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6 Best Late-Night Spots in Downtown Charleston

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Wandering around downtown Charleston after 10 p.m., the city feels like a food desert, with closed restaurants dotting like bad mirages. Fortunately for us, the late-night scene is growing and, hopefully, Chef Thurston’s Stars will join the list when they open their doors. Our picks are perfect for nights when you skipped into town late or need more than a slice of pizza to soak up those negronis.

butcher.jpgButcher and Bee, makers of increasingly lauded sandwiches, have slightly odd-ball hours (it’s lunch and late-night only), but people will line up whenever they’re available. The menu changes twice daily, and you can never go wrong. Last call on food: 3 a.m. Thursday – Saturday

co.jpgCo, the Vietnamese restaurant that opened this spring, has a pared-down evening menu that makes the decision easy. It’s either dumplings or a version of their signature banh mi sandwiches, and it's best to get one of each. Last call on food: 12 a.m. Monday – Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday

rue.jpgThe French bistro 39 Rue de Jean, on, yes, John St., is the place to slink into when two slabs of bread and something in between just won’t do. The menu is limited, but the place feels so European, it seems natural to be eating into the wee hours. Last call on food: 1 a.m. daily

mactintosh3.jpgUnderstanding the need for more good grub deep into the evening, The Macintosh extended their dining hours this spring. On the menu you’ll always find the “Mac” burger, the truffle fries, some kind of salad and, more than likely, one other dish. Last call on food: 1 a.m. Thursday – Saturday

hiro3.jpgIzakaya Hiro, the new incarnation of Sushi Hiro, doesn’t exactly burn the midnight oil, but their Japanese options are unlike anywhere else in town. The small plates, like the spicy tuna salad, won’t leave you feeling stuffed before you roll home. Last call on food: 11 p.m. daily

moose.jpgSay what you’d like about the Guy Fieri, but the spiky-haired Food Network host of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives got it right when he filmed at the Tattooed Moose on Morrison Dr. The duck club and the duck-fat fries are now famous, but none of the sandwiches disappoint. Last call on food: 1 a.m. daily
—Katie Abbondanza
· Butcher and Bee [Official Site]
· Co [Official Site]
· 39 Rue de Jean [Official Site]
· The Macintosh [Official Site]
· Izakaya Hiro [Official Site]
· Tattooed Moose [Official Site]

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Izakaya Hiro

298 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

The Macintosh

2119 East Camelback Road, , AZ 85016 (602) 368-8766 Visit Website

Tattooed Moose, Johns Island

3328 Maybank Highway, , SC 29455 (843) 952-7591 Visit Website

298 King St. Charleston, SC