The city that made New Southern mainstream has a lot more "new" going on these days. Discover what's cooking now in this eat-drink-repeat weekend.
Photo: Jeff Holt
Stay for a weekend: A delicious three days of eating, drinking, and marathon merry-making. Here, travel editor Tracey Minkin has your perfectly planned itinerary.
Friday / 12 p.m.
Open the adventure with an Asian soul food lunch at Xiao Bao Biscuit (must order: okonomiyaki, the savory Japanese cabbage pancake). Next up: seasonal, organic beers at the Tap Room at Freehouse Brewery.
Friday / 5 p.m.
Check in and power nap at The Spectator Hotel. The serenely sophisticated rooms complement a Jazz Age–inspired bar with a great cocktail list. Rates start at $250.
Pictured: The Thit Bo at Xiao Bao Biscuit
Photo: Andrew Cebulka
Friday / 7 p.m.
Brooks Reitz, the man who brought Leon's Oyster Shop to Charleston, is back with Little Jack's Tavern, and it's a knockout (must order: the slider-size Tavern Burger with sunchoke relish).
Friday / 10 p.m.
While the ragers hit King Street, do late-night natural wines at Stems & Skins.
Pictured: Mignonette time at The Darling Oyster Bar
Photo: Leslie Ryann McKellar
Saturday / ?? A.M.
Whether in the very early morning (they're open until 2), or after they reopen at 8, a buttermilk, cheese, and chive biscuit from Callie's Hot Little Biscuit will both revive and addict you.
Saturday / 12 P.M.
Pitmaster John Lewis's newly opened Lewis Barbecue brings Texas cred to Charleston (must order: Saturday-only beef ribs).
Saturday / 3 P.M.
Ditch the afternoon run and go spirits shopping and tasting at High Wire Distilling Co.
Pictured: John Lewis’s handmade chandeliers (and backyard) at Lewis Barbecue
Photo: Jonathan Boncek
Saturday / 6 P.M.
Beat the dinner crowds to the world's best lobster roll at 167 Raw. Now it's time for a classic rum cocktail at the just-opened Cane Rhum Bar and Caribbean Kitchen. (Get the recipe for their special-for-us Coastal Blue cocktail here.) Finish your Saturday hat trick with a bison burger at Harold's Cabin.
Saturday / 10 P.M.
All roads lead to the long bar at Edmund's Oast, an outstanding brew pub with a brawny cocktail game.
Pictured: Bison burger at Harold's Cabin
Photo: Andrew Cebulka
Sunday / 10 A.M.
Bid farewell to the Lowcountry with one of its best hauls—oysters—by brunching it up at The Darling Oyster Bar (must order: Fry Basket).
If it's your first-ever trip to Charleston and you feel the need to pray at the altar of iconic restaurants, consider adding a meal at one of the following all-stars (in alphabetical order): Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar, FIG, High Cotton, Hominy Grill, Husk, Leon's Oyster Shop, The Macintosh, The Ordinary.
Pictured: Tasty window shopping at The Darling Oyster Bar