Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

Long-established biscuit brand Callie’s Charleston Biscuits is behind this tiny storefront on King Street, serving flaky treats to eager patrons in the morning, throughout the day and well into the night. The menu features seven flavors (Buttermilk, Onion and Chive, Shortcakes, Country Ham, Black Pepper Bacon, Blackberry, Cinnamon) and a “biscuit of the day,” as well as a few indulgent extras and a small selection of the brand’s bestselling products.

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Food at Cru Café, Charleston, American South

Cru Café

Sit outside on the porch for lunch at this casual restaurant situated in an old single-family house. Offers include salads, wraps and sandwiches, and a specialty is the delicious shrimp BLT, a local favorite.

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Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

Swing by Glazed for a sugar high unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Foodies know that a visit here is the only way to begin a Charleston stay. New, inspired flavors—curry, cheddar and Champagne are all frequent ingredients—are constantly being added to the menu, and so far, they’ve all been hits.

Dinning Area at Halls Chophouse, Charleston, American South - Courtesy Holger Obenaus Photography

Halls Chophouse

The family-run Halls Chophouse serves guests no-frill plates with impeccably prepared cuts that speak for themselves. The mahogany-clad chophouse is always full of people and energy and turns out reliably unforgettable meals.

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Food at High Thyme, Charleston, American South

High Thyme

A staple for Charleston locals, this Sullivan’s Island institution is a lovely choice for a relaxed but refined night out. The menu rotates periodically, but dishes might include crab cakes with Old Bay slaw and grilled rosemary hangar steak with red wine sauce, served in the main dining room and on the porch out front. The restaurant also serves an excellent Sunday brunch.

Exterior View - Husk, Charleston, American South


Situated in a 19th-century home, this elegant yet rustic restaurant serves exceptional high-end Southern cuisine. All ingredients must come from the American South in order to earn placement on the menu, resulting in the chefs creating new takes on tried-and-true recipes. Specialties include a fried catfish BLT and bacon cornbread. (Calories tend to not be counted here.) Be sure to check out the porch’s joggling board: a seesaw meets rocking chair meets bench, this piece of outdoor furniture is a Charleston novelty. In an era when unwed couples were rarely left unsupervised, this bench, because of its sloping incline in the middle, causes two people sitting on it to inch closer and closer together until touching. The next-door Husk Bar, which serves artisanal and old-school cocktails, is a great spot for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail.

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Leon’s Oyster Shop

A former auto body repair shop, Leon’s aims to recreate a New Orleans oyster house with a former NoLa chef at the helm.
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Lewis Barbecue

Hipsters and barbecue-lovers flock to this joint on North Mission drive for the best ribs and brisket in town, prepared in enormous custom-built smokers.
Dish at Oak Steakhouse, Charleston, American South

Oak Steakhouse

This Broad Street staple allows guests the best of both worlds: fine dining in a setting nearly as comfortable as being home. Year after year, Chef Brett McKee serves mouth-watering home cooked classics, while owner Steve Palmer makes sure every guest is treated like family.

Food at Peninsula Grill, Charleston, American South - Photo Courtesy : Planters Inn Media

Peninsula Grill

The Low Country cuisine in this elegant restaurant emphasizes grilled dishes, especially pork chops and steaks, and seafood (don't miss the scallops). The restaurant's décor is lush, featuring sisal rugs and velvet walls, and oil portraits chosen by famed designer Amelia Handegan. People come during all hours of the day to buy slices of the twelve-layered coconut cake. The bar is a great stop for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail and offers great people watching. Hop on a stool and you'll definitely spot locals stopping in to pick up a slice of Peninsula Grill's famous coconut cake to go.

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Poe’s Tavern

Named after a famous Sullivan’s Island resident, writer Edgar Allen Poe, this burger joint produces some of the best cheeseburgers in the city. The Golf Bug is named after the Poe tale inspired by the island itself. Just two streets away from the beach, this homey restaurant is the perfect stop after a day in the sand.

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Post House Inn

This quaint inn has an equally charming restaurant located on its first floor, serving seasonal fare and craft cocktails.
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The Obstinate Daughter

For those willing to venture 20 minutes outside of Charleston, The Obstinate Daughter will not disappoint. Located on Sullivan's Island, which is known for its lovely beach and rich Revolutionary War history, this eatery serves up delicious Italian food in a nautical, airy setting. Diners will find a large offering of classic Italian dishes with modern twists (including pizzas) and a tasty brunch menu on the weekends.

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