Don’t cheat yourself, treat yourself:  7 must-try foodie spots in Charleston

Charleston has become the new food Mecca in the South.

Featured in the Washington Post, Eater Magazine and Travel Channel,  Charleston has established itself as the best food city in America.

Next time you’re out and about in the area,  go off the beaten path and try these delicious local spots.

If you’re a  local and haven’t tried these restaurants, get dressed right now and go treat yourself.


Shuckin’ Shack

If you’re in Summerville, stop by the Shack and indulge in some of the best seafood Charleston has to offer. This unique spot is located in the heart of downtown Summerville and provides fresh seafood and amazing drinks. The crab legs and steamed peel and eat shrimp cooked with classic old bay seasoning is my personal favorite. Don’t forget to complement your meal with the delicious Shack Attack Bloody Mary or the Pearl’s Punch cocktails.


Tiki Taco

Tiki Taco is an authentic Mexican restaurant that will leave your taste buds dancing. The signature dish is tacos, but that’s just the beginning of your food journey here. While visiting this small cozy dive, order the nachos topped with your choice of beef or chicken and the street corn to take your taste buds to the next level. Tiki Tacohas two locations in North Charleston and Summerville.


Early Bird Diner

The first thing to order is the chicken and waffles. It’s one of the diner’s most famous treats. Check out the restaurant’s feature on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and our very own Charleston city paper. This is the perfect place to have breakfast, lunch or dinner any time of the day.


Leon’s Oyster Shop

In what used to be an old car garage, Leon’s is a newly renovated all time favorite place to eat. The signature dishes are grilled oysters and fried chicken dipped in a signature hot sauce that will leave you wanting more. Leon’s has been recognized as one of the best new restaurants in America in Eater magazine and best restaurant in the South in Southern Living.


RB’s on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant

Everything is good here, but seafood is what RB’s is known for. You may have to go a couple of times to truly take in all that it has to offer. Two favorites are the shrimp and grits and prime rib. Try this place and thank me later!


Sesame Burgers and Beer

Sesame uses hormone-free and pasture-raised beef to create one of the best burgers ever experienced. If you’re looking for fresh, flavorful and juicy, Sesame is the place to be. Order the Down South burger and wash it down with a homemade milkshake. It is  located conveniently in North Charleston, West Ashley and Mount Pleasant, so there is no excuse for being too far away.


Halls Chophouse

Hall’s is one of the top-rated steakhouses in the city. The best part about this place is not only the food, but the warm welcome. Stop in for the Sunday brunch and enjoy some live music from local artists. Hall’s Chophouse is located in the beautiful downtown area on Upper King. 


by Crystal Cade


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