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Classic Charleston Fine Dining

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Twenty-some years ago, Charleston underwent a culinary revival: Southern food was newly worthy of notice. These restaurants, opened in the '90s and aughts, are now Charleston classics. (Think creamy grits, fried oysters, and pecan pie... with a classic bourbon cocktail to wash it all down.)
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2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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The restaurant where Sean Brock got his start, McCrady’s has a long history as a neighborhood watering hole and pub that goes all the way back to the 1700s. In 2016, however, the cozy building, with its brick interior and homey bar, got a...
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232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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It’s a big deal when a chef wins a James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.” It’s an even bigger deal when that chef’s successor wins the same award a few years later, but that’s exactly what happened at...
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171 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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The seafood-heavy menu at Blossom doesn't have anything too wacky on it: instead, it's made up of classics like fried oysters done up in gourmet fashion. It's a great spot for Sunday brunch.
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185 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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One of Charleston's oldest fine dining spots, Magnolias has been turning out great creamy grits and gourmet pimento cheese for 25 years now. Try pecan pie for dessert!
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10 Hayne St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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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...
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112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Peninsula Grill is located right on often-boisterous Market Street, but the restaurant couldn't be more peaceful. Try their coconut cake, so beloved that it's shipped across the country. And when the weather's nice, make a reservation to eat in...
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224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Charleston Grill’s dining room is elegant, wood-paneled and quiet; the menu has a range of options to suit any palate, divided into four sections like “Lush” and “Cosmopolitan;” and there’s live jazz every...