The Darling Oyster Bar

513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

Design is paramount at this corner spot on upper King Street that invites window shoppers to hunker down on a mint green barstool and slurp the afternoon away with raw oysters from across the Eastern Seaboard, including delectable local singles like the Single Lady and Sweet Petites. Local beers like Low Tide Brewery’s Sweet Carolina Kolsch—and three rosés and three sparkling wines by the glass—offer proper accompaniments for the briny bivalves. A dedicated shucker works the oyster bar, offering a visual treat with a view of the city’s hustle just beyond the window. A second wood-trimmed bar anchors the other side of room, with the white penny-tile floors lending a sophisticated, old-school New Orleans feel to the place. Once you’ve had your fill of oysters, order a fry basket of shrimp or oysters, balanced by a kale-based coleslaw that’s just enough green to give the illusion of a healthy choice amidst all the savory decadence.

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