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The Best Restaurants in South Carolina

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Carolina cuisine can mean many things, from mustard-based whole-hog BBQ in the Piedmont to bountiful seafood along the coast. Thanks to Charleston's rising star in the international culinary realm, the state is now a foodie destination, attracting talented chefs from around the world who are experimenting and discovering new ways to use the rich soil's year-round harvests.
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232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
When most people think southern food, vegetables aren't the first thing that comes to mind. But the vegetable-heavy menu at FIG is one of the best in town and the first place I recommend to visitors. This place was great when it opened in 2003 and...
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302 Carteret St, Beaufort, SC 29902, USA
Half market, half restaurant, this brightly colored kitchen proudly serves exemplary shrimp and grits and crab cake sandwiches, among a menu of locally sourced sandwiches and salads. After enjoying breakfast or lunch, take home a jar of pickled...
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732 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, USA
Greenville's premier outlet for locally sourced food is also its most creative, with a menu that includes braised beef tongue and lamb heart. Vegetables are well-represented though, as are grapes, in the form of an impressive, carefully curated...
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84 State Rd S-28-2, Rembert, SC 29128, USA
Rural Piedmont South Carolina isn't necessarily where you'd expect to find a high-end steakhouse, but Mill Pond is a destination in and of itself. Generous cuts of beef are the centerpiece of the traditional surf-and-turf menu, all served in a...
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2063 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
Just blocks from the beach, the Obstinate Daughter focuses on Italian favorites and local food, with a heavy dose of seafood appropriate to its Sullivan’s Island location. The space is nautical without feeling cheesy, featuring walls covered...
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76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
At this Charleston hit, James Beard Award–winning chef Sean Brock reinterprets traditional Southern dishes with a steadfast commitment to local and regional ingredients—the restaurant even has its own garden. Constantly changing, the...
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920 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201, USA
Set in a historic brick building that once sold engine supplies, this Columbia stalwart helped pioneer the state's local food movement. The daily menu draws from meats butchered in-house, fresh seafood, and handmade pasta. There's also a popular...
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544 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
The Ordinary has a two-story dining room with an always-packed raw bar where Chef Mike Lata serves some of the South’s best seafood.

MUST-TRY DISHES: Smoked oysters with saltines and hot sauce; razor clams with apples, jalapeño, and...
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2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
McCrady's, housed in a building that served as a tavern over two hundred years ago, is a great place to get a fancy, creative prix fixe meal. It's also a great spot just to sit at the bar and order a cocktail and some snacks: you still get to...
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1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This cavernous brewpub has a wide-open kitchen, a long bar, tall communal tables, and a patio shaded by live oaks. If you can, grab a seat at the chef’s counter and watch the team spread creamy aïoli on locally made rye...
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207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Top of the list for Charleston eats is The Hominy Grill. Hungry patrons can start off the 30+ minute wait for a table with a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or other signature drinks from the Bar/ToGo window in the front courtyard. I recommend also ordering...