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Updating the Charleston Heatmap, April 2014

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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 newcomers The Obstinate Daughter and Chez Nous to the list. Here's the Eater Heat Map, which will change continually to always highlight where the crowds are flocking to at the moment.


Added 4/3/14: The Obstinate Daughter, Chez Nous
Added 3/6/14: Edmund's Oast, The Park Café
Added 2/6/14: Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen, The Farmbar, Vincent Chicco's
Added 1/2/14: The Granary
Added 12/5/13: Bohemian Bull Tavern And Beer Garden and Scratch Taco Boutique
Added 11/7/13: Bay Street Biergarten
Added 10/3/13: Sweet Radish Bakery
Added 9/5/13: Indaco, The Southern General, Coda Del Pesce
Added 8/1/13: Básico
Added 7/11/13: Salt at Station 22, Warehouse
Added 6/6/13: Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Básico

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4399 McCarthy St
North Charleston, SC 29405
Where else can you watch bathing beauties while getting a fix of fresh chorizo tacos? Curious patrons are flocking to this taquería located beside the Mixson Bath & Racquet Club. Come for the tortas, but stay for the frozen cocojitos (think coconut mojito).

2. Bay Street Biergarten

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549 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 209-1498
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Bay Street Biergarten has everyone in Charleston clamoring to try out the tap tables and Bavarian-inspired/Southern-made food. The enormous space on East Bay houses a large selection of craft beers, tables for big parties and a jovial atmosphere.

3. Bohemian Bull Tavern And Beer Garden

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James Island gets their own beer garden with a wide selection of brews and innovative cocktails. The "pub grub" ranges from burgers to brats to fried mac' and cheese. The full-sized bocce court draws in crowds as well.

4. Chez Nous

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6 Payne Ct
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 579-3060
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. The restaurant has been open less than a month, but is already becoming the most Instagrammed eatery on the peninsula.

5. Edmund's Oast

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1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145
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Since they opened on February 14, brewpub Edmund's Oast is packed full of crowds nightly, but that shouldn't stop you from gawking at the magnificent interiors while trying to grab a seat at the bar. With the combination of chef Andy Henderson's thoughtful cuisine, bartender Jayce McConnell's unique cocktails, and brewer Cameron Read's suds, it's no wonder this place is popular. If you forget to make a reservation, Saturday/Sunday brunch starts at 10:00 a.m., and you're sure to steal a seat before the crowds wake.

6. Indaco

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526 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
The latest restaurant from the Indigo Road Group, Indaco is the hip spot to visit for pizza, pasta, and negronis. The pies feature perfectly crisp crusts and the toppings are inventive. Dishes are thoughtful derivations of classic Italian flavors. And they just opened their patio in time for spring.

7. Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen

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218 President St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 822-5337
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If restauranteur Karalee Nielsen Fallert has a hand in the project, then it's usually a fair bet it will soon be the talk of the town. Her newest place, Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen is no different. The crowds are traveling to President Street to sample chef Lily Lei's Chinese fare and liking it. First reports are to to try the kale salad and Shanghai noodles. The super stylized interiors, covered in vintage firecracker posters and red birdcages, are worth a trip for anyone interested in quirky design.

8. The Granary

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624 Long Point Rd Unit L
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
The Granary is the newest project from chef Brannon Florie of The Rarebit fame. Florie's restaurant, located in Mount Pleasant, has a farm-to-table menu with a focus on house-made charcuterie. Look for duck and waffles or the Fatboy on the brunch menu.

9. The Obstinate Daughter

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2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
(843) 416-5020
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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.

10. The Park Café

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730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 410-1070
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Residents of Wagener Terrace are flocking to The Park Café to discover what the latest restaurant to fill the old Granville's space is all about. The breakfast/lunch/dinner bistro serves a menu with a European slant and has something for everyone: coffee, wine, and even fancy cheeses without traveling below the Crosstown.

11. The Southern General

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3157 Maybank Hwy, Unit ED
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 640-3778
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With two winning reviews from local publications under their belt, craft sandwich shop The Southern General is pulling in crowds bored of the same old meat and cheese menus. Creative takes on classics like the pulled pork Super Butt with sweet potato cream cheese on grilled brioche are waking up the lunch crowds on Johns Island.

12. Warehouse

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45 1/2 Spring Street
Charleston, SC
Warehouse is pouring beer, wine, coffee, and some of the city's more affordable specialty cocktails alongside kicked-up bar food. The new spring menu has people talking.

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1. Básico

4399 McCarthy St, North Charleston, SC 29405
Where else can you watch bathing beauties while getting a fix of fresh chorizo tacos? Curious patrons are flocking to this taquería located beside the Mixson Bath & Racquet Club. Come for the tortas, but stay for the frozen cocojitos (think coconut mojito).
4399 McCarthy St
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. Bay Street Biergarten

549 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Bay Street Biergarten has everyone in Charleston clamoring to try out the tap tables and Bavarian-inspired/Southern-made food. The enormous space on East Bay houses a large selection of craft beers, tables for big parties and a jovial atmosphere.
549 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Bohemian Bull Tavern And Beer Garden

Charleston, SC
James Island gets their own beer garden with a wide selection of brews and innovative cocktails. The "pub grub" ranges from burgers to brats to fried mac' and cheese. The full-sized bocce court draws in crowds as well.

4. Chez Nous

6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403
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. The restaurant has been open less than a month, but is already becoming the most Instagrammed eatery on the peninsula.
6 Payne Ct
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Edmund's Oast

1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
Since they opened on February 14, brewpub Edmund's Oast is packed full of crowds nightly, but that shouldn't stop you from gawking at the magnificent interiors while trying to grab a seat at the bar. With the combination of chef Andy Henderson's thoughtful cuisine, bartender Jayce McConnell's unique cocktails, and brewer Cameron Read's suds, it's no wonder this place is popular. If you forget to make a reservation, Saturday/Sunday brunch starts at 10:00 a.m., and you're sure to steal a seat before the crowds wake.
1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Indaco

526 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
The latest restaurant from the Indigo Road Group, Indaco is the hip spot to visit for pizza, pasta, and negronis. The pies feature perfectly crisp crusts and the toppings are inventive. Dishes are thoughtful derivations of classic Italian flavors. And they just opened their patio in time for spring.
526 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen

218 President St, Charleston, SC 29403
If restauranteur Karalee Nielsen Fallert has a hand in the project, then it's usually a fair bet it will soon be the talk of the town. Her newest place, Lee Lee's Hot Kitchen is no different. The crowds are traveling to President Street to sample chef Lily Lei's Chinese fare and liking it. First reports are to to try the kale salad and Shanghai noodles. The super stylized interiors, covered in vintage firecracker posters and red birdcages, are worth a trip for anyone interested in quirky design.
218 President St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. The Granary

624 Long Point Rd Unit L, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
The Granary is the newest project from chef Brannon Florie of The Rarebit fame. Florie's restaurant, located in Mount Pleasant, has a farm-to-table menu with a focus on house-made charcuterie. Look for duck and waffles or the Fatboy on the brunch menu.
624 Long Point Rd Unit L
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

9. The Obstinate Daughter

2063 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482
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.
2063 Middle St
Sullivans Island, SC 29482

10. The Park Café

730 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
Residents of Wagener Terrace are flocking to The Park Café to discover what the latest restaurant to fill the old Granville's space is all about. The breakfast/lunch/dinner bistro serves a menu with a European slant and has something for everyone: coffee, wine, and even fancy cheeses without traveling below the Crosstown.
730 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

11. The Southern General

3157 Maybank Hwy, Unit ED, Johns Island, SC 29455
With two winning reviews from local publications under their belt, craft sandwich shop The Southern General is pulling in crowds bored of the same old meat and cheese menus. Creative takes on classics like the pulled pork Super Butt with sweet potato cream cheese on grilled brioche are waking up the lunch crowds on Johns Island.
3157 Maybank Hwy, Unit ED
Johns Island, SC 29455

12. Warehouse

45 1/2 Spring Street, Charleston, SC
Warehouse is pouring beer, wine, coffee, and some of the city's more affordable specialty cocktails alongside kicked-up bar food. The new spring menu has people talking.
45 1/2 Spring Street
Charleston, SC

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