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 the top restaurant newcomers of 2015?
Brian Wilder, editor The Rakish Perspective and contributor to Eater Charleston:
Stereo 8 was a pleasant surprise; same with Mercantile and Mash.
Timmons Pettigrew, author of Charleston Beer and contributor to Eater Charleston:
Mine are both mobile — Short Grain Food Truck and 2 Nixons Pop-Up Ramen.
Emma Humphries, Instagram superstar and photographer for Eater Charleston:
Parlor Deluxe, The Westendorff, and Poogan's Smokehouse
Peg Moore, contributor and food critic for The Mercury:
Barony Tavern and Vincent Chicco's
Erin Perkins, editor Eater Charleston:
I will chase down the Short Grain Food Truck any time I spot it downtown. I also have a feeling I'll be hanging out at Bar Mash more in 2016.
Kinsey Gidick, managing editor for the Charleston City Paper:
Spero, Short Grain Food Truck, and does John Lewis' Revelry Brewing pop-up count? Way to tease us, John.
Hanna Raskin, Food writer and critic for the Post & Courier and author of Yelp Help: How to Write Great Online Restaurant Reviews:
Short Grain Food Truck, The Westendorff 2.0, Parlor Deluxe, and Reid Henninger at Edmund's Oast
Robert Donovan, photographer and contributor to Eater Charleston:
Spero and R. Kitchen
Hayley Phillips, assistant editor for The Local Palate:
Minero’s new space — they just started brunch and its delicious, and nicely priced. 167 Raw (did they open this past year?). And I love Hurayali Gardens that just opened on Huger street, granted they are more of a little juice bar joint. When to the chef’s table at Mercantile and Mash — a few misses but the hits were absolutely phenomenal. And 492 King.