You know how sometimes when traveling you can go out to a restaurant and feel like you are sitting alone as you watch all the regulars greet each other? Well, that won’t happen in Charleston
, a city that has embraced family-style eating at communal tables. As you dig into dishes that celebrate traditional Lowcountry cuisine with local ingredients and seafood straight from the sea, you’ll soon discover that new friends are included with most meals. Hank’s Seafood Restaurant
(pictured), which opened in 1999 but is located in a restored turn-of-the-century landmark warehouse, introduced the communal table to the city. Coast Bar & Grill
is another popular favorite that serves dishes using ingredients from local farmers and fishermen in an atmosphere that evokes an especially friendly beach bar.