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Updating the Charleston Heatmap, December 2012

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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. New to the map this time around: Xiao Bao Biscuit and longtime Charleston favorite FIG.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Two Boroughs Larder

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Hyperlocal and super delicious, Two Boroughs Larder is a food lover's dream, but it’s not for the weak at heart. There’s an ever-changing menu and you’re likely to find things like bone marrow and lamb neck. The permanent options, like the noodle bowl and egg sandwich, are always a comforting bet. If you’re looking for a mean burger, this is your spot.

The Macintosh

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Helmed by Jeremiah Bacon (hence their Bacon Happy Hour on weekdays), 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.

Ted's Butcherblock

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On Saturday afternoons, you can't miss the that burgers are grilled right in front of Ted’s doors. The process can be a little slow, but it’s worth the wait for these over-sized, gourmet sandwiches. Chef Brian only makes a limited quantity, so don’t dawdle.

Butcher & Bee

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It’s actually exciting to step into Butcher and Bee, glance at their chalkboard and see what they’re stuffing between bread that day. They have a way with all things Mediterranean, push the limits of the BLT and can turn a single leaf of kale into an entirely delicious Caesar salad.

Bon Banh Mi

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There's no shortage of banh mi in the Holy City these days, but sandwiches at Bon hit the mark. Saucy, but not greasy, and sprinkled with just enough crunchy veggies and shallots. And, yes, the rolls are practically famous in their own right.

Carter's Kitchen

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Recently on Esquire's list of best new restaurants, Chef Robert Carter's latest place provides good reason to head over to I'On. Warm and homey, Carter's upscale takes on Southern cuisine and his hearty pastas are quickly making it a favorite.

Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

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There was a lot of buzz about Stars before it opened, and the three-floor stunner has lived up to the hype. Chef Nathan Thurston is doling out inspired seafood and seasonal fare off his Grates of Hell (try the octopus skewer). And it doesn't get better than their roof for a cocktail.

Xiao Bao Biscuit

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This newcomer at the corner of Rutledge and Spring is bringing it hard, with tasty bites and cocktails and soulful entrees, like congee (their rice porridge). Plus, if you stick around long enough, you might just witness late-night Double Dutch out front.
FIG's been on the scene for almost a decade, and it's still tough to get a reservation on a Saturday night. The food made Chef Mike Lata famous for a reason, and the service is top-notch. Two final words: Negroni menu.

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Two Boroughs Larder

Hyperlocal and super delicious, Two Boroughs Larder is a food lover's dream, but it’s not for the weak at heart. There’s an ever-changing menu and you’re likely to find things like bone marrow and lamb neck. The permanent options, like the noodle bowl and egg sandwich, are always a comforting bet. If you’re looking for a mean burger, this is your spot.

The Macintosh

Helmed by Jeremiah Bacon (hence their Bacon Happy Hour on weekdays), 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.

Ted's Butcherblock

On Saturday afternoons, you can't miss the that burgers are grilled right in front of Ted’s doors. The process can be a little slow, but it’s worth the wait for these over-sized, gourmet sandwiches. Chef Brian only makes a limited quantity, so don’t dawdle.

Butcher & Bee

It’s actually exciting to step into Butcher and Bee, glance at their chalkboard and see what they’re stuffing between bread that day. They have a way with all things Mediterranean, push the limits of the BLT and can turn a single leaf of kale into an entirely delicious Caesar salad.

Bon Banh Mi

There's no shortage of banh mi in the Holy City these days, but sandwiches at Bon hit the mark. Saucy, but not greasy, and sprinkled with just enough crunchy veggies and shallots. And, yes, the rolls are practically famous in their own right.

Carter's Kitchen

Recently on Esquire's list of best new restaurants, Chef Robert Carter's latest place provides good reason to head over to I'On. Warm and homey, Carter's upscale takes on Southern cuisine and his hearty pastas are quickly making it a favorite.

Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

There was a lot of buzz about Stars before it opened, and the three-floor stunner has lived up to the hype. Chef Nathan Thurston is doling out inspired seafood and seasonal fare off his Grates of Hell (try the octopus skewer). And it doesn't get better than their roof for a cocktail.

Xiao Bao Biscuit

This newcomer at the corner of Rutledge and Spring is bringing it hard, with tasty bites and cocktails and soulful entrees, like congee (their rice porridge). Plus, if you stick around long enough, you might just witness late-night Double Dutch out front.

FIG

FIG's been on the scene for almost a decade, and it's still tough to get a reservation on a Saturday night. The food made Chef Mike Lata famous for a reason, and the service is top-notch. Two final words: Negroni menu.

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