The age-old adage goes, "You eat with your eyes first," so what better place to scope local menus than on Instagram? Chefs seem to love posting on the app, because it's quick and easy, and they can get back to cooking. Instagram is the best place to find specials, and what looks good for dinner. Here are a few Charleston restaurants and chefs with hunger-inducing feeds.
Chef de Cuisine Daniel Heinze creates magic in the kitchen at McCrady's and has the Instagram feed to prove it. His miniature masterpieces leave followers pondering, "How'd he do that," and then immediately booking a table to discover the flavor behind the photographs.
The natural light at Chez Nous is perfect for snaps of chef Jill Mathias' splendid plates. The petite restaurant changes the offerings daily, so fan eagerly await the menu release on social media every morning.
With chef Bryan Cates in the kitchen, Mexican-inspired cantina Basico is putting out some artful items and documenting the results on Instagram. Cates' feed is equally impressive with even more food porn.
Queen Street Grocery
The gang at neighborhood stop Queen Street Grocery documents the day's special on Instagram with a dose of humor. QSG frequently tags its photos with #notyouraveragecornerstore.
Artisan Meat Share
The crew at sandwich/charcuterie Shangri-La Artisan Meat Share take turns capturing the perfect shot of the week's offerings for Instagram. The hunger-inducing photos will leave you wanting to visit the shop at 33 Spring St. every day.
Peninsula Grill chef Graham Dailey is super prolific on his personal Instagram feed. He highlights the fresh produce included on the evening's menu. If you want to know the Grill's specials for the evening, check Dailey's feed first.
If your Instagram is missing sunny photos of farro bowls, salmon sandwiches, or perfect lattes, follow King Street cafe Saint Alban.
Closed for Business
How else would you know which limited beer is featured at Closed For Business if you don't follow the bar on Instagram? CFB's social media lets everyone know the exact second Hopslam or other cult varieties go on tap. Follow chef Tito Marino for the food specials.
Provisions and coffee shop The Daily offers take-home dinner packs, giant breakfast sandwiches, and the occasional flower pop-up — check the cafe's Instagram to see what surprise they have going on that day.
Japanese-inspired food truck Short Grain is new on the scene, so the best way to track them is through social media. Drool over the mobile kitchen's shots of ramen, rice bowls, and okonomiyaki waffles.
Oyster emporium The Ordinary displays its luscious plates of fresh-catch seafood on Instagram. Chef Mike Lata and the crew make a few appearances on the feed, along with crisp cocktail additions.
For 10 years, John Ondo and team have entertained the palates of patrons on the peninsula. Follow Lana on Instagram to see what the Mediterranean-influenced restaurant is cooking today.