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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Xiao Bao Biscuit

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224 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403
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.

2. Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

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495 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 577-0100
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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.

3. The Ordinary

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544 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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.

4. The Rarebit

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474 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(434) 466-9366
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.

5. Rutledge Cab Company

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1300 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 720-1440
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.

6. The Green Door

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251 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 735-9664
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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.

7. Crust Wood Fired Pizza

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1956 B Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412
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.

8. Republic Reign

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462 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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.

9. Craftsmen kitchen & Taproom

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12 Cumberland St
Charleston, Sc
(843) 577-9699
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.

10. Salt @ Station 22

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2205 Middle St.
Sullivans Island, SC 29482
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]

11. Warehouse

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45 1/2 Spring Street
Charleston, SC
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.

1. Xiao Bao Biscuit

224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
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.
224 Rutledge Ave
Charleston, SC 29403

2. Stars Rooftop and Grill Room

495 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
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.
495 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

3. The Ordinary

544 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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.
544 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

4. The Rarebit

474 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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.
474 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Rutledge Cab Company

1300 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC 29403
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.
1300 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403

6. The Green Door

251 East Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
251 East Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

7. Crust Wood Fired Pizza

1956 B Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412
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.
1956 B Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

8. Republic Reign

462 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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.
462 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Craftsmen kitchen & Taproom

12 Cumberland St, Charleston, Sc
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.
12 Cumberland St
Charleston, Sc

10. Salt @ Station 22

2205 Middle St., Sullivans Island, SC 29482
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]
2205 Middle St.
Sullivans Island, SC 29482

11. Warehouse

45 1/2 Spring Street, Charleston, SC
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.
45 1/2 Spring Street
Charleston, SC

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