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It's official: Charleston has made it to the national stage of fine dining and popular modern cuisine. It's about time! There are over 200 restaurants to choose from on the Charleston peninsula, several featuring James Beard Award winning chefs, and many boasting AAA Four Diamond ratings. Southern Living and Bon Apetit Magazines both declared one Charleston restaurant the Best New Restaurant in the country in 2011!

If you're visiting the lowcountry for the first time, just follow the golden rule: When in Charleston, dine where the Charlestonians dine. Any local will tell you, that the best way to wrap up a day spent exploring the city’s romantic streets and rich history is to reward yourself with a meal at one of Charleston’s many restaurants. Sample local, sustainable seafood with views of the water at Fleet Landing; a fun spot for families and children. Take a carriage ride to Peninsula Grill to share a piece of their famous Coconut Cake. Break off the beaten King Street path for lunch at Five Loaves in the Cannonborough neighborhood, or try Shrimp ‘n Grits for brunch at Hominy Grill - we do.

Whatever you do, open your heart and your palate to real southern cuisine, and Charleston's world-famous Southern hospitality.  You may discover the South isn’t all what it’s fried up to be, (Although some honey fried chicken skins never hurt). 

About Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown Charleston, spending her days enjoying the city’s perpetually sunny weather, nearby beaches and ever-growing food and craft beer scene. Follow Clare on Twitter...  Read more »

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