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Updating the Charleston Heatmap, February 2013

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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 is HoM and Rutledge Cab Co.


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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 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 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. They just started a happy hour on Tuesdays 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
This relative 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) and Okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes that are 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. Mike Lata's new palace is drawing the crowds, and anyone who's tasted the oysters or Maine lobster ceviche knows why.

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
(843) 720-1440
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. HŌM

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563 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 573-7505
HoM is by no means new, but the glory of burgers, drinks and ping-pong seems to be sinking in with Charlestonians a little more. The Hurricane, with its duck confit, is too tasty to pass by.

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1. Two Boroughs Larder

186 Coming St, Charleston, SC 29403
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 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. They just started a happy hour on Tuesdays 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
This relative 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) and Okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes that are 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. Mike Lata's new palace is drawing the crowds, and anyone who's tasted the oysters or Maine lobster ceviche knows why.
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. HŌM

563 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
HoM is by no means new, but the glory of burgers, drinks and ping-pong seems to be sinking in with Charlestonians a little more. The Hurricane, with its duck confit, is too tasty to pass by.
563 King St.
Charleston, SC 29403

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