Over the past few years, Charleston has become one of the best barbecue cities in the country and Lewis Barbecue in NoMo is a big reason why. They serve all of the Texas barbecue greatest hits, like smoked sausage and turkey, but the brisket is the real reason to come here. Split a giant tray of different meats and sides - especially the green chile corn pudding - along with a pitcher of margaritas or sangria, and find a spot in their backyard to spend the next few hours.
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Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) in the French Quarter serves Lowcountry dishes and local seafood and has a lively bar that’s very popular with locals.
Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Rodney Scott’s BBQ in North-Central specializes in whole hog barbecue and serves classics like pulled pork, ribs, and lots of great sides.
Poogan’s Porch is located inside a century old Victorian house and is known for their Lowcountry brunch dishes, like pimento cheese fritters.
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The Darling Oyster Bar
The Darling Oyster Bar is where to go in Radcliffeborough for fresh oysters, a beautiful bar, and the most over-the-top Bloody Mary in Charleston.
Leon’s Oyster Shop
Leon’s Oyster Shop in the West Side serves fried chicken, frozen and draft cocktails, soft serve, and yes, really good chargrilled oysters.
Magnolias in the French Quarter serves upscale versions of Lowcountry classics and is great for a slightly fancy, celebratory night out.
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