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Industry Experts on Top Restaurant Newcomers of 2014

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.

Edmund's Oast
Edmund's Oast
Rebecca Gallagher

Q. What were the top restaurant newcomers of 2014?

Eric Doksa, food and beer writer and restaurant critic for the Charleston City Paper:
167 Raw, AMS [Artisan Meat Share], Obstinate Daughter, Minero, Jeni’s

Marion Sullivan, Culinary Institute of Charleston, food editor Charleston Magazine, columnist Post & Courier:
Minero, Leon's

Hanna Raskin, Food writer and critic for the Post & Courier and author of Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Restaurant Reviews:
What a year, huh? So glad this question is phrased in the plural: Edmund’s Oast, Leon’s Oyster Shop and The Obstinate Daughter. The Drawing Room deserves the ‘most underrated newcomer’ title.

Timmons Pettigrew, author of Charleston Beer and contributor to Eater Charleston:
Edmund's Oast

Brian Wilder, editor The Rakish Perspective and contributor to Eater Charleston:
Edmund's Oast was a highly anticipated restaurant that's still bringing solid consistency after almost a year. That's just rare. Minero was a nice surprise for me; The Obstinate Daughter and Callie's Hot Little Biscuit were also welcomed additions.

Erin Perkins, editor Eater Charleston:
I think Edmund's Oast, Chez Nous, and Leon's Oyster Shop were the most talked about restaurants in the 2014 Charleston dining scene.

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