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Charleston’s Top Restaurant Newcomers of 2017: Stella’s, Rodney Scott BBQ, and More

Local food writers share their thoughts on the year

Salad at Stella’s

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 2017?

Marion Sullivan, Culinary Institute of Charleston and food editor Charleston Magazine:
I was over the moon to have Rodney Scott’s open in Charleston with his whole hog ‘que and the best ribs anywhere ever. Tu knocked my socks off. It’s an innovative space supporting exciting food. I’m looking forward to dining at Purlieu, Nico, Basic, and One Broad Street after they settle in – and having lunch at Goulette.

Stephanie Burt, writer and founder of The Southern Fork:
Didn't have a lot here. Juliet, Pink Bellies at Workshop. Happy about NICO, and enjoyed Purlieu.

Samantha Connors, Eater Charleston contributor:
I was excited about all the new pizza options. Coastal Crusts' brick-and-mortar store on Coleman Blvd., and Juliet downtown were tasty editions to the food scene, but I'm also a big fan of the shared plates at Sorghum & Salt.

Marion Sullivan, Culinary Institute of Charleston and food editor Charleston Magazine:

Sydney Gallimore, Queen of the Food Age and Thrillist Contributor:
Everything at Workshop, Juliet, Sorghum & Salt, and 1Kept.

Robert Donovan, photographer and contributor to Eater Charleston:
Basic Kitchen, Joey Tomatoes, Rodney Scott's, South Sea's Tiki Lounge, Workshop, Stella’s (unfortunately haven't been able to hit Tu or others yet).

Hanna Raskin, Food writer and critic for the Post & Courier:
The Shellmore, Wood & Grain, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Rodney Scott’s BBQ (Keep in mind that I wait at least four weeks to visit a new restaurant, so for the purposes of this question, my 2017 ended around Thanksgiving.)

Parker Milner, Eater Charleston contributor:
Basic Kitchen, Sorgham & Salt, Lewis BBQ, goat.sheep.cow north

Peg Moore, contributor and food critic for The Mercury:
Stella’s. Too many restaurants do not celebrate Charleston’s uniqueness. One way to be appropriate in Charleston is to serve dishes reflecting countries that sent so many settlers here, such as France, Greece, and Italy. Many places celebrate anyplace USA, serving national favorites such as burgers and barbecue.

Erin Perkins, editor Eater Charleston:
I’ve only been to Tu twice, but have had lots of fine dining in the hip and funky addition to Meeting Street. The Shellmore made it worth the voyage to I’on for wine and small bites. One Broad makes for a great neighborhood restaurant within walking distance of my apartment. And bless Workshop for bringing a more diverse array of cuisine to Charleston.


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