Want to find the best pizza, tacos, and soul food in all of Charleston? The multitalented restaurateur behind Leon’s Oyster Shop has the answers to eating well in the South’s hottest culinary town.
Photo: Courtesy of Brooks Reitz
Sorry Charlestonians, the secret is out! When it comes to eating, the Holy City now ranks with the Chicagos and LAs of the country. And leading the charge in this New Southern renaissance—along with chefs Sean Brock and Mike Lata—is Neighborhood group visionary Brooks Reitz.
Restaurateur, designer, entrepreneur, mixologist—there aren’t many hats that Reitz hasn’t worn in his impressive culinary career. After working with Lata at FIG restaurant and The Ordinary, he broke off to open his own project, Leon’s Oyster Shop, in 2014. Next came Saint Alban, a Parisian-style bistro serving everything from aperitifs to baked goods. And this year, Reitz debuted Little Jack’s Tavern, a laidback pub boasting one of the South’s great burgers.
On the beverage side, Reitz is the founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., which produces small-batch cocktail mixers like grenadine, bitters, and a can’t-miss tonic syrup for G&T lovers. And did we mention he’s a writer, as well? Oh sure, his work can be found in publications like Martha Stewart Living, PUNCH, and Condé Nast Traveler. Whew!
Fortunately for us, the overachiever found some “free time” to show us around his hometown, where lately, destination spots seem to be popping up faster than Bill Murray sightings.