After you finish dinner and take a walk down to the waterfront, head to Peninsula Grill inside the Planters Inn hotel for dessert. While it’s also a very popular dinner spot, we recommend avoiding the packed dining room and just ordering a slice of their Ultimate Coconut Cake on the cobblestone patio instead. Yes, you still have to adhere to their dress code even if you’re just there for a slice of cake, but it’s worth throwing on a blazer or dress to try the most famous dessert in the city.
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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.
Lewis Barbecue in NoMo is where to go for Texas-style barbecue, like brisket and smoked sausage, along with cocktail pitchers and a big backyard.
Pearlz Oyster Bar
Pearlz Oyster Bar is a low-key spot in the French Quarter known for cheap beers, fresh oysters, and a great Happy Hour.
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Husk serves refined Southern food and is the best known restaurant in Charleston. If you can't get a table, head next door to the Bar at Husk instead.
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.
Slightly North Of Broad
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.
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