Husk is the most popular restaurant in Charleston and if you know someone who knows someone or make a reservation weeks in advance, you should definitely go. The menu changes daily, but you can count on a wide range of beautifully plated dishes, like Kentuckyaki glazed crispy pigs ears and cornmeal dusted catfish, that will make you think, “Wow, I really know nothing about Southern food.” If you don’t plan ahead, go next-door to the Bar at Husk instead. You can still drink great cocktails and eat delicious things, like their famous cheeseburger, pimento cheese, and country ham. It’s not the full Husk experience, but with a much shorter wait and a huge variety of bourbons to try, it’s still pretty great.
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Leon’s Oyster Shop
Leon’s Oyster Shop in the West Side serves fried chicken, frozen and draft cocktails, soft serve, and yes, really good chargrilled oysters.
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The Darling Oyster Bar
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Magnolias in the French Quarter serves upscale versions of Lowcountry classics and is great for a slightly fancy, celebratory night out.
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Rodney Scott’s BBQ in North-Central specializes in whole hog barbecue and serves classics like pulled pork, ribs, and lots of great sides.
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