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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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A two-story dining room with an always-packed raw bar, The Ordinary serves some of the South’s best seafood. Here, chef Mike Lata dishes up must-try options like a seafood tower, crab toast, fish chowder, and triggerfish with fingerling...
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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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1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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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
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For those seeking a true taste of Charleston, it’s hard to recommend anywhere better than Hominy Grill. You’ll likely have to wait for a table, but just grab a drink in the front courtyard until it’s your turn to sit. Meals...