New Lowcountry Restaurants
Charleston has undoubtedly made its culinary mark
- Hen and the Goat: This upscale sandwich shop and deli on Folly Road recently replaced the Black Bean Co. Focusing on breakfast and lunch, this new spot has opened to phenomenal reviews and is a must-stop for anyone looking for brunch on James Island.
- Nico: This new restaurant located near Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant has yet to open, but will undoubtedly be worth the visit when it does. Started by chef Nico Romo (formerly of Fish on King Street), the restaurant will be a "modern & lively French oyster bar serving wood-fired seafood." Unfortunately, at this time, "Opening Soon" is the most accurate timeline that can be found...Check out this blog by Jack Crow for more information
- Purlieu: Also known as P237 (for its address on Fishburne street), this highly anticipated new project from John Zucker of Cru Catering has many residents on high alert for its official opening. According to executive chef Jeff Williams, it will offer a rotating menu which "will highlight European-inspired
- Rappahannock Oyster Bar: This new seafood spot located in the Cigar Factory off East Bay Street downtown, has been a major hit since it opened this Spring. Offering everything from raw bar items like oysters and tartare to perfectly pan-seared filets of fish, this new restaurant is sure to stick around despite the competition.
- The Workshop: Created by the minds at Butcher & Bee, this high-end food court concept has been a major hit. Located just past the train tracks on King Street, this new downtown destination offers a rotating selection of 5 food vendors. The vendors can be anything from local chefs to food trucks to already established restaurants and lease their spot for anywhere from 1-12 months. A must-try, but be sure to check their website before you go to know what to expect!
- Gentry Bar & Room: Despite only opening this March, Southern Charm star John David Madison's replacement for Sermet's on King Street has already closed. However, the owner states this was due to building and ownership disputes and plans on opening again at another location downtown in the near future.
- Tu: One of the most anticipated restaurants to come to the downtown area this year, Tu is the second project from the duo responsible for the highly successful Asian restaurant Xiao Bao Biscuit. Unfortunately, little is known about the new venture, other than its location (430 Meeting Street) and the food provided at a pop-up event earlier this year. While there is a website up now, just like it's sister restaurant Xiao Bao Biscuit, they have no phone and do not take reservations for parties under 6 people. Keep an eye out for this one!