’s Upper King Street district, Fish takes an Eastern, minimalist approach in both menu and design, allowing guests to experience the true flavor of fresh and seasonal seafood. Innovative dishes include tuna tartare, scallop ceviche, and the “Naked Fish,” which features the freshest fish prepared simply and served with two sides. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner served Mon.-Sat. from 5:30 p.m.-until.
Downtown. 442 King St. 722-FISH (3474).

Five Loaves Café

Due to its extraordinary success, Five Loaves Café has expanded to three, bustling locations. Lunch focuses on a creative, fresh, ever-changing menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches. The lights are dimmed for dinner, as the chef creates specials focusing on fresh fish, pasta, and roast chicken. A short but well-chosen wine list and an eclectic selection of beer make Five Loaves the perfect casual dining experience. Beer and wine are available at all locations, with a full bar downtown and live music at the King Street location. Five Loaves is the perfect destination for lunch or dinner, and it’s vegetarian-friendly!
Downtown. 43 Cannon St. 937-4303
Downtown. 372 King St. (inside Millennium Music). 805-7977
Mt. Pleasant. 1055 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 849-1043.

Fleet Landing Restaurant

With waterfront dining perched over Charleston Harbor in a 1940s naval building, Fleet Landing is the peninsula’s finest casual seafood restaurant. Diners can enjoy waterfront views from the wrap-around deck or dining room. Featuring Southern seafood fare, regional favorites, sandwiches and salads, juicy burgers, and more. Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch, family-friendly, full bar, outstanding wines, reservations accepted, and 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 plasma screens and 17 satellites), it’s an awesome place for casual dining. Selections include marinated chicken breast tenderloins, hand-breaded and fried to golden-brown perfection; dirty dip sandwiches with shaved redeye, sautéed peppers and onions, and provolone cheese; and hand-rolled spring rolls. A few of the local favorites include the “Biggs Little Burger,” traditional club wrap, and buffalo chicken wrap. For delicious sandwiches and salads, plus some of the best wings on James Island, visit Frankie Biggs Sports Grill, a great place to watch sports, enjoy live music, and eat great food.
James Island. 1175-G Folly Road. 225-4030

The Griffon

Nestled in Charleston’s historic district, near Waterfront Park, The Griffon, locally owned and operated since 1995, 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 atmosphere that has made it a fixture with both locals and tourists, garnering the City Paper’s Best Authentic Pub award seven times. Throw a game of darts while enjoying 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. from 11-2 a.m. Sunday hours seasonal.
Downtown. 18 Vendue Range. 723-1700

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

Located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse in the heart of historic Charleston, 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 seasonal specials and contemporary offerings. A Charleston classic from the start, Hank’s has won the City Paper readers’ award for Best Seafood Restaurant for eight consecutive years. The classic saloon-style bar is a perennial hotspot to enjoy oysters, shrimp, and other fabulous raw bar selections, including the famous seafood tower, featuring iced shellfish from around the world. In Charleston, you go to the Market for fresh seafood and that means Hank’s.
Downtown. 10 Hayne St. 723-FISH (3474).

High Cotton

High Cotton, like the time-honored phrase, is first-class, high-spirited, and livin’ large. It’s an unabashedly American saloon. The old brick walls of this converted 18th-century warehouse, combined with mahogany woodwork, heart pine floors, and high ceilings, evoke feelings of warmth and well-being. The food, prepared by Chef Anthony Gray, is straightforward, hearty, and robust. Prime steaks. Game. Fresh fish. No confetti on the plates or in the descriptions. And, oh my, the desserts! The wine list is equally compelling. Whether you’re looking for a California Cab or noble Bordeaux that will bring tears to your eyes, it’s all here. This is one place you’ll want to come back to. Dinner nightly, brunch Sunday, lunch Saturday. Space available for private group dining.
Downtown. 199 East Bay St. 724-3815/p>

Irvin-House Vineyard

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 Vineyard takes special care in growing, harvesting, making, and bottling the wine. The wines are handcrafted from the humble muscadine grape, a sweet grape with a fruity aroma that grows wild all over 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.

J. Bistro

J. Bistro has been a Mt. Pleasant favorite for years. Its eclectic design, upscale casual atmosphere, and unique menu are a few reasons it has enjoyed the honor of Best Mt. Pleasant restaurant for seven years. J. Bistro also boasts a unique wine list with many offerings by the glass. A weekly wine tasting led by local wine expert Pasquale Pellicoro is held every Tuesday at the community table. A relaxed bar area offering booth seating only adds to the cozy dining experience with happy hour at the bar beginning at 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri. Brunch is served on Sun. from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., offering favorites like brioche French toast and shrimp and grits. On Sunday evenings, J. Bistro features a special three-course menu for $20 and 20 percent off the regular wine list.
Mt. Pleasant. 819 Coleman Blvd. 971-7778. www.jbistro.net

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs

This retro slice of American nostalgia has been dishing out an updated version of fast food on Highway 17N since the invention of sliced bread (well, sort of). Voted Best Hot Dog every year in the City Paper’s Best of Charleston, 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 seven days a week from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Three miles north of IOP connector.
Mt. Pleasant. 2805 Hwy. 17 N. 884-7677


Jasmine Thai Restaurant

Serving fresh and healthy Thai cuisine, Jasmine Thai is an oasis for people looking for a unique dining experience on James Island. Here, they emphasize fresh, authentic, interesting, and healthy fare with dishes that can be customized for vegetarians and spiced up for those who like their Thai food hot. Celebrating over four years in business, Jasmine Thai is located on Folly Road and is just a quick commute from downtown. A perfect place to stop for take-out on your way home. Serving lunch and dinner. Open seven days a week.
James Island. 807 Folly Road. 406-2978

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

Smoke, yes. Mirrors, no way. At Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, the trick to serving the most authentic Southern food is staying away from the tricks altogether. Everything is fresh, never frozen. The meats are slow-smoked over real hickory wood, then finished on an authentic brick pit. The vegetables come from a garden, not a can. And in every dish — from the grilled catfish to the homemade pies — you can taste the deep respect for Southern culture. Sure, there are easier ways to serve up a plate of barbecue, but don’t worry; they’d never consider them, not for a second. Stop by Jim ‘N’ Nick’s on King Street or call ahead and let them cook up the Southern goodness to-go. Coming Soon to Centre Point in North Charleston.
Downtown. 288 King St. 577-0406

Juanita Greenberg’s

From the pico and guacamole right up to the Royale Nachos and burritos, all of Juanita’s food is cooked to order, using only the freshest ingredients. Not only was Juanita Greenberg the first to bring original style nachos, quesadillas, and big fat healthy burritos to Charleston, but she also serves up a “World Famous” margarita that pairs perfectly with a leisurely lounge on the brand new deck out back. Juanita Greenberg wouldn’t have it any other way… Dine in or take out. Open seven days a week. Happy hour weekdays from 4-7 p.m.
Downtown. 439 King St. 723-6224.


Kaminsky’s Most Excellent Café offers a vast selection of house-made desserts and specialty coffees as well as a full beer, wine and liquor selection. Relax and enjoy your favorite fresh-baked dessert, exotic coffee drink, or libation from the full-service bar. Kaminsky’s, voted Best Desserts for 10 years running, also makes full desserts to-go. Call 24 hours ahead.
Downtown. 78 N. Market St. 853-8270
Mt. Pleasant. 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. (Inside Tbonz). 971-7437

The Kickin’ Chicken

For 10 years, The Kickin’ Chicken has been a Charleston favorite among locals and tourists alike. They feature many traditional favorites, including wings, fingers, and delicious sandwiches. Choose from their signature sandwich menu, where everything is tempting and will tantalize your tastebuds. You’ll feel right at home with their casual atmosphere and friendly staff. Aside from great food, the Kickin’ keeps the crowds happy with live music and trivia weekly, tons of TVs, and awesome beer specials you can always count on. Come “kick it” for lunch, dinner, or late night eats, or if you’re a homebody take advantage of take-out at any of their four locations.
Downtown. 337 King St. 805-5020.
James Island. 1175 Folly Road. 225-6996
Mt. Pleasant. 1119 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 881-8734
Summerville. 800 N. Main St. 875-6998


Lil’ Mama’s

Folly Beach’s gourmet pizza hot spot also specializes in sandwiches, salads, and big fat quesadillas. Beer and wine, a kids’ menu, and vegetarian options have made this little spot a hit with both locals and tourists. Open seven days a week during beach season with indoor and outdoor dining. Lil’ Mama’s also offers free delivery on the beach! Yum, yum … come get some!
Folly Beach. 106 Hudson St. 588-2212

Mad River Bar & Grille

Mad River Bar and Grille, located on historic Market Street, offers an upscale pub menu featuring famous gourmet burgers, crab cakes, and much more. For starters, try the hand-rolled Southwestern egg rolls served with spicy plum sauce, or if that doesn’t fit your diet, try the ice cold beer. You won’t find a better deal than Mad River’s happy hour from 4-8 p.m., including half-price appetizers, half-price martinis, and $2 drafts. Boasting 27 plasma TVs and subscriptions to every sports game package, Mad River is the perfect spot to wind down during the week, and wind up during the weekends. Open daily from 11 a.m.- 2 a.m.
Downtown. 32B N. Market St. 723-0032

Madra Rua

As the Irish saying goes: “Tis better by far at the rainbow’s end to find not a pot of gold but the heart of a friend.” That is just the atmosphere Dublin native Stephen O’Connor has created in this quaint Irish pub located in the Olde Village of North Charleston. Madra Rua pours the freshest pint of Guinness around while serving traditional Irish stew, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie. Sundays offer a great brunch to start your day. Bring your friends or make some new ones. Here the saying goes, Céad Míle Fáilte! “One hundred thousand welcomes!”
North Charleston. 1034 E. Montague Ave. 554-2522.


Manny’s is an old favorite that’s sure to please even the pickiest group with an enormous menu encompassing everything from authentic Mediterranean 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. Enjoy the signature lamb shank or choose an item off of the newly upgraded seafood and pasta menus. 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 full menu to West Ashley and downtown.
West Ashley. 1680 Old Towne Road. 763-3908

McCrady’s Restaurant

Just off East Bay Street in historic downtown Charleston, tucked away in the romantic little Unity Alley, McCrady’s seamlessly intertwines world-class cuisine with impeccable service. Within its sophisticated 220-year-old walls, flavorful, modern and beautifully-presented dishes await guests. Chef Sean Brock’s cuisine is modern American, sophisticated and playful. He’s created an exquisite menu of bold flavors, stylish sauces, and an optional seven-course tasting menu. Originally built in 1788, McCrady’s interior combines traditional with modern elements and features soaring skylights, dramatic chandeliers, exposed brick, bluestone tiles, and a striking honey-hued bar with a towering wine cellar and flickering gas lanterns. To learn more or to make a reservation, call 577-0025, ext. 1.
Downtown. 2 Unity Alley. 577-0025

Mellow Mushroom

Pizzas, salads, calzones, and hoagies reign supreme at this funky restaurant in the heart of downtown Charleston. If you want to truly tempt your tastebuds, visit the restaurant that’s been voted Best Gourmet Pizza seven years running by City Paper readers. 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. Having garnered numerous Best of Charleston awards for Best Draft and Bottled Beer, and awarded Best Bar Staff in 2004, a visit to the bar at Mellow Mushroom is a pilgrimage all beer lovers should make. Dine-in and delivery available. Open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Downtown. 309 King St. 72-FRESH (3-7374)


Located in the historic Market, this swanky social spot is Charleston’s newest Italian restaurant. Voted Best New Restaurant by City Paper readers, Mercato offers true Italian attitude, combining stylish, sexy fun with Executive Chef Jacques Larson’s intriguing blend of Italian culinary styles. The expansive menu delights patrons with dishes like lasagna with sausage, ricotta, parmesan, and housemade mozzarella in tomato ragu; linguine with local shrimp and littleneck clams served with a chili, white wine, and lemon sauce; whole-roasted snapper with capers, olives, parsley, and lemon; Italian specialty pizzas; a regional selection of European cheeses, appetizers, and salads, all of which can be paired with fine and affordable wines. Mercato’s ambient, two-level restaurant is framed by richly-hued Venetian walls with Italian leather chairs and banquettes. Its sophisticated atmosphere includes a New York-style bar and open antipasti kitchen. Experience culinary excellence at Mercato, serving dinner Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m., with a late-night menu until 1 a.m. Mercato’s bar is open Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., with live jazz performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Downtown. 102 N. Market St. 722-6393.


Newly remodeled and under new management, Meriäge continues to impress with their extensive tapas menu. They’ve kept many of your old favorites: great lobster mashed potatoes, pad Thai, and chocolate fondue. There are some great new additions as well, you’re sure to find them. Sit down at a table or grab a bar seat to eat, the feel is fun and casual at both. The back patio is open again with a separate bar to itself. The main bar area is a constant buzz and often swimming with a mix of older and younger crowds and live music twice a week. Come early because reservations aren’t accepted and see why City Paper readers voted Meritäge Best Tapas in 2006.
Downtown. 235 East Bay St. 720-4276

Michaelangelo’s Kitchen

Michaelangelo’s Kitchen is West Ashley’s newest family-style dining experience, offering a touch of “Old World” Italian cuisine — homemade gnocchi, mozzarella, meatballs, sauces, pizza dough, and pasta dishes. Serving lunch and dinner six days a week, you can choose from gourmet pizzas, subs, calzones, salads, and the best homemade desserts around made with only the freshest ingredients at reasonable prices. Relax and enjoy our friendly atmosphere and the best Italian in town. Tues.-Sun, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
West Ashley. 1749 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 225-2128

Moe’s Crosstown Tavern

Moe’s is much more than just a corner bar to grab a pint. Voted Best Pub Food two years in a row because of the great burger, a kick-ass happy hour wing special, and some of the best homemade ice cream in town. They also boast one of the city’s most renowned Sunday brunches, so get there early to grab a seat. Moe’s has won Best Neighborhood Bar nine years in a row for its laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. Stop in to watch the game, no matter the season, they broadcast it all. Come to Moe’s and see what City Paper readers have been talking about for years.
Downtown. 714 Rutledge Ave. 722-3287

Modica: Gelateria & Italian Cafe

Located in the heart of downtown on the campus of the College of Charleston, Modica: Gelateria & Italian Cafe serves only the finest homemade artisan gelato, authentic Italian panini stuffed with imported meats, cheeses, roasted vegetables, and classic Sicilian espresso provided by Caffe Moak from Modica, Sicily. For an unforgettable experience try a cup of Marsala wine and portobello mushroom soup, followed by a prosciutto and fresh mozzarella panino on herb and olive oil focaccia bread with a side salad of mixed greens, roma tomatoes, red onions, and a balsamic vinaigrette. Finish off your meal with a double espresso and small pistacchio with chocolate hazelnut gelato. Delizioso.
Downtown. 41-A George St. 723-8868.


New to downtown Charleston is Muse, an elegant restaurant and intimate wine bar where Mediterranean cuisine is served and complemented by an extensive wine selection. The menu reflects the cuisines of Italy, Spain, France, and Greece, with items such as grilled squid, seared manchego cheese and arugula salad, homemade pasta, Mediterranean sea bass, and braised lamb. One hundred wines are offered by the glass, highlighting every corner of the world. Dine outsie on the cozy patio or stop by for happy hour, featuring $4 Grey Goose martinis. Piano player Jordan Gravel entertains on Thursday evenings. Reservations appreciated.
Downtown. 82 Society St. 577-1102

Necter Bar & Grille

The best restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment complex on James Island, Necter Bar & Grille serves fresh local seafood and local organic vegetables along with an assortment of steaks, pastas, salads, and appetizers. They also have a great selection of sandwiches, panini, and pizza. The Cheers-style neighborhood bar has an array of televisions to show all sports including the MLB extra innings package and all the NFL action, with 16 beers on tap. The outside “garden” has a full-service tiki bar and live music every weekend. The entertainment complex has many options, from Tuesday’s Team Trivia to Karaoke on Thursday and live bands all weekend long. Monday is food and beverage night and Wednesday is ladies night. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch.
James Island. 951 Folly Road. 762-9333


If it’s Indian cuisine you’re craving, head to Nirlep Indian Restaurant, voted best Indian Restaurant by City Paper readers in 2006 and 2007. For those who are especially hungry or have trouble choosing, Nirlep has a lunch buffet seven days a week for only $6.99. They also offer a full dinner menu, including favorites like the hot garlic nan (flat bread), lamb vindaloo, shrimp curry, and a variety of vegetarian dishes. Quench your thirst with a selection of beer or wine, and then cool down with kulfi, a pureed pistachio, almond, and cashew ice cream.
West Ashley. 908 Savannah Hwy. 763-9923


Noisy Oyster

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 new Summerville location offers the same well-known food and service at an even more convenient location. All three provide extraordinary seafood and great service. Don’t miss incredible happy hour specials, as well as phenomenal seasonal specialties.
Downtown. 24 N. Market St. 723-0044
North Charleston. 7842 Rivers Ave. 824-1000
Summerville. 9880 Dorchester Road. 821-1213

Off The Hook

Smack dab in the middle of the strip on Sullivan’s Island, Off The Hook Cantina is the best club at the beach and is the spot to hang out on the island with its casual dining room and outdoor patio. A brand new menu serves up the area’s best casual Tex-Mex cuisine with fresh house made margaritas daily. The bar serves nightly until 2 a.m. and features live bands and club DJs. Off The Hook Cantina has been recognized as the area’s only Cougar Den by Urban Cougar as seen on national TV. Drop by for some great eats, and stick around for the Hook Up of the night!
Sullivan’s Island. 2213-B Middle St. 883-5030.

O’Hara and Flynn Wine and Cheese Merchants

O’Hara and Flynn Wine and Cheese Merchants, formerly located on Laurens Street, is well-situated in the French Quarter at 160 East Bay St. With an indoor wine bar featuring local musicians Friday evenings and street-side seating, it is quickly becoming a popular low-key spot for those who enjoy an alternative to the usual late-night fare. All wines from the retail store are available for consumption for a small corkage fee. O’Hara and Flynn offers small production wines, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, artisanal cheeses, local pâtés, good music, and friendly service Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 10 p.m.-until. Weekly wine tastings held on Fri. from 5-7 p.m. and Sat. from 3-5 p.m. Call for details and special events.
Downtown. 160 East Bay St. 534-1916
Mt. Pleasant. 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 216-1916


Old Village Post House

Step inside the Old Village Post House and feel the welcoming hospitality and relaxing comfort. This Maverick Inn and Restaurant, located in a picturesque historic village, is a gathering place for locals and travelers alike. Designed to emulate the Post Houses of yesteryear, guests at the Old Village Post House can dine on award-winning Lowcountry cuisine, sleep in the quiet comfort of one of the six guest rooms, and enjoy the fellowship of the neighborhood tavern. Chef Tim Armstrong prepares a variety of menu items offering ingredients, flavors, and traditions of the Lowcountry. Join the local neighbors in the tavern while dining or relaxing with your favorite cocktail. The lush courtyard is available for outdoor dining (weather permitting). Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Space for private group dining available.
Mt. Pleasant. 101 Pitt St. 388-8935

Parson Jack’s Café

Parson Jack’s Café is West Ashley’s premier undiscovered restaurant and bar. The new concept from Steve Morgan, former “Mayor of Hootersville,” takes pub food to a fresh new level. Fresh, seasoned burgers cooked from rare on up, marinated grilled chicken salads, chicken wings, and the most unique dessert in Charleston make this new restaurant worth checking out. If you liked the “Mayor’s Wings” before, you’ll love ’em now. Jeff Allen of the City Paper advises you to, “Revel in the simple beauty of really good food, regular Joes, and an ice-cold beer.”
West Ashley. 3417 Shelby Ray Ct. 769-7775

Pearlz Oyster Bar

Voted Best Raw Bar and Best Oysters in Charleston, this eclectic little oyster bar, located in the historic district on East Bay Street, is a fun place to go for the freshest seafood around. Pearlz Oyster Bar features an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry recipes, and regional favorites. The raw bar offers a variety of oysters and fresh seasonal shellfish. A full-service bar serves the coldest beers and unique, refreshing cocktails and has helped Pearlz become a favorite meeting spot for both locals and tourists. Patrons looking for a nightcap or “bite to eat” may order from a late-night menu that includes several of Pearlz’ gems.
Downtown. 153 East Bay St. 577-5755.

Peninsula Grill

This world-class, four-star restaurant is a jewel in Charleston’s culinary crown and has won the City Paper’s award for Best Restaurant 9 years standing. 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 sophisticated, 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 called, “a little slice of heaven.”
Downtown. 112 N. Market St. 723-0700.

Pho Bac/Kim Long

Pho, the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup starts wiht a clear beef broth and adds rice noodles along with thin cuts of beef, tendon, tripe, meatballs, chicken, and fragrant ingredients such as green onions, white onions, coriander leaves, ngo gai (“saw leaf herb”), mint, basil, lemon or lime, bean sprouts, and chile peppers. The heavy reliance on rice, wheat, and legumes, abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables, minimal use of oil and meat make Vietnamese food among the healthiest on the planet, and the owners of Pho Bac are committed to enlightening Charleston to these healthy and delicious foods. Pho Bac also serves sushi daily prepared by a Japanese sushi chef. On Thursdays, all sushi is half price after 5 p.m.
Pho Bac: Mt. Pleasant. 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 849-6743.
Kim Long: North Charleston. 7671 Northwoods Blvd, Suite J. 863-8552.

Poogan’s Porch

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 has become synonymous with impeccable Lowcountry hospitality and excellent Southern cuisine. Open 365 days a year, Poogan’s Porch serves a Lowcountry lunch from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., dinner from 5-9:30 p.m., and weekend brunch from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A variety of rooms are available for special events throughout the year.
Downtown. 72 Queen St. 577-2337.

Queen Anne’s Revenge

Classic American cuisine, offering great steaks, prime rib, local seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and more. Known for its food, drinks, and fun historical atmosphere, Queen Anne’s is the only restaurant dedicated to the authentic history of piracy along the Carolina coast. A unique collection of artifacts on display explores the “Golden Age of Piracy,” circa 1690-1730. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Coming soon, a new outdoor deck and a bar featuring live entertainment.
Daniel Island. 160 Fairchild St. (next to Hampton Inn). 216-6868

Red Drum Gastropub

As featured in the New York Times, Red Drum deftly infuses local seafood and Lowcountry traditions with the robust flavors of Southwestern cuisine. Presided over by Chef Ben Berryhill, Barman Charlie Chance, and Pastry Chef Lauren Mitterer, the Red Drum has become Charleston’s hot spot for food and drink. Stop by the bar and watch the scene or reserve ahead for full dining in the pub room, outside on the patio, or at a highly sought-after table in the main dining room. A beautiful wine cave hosts private dinners and an extensive wine collection. Signature dishes include crabmeat and avocado with red jalapeño salsa, sea scallops and grits with Cascabel chile sauce, and hot butter rum cake. The Red Drum proudly features 15 beers on tap, handcrafted margaritas, and live music. Serving dinner Mon.-Sat. from 5:30 p.m., bar opens at 5 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant. 803 Coleman Blvd. 849-0313

Red Orchids China Bistro

For three and a half years Red Orchids has been serving up the best Chinese cuisine in Charleston, and has been consistently voted best Chinese restaurant by City Paper readers. If you haven’t tried Red Orchids, you’ve really missed out. Long gone are the days of heavily-breaded, mass-produced fare. No expense is spared in ambience, quality, or presentation. The staff and management are attentive, personable, and gracious. Red Orchids has the recipe for a romantic meal or a great business lunch. Enjoy them any time of day, and be sure to speak with any of the staff for suggestions on daily specials or staples that shouldn’t be overlooked.
West Ashley. 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 573-8787

Red Pepper Squirrel

Specializing in fun, funky, and fresh cuisine, the Red Pepper Squirrel is located just over the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant on Coleman Boulevard. They have indoor and outdoor dining, beer and wine, a kids’ menu, vegetarian options, and unique daily specials. RPS is open Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Stop by and check it out. It’s sure to please every palate in your party. You know you want some!
Mt. Pleasant. 440 W. Coleman Blvd. 849-7400


“Gourmet burger joint heaven” has been used to describe this haven for carnivores and herbivores alike. Sesame’s large variety of beef and black bean burgers, along with options like “Burger in a Bowl,” make Sesame seem light years ahead of its competitors. Offering other selections including gourmet sandwiches, great salads, pasta, and grilled fish nightly and a few house made desserts, this little establishment, located in the Park Circle area of North Charleston, takes the idea of the American burger and mixes it up. Their fresh ground beef is cooked to any degree of one’s liking, and topped with anything from shiitake mushrooms and goat cheese to smoked bacon and caramelized onions. Mustard, ketchup, and mayo condiments are made fresh daily. Drop by on Wed. for live trivia or on weekends for occasional live music. Sesame also serves a full bar. Kids’ menu available.
North Charleston. 4726 Spruill Ave. 554-4903

Six Tables

Enjoy an elegant meal in an intimate setting at Six Tables of Charleston. If it’s a romantic dinner, special occasion, or business gathering, guests can be assured they will receive an exquisite, personally-prepared dinner by Chef Colin Flynn. The limited number of tables and warm atmosphere add to the intimacy of the experience. Six Tables, an intimate meal in an elegant setting … the ideal destination for an extraordinary evening you’ll never forget.
Mt. Pleasant. 664-G Long Point Road (Belle Hall). 971-8850.

Slightly North of Broad

Termed a “Maverick Southern Kitchen,” Slightly North of Broad is distinguished from the crowd by its cuisine, decor, and approach to food. It’s a lively bistro where the unexpected is a key element. Chef Frank Lee, a native South Carolinian, is a Southern chef with classical French training. His menu emphasizes regional seafood and vegetables, which form the core of his dishes. His Maverick Southern cooking is Lowcountry food with a twist. S.N.O.B. has been recognized as a culinary leader by national and international media, has been included in many television food shows and cookbooks, and has received numerous local and national awards. Serving dinner nightly and lunch Mon.-Fri.
Downtown. 192 East Bay St. 723-3424


Like the many fine wines showcased within its sleek bar and wine room, Social is worth savoring. Featuring a diverse menu ranging from afternoon nibbles to late night sustenance and dozens of selections by the glass, owner/sommelier Brad Ball and his team are placing a premium on the unbridled beauty that well-paired food and wine can achieve. Choose from artisanal cheeses, pastas, dazzling wood-fired pizzas, and house-made desserts while savoring one of the city’s most extensive wine programs. Open daily at 4 p.m.; smoke-free.
Downtown. 188 East Bay St. 577-5665

Starfish Grille

The Starfish Grille that resided on the Folly Beach Pier for the past 10 years is now located in the heart of James Island, in the Merchant Village Shopping Center at the intersection of Folly and Harborview roads. Although there may not be an ocean view, just as before, Starfish continues to serve an eclectic, moderately priced menu, nightly specials, and the finest in fresh local and regional seafood, cooked the way you like it. Enjoy a cocktail, cold draft, or frozen drink from the full-service bar. Children’s menu and parking is plentiful. Serving from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and brunch is also served on Sundays.
James Island. 520 Folly Road. 762-9252

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers has been serving Charleston’s best ribs since 1992. It’s no secret that slow, low-temperature smoking produces mouth-watering, tender ribs, chicken, and pork, and Sticky Fingers slow-smokes everything on-site at their restaurants. Voted Best Ribs by the readers of the City Paper, Sticky Fingers has always been a local favorite. All four locations have private banquet space for meetings, rehearsal dinners, and other special occasions. Sticky Fingers Catering serves up the restaurant’s award-winning ribs, wings, and barbecue at your location. They offer both full-service catering and simple drop-off options to meet any party planner’s needs.
Downtown. 235 Meeting St. 853-7427
Mt. Pleasant. 341 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 856-7427
North Charleston. 7690 Northwoods Blvd. 797-7427
Summerville. 1200 N. Main St. 871-7427


Sublime Pies & Cakes, located in Avondale, focuses on one flavor: Key lime! From pies to cookies to delicious Key lime concoctions, there’s something here to please any palate. Sublime Pies & Cakes won two first place ribbons at the National Pie Championships in Orlando, Fla., in April of 2006. Key lime was the winning ingredient: Key lime cheesecake and the bakery’s well-known Key lime pie received top honors. Come visit Sublime Pies & Cakes for all your Key lime treats … are you eating the best Key lime pie in the country?
West Ashley. 829-A Savannah Hwy. 225-LIME (5463)

Sunfire Grill and Bistro

Just off of I-26 at exit 216A, over the Cosgrove Bridge and right at the caution light, sits the Sunfire Grill and Bistro. Practically everything is on the menu — honestly. They’ve stocked the pantry, fridge, and bar especially for you to come in and relax. (They even do the dishes!) As far as seating, there are two private rooms, the main dining area, a music lounge, and the breezy, beautiful patio for diners to choose from. Whether you go for lunch, dinner, or for happy hour and live music, you’re in for a truly spectacular culinary restaurant experience. Come as you are; guests are their family.
West Ashley. 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. 766-0223.


For a family-friendly environment, head to one of the area’s popular TBonz restaurants. The extensive menu ranges from hand-cut steak to off-the-bone baby back ribs, fresh seafood and poultry, and sandwiches. Bring your friends and share a cozy leather booth while snacking on Tbonz’s acclaimed appetizer, Tommy’s Texas Cheese Fries Deluxe. After dinner, head next door to Kaminsky’s, their sister restaurant, for delectable homemade desserts and coffees.
Downtown. 80 N. Market St. 577-2511
Mt. Pleasant. 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 971-7777
West Ashley. 1668 Olde Towne Road. 556-2478

Terrapin Café

Chef Paul McCollum first made the River Café a local favorite, and now he can be found alongside Chris Fallert at Terrapin Café cooking up delicious eclectic American cuisine in a casual beach atmosphere. The Terrapin Cafe, located on Center Street Folly Beach, serves a casual American, eclectic menu. Specializing in fresh local seafood, steaks, pasta dishes, homemade desserts, and Lowcountry favorites such as their she-crab soup, shrimp and grits and fried seafood. Check out Terrapin’s Sunday jazz/blues brunch and occasional live entertainment. Enjoy dining on the screened deck from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Open daily for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday. for brunch 10 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Reservations recommended.
Folly Beach. 4 Center St. 588-2101


A two-time City Paper Best of Charleston Readers’ Pick for Best Sushi, 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 Mt. Pleasant location.
Downtown. 215 East Bay St. 965-5281
Mt. Pleasant. 1909 Hwy 17 N. 881-7061

Turtles Kitchen & Raw Bar

Nestled away in the back of the Belle Hall shopping center, this true New England style raw bar is serving up more than just oysters. There are always five to seven different kinds of oysters, but that is just the beginning. The $9 lunch menu offers an array of upscale sandwiches and salads. At dinner everyone wins. It starts from 4-6:30 p.m. daily with martini specials and half-price oysters. Then it’s up to you whether it’s with comfort food redefined in the dining room, or the exotic flare the raw bar chef cooks up for you, you are sure to leave pleased.
Mt. Pleasant. 660-C Long Point Road. Long Point Shopping Center. 849-3056


Uptown: A Finer Diner

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, as well as a weekend brunch, Uptown dishes out sophisticated comfort food and boasts an extensive wine list, whether for tasting or by the glass or bottle. Choices range from a fried oyster omelet with remoulade sauce to homemade meatloaf and a grilled center-cut pork chop. The ambience and convenient King Street location makes it a perfect spot for a casually sophisticated meal. Try the acclaimed shrimp and grits or tuna tartare. According to City Paper cuisine reviewer Jeff Allen, “A glass of bubbly and a couple plates of that chopped tuna could make your entire weekend.”
Downtown. 412 King St. 720-1433


With an open patio and easy access to shopping on King Street, Vickery’s Downtown has long been a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. 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 cultures, all consistently good and fairly priced, 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



Voted Best Sushi in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and Best Japanese Restaurant in 2007 by Charleston City Paper Readers. Owned by husband and wife team, John and Wendy Tang, Wasabi is downtown’s only Japanese steakhouse. Just steps from thriving Market Street, you can sit at the hibachi grill and watch as chefs prepare seafood, steak, and specialties such as Japanese noodles right in front of you. The sushi bar can prove just as entertaining, as patrons can watch 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.
Downtown. 61 State St. 577-5222.

The Dining Room at Woodlands Resort & Inn

Enjoy exuberant masterpieces that flow from the kitchen of South Carolina’s only Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond dining room. Three-course a la carte menus start at $54.00. The Chef’s famous five-course tasting menu is offered nightly featuring eclectic preparations with pairings from the extensive wine list. Gourmet Magazine praises Woodlands for “innovative Lowcountry cooking with a sophisticated international accent.” Executive Chef Tarver King’s appreciation for the freshest ingredients assures artistically prepared, simple presentations filled with deeply infused flavors. “Wines of the World” dinner is held the third Tuesday of each month with a monthly cooking demonstration the first Tuesday. Woodlands is located only 25 minutes from Charleston, so come enjoy some of this historic and romantic region’s most celebrated dining.
125 Parsons Road. 308-2115.

Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Café

Whether you go for ice cream, the famous BLT with an unprecedented 10 slices of bacon, or a burger, you are guaranteed a heaping of a helping at this little café. Choose from 32 ice cream flavors, a full menu of sandwiches, entrees, burgers, soups, salads, and almost any other delight your appetite can muster up. Dine-in or take out. Serving lunch, dinner, and dessert from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Check out the new downtown location or visit our other nearby locations.
Downtown. 306 King St. 727-1227
Summerville. 1205 Main St. 871-7880
Summerville. 602 Trolley Road. 871-7859

Yo Burrito!

Yo Burrito! has been serving up burritos and healthy Mexican fare from the grill since 2000. Satisfy your salsa craving with the famous homemade salsa bar or try the delicious fish tacos with a Mason Jar margarita. Check out new menu items like roasted pineapple salsa, grilled spinach, or spicy grilled tofu, along with old favorites like rojo chicken and slow-cooked carnitas. Enjoy $1 beers, $2 Coronas and Mason Jar Margarita specials weekdays during happy hour, from 4-8 p.m. Located in Mt. Pleasant at the Shelmore intersection of Johnnie Dodds Blvd. (by Time Out Sports), and now open downtown, just a few doors down from the original location.
Downtown. 77 Wentworth St. 853-3287
Mt. Pleasant. 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. 856-0061