The Ordinary in Charleston makes Conde Nast’s list of best new restaurants

  • Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:24 p.m., Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 1:47 p.m.
Chef Mike Lata oversees the kitchen and raw bar at The Ordinary at 544 King St., his second local dining venture with business partner Adam Nemirow. (Brad Nettles/Staff/File) Buy this photo

In another favorable plug for Charleston’s fine-dining scene, The Ordinary has landed on a list of the 70 best new restaurants in the world.

Conde Nast Traveler asked food critics to submit their favorite newcomers from eight cities and geographic areas for its newly released “Hot Tables” rankings for 2013.

The Ordinary was included in the American South category, based on selections from Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer John Kessler.

The restaurant, which opened at 544 King St. in December, is the creation of chef Mike Lata and business partner Adam Nemirow, both of FIG fame.

“Upper King — the stretch of King Street just north of the well-touristed city center — continues to surprise locals and visitors alike with its proliferation of gems such as this grand two-level, 90-seat seafood restaurant set in a 1927 Bank of America building,” according to the article that accompanied the list.

Earlier this year, the oyster and seafood hall became a James Beard Foundation Awards finalist nominee for best new restaurant. The Ordinary also was identified by GQ magazine as one of the 12 most outstanding restaurants in the country.

Kessler recommends ordering Lata’s triggerfish if it’s in season, describing the dish as “thin, crisp, and bursting with sweet flavor.”

Entrees at The Ordinary start at $24.

See the entire Hot Tables list.

See our photo gallery of The Ordinary here.

Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.

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