Nowhere else in our state has more true farm-to-table dining than the Holy City. Daily changing menus of one-of-kind Lowcountry fare are made even greater with the freshest seafood and produce available. Here are just a few of the best farm-to-table finds to visit in Charleston.
What it’s known for: Chef Sean Brock designed this restaurant to only use ingredients from the South. If it’s not grown or caught here, it doesn’t come into the kitchen. The menu changes daily but some things appear often, so you can still develop favorites. Husk proudly lists where ingredients come from on a floor-to-ceiling chalkboard by the front door for all to see.
Style: Southern, farm-to-table, family-friendly, James Beard award winner
Address: 76 Queen St., Charleston
What it’s known for: FIG stands for Food is Good, and that sums up everything that comes out of the kitchen here. Chef Mike Lata works with local farmers and fishermen to showcase the best of the Lowcountry on each and every plate. FIG is a Charleston must-eat.
Style: Southern, farm-to-table, James Beard winner, seafood
Address: 232 Meeting St., Charleston
What it’s known for: In its new location on East Bay Street, McCrady’s combines the freshest local ingredients with the cutting edge culinary skills of chef Sean Brock for a daily changing menu of modernized Southern classics. Make sure you try a drink from their handcrafted cocktails list.
Style: Contemporary, farm-to-table, Southern, James Beard winner
Address: 155 E. Bay St., Charleston
What it’s known for: Located in the midst of fertile farming community of Johns Island, The Fat Hen combines the best of local, Lowcountry ingredients with French cooking techniques. Try the Fat Hen one night for dinner, or stop in for a deliciously casual Sunday brunch.
Style: Southern, farm-to-table, Lowcountry, French, family-friendly, dinner, brunch
Address: 3140 Maybank Highway, Johns Island
What it’s known for: Chef Kevin Johnson uses seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen to create his menu, and his in-house canning program keeps local wares available all year long. The wood-burning oven creates a feeling of warmth and comfort while guests enjoy an extensive list of cocktails, wine and craft beers on tap.
Style: Southern, farm-to-table, Lowcountry, brunch
Address: 4 Cannon St., Charleston
What it’s known for: Regional Italian dishes sourced from local ingredients make this cozy restaurant in the lush farms of the Lowcountry a must-try. House-made pasta and house-cured salumi shine here, as does whatever is growing in the fields nearby. You’ll definitely want to come back.
Style: Italian, farm-to-table, family-friendly
Address: 2867 Maybank Highway, Charleston
What it’s known for: Don’t let SNOB’s name fool you. It stands for Slightly North of Broad, taking aim at the city’s traditional boundary of high society, but really it's a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement in South Carolina. For more than 20 years, SNOB has been merging the use of locally grown vegetables, meats and seafood with Southern and French cooking techniques, leading the way for restaurants to thrive serving local foods. If you have trouble deciding, diners rave about the local grouper and the shrimp and grits.
Style: Southern, farm-to-table, Lowcountry, traditional
Address: 192 E. Bay St., Charleston