Charleston Dining Guide: Where to Eat & Stay Now

Published July 14, 2023, in my Medium column:

Charleston’s Colonial-era architecture with colorful Caribbean influence in soothing blues, pinks and yellows is one-of-a-kind. The small, walkable city has grown greatly in notable restaurants and bars the 16 years I’ve been visiting, far beyond its size in terms of the quality-to-size ratio. Its palmetto-lined streets are like stepping back in time. The city is by turns bright and vibrant, at turns a bit Gothic and moody, reminiscent of, but very different from, Savannah and New Orleans.

Alongside my hotel recommendation, the nine eateries below stood out, not always for good reasons, but the first few are among my top food recommends now in the “Holy City.”


The Pinch hotel, Charleston
Chasing Sage’s hummus olive oil tart
The Darling Oyster Bar oyster and shellfish platter
Da Toscana Porchetta Shop

Reviewed in this article:
—The Pinch and The Dewberry hotels
“Whole Package” from Food to Cocktails: Chasing Sage
A Truly Perfect Porchetta Sandwich: Da Toscano Porchetta Shop
Seafood Heaven: 167 Raw Oyster Bar
Modern Pasta & Well-Done Salads: Vern’s
Still An Oyster Bar & Cocktail Destination: The Ordinary
Still a Goood Time: The Darling Oyster Bar
A Mixed Bag: Lenoir
Breakfast All Day: Miller’s All Day
Disappointed: Jackrabbit Filly