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2019 South's Best Awards

Why Charleston Is the Best Food City in the South

“I’ll admit I’m burdened with a pretty substantial bias—I grew up in the area and my family still lives there—but even out-of-towners and one-time visitors won’t disagree with me that Charleston is one heck of a food city.”

“Everyone talks about the explosion of our culinary scene, and it’s true. Our city has an increasing embarrassment of riches when it comes to places to eat and hot chefs setting up shop. But what gives substance to Charleston’s claim on “Best Food City” are its old-guard restaurants—the places that made the city’s food scene cool before everybody really realized it was cool.”

“Fans of FIG’s John’s Island Tomato Tarte Tatin would probably erect a statue in its honor if given the chance, and were the Peninsula Grill ever to remove the 12-layer Ultimate Coconut Cake from its menu, there would be rioting in the streets. They’re dependable, time-honored food traditions, as much a part of the Charleston landscape as palmetto trees, Rainbow Row, and that one cobblestone street that shudders your tires out of alignment every time you drive down it.”

“…restaurants like…Peninsula Grill put us on the map…”

— writer Betsy Cribb, Southern Living