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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

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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.

4. Butcher & Bee

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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.

5. Xiao Bao Biscuit

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

10. Black Tap

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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

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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.

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