Zagat Names 11 Hottest Restaurants in Charleston

By:Gwen Fowler

Date:7/14/2014

Charleston restaurants like Hominy Grill, FIG and Husk almost always show up on lists of Charleston favorites for good reason. But Zagat went in search of “promising new favorites or less heralded spots” that probably don’t involve hard-to-get reservations or waits. Still, some of these (see the Ordinary and Poogan’s Porch) are very popular spots.

Here are the 11, in alphabetical order:

Basico, here Zagat recommends any taco you like, “but be sure to get a side of the turnip greens, an excellent and spicy example of how Southern and Mexican food gets along.”

Edmund’s Oast, a brewpub also becoming known for its charcuterie. “All butchering, curing, aging and seasoning is done in-house by chef Andy Henderson and his team.”

Nigel’s Good Food, serving “soul food with personality.” Zagat praises the Geechie wings and the Lowcountry ravioli, which includes grilled chicken, bacon, collard greens, black-eyed peas, corn relish and cheese.

The Ordinary, a seafood hall in a renovated bank building “and the space is as grand as the food is fresh.”

Palace Hotel, a new East Side “bar with quality beers and a sizable list of creative hot dogs and sandwiches is bringing some life to the 'hood.”

Poogan’s Porch is one of Charleston’s older and better known restaurants, but Zagat says it’s on the list because of Chef Daniel Doyle’s “terrific takes on Lowcountry dishes, sourcing locally as much as possible.”

Sesame Burgers & Beer, a Charleston chain with three locations that “uses hormone-free beef and antibiotic-free, cage-free chicken and turkey, all in the name of a tastier, healthier product.”

Sweet Radish Bakeshop, a gluten-free bakery with a menu “that changes depending on what ingredients are freshest (keep up with the day's offerings via Facebook). A number of the baked treats are vegan too.”

Two Boroughs Larder, because it “takes its dedication to American seasonal cooking seriously, while working capably in the trends of the day with nightly specials (ramen Tuesdays, burger Wednesdays, etc.) to keep things ever-changing.”

Warehouse, a new spot on Spring Street. Zagat says the must-orders are confit wings and the seasonal empanadas.

Xiao Bao Biscuit, where “what began as an Asian-comfort-food pop-up is now bringing the creativity of Charleston's fine dining into a welcome, casual environment.”


Zagat surveys diners on their opinions of restaurants.

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