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The 18 Essential Charleston Restaurants, October 2012

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Welcome to the updated Charleston Eater 18, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

These are the places that you think of when you think of Charleston. Not necessarily the newest and hottest on the block, but the classics. Much like Peninsula Grill's coconut cake and Martha Lou's fried chicken, our town just wouldn't be our town without 'em. New to the list this time is Husk, Home Team BBQ and EVO Pizzeria.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Peninsula Grill

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Fat Hen

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Hominy Grill

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Bowens Island Restaurant

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McCrady's

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Martha Lou's Kitchen

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Oak Steakhouse

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Slightly North of Broad

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Charleston Grill

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The Glass Onion

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Red Drum

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Trattoria Lucca

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Cypress

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High Cotton

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EVO Pizzeria

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Home Team BBQ

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Peninsula Grill

Fat Hen

Hominy Grill

Bowens Island Restaurant

McCrady's

Martha Lou's Kitchen

Oak Steakhouse

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Slightly North of Broad

Charleston Grill

The Glass Onion

Red Drum

Trattoria Lucca

Cypress

High Cotton

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EVO Pizzeria