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Seafood, Best Restaurants: Housed in a grand old bank building on Upper King, this downtown oyster bar and seafood restaurant serves only the highest quality fish and shellfish, sourcing locally and sustainably. The Ordinary also offers a few 'exotic' (or at least adventurous) items on a daily basis, too, including Razor Clams, Spanish Octopus, among others. The freshness of the ingredients and the artistic nature of the presentation, is evidence of the care and leadership of head chef Mike Lata (also at FIG). Speaking of presentation, do you take your seafood in tower form? Bring a group shellfish lovers to The Ordinary, and mark the occasion with a double--or triple--Shellfish Tower.

Oyster Bars: It's all too easy to reiterate the cliche: The Ordinary is anything but. That's an easy observation to make, even before sampling anything from the full menu of oyster bar offerings. The building itself, once a fancy bank, is elegant in black and white marble, enjoying its reincarnation as Charleston's best known (and loved) oyster and raw bar. Expect to feast on East Coast oysters, local stone crab claws, peel-and-eat shrimp, razor clams, even caviar (served with potato chips). Should you decide to use a raw bar order as just a warm up, there are large plates to follow: Grouper, Triggerfish, and Snapper are among the many options, served alongside your choice of vegetable complements. For the ultimate indulgence, put in a tall order: The Ordinary's Shellfish Tower, a single, double, or triple-story display of raw and cooked seafood and garnishes.

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Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:

Seafood, Best Restaurants: "Oyster lovers, this is your haven! Oyster haters, there's plenty for you, here too. Lobster roll, anyone?"

Oyster Bars: "Snag a seat at the bar. Something about the historic bank building makes a drink go all too nicely with your smoked oysters and saltines."

Best for Seafood Because: Blossom's entire set of Southern style menu offerings are stellar, but their seafood dishes are a standout among local restaurants.

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: The Ordinary is a wise choice whether you're looking for a few oysters or a filling meal, just as long as you enjoy fresh seafood.

Best for Oyster Bars Because: The Ordinary reigns supreme among Charleston raw bars for its unprecedented attention to detail, stunning presentation, and sheer variety of local and exotic shellfish.

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