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Chef Charles Arena Hides Out at Bin 152

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The Holy City is home to plenty of restaurants and bars, but there are lots of hidden gems that some Charlestonians aren't unearthing. To guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of the city's food luminaries to share their recommendations for a new feature called Dining Confidential.

bin152.jpgCharles Arena, the Executive Chef at The Boathouse at Breach Inlet, praises the intimate Lower King Street wine bar Bin 152.

"I like the ambiance of Bin 152. It's almost like life slows down when you walk in there. I love that it's quiet and there's no TV or people texting?you actually have to talk to the person you're with. The owner is a French lady [Fanny Panella] who is very laid-back and knowledgeable about wines. You can just say, 'Hey, I'd like something fruity, with low tannins' and she'll give you her recommendations. They're doing cheeses and charcuterie items, and she's been honest with me about a couple of cheeses, saying they need to ripen more. I do a lot of chilling at home, but it's been the go-to for my girlfriend and I for a while now."

· Bin 152 [Official Site]
[Photo: Yelp]

Bin 152

152 King St., Charleston, SC