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From BBQ to Crawfish: 8 Charleston Restaurants That Will Change Up The Dinner Game

Dinner time in Charleston means authentic BBQ, an abundance of smoked meats, and a hearty helping of seafood inspired dishes. You aren’t going to find any posers here – Charleston chefs mean serious business when it comes to food made from the heart (and of course the gut) thus creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere for both locals and first-timers to enjoy. Are you a local? Vote on your favorite dinner places on the Taste IOS app.

1. Lewis Barbecue
In Charleston, it’s fitting that a barbecue place makes the number one spot. Lewis Barbecue is home to giant meat platters brought by the legendary pitmaster, John Lewis. Walk in the doors and you’re greeted with custom smokers, and a sweet and savory aroma that is made of dreams.

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2. Halls Chophouse
Halls Chophouse prides itself on catering to the community. Even though it’s a steakhouse, they make sure to have vegetarian and gluten free items on the menu available as well. They also have seafood, live music, and over a 100 wines to choose from. Variety is the spice of life as far as Halls Chophouse is concerned.

3. Lola
Finding authentic Louisiana seafood may be a challenge. Luckily here in Charleston, they have wonderful Lola. This seafood kitchen has tons of offerings including Crawfish Étouffée, Cajun Shrimp PoBoys and for dessert there’s delectable and deep fried beignets.

4. Xiao Bao Biscuit
Some of these dishes look like a work of art! At Xiao Bao Biscuit (or XBB for short), they create Asian soul food, straight from their family’s longstanding traditional recipes. The menu changes seasonally to reflect what produce is available, so you can bet you’re getting the freshest and visually stunning dishes available.Image Credit: Xiao Bao Biscuit / Facebook

5. Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oysters
Between the fried chicken, soft serve ice cream and cheap beer, Leon’s Fine Poultry And Oysters checks off all the boxes for a fulfilling and entertaining dinner. Set in a converted old garage, the rustic design balances the “we take our food seriously, but not too seriously” overall vibe.Image Credit: Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oysters / Facebook

6. Home Team BBQ
With five star reviews across the board, Home Team BBQ is rooting for you to try their wings, ribs and bacon to boot! Providing both outdoor and indoor seating and big screen TVs, enjoying their tender meat dishes and craft cocktails while watching the game sounds like heaven on earth.

7. Dellz Uptown
Don’t let the humorous menu names distract you, Dellz is making ultimate nachos with amazing ingredients (aptly named “Snobby Nachos”), or a colorful kaleidoscope of flavorful wraps. There are some great vegetarian options to choose from too making Dellz a one-stop-shop to flavor central.Image Credit: Dellz Uptown / Facebook

8. Edmund’s Oast
Not just a brewery, Edmunds Oast is about seasonally-focused food, cooking plenty of poultry and seafood dishes. Patrons will feel right at home with elevated bar food and beautifully presented cuisine to pair with their endless selection of beverages.Image Credit: Edmund’s Oast / Facebook

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Find the Perfect Slice in 9 Charleston Pizza Joints

People say there’s no such thing as perfection, but with one bite of the perfect slice of pizza, you’ll have to disagree. Charleston is home to some of the most epic and quality pizza. Chefs here are dead-set on using local ingredients and wood burning ovens in their quest to create perfection in a pie. Charleston locals are fierce supporters of the pizza movement, and once you visit all nine of these places, you’ll be a believer too. Do you not see your favorite on this list? Download the Taste IOS app and set your favorites.

1. EVO Pizzeria
People from Charleston and beyond have been singing EVO Pizzeria’s praises for a decade now. Simplicity and fresh ingredients are EVO’s not-so-big-secret to success, and their wood fired brick oven does the rest.

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2. D’Allesandro’s Pizza
A close second on our list, D’Allesandro’s Pizza has our hearts with local owners, hand tossed pizzas and salads, and keeping it in the family with two brothers running the joint together. If you can’t make it to this prized pizzeria, they are now selling select frozen pizzas in speciality grocery stores.Image Credit: D’Allesandro’s Pizza/ Facebook

3. Park Pizza Co.
Serving pizza pie to the Park Circle neighborhood, Park Pizza Co. focuses on “simple ideas with creative applications.” What does this mean? It means creating beautiful pizzas like the “She Crab” with cream cheese, crab, tomato, garlic, parmesan and more.

4. Mellow Mushroom
Want a unique slice of pizza and a new philosophy of life? Mellow Mushroom can provide both with their trendsetting vibes and relaxed attitude. Starting the pizza revolution in 1974, Mellow Mushroom has been expanding their stores and spreading good vibes (and delicious pizza) all around.Image Credit: Mellow Mushroom / Facebook

5. Luke’s Craft Pizza
Luke loves dough. He’s spent nearly a decade perfecting that dough to make the perfect pizza. Luke’s Craft Pizza is a labor of love, and in his 450-square-foot shop, this pizza place is carry out only.

6. Famulari’s Pizzeria Brewpub
Specializing in the thin crunch of a satisfying New York Style pizza, or that thick, luscious dough texture of the Chicago Style, it truly doesn’t matter what kind of pizza fan you are: Famulari’s Pizzeria has both and makes them effortlessly.Image Credit: Famulari’s Pizzeria Brewpub / Facebook

7. Zombie Bob’s Pizza
Once a pizza food truck, the community demanded more. Now Zombie Bob’s Pizza has a brick and mortar store serving hungry zombies and humans alike. Partnering with Frothy Beard brewing, Zombie Bob created a beer infused pizza crust that could wake the dead.

8. Paisano’s Pizza Grill
Paisano’s Pizza Grill knows what the people want. Generous portions and a fun, urban feel, owners James and West have a deep passion for pizza and their community. Board games are available for family fun night, and so is the dreamy handmade crust.

9. Toffino’s
More than just a pizzeria, Toffino’s is all things Italian. Baked goods and deli with hot and cold sandwich offerings makes this a perfect culinary and cultural experience. Everyone has a favorite here, whether it’s the pizza itself, sliced prosciutto, meatballs or dessert!

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4 Places to Get The Perfect All-American Burgers in Charleston

Is there anything more all-American than a giant, juicy burger? Pair it with an ice cold beer and a heaping pile of french fries, and you’ve created a truly symbolic meal. Here in Charleston, locals are no strangers to delicious burgers. Likely made with local ingredients, freshly baked buns and amazing toppings, Charleston has an awesome variety of pubs, taverns and restaurants dedicated to the craft of creating the perfect burger. The best recommendations come from two places: locals and friends. Locals vote on their favorite places in the Taste App. Our lists are 100% unbiased. Vote for your local favorites on the Taste IOS app.

1. Sesame Burgers & Beer

If you’re driving to Mount Pleasant, you’d be a fool not to stop here. Sesame Burgers & Beer has a family friendly atmosphere and an artisan cuisine to die for. Fans know what an authentic Sesame burger looks like, as it is a local favorite. Fresh ingredients, hormone-free beef, homemade condiments – your memories of this burger will last a lifetime.

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2. Poe’s Tavern

You’ll never say “nevermore” again once you try a Poe’s Taverns burger. An Edgar Allen Poe themed bar, this place oozes of quirky charm, while providing half-pound burgers with Angus Chuck beef. You’ll write your own burger-themed poetry after visiting this eclectic place.

3. Little Jack’s Tavern

Old photographs and timeless imagery line the walls of this classic tavern. Clean cut and cozy, this place has some of the best burgers in the city, winning the Burger Bash of 2017 presented by the South Beach Food & Wine festival. One look at that melting cheddar cheese atop that freshly cooked beef and you’ll see why.

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4. Rutledge Cab Co.

The Rutledge Cab Company mixed rustic and contemporary style in their open and airy Wagener Terrace neighborhood location. The Red-Eye burger has to be seen to be believed: topped with tillamook cheddar, a fried egg, sriracha mayo and sprinkled with candied bacon. Looking for brunch? Enjoy a brunch burger made with a donut bun and caramelized onions!

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These Top Charleston Lunch Spots Will Brighten Up Your Work Week

Check the time: it’s lunch time in the city of Charleston. Your leftovers from last night don’t sound appetizing and you’re tired of the same old boring fare. Take a walk on the wild side once the clock strikes 12 and discover hidden gems, crowd favorites, and cosmic hotdogs. Here are the best of the best lunch places in city of Charleston, voted on by locals. Locals get one favorite lunch place. Are you local? Download Taste on IOS.

1. Five Loaves Cafe

Finding a simple soup and sandwich combo is sometimes the hardest thing to do. Five Loaves Cafe specializes in daily seasonal soups, sustainable food practices, and mouthwatering meat options. Yes, soup and sandwiches are “simple”, but Five Loaves Cafe elevates these classic lunch options to the highest level possible.

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2. Butcher & Bee

Partnering with local farmers and fishermen, Butcher & Bee is about creating “Great Food Culture”, inspiring people to work together and catering to different dietary restrictions. Repeat customers rave about the burgers, sandwiches and the wonderful family-friendly atmosphere.

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3. Verde

With fast service and fresh salad bowls, Verde is the perfect lunch spot if you don’t have a lot of time but don’t want to sacrifice on quality. They have over 40 different salad combinations, and if you don’t see a salad that immediately strikes your fancy, they have “create your own” salad options as well.

4. Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oysters

Leon’s is a hearty collection of golden fried chicken and an impressive assortment of seafood in their southern inspired kitchen. If you have a smaller appetite during lunch, there’s the “smaller” plate items, or if you’re going big, the Big Chicken Platter with all the sides is fit for a king.

5. Jack’s Cosmic Dogs

Voted “Best Hotdog since 2000”, having an out-of-this-world hotdog for lunch should be on top of your to-do list. You could try the classic Cosmic Dog with blue cheese slaw, and sweet potato mustard, or there’s always the Rocket Corn Dog!

6. Jack of Cups Saloon

Right on Folly beach, this small restaurant is jam-packed with masterful soups and wraps. The Yum Yum soup or the corn chowder are crowd favorites, thus making this place a hidden gem among Charleston locals.

7. Dellz Uptown

How can you truly enjoy lunch without a giant plate of nachos? Dellz knows how to create a feast for the eyes with their colorful and interesting collection of nachos and wraps. Lunch is forever interesting here in it this friendly and open establishment.

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8. Thai Palm

Although it’s located along side of a stripmall, Thai Palm may be the best traditional Thai food available in Charleston. The food here is remarkable, as all of the dishes illuminate freshness and seasoned with care. Crowd favorites are the basil fried rice with chicken or the pad thai.

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9. Dog and Duck Park West

A family pub to the max, Dog and Duck Park West is home to locals who love fried food and a spirit to go along with it. There’s perfectly crispy fried fish and chips, or the acclaimed Philly Cheesesteak. Don’t forget: You can bring your furry friend to this restaurant!

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10. Brown Dog Deli

What do you envision when you think about a perfect deli? Is it freshly sliced meats? Baked bread right out of the oven? Brown Dog Deli can make this a reality with the pimento cheese BLT, and a life-changing potato salad.

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Kiss My Grits: Here are 10 Charleston Breakfast Spots with Southern Charm

Having a mediocre breakfast can make or break the day. Why chance it? Instead of gambling away your breakfast, visit some of Charleston’s premium breakfast spots. In each one of these restaurants you’ll find southern grits, long time customers, friendly staff, and crazy amounts of love for the art of breakfast. Here are the top ten places you should definitely get your grub on.

1. Marina Variety Store and Restaurant

With a name that reminds us of a small grocery store, how did this place climb to number one for the best breakfast in Charleston? This place is anything but small, for starters. Family owned since 1963, many flavorful dishes are produced here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highly regarded in the gastronomic community, breakfast at this place is essential. Long time customers suggest trying the fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits.

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2. The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

Right in Park Circle, The Junction Kitchen & Provisions is ready for a full day breakfast menu, vegetarian options, and a casual, family feel. Between the Mexican hash, Monte Cristo, and a variety of other exciting options, breakfast can be endlessly enjoyable here.


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3. Early Bird Diner

Famous staples like chicken and waffles are what get you through the door, but you may stay for the legendary grits that people consistently rave about on reviews. Early Bird Diner is a classic and self-aware diner, comfortable and familiar – and most importantly, has outstanding food.

4. Page’s Okra Grill

Balancing classic and creative is no easy feat. Page’s Okra Grill has created the perfect combination of colorful breakfasts and tried and true fare. Winning multiple awards from 2017 Post and Courier Readers Choice, 2017 Best of Mount Pleasant Magazine, and #1 Trip Advisor Rated Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant. That means jumping on this bandwagon is an excellent choice.


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5. Three Little Birds

Family togetherness and delicious, wholesome food, this is what makes Three Little Birds sing every morning. All day breakfast and fresh squeezed juice, this lovely cafe is a collection of smiling faces and full bellies, and in the words of Three Little Birds: “Peace, Love, and Pancakes”.

6. The Park Cafe

The Park Cafe has quaintness down to a science. Beautifully bountiful greenery, crisp white walls, and of course an excellent breakfast menu. Modified avocado toast or a chef’s omelette, The Park Cafe is a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of your usual routine.


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7. Charleston’s Cafe

“Implementing a delectable twist on southern fare”, Charleston’s Cafe does the city proud. Standing out from the rest with decades of interesting food combinations, Charleston’s Cafe is a city institution, and should be celebrated with a heaping plate of sweet potato biscuits or a southern style eggs benedict.

8. Waffle House

If you’re in the market for straightforward, no frills breakfast food, look no further than the Waffle House. A classic diner chain across the country, this is where you’ll get your eggs, bacon, and a mountain of famous waffles for an authentic, low key breakfast experience.


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9. Another Broken Egg Cafe

Though a chain restaurant, Another Broken Egg Cafe in Charleston is anything but ordinary. Giving back to the community by working with local charities, this place strives for fresh ingredients, community engagement and excellent service.

10. Sweetwater Cafe

Featured on the Travel Channel, Sweetwater cafe is an excellent choice for culinary connoisseurs. If you’re ready and willing to try something fresh and modern, this multi-cuisine cafe has all the charm and food adventures your heart desires.

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