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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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Back when Charleston International Airport underwent renovations, the new look brought a few restaurants. Now travelers can dine at Desano Pizza Bakery, Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill, or Caviar and Bananas. If none of those appeal to you, Eater Carolinas 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.

Pho No. 1

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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.

Park Pizza Co.

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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.

EVO Pizzeria

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With crisp salads, local brews, snack plates, 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.

My Three Sons

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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.

Jackrabbit Filly

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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. 

Jackrabbit Filly Mike Ledford

The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

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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.

The Codfather, Proper Fish & Chips

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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.

fried fish on top of French fries.
Fish and chips at The Codfather
The Codfather

Caribbean Delight

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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.

Nana's Seafood & Soul Uptown

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For those looking for seafood, soul, or real-deal Gullah-Geechie menu items, Nana’s is the place to be. Mother and son team Carolyn and Kenyatta McNeil create Lowcountry classics, with local products. For a reasonable price, patrons can score a giant piece of perfectly-fried whiting, fried cabbage on rice, lima beans, and a sweet piece of cornbread — really, it’s enough for two people. The trick is to keep up with the restaurant’s Instagram feed to check when crab rice or garlic crabs are on the menu (two of the most popular dishes).

Bertha's Restaurant

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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, crispy chicken, and fried pork chops.

Pho No. 1

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.

Park Pizza Co.

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.

EVO Pizzeria

With crisp salads, local brews, snack plates, 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.

My Three Sons

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.

Jackrabbit Filly

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. 

Jackrabbit Filly Mike Ledford

The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

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.

The Codfather, Proper Fish & Chips

fried fish on top of French fries.
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.

fried fish on top of French fries.
Fish and chips at The Codfather
The Codfather

Caribbean Delight

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.

Nana's Seafood & Soul Uptown

For those looking for seafood, soul, or real-deal Gullah-Geechie menu items, Nana’s is the place to be. Mother and son team Carolyn and Kenyatta McNeil create Lowcountry classics, with local products. For a reasonable price, patrons can score a giant piece of perfectly-fried whiting, fried cabbage on rice, lima beans, and a sweet piece of cornbread — really, it’s enough for two people. The trick is to keep up with the restaurant’s Instagram feed to check when crab rice or garlic crabs are on the menu (two of the most popular dishes).

Bertha's Restaurant

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, crispy chicken, and fried pork chops.

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