5 cutting-edge restaurants to visit now in Charleston
When chef Louis Osteen, a Southern food champion, first served shrimp and grits at Charleston Grill in 1989, it was a game changer for elevating humble, home-cooked plates. Though it’s been a few decades since that iconic culinary moment, the spirit of innovation is alive and well in the Holy City.
An enterprising chef and animal rights activist dishes up an all-vegan, Asian-inspired menu downtown. A glamorous hotel bar, named one of South Carolina’s most photogenic spots, pushes back on the casual trend and harkens back to more elegant times. A seafood destination blazes new trails for introducing a first-of-its-kind tipping program to boost wages and attract new employees.
These five spots are serving food and experiences on their own terms in Charleston. Read on for a collection of the city’s most unique restaurants to book right now.