The Darling Oyster Bar is known for being one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city and for serving a very over-the-top Bloody Mary. This spot on King Street has lots of exposed brick and white tile, as well as a huge bar that’s great for a quick drink or eating your weight in seafood. Come for dinner with friends, split the ceviche and some oysters, and finish with the fried shrimp basket and poutine-style chowder over fries. If you opt for brunch instead, the Bloody Mary comes with shrimp, hushpuppies, a king crab leg, and a lobster claw all sticking out the top. This is either insane or genius, but either way we’re into it.
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The Cocktail Club
The Cocktail Club is where we go on Upper King for really good cocktails, the occasional live show, and a great rooftop terrace.
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer
Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer in Radcliffeborough roasts their beans on-site, has 20+ beers on tap, and a great backyard patio to enjoy either on.
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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 Obstinate Daughter
The Obstinate Daughter is where we go on Sullivan’s Island for pizza, pasta, and shrimp rolls before or after a trip to the beach.
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