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Updating the Charleston Heatmap, July 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.


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
Added 3/7/13: Crust, The Green Door
Added 2/2013: Hom, Rutledge Cab Co.
Added 01/2013: The Rarebit, The Ordinary

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Xiao Bao Biscuit

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XBB is brilliant in that it can be a quick stop for lunch, a place to meet for cocktails or a full-on family-style meal. Try the Okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes that became their signature dish almost overnight. Email in advance for the family-style dinners.

Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

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Stars has quickly become an Upper King Street hotspot, and the wait on weekends (even for drinks) can be long. On Tuesdays there's a happy hour from 4-7 p.m. with half off wine and $3 appetizers, making it an enticing weekday stop as well.

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.

Rutledge Cab Company

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Wagener Terrace rejoiced when Robert Carter's Rutledge Cab Co. came along. Now, it's a popular lunch, dinner and late-night stop north of the Crosstown. The fare is casual, and the patio is huge. Also: nutella milkshakes.

The Green Door

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From the team behind the famous Roti Rolls truck, the brick-and-mortar location is a must if you want to try some of the city's more adventurous dishes, pig uterus or the tongue and cheek. The burger, rotis and buddha babies are safe, delightful bets for the more faint of heart.

Crust Wood Fired Pizza

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Crust on James Island is doing gnocchi and appetizers like arancini, but the genius is in their pies, which span from apple to margherita. The wood-fired oven enures the crust is burnt just right on the edges.

Republic Reign

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A stop for drinks, this new lounge is regularly packed with well-dressed types looking to party or hang out on the new patio. They're doing bottle service and pouring some clever drinks, like low-alcohol spritzes and cocktails on tap.

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.

Salt @ Station 22

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Station 22 on Sullivan's Island shuttered last year and reopened in the spring as Salt at Station 22. City Paper critic Robert Moss called the change a "timely one" and praised the ceviche and blue crab beignets. Lately, whenever someone says "You know where I had a good meal?", the story often ends with dinner at Salt. [Photo: Facebook]

Warehouse

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The very, very new kid in town, Warehouse is pouring beer, wine, coffee and some of the city's more affordable specialty cocktails alongside the food of chef Eva Keilty. Her fancy take on bar food (like confit wings and homemade pork rinds) has people talking.

Xiao Bao Biscuit

XBB is brilliant in that it can be a quick stop for lunch, a place to meet for cocktails or a full-on family-style meal. Try the Okonomiyaki, the cabbage pancakes that became their signature dish almost overnight. Email in advance for the family-style dinners.

Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

Stars has quickly become an Upper King Street hotspot, and the wait on weekends (even for drinks) can be long. On Tuesdays there's a happy hour from 4-7 p.m. with half off wine and $3 appetizers, making it an enticing weekday stop as well.

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.

Rutledge Cab Company

Wagener Terrace rejoiced when Robert Carter's Rutledge Cab Co. came along. Now, it's a popular lunch, dinner and late-night stop north of the Crosstown. The fare is casual, and the patio is huge. Also: nutella milkshakes.

The Green Door

From the team behind the famous Roti Rolls truck, the brick-and-mortar location is a must if you want to try some of the city's more adventurous dishes, pig uterus or the tongue and cheek. The burger, rotis and buddha babies are safe, delightful bets for the more faint of heart.

Crust Wood Fired Pizza

Crust on James Island is doing gnocchi and appetizers like arancini, but the genius is in their pies, which span from apple to margherita. The wood-fired oven enures the crust is burnt just right on the edges.

Republic Reign

A stop for drinks, this new lounge is regularly packed with well-dressed types looking to party or hang out on the new patio. They're doing bottle service and pouring some clever drinks, like low-alcohol spritzes and cocktails on tap.

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.

Salt @ Station 22

Station 22 on Sullivan's Island shuttered last year and reopened in the spring as Salt at Station 22. City Paper critic Robert Moss called the change a "timely one" and praised the ceviche and blue crab beignets. Lately, whenever someone says "You know where I had a good meal?", the story often ends with dinner at Salt. [Photo: Facebook]

Warehouse

The very, very new kid in town, Warehouse is pouring beer, wine, coffee and some of the city's more affordable specialty cocktails alongside the food of chef Eva Keilty. Her fancy take on bar food (like confit wings and homemade pork rinds) has people talking.

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