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. New to the list this time is Xiao Bao Biscuit, and Butcher & Bee makes a return. Note: the list is presented in no particular order.
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.
Added 7/9/13: The Macintosh
Added 4/9/13: Two Boroughs Larder, The Grocery
Added 1/8/13: WildFlour Pastry, Butcher & Bee