Southern Living devotes spread to new Charleston bars, restaurants

Heirloom tomato salad served at Leon's Oyster Shop (and featured in Southern Living.) Paul Zoeller/Staff

Southern Living deputy editor Jennifer V. Cole identifies Charleston as her second home in a 10-page city guide featured in the magazine’s current issue. And judging from her savvy recommendations for restaurants, bars and other culinary diversions, the claim is justified.

“It’s really no surprise that bars and restaurants have paved the path to expansion,” Cole writes, explaining that the unofficial tourist boundary has sprinted north over the past five years, making Spring Street a starting point instead of a finish line. “Charleston is an eating and drinking town – one where neighbors might be judged by the quality of their pickled shrimp and bourbon punches.”

In her overview of venues worth checking out, Cole cites Edmund’s Oast, an impeccable commercial source of the afore-mentioned items. Other newish restaurants given the blurb treatment include Artisan Meat Share, Indaco, Leon’s Oyster Shop, 167 Raw, Minero and The Park Café. Listed under the “drink” heading are Proof, Saint Alban, Warehouse, The Daily and Elliottborough Mini Bar.

“The graceful, welcoming nature of the city remains, but if you haven’t seen Charleston lately, you’re overdue a visit,” Cole concludes. “You’ll still recognize her, but you might notice she’s had a little work done.”

The March issue of Southern Living hits newsstands this week.