The Darling Oyster Bar is known for being one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city and for serving a very over-the-top Bloody Mary. This spot on King Street has lots of exposed brick and white tile, as well as a huge bar that’s great for a quick drink or eating your weight in seafood. Come for dinner with friends, split the ceviche and some oysters, and finish with the fried shrimp basket and poutine-style chowder over fries. If you opt for brunch instead, the Bloody Mary comes with shrimp, hushpuppies, a king crab leg, and a lobster claw all sticking out the top. This is either insane or genius, but either way we’re into it.
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The Cocktail Club is where we go on Upper King for really good cocktails, the occasional live show, and a great rooftop terrace.
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The Ordinary is an upscale oyster bar in Cannonborough-Elliotborough known for their multi-tier shellfish towers and great cocktails.
Magnolias in the French Quarter serves upscale versions of Lowcountry classics and is great for a slightly fancy, celebratory night out.
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.
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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.
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.
The Obstinate Daughter
The Obstinate Daughter is where we go on Sullivan’s Island for pizza, pasta, and shrimp rolls before or after a trip to the beach.
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