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The Hottest Restaurants in Charleston Right Now, January 2015

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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. The map welcomes Saint Alban, Tavern & Table, and Cannon Green to the list. Here's the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the crowds are flocking to at the moment. Presented in alphabetical order.



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167 Raw

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Co-owners Jesse Sandole and Kyle Norton wanted to bring a high-end seafood counter to Charleston. Chef Sean Rieflin is in the shop's tiny kitchen utilizing the fresh products to create crowd favorites like lobster rolls and ahi tuna poke. The menu and the space may be small, but the team at 167 Raw puts out a might meal from the ocean's bounty.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

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Long time admirers of Callie's Charleston Biscuits rejoiced when they heard that owner Carrie Morey was to open a small shop on King Street. Now, Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is the place to be for breakfast staples, tomato pies, and fried chicken on Fridays.

Chez Nous

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From the co-owners of cozy wine bar Bin 152, Chez Nous is rustic and French, with European style seating, a small bar, and an even tinier upstairs. Chef Jill Mathias and Juan Cassalett are behind the stove, serving a selection of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts. Go with a partner and have one of each.

Artisan Meat Share

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The counter at Artisan Meat Share is fast becoming the most popular place to scarf down a sandwich in town. The latest establishment from chefs Craig Deihl and Bob Cook is a welcome lunch/early dinner spot on Spring Street and a convenient outlet for meaty pick-ups. Guests can take home cured selections and condiments, by the pound, or order salads and perhaps (soon) fried chicken. If you can't make it for lunch, go after work for a charcuterie plate and a local beer.

Leon's Oyster Shop

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Combine fancy champagne, cheap beer, fried chicken, and a casual raw bar all housed in an old auto body shop, and you'll find Leon's Oyster Shop. The menu has plenty of salads for the lunch crowds and soft serve for the kids. Restaurateurs Tim Mink and Brooks Reitz put a lot of thought into every detail of this latest eatery, so go marvel at the wondrous interiors.

Swig & Swine

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The most recent barbecue place to hit Charleston, Swig & Swine packed in the crowds as soon as they opened their doors. Meats are pulled from the smoker at different intervals of the day to ensure the freshest cuts around. The menu has standards, like pork belly, brisket, pork, turkey, ribs, and house-made sausages, and the chalkboard listing allows chef Anthony DiBernado to change up his offerings daily.

The Daily

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Go for the Stumptown coffee and stay for the hospitality and snacks. The Daily serves magnificent breakfast items, as well as a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, perfectly-curated wines, and various salads and hummus from sister shop Butcher & Bee.

The Obstinate Daughter

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The latest endeavor from the Wild Olive crew, The Obstinate Daughter, offers updated Italian at the beach. Executive chef Jacques Larson and chef de cuisine Will Fincher (formally of pizza place Monza) head the kitchen. Expect Italian-influenced small plates, traditional pastas, and wood-fired pizzas.
It was pretty much a sure thing that anyone familiar with renowned chef Sean Brock would want to try out East Bay eatery Minero as soon as it opened. The tortillas are perfection, the drinks are innovative, and the menu is a unique take on Lowcountry meets Mexican street food.

R. Kitchen

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"It's a kitchen, not a restaurant," is the slogan for petite eatery R. Kitchen. While the establishment isn't new, folks are constantly bragging about their amazing meals from chef Ross Webb. They have a near-perfect rating on Yelp, so they must be doing something right. The menu changes frequently to reflect the freshest ingredients available.

The Americano

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Mount Pleasant newcomer The Americano just opened their doors, and curious patrons are lining up to sample the Latin American-inspired fare. Early reviews place the Cubano sandwich as a winning menu choice. Go for creative cocktails, Miami-inspired interiors, and hip people watching.

The Drawing Room at The Vendue

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The Drawing Room attracts patrons with a hip setting and executive chef Jon Cropf's gastronomical wizardry. With recent shining reviews and press from local bloggers, Charleston is paying attention to what's happening at this recently renovated restaurant.

Saint Alban

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Cozy all-day cafe Saint Alban opened this week, and folks are already smitten. Go for boiled eggs and coffee in the morning and cheese snacks and sherry in the evening.

Tavern & Table

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Shem Creek newcomer Tavern & Table is a blessing for Mount Pleasant residents looking for refined food offerings without having to travel downtown. Chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith works with classic Lowcountry flavors as well as worldly influences.

Cannon Green

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The warehouse at 103 Spring St. was once home to a industrial-looking art gallery, but recently underwent a miraculous transformation into an awe-inspiring event space and restaurant. Patrons visit to check out the interiors and try chef Amalia Scatena's Mediterranean-inspired plates.

167 Raw

Co-owners Jesse Sandole and Kyle Norton wanted to bring a high-end seafood counter to Charleston. Chef Sean Rieflin is in the shop's tiny kitchen utilizing the fresh products to create crowd favorites like lobster rolls and ahi tuna poke. The menu and the space may be small, but the team at 167 Raw puts out a might meal from the ocean's bounty.

Callie's Hot Little Biscuit

Long time admirers of Callie's Charleston Biscuits rejoiced when they heard that owner Carrie Morey was to open a small shop on King Street. Now, Callie's Hot Little Biscuit is the place to be for breakfast staples, tomato pies, and fried chicken on Fridays.

Chez Nous

From the co-owners of cozy wine bar Bin 152, Chez Nous is rustic and French, with European style seating, a small bar, and an even tinier upstairs. Chef Jill Mathias and Juan Cassalett are behind the stove, serving a selection of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts. Go with a partner and have one of each.

Artisan Meat Share

The counter at Artisan Meat Share is fast becoming the most popular place to scarf down a sandwich in town. The latest establishment from chefs Craig Deihl and Bob Cook is a welcome lunch/early dinner spot on Spring Street and a convenient outlet for meaty pick-ups. Guests can take home cured selections and condiments, by the pound, or order salads and perhaps (soon) fried chicken. If you can't make it for lunch, go after work for a charcuterie plate and a local beer.

Leon's Oyster Shop

Combine fancy champagne, cheap beer, fried chicken, and a casual raw bar all housed in an old auto body shop, and you'll find Leon's Oyster Shop. The menu has plenty of salads for the lunch crowds and soft serve for the kids. Restaurateurs Tim Mink and Brooks Reitz put a lot of thought into every detail of this latest eatery, so go marvel at the wondrous interiors.

Swig & Swine

The most recent barbecue place to hit Charleston, Swig & Swine packed in the crowds as soon as they opened their doors. Meats are pulled from the smoker at different intervals of the day to ensure the freshest cuts around. The menu has standards, like pork belly, brisket, pork, turkey, ribs, and house-made sausages, and the chalkboard listing allows chef Anthony DiBernado to change up his offerings daily.

The Daily

Go for the Stumptown coffee and stay for the hospitality and snacks. The Daily serves magnificent breakfast items, as well as a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, perfectly-curated wines, and various salads and hummus from sister shop Butcher & Bee.

The Obstinate Daughter

The latest endeavor from the Wild Olive crew, The Obstinate Daughter, offers updated Italian at the beach. Executive chef Jacques Larson and chef de cuisine Will Fincher (formally of pizza place Monza) head the kitchen. Expect Italian-influenced small plates, traditional pastas, and wood-fired pizzas.

Minero

It was pretty much a sure thing that anyone familiar with renowned chef Sean Brock would want to try out East Bay eatery Minero as soon as it opened. The tortillas are perfection, the drinks are innovative, and the menu is a unique take on Lowcountry meets Mexican street food.

R. Kitchen

"It's a kitchen, not a restaurant," is the slogan for petite eatery R. Kitchen. While the establishment isn't new, folks are constantly bragging about their amazing meals from chef Ross Webb. They have a near-perfect rating on Yelp, so they must be doing something right. The menu changes frequently to reflect the freshest ingredients available.

The Americano

Mount Pleasant newcomer The Americano just opened their doors, and curious patrons are lining up to sample the Latin American-inspired fare. Early reviews place the Cubano sandwich as a winning menu choice. Go for creative cocktails, Miami-inspired interiors, and hip people watching.

The Drawing Room at The Vendue

The Drawing Room attracts patrons with a hip setting and executive chef Jon Cropf's gastronomical wizardry. With recent shining reviews and press from local bloggers, Charleston is paying attention to what's happening at this recently renovated restaurant.

Saint Alban

Cozy all-day cafe Saint Alban opened this week, and folks are already smitten. Go for boiled eggs and coffee in the morning and cheese snacks and sherry in the evening.

Tavern & Table

Shem Creek newcomer Tavern & Table is a blessing for Mount Pleasant residents looking for refined food offerings without having to travel downtown. Chef Katie Lorenzen-Smith works with classic Lowcountry flavors as well as worldly influences.