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Updating the Charleston Heatmap, January 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 newcomer The Granary 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 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
Added 5/2/13: Windjammer
Added 4/4/13: Republic Reign, Sloppy Cow

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Básico

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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).

Bay Street Biergarten

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Bay Street Biergarten has been open less than a month, but Charleston is absolutely 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.

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.

Coda Del Pesce

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As the beach crowds disappear, Charlestonians are taking advantage of the newly opened parking spaces and flocking to Coda Del Pesce. Chef Ken Vedrinski is serving up seafood as fresh as the ocean breeze wafting through the restaurant. The crudos and gnudis are already a hit with reviewers and diners alike.

Craftsmen kitchen & Taproom

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A new addition to the tourist district: Craftsmen is all about the beer (they opened with 48 taps and have more options in bottles). The food options are focus on filling fare, like Crunchy Dame, with pork belly, cherry jam and an egg.
The latest restaurant from the Indigo Road Group, Indaco is the hip new 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.

Scratch Taco Boutique

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Scratch Taco Boutique's first published review was a little bumpy, but people are still lining up to see what sort of fare this eatery is serving up on Coleman Boulevard. The menu emphasizes fresh, house-made ingredients and innovative taco fillings, like fried chicken with bacon pâté.

The Granary

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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.

The Ordinary

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Mike Lata's James Beard-nominated seafood palace is drawing serious crowds, and anyone who's tasted the uni or Maine lobster ceviche knows why. The triple seafood tower is something of a marvel.

The Rarebit

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The Rarebit is a throwback bar, both in its decor and drink prices. The cocktails are bright with housemade sodas, and breakfast is served all day. Go for the drinks.

The Southern General

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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.

Warehouse

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Warehouse is pouring beer, wine, coffee and some of the city's more affordable specialty cocktails alongside kicked-up bar food. The confit wings and homemade pork rinds have people talking.

Básico

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).

Bay Street Biergarten

Bay Street Biergarten has been open less than a month, but Charleston is absolutely 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.

Bohemian Bull Tavern And Beer Garden

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.

Coda Del Pesce

As the beach crowds disappear, Charlestonians are taking advantage of the newly opened parking spaces and flocking to Coda Del Pesce. Chef Ken Vedrinski is serving up seafood as fresh as the ocean breeze wafting through the restaurant. The crudos and gnudis are already a hit with reviewers and diners alike.

Craftsmen kitchen & Taproom

A new addition to the tourist district: Craftsmen is all about the beer (they opened with 48 taps and have more options in bottles). The food options are focus on filling fare, like Crunchy Dame, with pork belly, cherry jam and an egg.

Indaco

The latest restaurant from the Indigo Road Group, Indaco is the hip new 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.

Scratch Taco Boutique

Scratch Taco Boutique's first published review was a little bumpy, but people are still lining up to see what sort of fare this eatery is serving up on Coleman Boulevard. The menu emphasizes fresh, house-made ingredients and innovative taco fillings, like fried chicken with bacon pâté.

The Granary

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.

The Ordinary

Mike Lata's James Beard-nominated seafood palace is drawing serious crowds, and anyone who's tasted the uni or Maine lobster ceviche knows why. The triple seafood tower is something of a marvel.

The Rarebit

The Rarebit is a throwback bar, both in its decor and drink prices. The cocktails are bright with housemade sodas, and breakfast is served all day. Go for the drinks.

The Southern General

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.

Warehouse

Warehouse is pouring beer, wine, coffee and some of the city's more affordable specialty cocktails alongside kicked-up bar food. The confit wings and homemade pork rinds have people talking.

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