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The dining room at Vern’s.
Mike Ledford

The Hottest New Restaurants in Charleston, August 2022

From roasted poussin to Indian fare

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The dining room at Vern’s.
| Mike Ledford

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 18 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment or generating a big buzz. Folks are asking, "Have you been yet?" Try one of these newbies today.

New to the list:

August 2022: Vern’s, Spice Palette
July 2022: Bar Rollins, Cold Shoulder, Minero
June 2022: Sullivan’s Fish Camp, Laura, Islander 71 Fish House and Deck Bar
May 2022: Rancho Lewis
April 2022: The Caviar Bar at Zero George
March 2022: Share House and Bodega
February 2022: The Press and Warehouse | the Lux
January 2022: Three Sirens
December 2021: Paddock & Whisky, Brasserie La Banque

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Chef Nico Romo is well known in Charleston for his French fare, but now he’s bringing Italian to Summerville with the opening of Laura. Romo’s menu serves classic Italian dishes ranging from Neapolitan pizzas to cacio e pepe to veal saltimbocca. Reservations went fast, even before the June 1 opening.  

Black and white photo of an Italian couple.
Laura
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Three Sirens

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The team from renowned wine bar Stems & Skins recently opened seafood restaurant Three Sirens in Park Circle. Co-owners Justin Croxall and Matt Tunstall wanted to bring all things oceanic to the neighborhood. Chef Paul Farmer puts out dishes like charbroiled oysters, butter shrimp and corn, red snapper ceviche, and chicken fried wreckfish. The romantic back dining room has already become a go-to date night spot for couples in the area.

Exterior of Three Sirens, a brick building with a blue door.
Three Sirens in Park Circle.
Mike Ledford

Cold Shoulder Gourmet

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Ever since the news broke about West Ashley sandwich shop Cold Shoulder Gourmet, owner Craig Edmunds can’t keep his creations in stock and typically sells out before 11 a.m. Edmunds works with top-tier ingredients — like in the Spicy, he layers nduja, salami, parmesan, truffle cream, greens, and truffle hot sauce. 

Rancho Lewis

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The menu at Rancho Lewis pulls influences from West Texas, Chihuahua, Mexico, and New Mexico. This is the food famed pitmaster John Lewis and his family grew up eating. Classic fare like enchiladas, burritos, and tacos are there, along with combo plates dedicated to items favorited by Lewis’ grandparents Cora and Lloyd. The margaritas are said to be the coldest in town due to the high-velocity electric shakers behind the bar.

Bar Rollins

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Natural wines abound at Bar Rollins. Owners Chris Rollins and Jess Vande Werken spent the past few years drumming up excitement for their bottle selections in Charleston with pop-ups featuring prominent chefs like FIG’s Jason Stanhope. They finally found an address for their “wine dive bar,” and it’s a charming establishment with mismatched bistro furniture, exposed brick, and shelves of colorful bottles.

Fireplace surrounded by shelves of wine bottles.
The fireplace at Bar Rollins.
Mike Ledford

Spice Palette Indian Cuisine

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Mount Pleasant restaurant Spice Palette is getting buzz for its wide selection of modern and traditional Indian fare for lunch and dinner. Menu items range from masala dosa to kheema samosas to biryanis to lamb vindaloo. According to Post and Courier, owner Sujith Varghese already runs two Indian restaurants in New York, but decided to open one here after dining at another local Indian establishment.

Pink Bellies

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Vietnamese restaurant Pink Bellies is officially full-on open — dining room and all. Chef/owner Thai Phi did the takeout game for a few months, but now customers can eat inside the handsome space. The classics are there, like the garlic noodles and the In and Out-style burger, but don’t overlook new dishes like the squid ink banh xeo.

Pink and purple hued dining room.
The dining room at Pink Bellies.
Mike Ledford

Tucked away in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood sits American bistro Vern’s. Seats filled up as soon as the reservations opened, because Charleston was interested to see what former McCrady’s employees Dano and Bethany Heinze would do with the space previously held by Italian restaurant Trattoria Lucca. Vern’s is a thoughtful spot exuding easy comfort. Open for dinner and brunch, the menu draws from Dano’s culinary background working with hyperlocal Lowcountry products and California cuisine. Early standout items include a fresh campanelli with rabbit and a perfectly roast poussin in a brown butter jus.

A bar with seven stools.
The updated bar area at Vern’s.
Mike Ledford

Share House

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Share House is a coastal cantina with colorful, beach-y interiors. The restaurant boasts two bars, a stage for live bands, a space for DJs, and televisions for all the games. It’s basically a one-stop fun shop. The Share House bar focuses on tropical cocktails, including the signature drink Orange Crush, which is fresh orange juice, vodka, and lemon-lime soda. For food, chef Alec Gropman puts out a menu of tuna sliders, crab cake sandwiches, and California-style nachos. 

The main bar and dining room at Share house with colorful, pre-worn chairs and a rainbow of shutters hanging over the bar.
Share House
Mike Ledford

Brasserie la Banque

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The Indigo Road Hospitality Group is finally able to welcome customers into the handsome dining room at Brasserie la Banque. The French eatery is open for dinner with a menu full of classics like foie gras torchon, poulet rouge, bouillabaisse, steak frites, and dry-aged duck.

French-looking dining room.
Dining room at Brasserie la Banque
Mike Ledford

The Longboard

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As the summer season closes out, Sullivan’s Island is still very much burning up the beach scene with the opening of the Longboard. The bar is always full of locals looking for an exciting cocktail and chef Will Fincher (formerly of the Obstinate Daughter) puts forth a food menu of Caribbean touches, like croquettes with a green curry, mango and cucumber salad, drunken prawns, and a whole roasted fish with mole rojo.

Blue surfboard over a bar.
Bar at the Longboard.
Mike Ledford

Sullivan's Fish Camp

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Dining at Sullivan’s Fish Camp is like stepping onto a sailboat out of the 1970s. The retro-chic restaurant is one of the hottest reservations on the island. The menu includes fish camp classics, like peel-and-eat shrimp and fried seafood baskets, paired with higher-end offerings, like lobster rolls and tuna tartare with bone marrow.

Yellow-and-white tiled floors with shiny wood tables.
Sullivan’s Fish Camp
Mike Ledford

Minero Mexican Grill & Cantina

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Mexican-meets-Southern restaurant Minero is back in the Lowcountry with a new address. Chef Shamil Velazquez brought back favorites like the charcoal-grilled wings covered in Valentina hot sauce, benne salsa, and the super-stuffed burrito covered in Oaxaca cheese. He also added new menu items to the lineup, like a massive pork chop with guava barbecue sauce, carnitas empanadas, shrimp and snapper ceviche, and a breakfast burrito on the weekends. 

Bright orange and green patio.
The patio at Minero on Johns Island.
Mike Ledford

Laura

Black and white photo of an Italian couple.
Laura
Mike Ledford

Chef Nico Romo is well known in Charleston for his French fare, but now he’s bringing Italian to Summerville with the opening of Laura. Romo’s menu serves classic Italian dishes ranging from Neapolitan pizzas to cacio e pepe to veal saltimbocca. Reservations went fast, even before the June 1 opening.  

Black and white photo of an Italian couple.
Laura
Mike Ledford

Three Sirens

Exterior of Three Sirens, a brick building with a blue door.
Three Sirens in Park Circle.
Mike Ledford

The team from renowned wine bar Stems & Skins recently opened seafood restaurant Three Sirens in Park Circle. Co-owners Justin Croxall and Matt Tunstall wanted to bring all things oceanic to the neighborhood. Chef Paul Farmer puts out dishes like charbroiled oysters, butter shrimp and corn, red snapper ceviche, and chicken fried wreckfish. The romantic back dining room has already become a go-to date night spot for couples in the area.

Exterior of Three Sirens, a brick building with a blue door.
Three Sirens in Park Circle.
Mike Ledford

Cold Shoulder Gourmet

Ever since the news broke about West Ashley sandwich shop Cold Shoulder Gourmet, owner Craig Edmunds can’t keep his creations in stock and typically sells out before 11 a.m. Edmunds works with top-tier ingredients — like in the Spicy, he layers nduja, salami, parmesan, truffle cream, greens, and truffle hot sauce. 

Rancho Lewis

The menu at Rancho Lewis pulls influences from West Texas, Chihuahua, Mexico, and New Mexico. This is the food famed pitmaster John Lewis and his family grew up eating. Classic fare like enchiladas, burritos, and tacos are there, along with combo plates dedicated to items favorited by Lewis’ grandparents Cora and Lloyd. The margaritas are said to be the coldest in town due to the high-velocity electric shakers behind the bar.

Bar Rollins

Fireplace surrounded by shelves of wine bottles.
The fireplace at Bar Rollins.
Mike Ledford

Natural wines abound at Bar Rollins. Owners Chris Rollins and Jess Vande Werken spent the past few years drumming up excitement for their bottle selections in Charleston with pop-ups featuring prominent chefs like FIG’s Jason Stanhope. They finally found an address for their “wine dive bar,” and it’s a charming establishment with mismatched bistro furniture, exposed brick, and shelves of colorful bottles.

Fireplace surrounded by shelves of wine bottles.
The fireplace at Bar Rollins.
Mike Ledford

Spice Palette Indian Cuisine

Mount Pleasant restaurant Spice Palette is getting buzz for its wide selection of modern and traditional Indian fare for lunch and dinner. Menu items range from masala dosa to kheema samosas to biryanis to lamb vindaloo. According to Post and Courier, owner Sujith Varghese already runs two Indian restaurants in New York, but decided to open one here after dining at another local Indian establishment.

Pink Bellies

Pink and purple hued dining room.
The dining room at Pink Bellies.
Mike Ledford

Vietnamese restaurant Pink Bellies is officially full-on open — dining room and all. Chef/owner Thai Phi did the takeout game for a few months, but now customers can eat inside the handsome space. The classics are there, like the garlic noodles and the In and Out-style burger, but don’t overlook new dishes like the squid ink banh xeo.

Pink and purple hued dining room.
The dining room at Pink Bellies.
Mike Ledford

Vern's

A bar with seven stools.
The updated bar area at Vern’s.
Mike Ledford

Tucked away in the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood sits American bistro Vern’s. Seats filled up as soon as the reservations opened, because Charleston was interested to see what former McCrady’s employees Dano and Bethany Heinze would do with the space previously held by Italian restaurant Trattoria Lucca. Vern’s is a thoughtful spot exuding easy comfort. Open for dinner and brunch, the menu draws from Dano’s culinary background working with hyperlocal Lowcountry products and California cuisine. Early standout items include a fresh campanelli with rabbit and a perfectly roast poussin in a brown butter jus.

A bar with seven stools.
The updated bar area at Vern’s.
Mike Ledford

Share House

The main bar and dining room at Share house with colorful, pre-worn chairs and a rainbow of shutters hanging over the bar.
Share House
Mike Ledford

Share House is a coastal cantina with colorful, beach-y interiors. The restaurant boasts two bars, a stage for live bands, a space for DJs, and televisions for all the games. It’s basically a one-stop fun shop. The Share House bar focuses on tropical cocktails, including the signature drink Orange Crush, which is fresh orange juice, vodka, and lemon-lime soda. For food, chef Alec Gropman puts out a menu of tuna sliders, crab cake sandwiches, and California-style nachos. 

The main bar and dining room at Share house with colorful, pre-worn chairs and a rainbow of shutters hanging over the bar.
Share House
Mike Ledford

Brasserie la Banque

French-looking dining room.
Dining room at Brasserie la Banque
Mike Ledford

The Indigo Road Hospitality Group is finally able to welcome customers into the handsome dining room at Brasserie la Banque. The French eatery is open for dinner with a menu full of classics like foie gras torchon, poulet rouge, bouillabaisse, steak frites, and dry-aged duck.

French-looking dining room.
Dining room at Brasserie la Banque
Mike Ledford

The Longboard

Blue surfboard over a bar.
Bar at the Longboard.
Mike Ledford

As the summer season closes out, Sullivan’s Island is still very much burning up the beach scene with the opening of the Longboard. The bar is always full of locals looking for an exciting cocktail and chef Will Fincher (formerly of the Obstinate Daughter) puts forth a food menu of Caribbean touches, like croquettes with a green curry, mango and cucumber salad, drunken prawns, and a whole roasted fish with mole rojo.

Blue surfboard over a bar.
Bar at the Longboard.
Mike Ledford

Sullivan's Fish Camp

Yellow-and-white tiled floors with shiny wood tables.
Sullivan’s Fish Camp
Mike Ledford

Dining at Sullivan’s Fish Camp is like stepping onto a sailboat out of the 1970s. The retro-chic restaurant is one of the hottest reservations on the island. The menu includes fish camp classics, like peel-and-eat shrimp and fried seafood baskets, paired with higher-end offerings, like lobster rolls and tuna tartare with bone marrow.

Yellow-and-white tiled floors with shiny wood tables.
Sullivan’s Fish Camp
Mike Ledford

Minero Mexican Grill & Cantina

Bright orange and green patio.
The patio at Minero on Johns Island.
Mike Ledford

Mexican-meets-Southern restaurant Minero is back in the Lowcountry with a new address. Chef Shamil Velazquez brought back favorites like the charcoal-grilled wings covered in Valentina hot sauce, benne salsa, and the super-stuffed burrito covered in Oaxaca cheese. He also added new menu items to the lineup, like a massive pork chop with guava barbecue sauce, carnitas empanadas, shrimp and snapper ceviche, and a breakfast burrito on the weekends. 

Bright orange and green patio.
The patio at Minero on Johns Island.
Mike Ledford

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