5 Restaurants to Try in Charleston

Jasmin Lankford
| February 15, 2024 | 2 Minute Read

If you're a foodie, your next trip needs to be Charleston, South Carolina. With its rich history and vibrant culture, it's no surprise that this Southern gem has become a top destination for food lovers. And while there are countless restaurants to choose from, we've narrowed down the list to our top five spots. So, let's dig in! 

1. Ma'am Saab

First up on our list is Ma'am Saab, a unique restaurant that fuses together Pakistani and Southern flavors. With dishes like butter chicken and mint chutney, this spot offers original, bold flavors.

2. Chasing Sage

Next up is Chasing Sage, where you'll find an elegant spread made with locally sourced and carefully selected ingredients. Trust us, the 5-course meal option is worth it (and yes, they choose the courses for you). Don't feel bad about clearing your plate because you won’t regret it.

3. Pink Bellies

If you're in the mood for some creative and elevated street food, look no further than Pink Bellies. With a Vietnamese-inspired menu, your taste buds will be taken on a wild ride with every bite. And with food this good, you'll find yourself coming back for more.

4. Rodney Scott’s BBQ

You can't visit the South without indulging in some barbecue, and Rodney Scott's BBQ is the place to do it. From smoking grills to tender meats, this rustic spot serves up all your favorite barbecue bites with that classic Southern charm.

5. The Ordinary

And finally, we have The Ordinary, a seafood-lover's paradise. With beautifully presented plates and the freshest seafood, it's no surprise that this spot is a must-try in Charleston. And if you're not into seafood, they also have other tasty options on their menu.

Bonus: Vern's

We couldn't resist including one more spot on our list, and that's Vern's. This cozy bistro puts a modern twist on classic cuisine. They're not only photo-worthy but also incredibly delicious. Just be prepared to leave with a full stomach and a satisfied smile.

As you plan your vacation to Charleston, be sure to use the AAA Trip Canvas tool to find a variety of amazing restaurants. 

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