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Charleston leads the South into the culinary future

Charleston leads the South into the culinary future

Southern Star

We are a food town, built on tourism and grits and addictive little sesame wafers, and Charleston holds its culinary heritage in high esteem. Locals defend their favorite spots with a fervor normally associated with professional sports teams or political parties.

Charleston gets all wrapped up in fish tacos

Charleston gets all wrapped up in fish tacos

Handy Delights

The quality of the ingredients and the level of innovation and execution vary from taco truck to beach bar, but mucho creativity can be expressed via this hand-held treasure. The fish taco has become prevalent on menus all over town, proving to be a muy popular alternative to the traditional ground meat version.

The sweet kernels of summer burst out all over town

The sweet kernels of summer burst out all over town

Corny Goodness

Corn is a special kind of vegetable. Just take a look at its composition: rough green husks peeled back to reveal tiny silks and delicate golden kernels. It's the only vegetable my little sister didn't refuse to eat — sweet, buttery, and not green. It's a reliable time-keeper — when the stalks have reached knee-high, you can bet it's summer.

Summer beers keep the palate refreshed when the days get steamy

Summer beers keep the palate refreshed when the days get steamy

Hot Dew, Cool Brew

Summertime in Charleston can be a sticky, shirt-soaked ordeal — even for the most suntanned locals. Fortunately, the warm weather ushers a great surge of seasonal beers into our favorite pubs and restaurants.

Local fry kings wrest America's favorite side from fast food mediocrity

Local fry kings wrest America's favorite side from fast food mediocrity

Freedom (Fries) For All

Hand-cut fries are showing up in more and more Charleston restaurants, whether piled around a burger at a roadside stand or carefully plated next to a seared steak at one of the white-tablecloth joints on East Bay Street.

In search of the Holy City's best burgers

In search of the Holy City's best burgers

Where's the Beef?

Hamburgers are as American as apple pie, as the Fourth of July, as a slab of smoked ribs, as buttered corn on the cob, as an ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon. And people in our part of the country take their burgers seriously —almost as seriously as their barbecue.

The Mellings grow beautiful things at the hydroponic Kurios Farms

The Mellings grow beautiful things at the hydroponic Kurios Farms

Sans Dirt

You might have noticed a most intriguing cherry tomato garnishing plates around town lately. It's almost purple — possessing a rather swarthy coloring — and its flavor is even more complex.

Firefly Vodka gets iced tea all liquored up

Firefly Vodka gets iced tea all liquored up

A Sweet Infusion

Sweet tea has always been the table wine of the South, but it's quickly becoming the spirit of the South with the release of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, an infusion that is proving irresistible to local palates.

FIG Chef Mike Lata spends his days in search of the freshest fare

FIG Chef Mike Lata spends his days in search of the freshest fare

The Locavore's Dilemma

When Weston opens the door to FIG at 8 a.m., the produce truck is already waiting. He is followed by Anne and Ashley, who begin to brew coffee and turn on the ovens. They pull in the mats, ready their work stations, fold hand towels, and don their aprons. They study the prep lists and look over the kitchen journal entry from the night before.


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