There are plenty of reasons to live in an apartment in Charleston, SC. But, there is are a few reasons in particular that makes this city a great place to live—the food, the service, and the Southern style.
Low-country cooking dominates this tourist destination. But a fresh crop of forward-looking restaurants — Edmund’s Oast, Two Boroughs Larder, Xiao Bao Biscuit — is re-energizing neighborhood scenes.
It’s home base for a range of tastemakers: top chefs Sean Brock, Mike Lata, Frank Lee and Robert Stehling; the popular Garden & Gun magazine; cookbook authors Nathalie Dupree and brothers Matt and Ted Lee; the annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival.
Charleston reveres its past and preserves its foodways, as evinced by a long history of home-entertaining and recipe collections, including the best-selling and influential “Charleston Receipts,” first published in 1950.
Seemingly forever, Charleston has been subscribing to the farm-to-table philosophy. The region’s shrimp, grits and Carolina gold rice will spoil you for just about any other city’s harvest.
The Charleston Farmers Market -- with artisans and food vendors, pottery makers and boiled-peanut purveyors -- has been ranked as one of the nation's best, but it's not open year-round. In contrast, day-to-day food shopping is unremarkable. A handful of stores offer kitchenware and cookbooks by local notables.
For a city of about 125,000 people, Charleston enjoys a respectable mix of high- and low-end dining establishments and noteworthy watering holes. Less available: culinary representation from around the world.
Restaurant wait staff are eager and friendly, but with some exceptions they lack the polish found in bigger markets.