Launched today, Eater restaurant editor Bill Addison's lineup of The South's 38 Essential Restaurants is the guide to eating below the Mason Dixon. It’s a glorious list of all the wonderful, varying eateries that paint the modern South. It even comes in map form. Charleston only nabbed two slots but with two strong contenders: farm-to-table standard FIG and fried chicken and lima bean heaven Bertha’s Kitchen.
Addison spoke about his choices for the Lowcountry:
Narrowing down the South’s astonishing breadth of dining options across a dozen states was grueling. Obviously Charleston is one of the most dynamic places in the region — and the country — to eat like mad and relish the sense of place. The list of contenders was long in Charleston, but it came down to FIG (which automatically had a place given its inclusion on our roster of the Best Restaurants in America) and Bertha’s. Of course Sean Brock’s tremendous contributions deserve recognition; he gets the nod in Nashville.
Like all Eater maps, the choices will be ever-evolving: When I return to Charleston soon, I'm looking forward specifically to returning to The Grocery and to trying brand-new Rodney Scott’s BBQ. Readers are welcome to tell me about what they think we missed: I'm at email@example.com.