Photograph courtesy of Purlieu

Photograph courtesy of Purlieu

By Chef Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams in the chef at the Purlieu, a modern French brasserie in Charleston's westside neighborhood from executive chef and owner, John Zucker of Cru Cafe. Here is Jeff's hit list for Charleston.

 Photographs courtesy of Purlieu

Photographs courtesy of Purlieu

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PURLIEU 
237 Fishburne Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 626.773.0700
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CHEF JEFF WILLIAMS' GUIDE TO CHARLESTON

Morning Coffee & Breakfast

 Photograph courtesy of Kudu Coffee

Photograph courtesy of Kudu Coffee

Kudu Coffee

This is my go to spot for a cup of joe in the morning. Locally owned and operated, they have great variety of craft beer as well. They actually roast their own coffee at a separate location.

4 Vanderhorst Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.853.7186
www.kuducoffeeandcraftbeer.com

 Photograph courtesy of Butcher and Bee

Photograph courtesy of Butcher and Bee

Butcher & Bee

It is usually pretty crowded, but that's because the Butcher and Bee is all about flavor. I could eat here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No one is doing food like they are and the Bee is dialed into what people crave. I love the morning hummus with chick peas, poached eggs, and pita. I usually get a side of crispy potatoes as well.

1085 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.619.0202
www.butcherandbee.com

 Marina Variety Store | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Marina Variety Store | Photo Credit: ©Find. Eat. Drink.

Marina Variety Store

I love the diner feel and the bonus is that it overlooks the marina. My secret pleasure is the corned beef hash, poached eggs and the shredded potatoes. Great place for a little hair of the dog.

Charleston City Marina
17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.723.6325

www.varietystorerestaurant.com

Lunch

 Photograph courtesy of Cru Café

Photograph courtesy of Cru Café

Cru Café

The short rib pastrami sandwich at Cru Café is not to be taken lightly. It's brined, then smoked, and has incredible flavor. They offer a ton of salads and sandwiches that will not leave you hungry. It has been open for 16 years and still packs the house everyday. On the weekends you will find the chef /owner John Zucker running the whole show, just as he has done since they opened their doors in 2001.

18 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.534.2434
www.crucafe.com

 Rodney Scott's BBQ | Photo Credit: Andrew Cebulka

Rodney Scott's BBQ | Photo Credit: Andrew Cebulka

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Rodney Scott’s BBQ

The whole hog plate here is my favorite BBQ ever. It's been a long time coming, but he is finally here in Charleston. He has a way with the hog that is something magical.

1011 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.990.9535
www.rodneyscottsbbq.com

Afternoon Snack

 Photograph courtesy of Minero

Photograph courtesy of Minero

Minero

The perfect midday snack for me is trip to Minero. Chef Sean Brock has taken his craft and applied it to authentic Mexican food. I think I have had everything on the menu and there is always something new to be had. I am a sucker for the catfish taco and the pastor. Brock has hand-picked the corn he uses in the tortillas (some imported from Mexico) and grinds it in-house daily to make fresh masa. Who else is doing that in Charleston?

153 E Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.789.2241
www.minerorestaurant.com

Late Afternoon Spirits Tasting

 Photograph courtesy of The Charleston Distilling Co.

Photograph courtesy of The Charleston Distilling Co.

The Charleston Distilling Co.

This is a great place to try local spirits. They offer tours and tastings and offer spirits made from South Carolina grown corn, wheat, rye, and millet. The Calhoun's rye whiskey is my favorite.

501 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.718.1446
www.charlestondistilling.com

Early Evening Cocktails & Beer

 Photograph courtesy of The Dewberry

Photograph courtesy of The Dewberry

The Living Room at The Dewberry

If you're in the mood for ultra chic, The Living Room at the Dewberry will not disappoint. Great relaxed atmosphere and creative cocktails. I'll take a Negroni every time.

334 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 888.550.1450
www.thedewberrycharleston.com/drinks-dining

Local 616

If you wanna catch some local industry folk, this is the place to talk shop and drown your sorrows.

616 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.414.7850

DINNER

 Photograph courtesy of FIG

Photograph courtesy of FIG

FIG

FIG has been my favorite restaurant for many years and the ability and drive it takes to stay so relevant after 15 years is nothing short of remarkable. James Beard award-wining chef Jason Stanhope was passed the torch by his mentor, chef Mike Lata, and he has run with it. I actually quit a well paying chef position just to work here. I needed to see the chicken liver mousse and the ricotta gnocchi for myself.

232 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.805.5900
www.eatatfig.com

Late Night

Blind Tiger

My late night pick would definitely be the Blind Tiger. I have been coming here for years and the set up is pretty unique. They have a nice area up front where you can listen to live music or you can adjourn to the back deck where there is a very spacious outdoor bar. There are lots of sectioned off areas where you can enjoy a drink and a private conversation. When the weather is nice it's a great place to be.

Open until 2am
36-38 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.872.6700
www.blindtigerchs.com


JEFF'S CHARLESTON SOUVENIRS

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Kudu Coffee

Take home a bag of fresh roasted coffee beans.

Where to Buy

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Charleston Distilling Co.

Try a bottle of Calhoun's Rye whiskey.

Where to Buy

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Quintin Middleton

Get a hand-crafted oyster knife. He has established an incredible reputation within the local culinary community.

Where to Buy

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Geechie Boy

Get their grits. Edisto Island farmers Greg and Betsy Johnsman own and operate an antique miller and separator using heirloom corn.

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