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Eat Here En Route to CHS Airport: Summer Edition

Don’t get on the plane hungry

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Bertha’s fried chicken
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The Charleston International Airport got a major facelift last summer and the major renovation brought a few new restaurants. Now travelers can dine at Desano Pizza Bakery, Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill, or Caviar and Bananas while traveling. If none of those appeal to you, Eater is updating the list of where fliers should dine on their journey to the terminals.

Instead of bribing the flight attendant for an extra bag of pretzels, stop at one of these spots before takeoff. There's a wide range of choices for every taste — Vietnamese, pork-laden pizzas, chirashi bowls, and even a last chance at Southern comfort food before hitting the road.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Nortena

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6275 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406

Travelers might need a nap after the enormous portions at La Nortena. For those who prefer to stay awake on the plane, go for the tacos — they're more manageable. All of variations, including the tongue, are winners. Various salsas, spicy chorizo, and giant platters will satisfy anyone's craving for Mexican fare.

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2. Pho No. 1

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5300 Rivers Avenue, Liberty Mall Shopping Center
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tucked inside H&L Super Market, Pho No. 1 is zero-frills, all-flavor dining at its best. Yes, it's known for its Vietnamese soup, but there are spring rolls and rice dishes on the menu as well.

3. Park Pizza Co.

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1028 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 225-7275
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Go here for take-out. Park Pizza Co. has the most extensive list of options in the Lowcountry. Pies range from the vegetarian Peter Rabbit to the Blue Angus with roast beef, blue cheese, and horseradish.

4. EVO Pizzeria

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1075 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 225-1796
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With crisp salads, local brews, and some of the best pizza in town (let the debate ensue), swinging by EVO Pizzeria is a no-brainer. The Pork Trifecta is always a good choice, as it has a bit of a local cult following. Order a large and have leftovers for the flight.

5. My Three Sons

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1910 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

After a break from the kitchen life, soul food legend Alice Warren opened a restaurant in North Charleston last year. Those who dined with Warren when she had a spot downtown know to visit for fried chicken, okra soup, and deviled crabs.

6. The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

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4438 Spruill Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 745-9189
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The Junction Kitchen & Provisions might be the last chance for a decent breakfast before hopping on the plane. This Spruill Avenue spot opens at 7:00 a.m., so early travelers can grab biscuits and gravy, bacon sandwiches, and creative takes on morning fare, like the Buzzed Doughnut.

7. Community Pizza House

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2400 Gap Rd
North Charleston, SC 29418
(843) 566-7777
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Community Pizza House wants to be a easy stop in North Charleston for lunches a quick bite with the kids after shopping, happy hour at the bar, or dinner and drinks with friends. It serves craft beers, wood-fired pizzas, and there’s a rooftop bar.

8. The Codfather, Proper Fish & Chips

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4254 Spruill Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 789-4649

Chef Adam Randall worked for several years to bring a traditional chippy to the Lowcountry. Randall wanted to introduce "proper" fish and chips to Charleston and reports that the shop has been selling out since unlocking the doors.

Fish and chips at The Codfather
The Codfather

9. Carrigg's Seafood

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4143 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC 29405

Serving North Charleston with fresh seafood for over 50 years, colorful roadside diner Carrigg’s Seafood sits as a beacon to all things crustacean. The family-run restaurant serves fried crabs, steamed crabs, deviled crabs, crab cakes and more. For those not craving that particular sea creature, order a pound of steamed shrimp and a $2 cold beer.

10. Caribbean Delight

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3309 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC 29405

Caribbean Delight brings traditional Jamaican fare to Rivers Avenue. The menu contains national Jamaican dish ackee and saltfish, daily specials from curried goat to stew pork to oxtails, and customary sides like festival (fried cornmeal dumplings), bammy (cassava flatbread), roasted breadfruit, and more.

11. Bertha's Restaurant

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2332 Meeting Street Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405-6114
(843) 554-6519

The last stop for James Beard-award-winning Southern soul food, Bertha's is a can't-miss. Those in the know go for the okra soup and fried pork chops.

12. Jackrabbit Filly

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4628 Spruill Ave #101
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 460-0037
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Chinese-American restaurant Jackrabbit Filly comes for the minds behind popular food truck Short Grain. Corrie and Shuai Wang bring the flavors of Shuai’s childhood to the menu with some playfulness thrown in. Some of the offerings conjure old-school comfort food vibes, like fried rice with ham and pineapple or pork and cabbage dumplings. 

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1. La Nortena

6275 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406
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Travelers might need a nap after the enormous portions at La Nortena. For those who prefer to stay awake on the plane, go for the tacos — they're more manageable. All of variations, including the tongue, are winners. Various salsas, spicy chorizo, and giant platters will satisfy anyone's craving for Mexican fare.

6275 Rivers Ave
North Charleston, SC 29406

2. Pho No. 1

5300 Rivers Avenue, Liberty Mall Shopping Center, North Charleston, SC 29406

Tucked inside H&L Super Market, Pho No. 1 is zero-frills, all-flavor dining at its best. Yes, it's known for its Vietnamese soup, but there are spring rolls and rice dishes on the menu as well.

5300 Rivers Avenue, Liberty Mall Shopping Center
North Charleston, SC 29406

3. Park Pizza Co.

1028 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

Go here for take-out. Park Pizza Co. has the most extensive list of options in the Lowcountry. Pies range from the vegetarian Peter Rabbit to the Blue Angus with roast beef, blue cheese, and horseradish.

1028 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

4. EVO Pizzeria

1075 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

With crisp salads, local brews, and some of the best pizza in town (let the debate ensue), swinging by EVO Pizzeria is a no-brainer. The Pork Trifecta is always a good choice, as it has a bit of a local cult following. Order a large and have leftovers for the flight.

1075 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

5. My Three Sons

1910 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

After a break from the kitchen life, soul food legend Alice Warren opened a restaurant in North Charleston last year. Those who dined with Warren when she had a spot downtown know to visit for fried chicken, okra soup, and deviled crabs.

1910 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

6. The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

4438 Spruill Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

The Junction Kitchen & Provisions might be the last chance for a decent breakfast before hopping on the plane. This Spruill Avenue spot opens at 7:00 a.m., so early travelers can grab biscuits and gravy, bacon sandwiches, and creative takes on morning fare, like the Buzzed Doughnut.

4438 Spruill Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

7. Community Pizza House

2400 Gap Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418

Community Pizza House wants to be a easy stop in North Charleston for lunches a quick bite with the kids after shopping, happy hour at the bar, or dinner and drinks with friends. It serves craft beers, wood-fired pizzas, and there’s a rooftop bar.

2400 Gap Rd
North Charleston, SC 29418

8. The Codfather, Proper Fish & Chips

4254 Spruill Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
Fish and chips at The Codfather
The Codfather

Chef Adam Randall worked for several years to bring a traditional chippy to the Lowcountry. Randall wanted to introduce "proper" fish and chips to Charleston and reports that the shop has been selling out since unlocking the doors.

4254 Spruill Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

9. Carrigg's Seafood

4143 Rivers Ave, Charleston, SC 29405

Serving North Charleston with fresh seafood for over 50 years, colorful roadside diner Carrigg’s Seafood sits as a beacon to all things crustacean. The family-run restaurant serves fried crabs, steamed crabs, deviled crabs, crab cakes and more. For those not craving that particular sea creature, order a pound of steamed shrimp and a $2 cold beer.

4143 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC 29405

10. Caribbean Delight

3309 Rivers Ave, Charleston, SC 29405

Caribbean Delight brings traditional Jamaican fare to Rivers Avenue. The menu contains national Jamaican dish ackee and saltfish, daily specials from curried goat to stew pork to oxtails, and customary sides like festival (fried cornmeal dumplings), bammy (cassava flatbread), roasted breadfruit, and more.

3309 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC 29405

11. Bertha's Restaurant

2332 Meeting Street Rd, North Charleston, SC 29405-6114

The last stop for James Beard-award-winning Southern soul food, Bertha's is a can't-miss. Those in the know go for the okra soup and fried pork chops.

2332 Meeting Street Rd
North Charleston, SC 29405-6114

12. Jackrabbit Filly

4628 Spruill Ave #101, North Charleston, SC 29405
Jackrabbit Filly Mike Ledford

Chinese-American restaurant Jackrabbit Filly comes for the minds behind popular food truck Short Grain. Corrie and Shuai Wang bring the flavors of Shuai’s childhood to the menu with some playfulness thrown in. Some of the offerings conjure old-school comfort food vibes, like fried rice with ham and pineapple or pork and cabbage dumplings. 

4628 Spruill Ave #101
North Charleston, SC 29405

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