Charleston is filled with restaurants located inside houses, but Hominy Grill is one of the few that actually feels like you’re eating in someone’s home. Part of that is because the main dining room is in the former living room, but it’s also because the menu is full of dishes that taste like someone’s grandma made them. The shrimp and grits, pancakes, and huevos rancheros are all great choices, but our personal favorite is the Charleston Nasty Biscuit, which is topped with fried chicken, cheddar, and sausage gravy. If you need something sweet on the side, get a cornmeal waffle with cajun pork cracklins.
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Xiao Bao Biscuit
Xiao Bao Biscuit in Cannonborough-Elliotborough serves a mix of Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Malay dishes inside a former gas station.
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Leon’s Oyster Shop
Leon’s Oyster Shop in the West Side serves fried chicken, frozen and draft cocktails, soft serve, and yes, really good chargrilled oysters.
Magnolias in the French Quarter serves upscale versions of Lowcountry classics and is great for a slightly fancy, celebratory night out.
Peninsula Grill at the Planters Inn is an upscale steakhouse and seafood restaurant that's well known for their famous Ultimate Coconut Cake.
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Husk serves refined Southern food and is the best known restaurant in Charleston. If you can't get a table, head next door to the Bar at Husk instead.
Lewis Barbecue in NoMo is where to go for Texas-style barbecue, like brisket and smoked sausage, along with cocktail pitchers and a big backyard.
The Ordinary is an upscale oyster bar in Cannonborough-Elliotborough known for their multi-tier shellfish towers and great cocktails.
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