Where the Locals Eat in Charleston
Collected by Angela Fleury, AFAR Local Expert
Whether open for one year or thirty, certain spots are just loved by locals. These places are cozy and classic, offering hearty Southern food. With names like Hominy Grill and Chez Nous, they'll welcome you right in.
207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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...
6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Everyone seems to be talking about Chez Nous and, frankly, it’s easy to see why. A meal here feels like dining at your most fashionable friend’s place. The restaurant is tucked away from the main drag in a beautiful Charleston single...
1920, 5 Fulton St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Fulton Five has been popular with locals and tourists alike for years. Its Italian menu always delivers, but I think it's the quiet candlelit dining room and warm service that makes it stand out: it's voted the most romantic restaurant year in and...
251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
If you head to Charleston looking for fried chicken, collard greens, and banana pudding, Jestine's Kitchen is a good place to get it. This isn't nouveau fancy southern food--no gourmet touches, just the classics done right.
98 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Gaulart & Maliclet (or as most locals call it, Fast and French) opened up in 1984 and it's been an institution ever since. I started tippling Orangina there as a pre-teen and still try to stop by every visit south (though now I go for the...
467 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
King Street has no loss for places to have a nice Sunday brunch. AC's is not one of those places. Known as the college students' hangout for their cheap beers, the mood shifts come Sunday mornings when the same hipsters show up to drink $1.50...
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