Charleston's seaside location makes it the perfect spot to find some top-notch seafood. The city's famous for its traditional Lowcountry cuisine, mixing Southern Comfort food with its signature seafood.
Poogan's Porch is perhaps the best example of how to fine dine – Lowcountry style. Open since 1976, Poogan's has been a favorite of both locals and visitors, including an array of celebrities, and has earned recognition from the Travel Channel, Martha Stewart Living and Wine Spectator. Some of their signature dishes include lump she-crab soup and peanut-encrusted catfish. Poogan's is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, 365 days a year.
Hank's Seafood Restaurant is an upscale restaurant that overlooks the famous Charleston Market, and is modeled after the old fish houses of the 1940's. The menu includes both fried seafood platters and Lowcountry specialties like Shrimp and Grits and Lowcountry Bouillabaise. The restaurant is housed in a turn-of-the-century warehouse that's now listed as a national historic landmark, adding a rustic feel to its classic menu.
Looking for something a little simpler? Try A.W. Shuck's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar. Also located in a remodeled warehouse that was formerly used as a speakeasy, Shuck's opened its doors in 1978 and has been pleasing crowds ever since. Shuck's serves traditional Charleston style seafood, complete with a raw bar and famous she crab soup.
For an eclectic experience that pairs local food with exceptional presentation, spend some time at FIG (Food is Good). FIG features a seasonal menu prepared with products from local farmers, growers and purveyors. Head chef Mike Lata is a James Beard award winner for Best Chef in the Southeast, and is credited with helping trigger the growth of Charleston's farm-to-table movement. The menu is kept simple and seasonal, and the affordable wine list is hand-picked to compliment the menu choices.