- I think it’s the best steak in town. I took my parents there a couple years ago and my dad told the owners (the friendly Hall’s brothers “that’s the beat steak 🥩 I’ve had in 6 years.” Which begged the question. What happened 6 years ago? The bar is good, even on Monday and Tuesdays…mainly an older, monied crowd. It’s definitely amusing to see divorcees navigate the bar looking for redemption.
- Most agree the best food in town. Tough to get a reservation. Gnocchi Bolognese is second to none.
- Started by a fellow Georgia grad. A Charleston institution. The Sullivan’s island location is a particular favorite of mine. BBQ is good. The staff and the scene is what people love. The Downtown place is fairly new and is a great place to congregate and watch a game or listen to live music.
- Looking for southern fried fare. Breakfast and brunch type food. This is your place. Very popular. Long lines. But you have to say you went here for the biscuits and gravy, etc.
- Great oyster and friend chicken joint. Sounds rustic but it’s actually sort of upscale. No reservations, gets busy quick. Great spot.
- On Sullivan’s island, cold beer, Tacos and good vibes.
- Another biased Rec. This is the other place we helped open with Taylor! An old jazz club that we didn’t do much to. It was perfect the way it was. Definitely gives off a Chicago blues club mixed with a New Orleans jazz dive vibe. Great local live funk music and people dancing. So much fun. If you want a dance joint that isn’t cheesy or filled with millennials, this is your place.
- Same owner and chef at fig. Mike Lata. Outstanding seafood and shellfish. Oyster slider and Seafood tower off the charts. Located in an old band on king street. Cool dining experience.
The Palace Hotel
- My favorite (I’m very biased) me and some friends of mine chipped in to help our friend Taylor Grant get this place off the ground. Off the beaten path in a up and coming neighborhood. The food is low-key really good (hot dogs, tacos, burgers, boiled peanuts. The beers are cold and served by some good friends. Definitely a Local hang out. Ripe with good conversation and fun music on the speakers! Open lunch and dinner.
- New club that a lot of my friends are going to these days. It’s set up with a circular design, with the one main bar in the middle and then the dance floor is bordered with bottle service tables. Check it out.
- if you want a traditional club with bottle service, contemporary music, and those millennials I was talking about. This is the spot. Added bonus is that there’s an outdoor area with a bar to chat with friends or have a smoke. So you have options, which is always a good thing. Bartenders are super cool.
- Another Club downtown that’s only open on the weekends. Upstairs and down, with a patio out back. So Different scenes depending on your mood. Always a good time.
More bars and restaurants
- On East bay in a nice space with a great outdoor bar. Also has games on all over the place and cornhole outside. Fun to go in the afternoon on a nice day.
Butcher and Bee
- great lunch and dinner spot. Just very good food and people. No frills.
- A favorite of mine, serves upscale breakfast food and the best Moscow mules in town. Definitely an older (non college kid) crowd. Cozy place that I’ve had many good times in.
- I’m a partner in this fine establishment as well. This is the place to watch any big sports game. The Alley is also the only bowling alley downtown (has 8 lanes) lots of games and good food and drinks. There’s room to move which I enjoy. You’ll never be bored here.
- Love this bar, when palace hotel had a fire and was out of commission for a year, I went here all the time. Still do. Off the beaten path, but good people and food. And the scene can be really fun.
Xiao Bao Biscuit
- Definitely my favorite Asian place in town, maybe restaurant overall. Eclectic menu that always delivers. Like nothing else you’ve tried. My Mom even likes it here and she isn’t a big lover of Asian food. Got to try the pancake loaded. Then move from there. Great for sharing.
- On upper king, has a rooftop bar that is very popular when the weather is nice.
- New spot on King that has tons of TVs on bottom floor and a little rooftop deck. The upstairs deck typically has some sort of live music, whether it be a band or dj.
- Great Italian on king street right in the heart of things, always busy but always good.
The Macintosh/Cocktail Club
- Right on upper king street. Downstairs is the Macintosh, which has great food and a good scene. Their skirt steak stands out. Definitely a carnivore menu. Upstairs is the popular Cocktail club, spent some good times up there. Hard to get in on the weekends.
- Love this sushi place in the heart of upper king. Good bar, great rolls, and spicy shrimp salad is on point. Have fallen in love with the waitresses, hostesses and bartenders too many times to count.
Closed for business
- Open for both meals, but I think the is a good lunch spot in particular, good beer selection as well…right on king.
- I go here a lot for their Pho and noodle dishes. Very good. On lower king street.
- I love the Royal…looks like it’s been there forever. Great live music most nights and marsh view out the back. A true local’s hang out. Can fit a decent amount of people, which helps.
Mercantile and mash/ mash bar
- located in an old cigar factory, I love this place for lunch and coffee. You can bring a lap top and relax, etc. At night the attached bar makes great drinks and is out of the way, so you have a little room and can hear yourself think, good juke box.