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Horse-drawn carriages; Antebellum mansions; and grocery stores named Piggly Wiggly; Charleston excels at charming.  Here is your 24-hour guide to keep you satiated from dawn to dusk to late night in the downtown area. 


MORNING | Coffee & Breakfast

Photographs courtesy of Brown's Court Bakery

Photographs courtesy of Brown's Court Bakery

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Brown's Court Bakery

Housed in a building built in the 1800s, that was originally named Brown's Court, they sell coffee, fresh baked bread, pastries and specialty confections.

"The owner, David, bakes a really incredible consistent product. His baguette is the best in town."
FED Pro  >  Chef Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder

99 Saint Philip Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.724.0833
 | brownscourt.com  

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Black Tap Coffee

Serving espresso drinks, including pour-over coffee, macchiato, cortado, lattes, and Japanese Style iced coffee.

"For their cappuccino. The Counter Culture coffee they roast always manages to be rich and robust with the most wonderful chocolate tones that keep me coming back."
FED Pro  >  Bartender & Restaurateur Brooks Reitz of Leon's Oyster Shop & Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

"I really like their cold brew iced coffee, it's not too strong or really bitter, just nice and mellow. You don’t get that jittery feeling when you drink too much of it."
FED Pro  >  Chef Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder

70.5 Beaufain Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.793.4402 | 
www.blacktapcoffee.com

Shrimp & Grits at Marina Variety Store | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Shrimp & Grits at Marina Variety Store | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Marina Variety Store

Where boat captains and locals gather for breakfast and have been since 1963.

"Great for breakfast. It overlooks the harbor with all the boats and you can see the sun rise in a beautiful setting. It’s fabulous. I like to get an omelet, it could be Greek-style shrimp, spinach or portobello. I get grits and French crispy toast, that’s buttered and griddled."
FED Pro  >  Chef Robert Carter of Carter's Kitchen

"It's a great spot overlooking the Charleston marina and a solid joint to get the day moving with basic eggs always cooked perfectly. I love the staff and the coffee is bottomless and strong. A favorite spot for morning meetings or a mid-week breakfast journey."
FED Pro  >  Bartender & Restaurateur Brooks Reitz of Leon's Oyster Shop & Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

Motoryacht Southern Comfort
17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.723.6325 | 
www.varietystorerestaurant.com


FARMERS MARKET

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Farmers, food trucks and artisans. See what the lowcountry bounty has to offer and pick up a sandwich, coffee, juice or ice cream.

"I love this farmers' market. It's the best place to get the real vibe of the city with local producers. You can get everything from vegetables to eggs to unpasteurized milk."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nate Whiting of 492

"You can get coffee or a fresh squeezed lemonade, have a little breakfast, then you get your groceries for the week. My favorite vendors are Zachary Farms for nice produce and Roti Rolls for Indian sandwiches."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jackson Holland creator of Charleston Mix

Marion Square, 329 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com


LATE MORNING SHOPPING

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Kitchenwares | Charleston Cooks

"They do cooking classes and demonstrations and have lots of different like supplies like different knives and barware. They sell a lot of lowcountry cookbooks, spices and seasonings."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jackson Holland creator of Charleston Mix

194 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.722.1212
 | www.charlestoncooks.com

Photograph Courtesy of  goat. sheep. cow.

Photograph Courtesy of  goat. sheep. cow.

Specialty Foods | Bull Street Gourmet

"They have a nice selection of gourmet products. They sell Jack Rudy Tonic and they make a lot of their own gins and jellies. They also have a little sandwich bar and café."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nate Whiting of 492

441 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.300.3922
 | bullstreetgourmetandmarket.com

Cheeses | goat. sheep. cow.

"Their cheese selection is absolutely beautiful. Their setup is spot-on for a wine, cheese, and meat shop. I come here once a week for a cheese plate selection."
FED Pro  >  Chef Craig Deihl of Cypress

"For the best cheese selection in the area - bar none. Ask for a taste because the source so much unique stuff that you can't find elsewhere."
FED Pro  >  Chef Kevin Johnson of The Grocery

106 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.480.2526 | 
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LUNCH | The Classics

Buttermilk Pie at Hominy Grill | Photo Credit: Squire Fox

Buttermilk Pie at Hominy Grill | Photo Credit: Squire Fox

Lowcountry | Hominy Grill

Southern specialities meant to taste like grandma's cooking - that is, if grandma had won a James Beard Best Chef Award like chef / owner  Robert Stehling.

"I send every visitor to Hominy Grill. Amidst all of the trends in dining, Robert Stehling has stuck to his guns and continues to produce the only truly Lowcountry restaurant."
FED Pro  >  Chef Kevin Johnson of The Grocery

"For their shrimp and grits. Robert Stehling is doing great, updated Southern classics with a deep respect for tradition and technique. Weekend brunch is mobbed, there’s a nice outdoor terrace if the weather's good. Super-casual."
FED Pro  >  Matt & Ted Lee of Lee Brothers Boiled Peanut Catalogue

207 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.937.0930
 | hominygrill.com  

Photo courtesy of Martha Lou's Kitchen

Photo courtesy of Martha Lou's Kitchen

Southern & Soul | Martha Lou's Kitchen

A tiny, pink-painted soul food shack where you can dine in or take out. Martha Lou has been cooking lowcountry dishes for decades and the years have brought her a loyal following.

"It’s a cinderblock building, tiny, only has about 5 or 6 booths, a home stove and one employee, Martha. You walk in, she greets you, asks you how your day is, how hungry you are, and what you want to drink. You feel like you’re sitting in her dining room at her house and she’s cooking for you."
FED Pro  >  Chef Sean Brock of Husk, McCrady's, Minero and Husk Nashville

1068 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.577.9583 | 
marthalouskitchen.com
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LUNCH | The Newcomers

Photograph courtesy of Leon's Oyster Shop

Photograph courtesy of Leon's Oyster Shop

Seafood | Leon's Oyster Shop

Located in a renovated auto paint and body shop that was named Leon’s. It is co-owned by bartender Brooks Reitz, who is also the co-created of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co, "It’s cheap beer, expensive champagne, bottled sodas, wine on tap and in bottles. The same soul of some of the oyster joints that pepper the city of New Orleans, but updated  with fried chicken and a large array of lighter, brighter vegetable dishes."

698 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.531.6500 |
 leonsoystershop.com

Photograph courtesy of Butcher and Bee

Photograph courtesy of Butcher and Bee

Sandwiches | Butcher and Bee

Elevating the art of sandwich making using premium regional ingredients. Their menu changes daily and they're open late on the weekends.

"I like to come here for their vegetable plate. It's a hidden gem of their already fun and ever changing menu."
FED Pro  >  Bartender & Restaurateur Brooks Reitz of Leon's Oyster Shop and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

"In addition to lunch, they have a huge late night food game. They are always changing what they are doing and it's also bring your own beer. It’s fun to meet up with friends after work or when the bars are closing to finish off the night with some fun and food."
FED Pro  >  Chef Kevin Getzewich of Indaco

1085 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.619.0202 | butcherandbee.com
BOOK A TABLE

The Porchetta Sandwich at Artisan Meat Share | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The Porchetta Sandwich at Artisan Meat Share | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Artisan Meat Share

Opened by chef Chef Craig Deihl who's passion for preserving meat prompted him to adopt the CSA-like concept for meats, Artisan Meat Share. In the summer of 2014 he opened this physical location to provide a place for people to enjoy freshly butchered meats, sandwiches, charcuterie, as well as beer and wine.

"This is best for lunch. Bob Cook and Craig Diehl crush the charcuterie game. I would get the Italian sandwich; it's classic and perfect. However, they have a huge selection of things that are always changing that you have to check out for yourself. Anything you get will blow you away."
FED Pro  >  Chef Kevin Getzewich of Indaco

33 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.641.7299 | artisanmeatsharecharleston.com


AFTERNOON SWEET SHOPS

Photograph Courtesy of Sugar Bakeshop

Photograph Courtesy of Sugar Bakeshop

Sugar Bakeshop

Two New York City architects turned bakers are charming the South with their sweet cakes, cookies, tarts and pies.

"Their caramel cake is probably the best one around. It’s a light layered cake with a caramel icing on it, really intense and sugary."
FED Pro  >  Chef Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill

"Small little petit fours, cupcakes and sweets. Their cookies are just phenomenal."
FED Pro  >  Chef Robert Carter of Carter's Kitchen

59 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.579.2891
 | www.sugarbake.com

Photograph courtesy of Wildflour Pastry

Photograph courtesy of Wildflour Pastry

WildFlour Pastry

"Their Sunday morning cinnamon rolls are legendary. But only available on Sunday mornings and there’s a line out the door. Fantastic! They’re just decadent, cinnamony, yeasty, warm, sticky and gooey - just fabulous."
FED Pro  >  Chef Robert Carter of Carter's Kitchen

73 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.327.2621 | 
www.wildflourpastrycharleston.com  


AFTERNOON BOOZY TASTINGS & TOURS

Palmetto Brewery

The oldest production micro-brewery in the state of South Carolina.

"For their Espresso Porter, a rich espresso-type beer. They make it with Charleston Coffee Roasters, which is right outside of their backdoor."
FED Pro  >  Chef Craig Deihl of Cypress

289 Huger Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.937.0903 | 
www.palmettobrewery.com

Coast Brewing Company

A family-owned local brewery using organic ingredients. Their beer styles change with the seasons.

"They brew a beer called Bulls Bay Oyster Stout with local oysters."
FED Pro  >  Chef Craig Deihl of Cypress

"They are very big into reducing their carbon footprint. These guys are kicking out amazing IPAs, great lagers and pilsners."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jackson Holland creator of Charleston Mix

"They have great attention to detail and it has never become mass produced."
FED Pro  >  Chef Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder

1250 N 2nd Street, North Charleston, SC 29405
T: 843.343.4727 | 
coastbrewing.com


EARLY EVENING

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

COCKTAILS

The Gin Joint | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The Gin Joint | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The Gin Joint

Owners Joe and MariElena Raya learned the ropes at The Culinary Institute of America, Blackberry Farm, The Four Seasons Palm Beach, The Breakers Hotel, and Robert’s of Charleston before opening their speakeasy cocktail lounge.

"I’ve never had better cocktails anywhere. They’ve got great palates since they are chefs and they look at cocktails like dishes and you taste that and it’s just so good."
FED Pro  >  Chef Sean Brock of Husk, McCrady's, Minero, Husk Nashville

"Having a cocktail here is like eating a dish that a chef has created. They do snacks like soft pretzels and a fish stick dish with fish mousse and tarragon cream. It’s so simple, but it’s really good."
FED Pro  >  Chef Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder

182 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.577.6111 | 
theginjoint.com

Barrel-Aged Manhatta & Broadbent Country Ham | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Barrel-Aged Manhatta & Broadbent Country Ham | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

The Bar at Husk

"For the bourbon lover this is where you come to. They probably have anywhere between 70 to 90 bourbons depending on the time of year and what’s available. Some are a limited release and aren’t available all the time. The bar is in a separate building from the restaurant, so you can’t have dinner here. But they have lighters apps like Benton's ham."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jackson Holland creator of Charleston Mix

76 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 843.577.2500 | 
www.huskrestaurant.com/about/bar   

The Rarebit

This spot covers all the bases. You can enjoy all-day breakfast and hearty American fare like Chicken and Waffles, Country Fried Steak and a daily Blue Plate Special, but also craft cocktails, house-made sodas, beer, and wine.

"For their masterfully prepared variations on classic cocktails, including their stellar version of the Greyhound and Moscow Mule, which has me drinking vodka again in a serious way."
FED Pro  >  Bartender & Restaurateur Brooks Reitz of Leon's Oyster Shop and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

474 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.974.5483 | 
therarebit.com


DINNER

Photographs Courtesy of The Ordinary

Photographs Courtesy of The Ordinary

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Seafood | The Ordinary

From James Beard Award-winning chef Mike Lata, this Upper King District seafood house takes advantage of Charleston's coastal waters with a raw bar featuring local oysters, regional fish and shellfish.

"It’s a beautiful space with impeccable service. The skate wing terrine is not only incredibly tasty, but innovative. Chef Lata has this ability to take a very recognizable ingredient and present it to you in a way that you’ve never thought of before."
FED Pro  >  Chef Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder

544 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.414.7060 | eattheordinary.com
BOOK A TABLE

 

Xiao Bao Biscuit | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Xiao Bao Biscuit | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Okonomiyaki at Xiao Bao Biscuit | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Okonomiyaki at Xiao Bao Biscuit | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Asian Fusion | Xiao Bao Biscuit

Asian Soul Food with dishes from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Menu changes seasonally with rotating daily specials.

"It’s really different than anything else in Charleston. After slinging bacon all day, I just want something vegetable and something that doesn’t look like Southern food. I like to get the cabbage pancake (Okonomiyaki) with shredded cabbage and carrots. They char it nicely in the bottom of the pan and send it out to you really hot."
FED Pro  >  Chef Robert Stehling of Hominy Grill

"They do Asian comfort food, things that you wouldn’t typically see in a Japanese or Chinese restaurant, but things that you eat at a Chinese grandmother’s house. Their mapo tofu is really good. They do a Japanese pancake called Okonomiyaki, and it's taking the the town by storm."
FED Pro  >  Chef Josh Keeler of Two Boroughs Larder

"They are thinking outside of the box. It’s an old gas station that’s been converted and they're serving  Asian soul food. The Okonomiyaki is like the world's best hashbrowns."
FED Pro  >  Chef Jacques Larson of Wild Olive, The Obstinate Daughter

224 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29401
T: 
843.743.3880 | xiaobaobiscuit.com

Pickled Shrimp & Root Baking Co. Rye Bread at Edmund's Oast | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink. 

Pickled Shrimp & Root Baking Co. Rye Bread at Edmund's Oast | Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink. 

Edmund's Oast

"his crew has so many strengths it's hard to keep track. They have a very talented chef, Andy Henderson, who used to work at FIG. The owners, Scott and Rich, are not only the nicest guys in town, but they own the best beer shop in the city, Charleston Beer Exchange. Jayce, their bar manager, is one of the best bartenders in the city, and the beer selection is wonderfully curated and never boring. The shrimp toast and ricotta toast are among my favorites."
FED Pro  >  Bartender & Restaurateur Brooks Reitz of Leon's Oyster Shop and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

1081 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.727.1145 | edmundsoast.com
BOOK A TABLE


LATE NIGHT

Photograph courtesy of Taco Boy

Photograph courtesy of Taco Boy

Mexican | Taco Boy

Margaritas, tequila flights and a large Mexican street food menu.

"For guacamole and frozen screwdrivers."
FED Pro  >  Bartender & Restaurateur Brooks Reitz of Leon's Oyster Shop and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

Open until 2am
217 Huger Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.789.3333 | 
www.tacoboy.net

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Photo Credit: Find. Eat. Drink.

Pop-Tarts & Cocktails | The Belmont

Craft cocktails, upscale scotches, bourbons, eclectic beer and wine. They offer cheeses, meats and sandwiches to go with your imbibing.

"It’s cocktails and small plates and they also have home-made pop tarts. It's in the heart of college central but with a door policy, 34 people at a time. So it’s always calm and relaxed."
FED Pro  >  Matt & Ted Lee of Lee Brothers Boiled Peanut Catalogue

"End the night with a neat whiskey at The Belmont. They also have the best soda water in town."
FED Pro  >  Bartender & Restaurateur Brooks Reitz of Leon's Oyster Shop and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

"Catch a cocktail here; it has a speakeasy vibe to it and they are always creating new and interesting cocktails. They also have a nice beer selection and they offer small meat and cheese boards. There is always a movie playing on a projector screen -- something from days past that really sets the interesting mood they are going for."
FED Pro  >  Chef Kevin Getzewich of Indaco

Open until 2am
511 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
www.thebelmontcharleston.com

Duck Club Sandwich & Beer | Tattooed Moose

It's a little pub with a big moose head mounted on the wall and a good beer list with craft, can, bottled and draft picks. Mike's Famous Duck Club is a triple decker sandwich with duck confit, apple-smoked bacon, and smoked cheddar on sweet Hawaiian bread.

"They have the pinnacle of bar fare with wings and all kinds of crunchy, salty snacks. Their Duck Club is unbelievable. It's awesome. They serve late, so it's a good chef hangout. Good beers too."
FED Pro  >  Chef Nate Whiting of 492

"A great beer selection, great food, and the Duck Club is a wonderful sandwich."
FED Pro  >  Bartender Jackson Holland creator of Charleston Mix

Open until 2am
1137 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.277.2990 | tattooedmoose.com    

Gastropub | Closed For Business

Think beer bar with pub grub American food. But here they offer an eclectic draught beer selection with forty-two taps of unusual, rare and one-of-a-kind beers from South Carolina and beyond.

"I come here late for a beer."
FED Pro  >  Bartender & Restaurateur Brooks Reitz of Leon's Oyster Shop and Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

"They have 42 beers on tap, cool bar food, and a swag atmosphere"
FED Pro  >  Chef Kevin Getzewich of Indaco

Open until 2am
453 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
T: 843.853.8466 | 
www.closed4business.com

Souvenirs


Souvenirs


Palmetto Brewery Beers

Take home beer from the oldest production micro-brewery in the state of South Carolina. They make a variety of pale and dark ales with year round flavors, as well as limited seasonal flavors.

www.palmettobrewery.com 

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co

Locally-made in Charleston, Jack Rudy's products will dress up your cocktail cart from artisan tonics to small batch grenadine to Bourbon Cocktail Cherries. 

jackrudycocktailco.com | Where To Buy

Geechie Boy Mill Grits

Recommended by chef Josh Keeler, Greg Johnsman grows his own heirloom seeds and grinds them with the antique machinery. You can find his grits in many area restaurants and you can buy them either online or at the general store on his farm.

www.geechieboymill.com | Where to Buy

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Sean Brock

Executive chef of Husk, McCrady's, Minero in Charleston, SC and Husk in Nashville, TN.

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Mike Lata

Executive chef and co-owner of FIG, The Ordinary in Charleston, SC.

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Robert Stehling

Executive chef and owner of Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC.

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Jacques Larson

Executive chef of Wild Olive, The Obstinate Daughter in Charleston, SC.


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Robert Carter

Chef and co-owner of Carter's Kitchen in Charleston, SC.

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Craig Deihl

Executive chef of Cypress in Charleston, SC.

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Kevin Johnson

Chef and owner of The Grocery in Charleston, SC.

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Nate Whiting

Chef of 492 in Charleston, SC.


Josh Keeler

Chef and partner of Two Boroughs Larder in Charleston, SC.

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Brooks Reitz

Bartender and restaurateur of Leon's Oyster Shop, St. Alban & Jack Rudy Cocktail Co in Charleston, SC.

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Jackson Holland

Bartender, formerly of The Cocktail Club in Charleston, SC.

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Matt & Ted Lee

Cookbook authors and owners of Lee Brothers Boiled Peanut Catalogue in Charleston, SC.

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