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The Charleston Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 18 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Here's the Eater Heat Map, which will change continually to always highlight where the crowds are flocking to at the moment.


Added 3/7/13: Crust, The Green Door
Added 2/2013: Hom, Rutledge Cab Co.
Added 01/2013: The Rarebit, The Ordinary

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Two Boroughs Larder

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186 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 637-3722
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Hyperlocal and super delicious, Two Boroughs Larder has an ever-changing menu with things like bone marrow and lamb belly. The permanent options, like the bowl-o-noodle bowl and egg sandwich, are always a comforting bet.

2. The Macintosh

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479 King St
Charleston, SC
(843) 789-4299
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The Macintosh is all about simple, delicious food in a comfortable but cool setting. The stone crab gnudi is one of those dishes that you will dream about. And it doesn't get better than the Bacon Happy Hour.

3. Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

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495 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-0100
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City Paper's Eric Doksa recently called Chef Nathan Thurstan's oysters "addictive." Stars has quickly become a mega hotspot, and the wait on weekends (even for drinks) can be long. On Tuesdays there's a happy hour from 4-7 p.m. with half off wine and $3 appetizers, making it an enticing weekday stop as well.

4. Xiao Bao Biscuit

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224 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
XBB is brilliant in that it can be a quick stop for lunch, a place to meet for shrimp toast and tasty cocktails or a full, family-style meal. Try the Okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes that quickly becoming their signature dish.

5. The Ordinary

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544 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
The space is breathtaking and so are the seafood towers (just go for the triple). Mike Lata's new palace is drawing the crowds, and anyone who's tasted the oysters, uni or Maine lobster ceviche knows why. The latest cocktail, the Jacques Rose, with rum and Jack Rudy's new grenadine, is a delight.

6. The Rarebit

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474 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(434) 466-9366
Brent Sweatman is working wizardry behind The Rarebit's bar. The cocktails are bright (try the Moscow Mule, which is served in an oft-stolen copper mug) with housemade sodas.

7. Rutledge Cab Company

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1300 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
Chef Robert Carter's watering hole filled a gaping void in the uptown dining scene. There have been some reports of early kinks, but everyone seems confident that Carter will work it out and continue to wow with his breakfast all day and casual fare north of the Crosstown.

8. The Green Door

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251 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 735-9664
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Charleston now has a Tantric Taco Tuesday, and it's right at The Green Door. From the team behind the famous Roti Rolls truck, the brick-and-mortar location is a must if you want to try some of the city's more adventurous dishes (like braised pork head with clams, candied bacon and more in a coconut curry broth).

9. Crust Wood Fired Pizza

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1956 B Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
The Lowcountry is going through a pizza boom, and Crust is an exciting addition to the scene. They're doing gnocchi and appetizers like arancini, but at the moment, the buzz is about the pies, which span from apple to margherita.

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1. Two Boroughs Larder

186 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403
Hyperlocal and super delicious, Two Boroughs Larder has an ever-changing menu with things like bone marrow and lamb belly. The permanent options, like the bowl-o-noodle bowl and egg sandwich, are always a comforting bet.
186 Coming St
Charleston, SC 29403

2. The Macintosh

479 King St, Charleston, SC
The Macintosh is all about simple, delicious food in a comfortable but cool setting. The stone crab gnudi is one of those dishes that you will dream about. And it doesn't get better than the Bacon Happy Hour.
479 King St
Charleston, SC

3. Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

495 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
City Paper's Eric Doksa recently called Chef Nathan Thurstan's oysters "addictive." Stars has quickly become a mega hotspot, and the wait on weekends (even for drinks) can be long. On Tuesdays there's a happy hour from 4-7 p.m. with half off wine and $3 appetizers, making it an enticing weekday stop as well.
495 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Xiao Bao Biscuit

224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
XBB is brilliant in that it can be a quick stop for lunch, a place to meet for shrimp toast and tasty cocktails or a full, family-style meal. Try the Okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes that quickly becoming their signature dish.
224 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

5. The Ordinary

544 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
The space is breathtaking and so are the seafood towers (just go for the triple). Mike Lata's new palace is drawing the crowds, and anyone who's tasted the oysters, uni or Maine lobster ceviche knows why. The latest cocktail, the Jacques Rose, with rum and Jack Rudy's new grenadine, is a delight.
544 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

6. The Rarebit

474 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Brent Sweatman is working wizardry behind The Rarebit's bar. The cocktails are bright (try the Moscow Mule, which is served in an oft-stolen copper mug) with housemade sodas.
474 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Rutledge Cab Company

1300 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403
Chef Robert Carter's watering hole filled a gaping void in the uptown dining scene. There have been some reports of early kinks, but everyone seems confident that Carter will work it out and continue to wow with his breakfast all day and casual fare north of the Crosstown.
1300 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403

8. The Green Door

251 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston now has a Tantric Taco Tuesday, and it's right at The Green Door. From the team behind the famous Roti Rolls truck, the brick-and-mortar location is a must if you want to try some of the city's more adventurous dishes (like braised pork head with clams, candied bacon and more in a coconut curry broth).
251 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

9. Crust Wood Fired Pizza

1956 B Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412
The Lowcountry is going through a pizza boom, and Crust is an exciting addition to the scene. They're doing gnocchi and appetizers like arancini, but at the moment, the buzz is about the pies, which span from apple to margherita.
1956 B Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

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