We lived in the Charleston, SC area for 10 years. One thing is for sure, the food NEVER disappoints. Noting against chains, but I love local spots for several reasons. The menu changes, and my money is supporting families.
Leon's Poultry & Oyster Shop (Downtown)
I didn’t discover Leon’s until a few years ago, but the food and atmosphere are the best! Get the 2 piece white meat with black-eyed pea salad and hush puppies as a side. Thank me later.
We do fried chicken, oysters, kick ass salads, cheap beer, soft serve, rosé on tap, frozen G&T's, tons of grower champagne, and decent cocktails - all in an old garage. Takeout orders are available 7 days a week from 11am to 5pm. All takeout orders are based on our ability to accommodate.
Nigel's Good Food (North Charleston)
The BEST fried porkchop I’ve ever had. (Sorry mom). The fixins’ are stellar. Baked macaroni & cheese, okra soup, lima beans, rice and gravy, and their Kool-Aid….YES KOOL-AID!