Best Restaurants to Visit in Charleston, South Carolina


Gnome Café: (109 President St) In a city that prides itself on its seafood selections, it can be difficult for vegetarians or vegans to find something other than sides to eat at many of Charleston’s best restaurants. The Gnome Café is specifically geared towards showcasing delicious plant-based food, to the point where many customers never even miss the meat! For breakfast, you must sample their signature burrito, made from a tofu scramble combined with guacamole and mango salsa, while lunch and dinner options include a pad thai salad or tempeh Rueben!

Hannibal’s Kitchen: (16 Blake St) This family-owned establishment serves up some of the best soul-food you will ever have! Open Monday through Saturday, they pride themselves on being the place where the locals hang out, and once you taste their food, you will understand why! Begin your day with classic southern breakfast selections such as sautéed crab and shrimp served with grits and toast, or ease your hunger mid-day by indulging in their crab rice or fried whiting. Dinner selections include a locally fried shark steak or baked turkey wing, all accompanied with a choice of two sides, such as okra soup, lima beans or red rice!

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant: (10 Hayne St) Charleston is known for fresh, delicious seafood and there is no place in town that does it better than Hank’s! This is a nice middle of the road experience, combining a classy atmosphere and excellent service with a vibe that is still down to earth and prices that are affordable. Begin your meal with the Charleston classic she-crab soup or a selection from the raw bar, ranging from delicious ceviche to an oyster sampler. For the main course, the pan seared scallops are a local favorite, as is the southern classic, shrimp and grits!

Lewis Barbeque: (464 N Nassau St) John Lewis is a legendary name when it comes to authentic southern barbeque. He began his career in Austin, Texas where he quickly made a name for himself as one of the best in the business. He relocated to Charleston in 2015, and opened this mecca of BBQ less than a year later. Things are not done the easy way here. The meats are smoked for up to eighteen hours to produce a flavor that is absolutely unlike anything you will find anywhere else. The brisket is the star of the show, and they offer a variety of tasty sides for accompaniment, such as green Chile corn pudding, cowboy pinto beans or collard greens.

Little Jack’s Tavern: (710 King St) This place prides itself on a simple yet classic atmosphere coupled with delicious, affordable and non-pretentious food selections. From the checkered tablecloths to the portraits of Frank Sinatra on the walls, this eatery is not trying to be fancy or exclusive, but rather the kind of place that locals gather at to get a good, simple meal. If you are stopping for lunch, be sure to sample the garlic and herb fries paired with their award-winning classic burger. Dinner options include a brick chicken plate served with kale salad, as well as a seared salmon with lemon mousse. At any time of day, you can wash your meal down with an impressive selection of wine or beer, as well as their signature cocktail, Jack’s Kennel Club Style Martini!

Magnolias: (185 E Bay St) If you want to splurge on upscale food in an elegant environment, look no farther than the award-winning Magnolias. Begin your meal with the fried green tomatoes served with white cheddar grits and country ham and a cup of the blue crab bisque before moving onto one of the amazing main courses. Seafood lovers will swoon over the bourbon fried catfish, while the more carnivorous minded will delight in the 12 ounce porterhouse pork chop served with red rice and tomato butter. Vegetarians have a delicious option as well, as the chef strives to provide a selection of the freshest seasonal vegetables presented in a beautiful and tasty fashion!

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