High-end restaurants like The Grocery and Two Boroughs Larder may have moved into the area around Dave’s Carry-Out, but this no-frills soul food joint offers a true taste of Charleston. For under $7 you can get a takeout box filled to the brim with the best of Lowcountry cooking like pork chops, crispy chicken wings, and finger-lickin’ ribs. The selection of sides is small but tasty — try the salty collard greens, thick steak fries, or red beans and rice. The lunch specials change daily, but your best bet is to go with a seafood platter — they range from $7 for a generous portion of shrimp to $13 for shrimp, fish, scallops, and devil crab. If you want a true local experience, opt for the lima beans and rice. It’s meaty and filling. A few tables allow customers to dine in, but most folks get their Dave’s to-go, whether for lunch or a greasy late-night snack. —Melissa Tunstall Dish, Winter 2016
Up in Elliotborough on the humble corner of Morris Street, they serve a splendid array of breaded items from both surf and turf.