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​3 James Beard Award-Winning Charleston Restaurants

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Husk executive chef Sean Brock was named the 2010 Best Chef of the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation.

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.

1. Husk

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.  

3. FIG

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.

Gwen Fowler
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.