If you're considering where to dine on your vacation to Charleston, the tough part will be deciding which of many fine restaurants to choose. Consider one of these three restaurants, all of which are recipients of the coveted James Beard Award.
No other Charleston restaurant has received as much publicity in recent years as Husk. Founding executive chef Sean Brock was named the 2010 Best Chef of the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation. At Husk, only Southern ingredients are used. If you go, be sure to try the pig's ear wrapped in lettuce. If you plan to go, make your reservations immediately. Be prepared to dine late or consider dining at Husk for lunch.
2. Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ
Rodney Scottt was 11 years old when he cooked his first pig over a homemade pit at his family's convenience store in the rural town of Hemingway. In 2016, he brought his time-honored technique of smoking whole hogs "slow and low" to Charleston with the opening of Rodney Scott's BBQ. Two years later, he was named James Beard Best Chef: Southeast.
Mike Lata, chef at FIG (Food Is Good), was chosen in 2009 as the Best Chef of the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation. FIG emphasizes local foods, especially vegetables, and it consistently gets raves from online review sites.