Charleston, South Carolina is a lowcountry city, meaning that it resides below sea level on the Southeastern coast, where the lifestyle is gracious, welcoming, and a little slower at times. Lowcountry South Carolina is home to abundant wildlife, particularly in the form of fish and shellfish that make up so many of the region's most beloved traditional dishes. The region's storied past of plantations and enslaved West African peoples has, without a doubt, shaped the Charleston of today, and their influences are very much apparent in the Gullah culture of their descendents, and of course, their local cuisine.
This now well-known lowcountry palate of local rice, grits, seafood and produce is celebrated by many news and media publications for its savory, satisfying, comfort-food style flavors.
Thankfully, you won't have to look for long to seek out Charleston's many lowcountry restaurants, as they are spread throughout the city, both off and on the peninsula. Diners can enjoy these coastal dishes in both casual and fine dining settings across the city. Be sure to make reservations in advance for dinner at the elegant Circa 1886 restaurant located within Wenworth Mansion, or for any meal at Charleston's celebrated Queen Street restaurants, Poogan's Porch, Husk and 82 Queen. For a more casual bite of lowcountry fare, stop into Lowcountry Bistro, conveniently located for a quick meal after exploring the Charleston City Market.