Go South, The Southern Food Tour, 2018, Charleston

Due to skyrocketing property costs in Charleston, more and more restaurateurs are bringing their dreams to life in small spaces. Fortunately, there’s no compromise on flavor. Here are some of the best restaurants to swing by on your foodie tour of Charleston.



Charleston cheered when Erik Hutson and Nayda Friere opened Renzo this spring. This is a neighborhood cafe with pizza at its heart. Go for the Wrath of Kahan pizza (chorizo, medjool dates, piquillo pepper sauce, and mozzarella), stay for the gauva pastelito sundae.


Chez Nous, cheznouschs.com

Like a scene out of Amelie, this cozy French restaurant housed in a tiny Charleston single house delivers big charm. Chef Jill Mathias prepares six dishes a day, which means Pets de Nonne one day and veal crudo the next.


Daps Breakfast and Imbide, dapsbreakfast.com

It’s a good indication that brunch is going to be great when a restaurant’s cocktail list is longer than its menu. Such is the case at the cozy Daps. Get the Fruity Pebble pancakes and an amazing chickpea egg sandwich to sop up the Mimosas and You Can’t Smoke in Spain cocktails.


Cane Rhum Bar, eatdrinkcane.com

A colony within a colony is what Charleston is often referred to and that’s thanks to its strong Barbadian connection. Cane Rhum Bar is a nice homage to this history. Chef and owner Paul Yellin prepares Caribbean-inspired dishes like spicy beef empanadas in addition to cocktails and over 100 different rums.


Nana’s Seafood & Soul, nanasseafoodsoul.com

A visit to Charleston is not complete without enjoying some Gullah food, the cuisine of the descendants of African slaves. At this postage stamp-sized restaurant, you can get a taste of these flavors with dishes like garlic crabs, shrimp purloo, and Chilly Bears — frozen Kool-Aid sold in Dixie cups.


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