Best of Charleston 2020

Scott Suchy

Week 2

Just a few more days for you to behold the terrific two-volume Best of Charleston 2020! This week, we’re showcasing the secrets to lifelong health and beauty in Charleston, the city’s awe-inspiring food, most potent drinks and more.

As the sun sets on our two-week Best of Charleston, we want to say, “Thank you.” This issue lands later in the calendar this year after the pandemic forced us all to reckon with serious questions about our city and the people and businesses that make Charleston what it is. Over the winter, thousands of you logged on once again to vote for Best of Charleston 2020. In over 300 categories, you selected your favorite local institutions and championed some unsung heroes.

With everything that’s happened this year, we meet here in Best of Charleston to recognize what we can all agree (mostly!) on that makes our city a special place to live. Flip through these pages and keep doing what you’ve been doing in the past few months to help our neighborhood places. We ask that you support the winners as you see fit, note the advertisers who make the City Paper’s independent journalism possible and join us in celebrating our home town.

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Eating and Drinking

Though the coronavirus pandemic has left many restaurants and eateries shuttered throughout the year’s spring and early summer, there are still joints serving food worth celebrating in Charleston. Whether you’re looking for the new kitchen on the block (Jackrabbit), or a long-established community favorite (Mondo’s), the City Paper has you covered. From the best breakfast […]


11/29 COVID-19 update: 12.2% positive, 1,053 cases; 7 deaths

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,053 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, with seven additional confirmed deaths. With 8,279 tests reported Sunday, 12.2% were positive. As of 4:26 p.m. Nov. 29, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: Confirmed cases in S.C.: 202,422 (+1,053)Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 19,927Negative tests in S.C.: 2,440,321 (+12,615)Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 4,050 (+7) Note: […]

Chanukah at The Bend making the switch to drive-thru

The largest annual Jewish event in the state is still on, but moving to a new location for the same festive atmosphere at a social distance and from the safety of your car. Join family and friends for Chanukah at The Bend starting at 4 p.m., Dec. 13. Shifted from the traditional, annual Chanukah at […]

Brack: Here’s to two good friends who will be just a click away

In this season of thanks during a year that’s challenged everyone in new ways, let’s remember and honor friendships. Friends make our lives richer. They open new worlds and ideas. But they’re so familiar and comfortable that you kind of want them to never change and always be there.  Two longtime friends, cookbook author and […]

Before You Go: Record holiday spending projected; Groups ask McMaster to address long-term care

COVID-19 updates: South Carolina health officials reported 1,777 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, with 28 additional confirmed deaths. With 14,392 tests reported Friday, 12.3% were positive. As of 2:46 p.m. Nov. 27, via S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control: Confirmed cases in S.C.: 199,538 (+1,777)Positive tests in Charleston County (total): 19,803 (+709)Negative tests in S.C.: 2,440,321 (+12,615)Deaths in S.C. from COVID-19: 4,043 (+28) […]