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Top Ten Charleston Restaurants
Not all restaurants in Charleston will astound you. However, if you're a connoisser
of great food and wine, our top ten Charleston restaurants will blow you away.

Fat Hen – The Fat Hen’s experience revolve around innovative French classics with Lowcountry splashes. Sourced from the finest local produce farmers. Chef Fred Neuville’s creations will not leave you wanting. Try the tangy BBQ Scallops, which are first marinated in a house-made pomegranate barbecue sauce, bacon wrapped and grilled to perfection. A little outside of the city it is well worth the drive.

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FIG - is an intimate neighborhood bistro serving a “seasonally inspired menu”. With a strong focuses on the resources of the area Chef Mike Lata creates a daily menu featuring Dayboat Seafood. Chef Lata uses local produce, and farm raised meats and poultry as well. Located just off Market Street in the heart of the city this unique restaurant is constantly changing and consistently pleasing.

Hanks –Chef Frank McMahon has created a menu that re-creates that of a classic old time Charleston fish house in a wonderfully contemporary atmosphere. With a creative blend of traditional fried seafood and traditional Low Country fare Chef McMahon showcases his creativity utilizing local products whenever possible. If you are in Charleston for seafood make sure Hanks is on your list!

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McCrady's - Chef Sean Brock has taken the latest craze of local food at taken it to it’s finest. Always on the eye for homegrown and organic if possible Sean has always made it delicious. Chef Sean Brock has transformed the “always consistently good” McCraddy’s into something to be marveled at. The intimate and historic setting in the tucked away restaurant has pleased the city for many years, but now that chef Brock has taken the helm it has exceeded all expectations.

Oak Steakhouse – Chef Brett McKee, a long time Charleston restaurateur brings a new world upscale steakhouse to Charleston. Named one of five finalists for Chef magazine’s “Chef of the Year” and in 2008 Chef McKee lives up to his reputation in this acclaimed restaurant.

Peninsula Grill – Executive Chef Robert Carter’s sophisticated Southern cuisine is sure to please. With accolades including induction in the Nation’s Restarant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame and glowing write ups from publications such as The New York Times, Bon Appetti and Food & Wine this is a must stop restaurant. Make sure you save room for the Ultimate Coconut Cake, from an old family recipe of Carter’s.

Sermets Corner – Sermets colorful restaurant design by Sermet himself offers truly unique experience. The Mediterranean Cuisine offered keeps to Sermets roots and brings exquisite peasant dishes directly to your table. You must have the grilled calamari and do not miss the lavender, honey and black pepper marinated pork tenderloin or the citrus tahini crusted salmon.

Slightly North of Broad – Coined as the Maverick brand of southern cooking, SNOB’s for short, does not disappoint. Award-winning executive chef Frank Lee utilizes predominately Carolina Lowcountry's resources, then adds his own skill and flare to produce some of the best traditional Lowcountry tastes around.


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