In keeping with Eater tradition, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, industry types and bloggers. To kick it off in Charleston, Eater asked the group eight questions, ranging from the restaurants they frequent most to the biggest surprises of the year. Responses are in no particular order, and readers are encouraged to leave answers in the comments.
Q: What were your top standbys of 2013?
Eric Doksa, writer and restaurant critic for City Paper:
Kanpai—I can't get enough of Sean Park—from his excitement over a big eye tuna that comes in the door to the his perfectly executed presentation. I always leave Kanpai satisfied.
Angela Hanyak, writer and restaurant critic for City Paper:
Red Orchid's for Chinese comfort food at its best. Xiao Bao Biscuit when friends were in town and wanted to taste the "new" Charleston.
Jeff Allen, restaurant critic for Charleston Magazine:
FIG. 9 times out of 10, that's where I end up.
Charles Powell, author of Foodmancing The Girl:
The Lot, James Island. Consistently a terrific meal on an ever changing menu in a casual atmosphere.
Erin Perkins, editor Eater Charleston:
Typically, you'll find me at The Belmont for a cheese plate, Two Boroughs Larder for a noodle bowl or the Husk Bar for a burger.
Robert Moss, author of Going Lardcore and restaurant critic for City Paper:
Sesame Burgers & Beer in Mt. Pleasant—for me a "standby" is a place I can take the whole family for a weekend lunch, sit down dining, good beer selection, and high-quality food that includes things kids will eat. Sesame fits that to a T—and I'm a sucker for the Cuban pork melt.