Charleston's Most Unique Low Country Dishes

Charleston, S.C. is home to an ever-evolving food scene bursting with award-winning chefs boasting prestigious talent and creativity.

A number of Charleston restaurants are upping their culinary game by offering unique twists on Low country classics. Check out this collection of Charleston's top dishes utilizing local ingredients and ingenious creativity

5Church Charleston- Broiled Oysters

Chef Jamie Lynch of newly-opened 5Church serves a signature appetizer that embodies the flavors and textures of the Low country in two perfect bites- Broiled Oysters with locally-grown Anson Mills grits, quail egg yolk, fresh truffle and locally-sourced Bulls Bay Red Mash salt. "It's everything Charleston should be in one, ridiculously tasty bite." says Ann Kaufman, blogger for Grits & Chopsticks. 5Church Charleston opened Fall 2015 in a historic old church in downtown's bustling Market Street district, offering New American cuisine, creative craft cocktails and visually-stunning décor.


Caviar & Bananas- Holy City Sushi Roll

Charleston's favorite gourmet market & café, Caviar & Bananas, offers a number of freshly-prepared soups, salads, sandwiches and sushi rolls such as its famed Holy City Sushi Roll. Pairing Charleston-centric ingredients with Asian technique, Caviar & Bananas sushi chef combines pimento cheese, poached shrimp, candied pecans, pickled green tomatoes, red bell pepper, white rice and spicy mayo to craft a Sushi Roll unique to any other of its kind in the Low country. Caviar & Bananas is also home to a charcuterie and cheese counter, espresso bar, boutique wine and beer selection and gourmet-to-go catering.


Halls Chophouse- Crab Cake Eggs Benedict

Located in the heart of Charleston's entertainment district on Upper King Street, Halls Chophouse features some of the finest steaks the city has to offer, complimented by the gold standard in customer service. Locals flock during the weekend for the restaurant's Sunday Gospel Brunch, featuring soulful Gospel singers and a selection of signature southern specialties like Chef Matthew Niessner's twist on Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, served with roasted pepper-Creole hollandaise, pepper jack grits or hash brown potatoes.


Eli's Table- Duck & Waffles

At the quaint neighborhood restaurant Eli's Table, Chef Jack Melson serves Southern specialties with his own signature twist like his play on Charleston favorite Chicken & Waffles- Duck & Waffles (seared duck breast, sweet potato waffles, fried brussels sprouts, malted bacon glaze).


TOAST-Sweet Tea Glazed Chicken

This casual breakfast & brunch spot Toast is home to Low country classics utilizing staple southern flavors and ingredients. A guest favorite for dinner is the Sweet Tea Glazed Chicken (Boneless fried chicken breast brushed with sweet tea glaze)- crispy, crunchy, juicy and sweet.