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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.

1. Peninsula Grill

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112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

2. Fat Hen

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3140 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

3. Hominy Grill

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207 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Bowens Island Restaurant

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1870 Bowens Island Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

5. McCrady's

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2 Unity Alley
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Martha Lou's Kitchen

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1068 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Oak Steakhouse

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17 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401
232 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Slightly North of Broad

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192 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Charleston Grill

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224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. The Glass Onion

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1219 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

12. Red Drum

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803 Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

13. Trattoria Lucca

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41 Bogard St
Charleston, SC 29403

14. Cypress

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167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

15. High Cotton

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99 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

16. EVO Pizzeria

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1075 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 225-1796
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17. Home Team BBQ

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2209 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
(843) 883-3131
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18. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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1. Peninsula Grill

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

2. Fat Hen

3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
3140 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

3. Hominy Grill

207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
207 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Bowens Island Restaurant

1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
1870 Bowens Island Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

5. McCrady's

2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401
2 Unity Alley
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Martha Lou's Kitchen

1068 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
1068 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Oak Steakhouse

17 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401
17 Broad St
Charleston, SC 29401

8. FIG

232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
232 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Slightly North of Broad

192 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
192 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

10. Charleston Grill

224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

11. The Glass Onion

1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
1219 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

12. Red Drum

803 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
803 Coleman Blvd
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

13. Trattoria Lucca

41 Bogard St, Charleston, SC 29403
41 Bogard St
Charleston, SC 29403

14. Cypress

167 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
167 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

15. High Cotton

99 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
99 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

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16. EVO Pizzeria

1075 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
1075 E Montague Ave
North Charleston, SC 29405

17. Home Team BBQ

2209 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482
2209 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

18. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

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