Fig was one of the restaurants that made people take Charleston's food scene seriously, as the city started to become a culinary destination in the South over a decade ago. Like many Charleston classics, this neighborhood bistro uses seasonal and local ingredients in a menu that always changes. The chicken liver pate is a Fig staple that you should always start with, along with the ricotta gnocchi alla bolognese. For your main course, make sure that at least one of the fish dishes is on your table—perhaps the steamed b-liner snapper—as Fig sources the best from local purveyors like Abundant Seafood.

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