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What Were Charleston’s Top Restaurant Newcomers of 2018?

Local food writers share their thoughts on the year

Pizza at Renzo
Olivia Rae James

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 2018?

Parker Milner, Eater Charleston contributor:
Melfi’s, Daps, Renzo, Kwei Fei

Stephanie Burt, writer and founder of The Southern Fork:
Daps and Kwei Fei

Robert Donovan, photographer and contributor to Eater Charleston:
Renzo, Chubby Fish, Low Life, Melfi’s, and Daps

Hanna Raskin, Food writer and critic for the Post & Courier:
Melfi’s, Renzo, and Parcel 32, even if the world hasn’t yet caught on to that last one. I stopped by for dinner recently, and it’s just as good as when I reviewed it. Then again, I’m inclined to be charmed by a restaurant which puts callaloo on its specials sheet.

Peg Moore, contributor and food critic for The Mercury:
Tradd’s is definitely the best newcomer.

Erin Perkins, editor Eater Charleston:
I’d say that Melfi’s, Renzo, and Tu had everyone asking: “Have you been yet?”

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