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Dish Restaurant Guide

Winter 2018

Home Team BBQ

Much like the old Volkswagen Bug ads, "Think Small" can be applied to many things. But it certainly seems appropriate right now in Charleston. With the crushing cost of rent, lack of parking, and staffing woes, upending the traditional restaurant concept isn't just a fun idea, for many chefs, it means survival. We've found a host of stories for this issue of Dish that illustrate just that. From pop-ups to entirely different takes on what a restaurant is, this city's culinary scene is evolving and we're not just talking about a shift from fine dining. Local chefs are exploring the entire idea of what a restaurant is. Hope you enjoy. —Kinsey Gidick

What it means to eat cheap in Charleston today
What it means to eat cheap in Charleston today On the Cheap

Cheap food is everywhere. It's faulted for ruining our agricultural system, damaging the environment, reinforcing the poverty cycle, making us fat, and causing a host of health issues from diabetes to cancer. Finding cheap food is not hard. Just head to the nearest fast food strip and you can dig into an 1,100-calorie Big Mac Meal for $5.99. That's as cheap as it gets. — Stephanie Barna


Why I left Charleston fine dining for fast casual
Why I left Charleston fine dining for fast casual Feel Good Food

We have all been there, whether it be on a road trip or just running errands. You don't have time to eat so you walk in to one of those places. You order, you eat, and you're out in 20 minutes. Not long after that you hate yourself for putting that junk in your body. — John Ondo


How two Charleston entrepreneurs launched beloved fast casual chains
How two Charleston entrepreneurs launched beloved fast casual chains Holding Fast

If you've ever wondered why the soups at Ladles taste so homey it's because they are all owner Suzie Allen's mother's recipes. — Kinsey Gidick


Charleston has plenty of drink deals, but some are worthier than others
Charleston has plenty of drink deals, but some are worthier than others The Happiest Hour

When I'm on a budget (please see: always) there are two indulgences I never cut out. No matter how broke I am, I refuse to give up on buying coffee and I refuse to give up buying booze. Those drinks taste better when you buy them. I swear, they do. — Connelly Hardaway


Charleston go-tos for cheap breakfast to go
Charleston go-tos for cheap breakfast to go Moveable Morning Feasts

That whole "most important meal of the day" adage may have a ring of truth to it, but the lecture on skipping breakfast is just so judgy. —


50 great things to eat in Charleston for $9 or less
50 great things to eat in Charleston for $9 or less More for Less

We do a lot of bitching about not being able to find cheap eats in Charleston. But if you look a little closer, there are tons of places to get a great meal for less. And cheap food doesn't have to taste like it is. Here are some of the best local eats on a budget. — Kinsey Gidick