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12 Delicious Eats To Try This Summer In Charleston, South Carolina

Welcome to the culinary capital of the low-country.

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1. The Obstinate Daughter

Why go?: Hit up the beach and The Obstinate Daughter in one trip. Local tip: Finish up the meal with dessert at Beardcat's, the Obstinate Daughter's gelateria located on their lower level.Must try: Obstinate Flatbread. Olive oil and sea salt never tasted so good.
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Why go?: Hit up the beach and The Obstinate Daughter in one trip.

Local tip: Finish up the meal with dessert at Beardcat's, the Obstinate Daughter's gelateria located on their lower level.

Must try: Obstinate Flatbread. Olive oil and sea salt never tasted so good.

2. Edmund's Oast

Why go?: Their beer selection will blow your mind.Local tip: Let their bearded barmen help you pick your poison. Must try: Oddly enough, their shrimp toast.
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Why go?: Their beer selection will blow your mind.

Local tip: Let their bearded barmen help you pick your poison.

Must try: Oddly enough, their shrimp toast.

3. Hominy Grill

Why go?: Sausage gravy. Local tip: Order sausage gravy. Must try: Sausage gravy.
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Why go?: Sausage gravy.

Local tip: Order sausage gravy.

Must try: Sausage gravy.

4. Butcher & Bee

Why go?: Everything is served on bread baked in-house.Local tip: This charming, slightly hipster sandwich shop is only open at lunch. Oh, and it's also B.Y.O.B.Must try: The menu changes daily but their banh mi sandwiches are a Wednesday regular not to be missed.
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Why go?: Everything is served on bread baked in-house.

Local tip: This charming, slightly hipster sandwich shop is only open at lunch. Oh, and it's also B.Y.O.B.

Must try: The menu changes daily but their banh mi sandwiches are a Wednesday regular not to be missed.

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5. Xiao Bao Biscuit

Why go?: You won't be able to try their dishes anywhere else. Local tip: Goes by the nickname of XBB.Must try: Make the right decision and start with their okonomiaki, a Japanese cabbage pancake.
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Why go?: You won't be able to try their dishes anywhere else.

Local tip: Goes by the nickname of XBB.

Must try: Make the right decision and start with their okonomiaki, a Japanese cabbage pancake.

6. Faculty Lounge

Why go?: It's a speakeasy without the pretension. Local tip: Yes, you will find the door locked. No, it's not an abandoned building. (Ring the buzzer to get in!)Must try: Meat-infused whiskey that is really good.
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Why go?: It's a speakeasy without the pretension.

Local tip: Yes, you will find the door locked. No, it's not an abandoned building. (Ring the buzzer to get in!)

Must try: Meat-infused whiskey that is really good.

7. Bowens Island Restaurant

Why go?: The view. Go in the early evening and watch the sun set on top of the marsh.Local tip: Head downstairs to grab one of their all-you-can-eat oyster tables.Must try: Frogmore stew. The name is misleading as this stew is much more lowcountry than froggy.
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Why go?: The view. Go in the early evening and watch the sun set on top of the marsh.

Local tip: Head downstairs to grab one of their all-you-can-eat oyster tables.

Must try: Frogmore stew. The name is misleading as this stew is much more lowcountry than froggy.

8. F.I.G.

Why go?: Their chef is a 2015 James Beard Award winner. That means he's a big deal. Local tip: Make your reservation well ahead of time — this place is one of the hottest restaurants in town.Must try: Weird but good: a side of Carolina Gold rice. And any fish on the menu.
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Why go?: Their chef is a 2015 James Beard Award winner. That means he's a big deal.

Local tip: Make your reservation well ahead of time — this place is one of the hottest restaurants in town.

Must try: Weird but good: a side of Carolina Gold rice. And any fish on the menu.

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9. Sugar Bakeshop

Why go?: Who can resist a cupcake?Local tip: Don't park in the lot next door. It belongs to the YMCA and you will be fined. Must try: One of their ginger molasses cookies.
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Why go?: Who can resist a cupcake?

Local tip: Don't park in the lot next door. It belongs to the YMCA and you will be fined.

Must try: One of their ginger molasses cookies.

10. Black Tap

Why go?: Get your Brooklyn fix in the South. Local tip: Don't let the lines in this place deter you. Coffee is made quick and well. Must try: Lavender latte. Homemade syrup infused with lavender? Yes, please.
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Why go?: Get your Brooklyn fix in the South.

Local tip: Don't let the lines in this place deter you. Coffee is made quick and well.

Must try: Lavender latte. Homemade syrup infused with lavender? Yes, please.

11. Fulton Five

Why go?: You couldn't ask for a better date spot. Local tip: The pasta half-portions are a good deal and big enough to be your main course.Must try: Orecchiette d'Anatra. Homemade pasta + duck = perfection.
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Why go?: You couldn't ask for a better date spot.

Local tip: The pasta half-portions are a good deal and big enough to be your main course.

Must try: Orecchiette d'Anatra. Homemade pasta + duck = perfection.

12. Charleston Farmer's Market

Why go?: The food trucks are drool-worthy.Local tip: Early bird gets the worm. Must try: Bacon jam from the Meathouse Butcher Shop tent.
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Why go?: The food trucks are drool-worthy.

Local tip: Early bird gets the worm.

Must try: Bacon jam from the Meathouse Butcher Shop tent.

For more on what to do, see, and eat in Charleston, visit Food52.