★☆☆☆☆ Pawpaw does not live up to what Southern food means in Charleston.
Southern | French Quarter
★★★★☆ Rodney Scott's BBQ lets the good times, good food roll.
Barbecue | North Central
★★★★☆ Bar Normandy on Broad Street is unconventionally delicious.
Small plates | South of Broad
★★★☆☆ Unpretentious, comforting Goulette is a true neighborhood restaurant.
French | Cannonborough-Elliotborough
Charleston and New Orleans aren’t exactly the same, but when visitors who’ve been to The Big Easy first come to The Holy City, they’…
Our food critic visited three Charleston restaurants when they first opened in the past year. After giving them all two stars in the first round, she revisits them to see what's improved and what stays the same.
Royal terns may fly, but Charleston area diners tend to drive, so when John and Ben Williams opened a restaurant named for the seabi…
The massive Folly Beach restaurant, which measures three dining rooms and 6,500 square feet in all, has good intentions that spawn nothing but disappointment.
There are some places where it doesn’t take a compass to know which way the culture goes. People in Miami have to go north to reach …
Shrimp-and-grits hasn’t been a Lowcountry signature for very long, but the dish has more than made up for lost time with ubiquity.
Answering readers' food questions
Q: I misplaced my recipe for spaghetti sauce from LaBrasca’s Restaurant recently and I really thought I would not be able to find it again. I, like many others, miss the "L…
It’s a critic’s job to accurately describe a restaurant so potential patrons can knowledgeably decide if they want to go there. Readers can do as they choose with the accompanying opinions.
Charleston's newest restaurants
When the small bar located beneath Elan Midtown Luxury Apartments was occupied by Crooked Crown, the idea was for patrons to cool of…
The half-acre plot that serves as MUSC’s Urban Farm is an ideal venue for teaching people about growing vegetables, but volunteers l…
At Sunrise Bistro, the restaurant he first opened in 2009, Brian Appelt had limited opportunities to serve lobster. But the self-tau…
There isn’t a Betty Lou behind Betty Lou’s Bistro, but it took three partners with food-and-beverage experience to create the new We…
Global recipes from local cooks
“Charleston doesn’t have this food or that food” is a common complaint from residents who want the city to be as cosmopolitan as they are. But in many cases, the wished-for food has a local presence — it just isn’t served in restaurants.
Last week marked the final installment of our Kitchen Cabinet series, in which local home cooks skilled in various global cuisines shared recipes from their personal repertoires. The goal at the outset was to resolve the common complaint that there isn't any international food in Charleston,…
Khichdi is so fundamental to Indian cuisine that it’s one of the first solid foods that many Indian babies eat. But when word recently circulated on social media that the Indian government planned to assign the title of “national dish” to the spiced rice-and-beans, backlash was immediate.
It’s increasingly possible to shop exclusively at farmers markets, but cooks chasing specific flavors sometimes still have to visit the supermarket. For example, the Rev. Joseph Tedesco of Mepkin Abbey says the buttery character of Ritz Crackers (or their generic equivalent) is critical to t…
Exploring the history of Charleston's culinary addresses
The first gubernatorial debates of the South Carolina primary season take place on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and regardless of your politics, that amounts to an eating occasion.
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Interesting drinks around town
Exploring what locals eat throughout a day
When I was 30, I found myself running a restaurant in rural Majorca, Spain, one hour's drive from the major city of Palma. Armed only with a r…
A week ago, Courtni Thomas had never heard of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.