The Local Edge: Charleston Harbor Tours’ Staff Picks for Favorite Restaurants

The Local Edge: Charleston Harbor Tours’ Staff Picks for Favorite Restaurants

Want to hear what real locals have to say about Charleston’s best restaurants? Here at the Charleston Harbor Tours corporate office, we love food. And not just any food, Charleston’s downtown food! Home to some of the best restaurants in the nation, Charleston is a culinary hotspot with hundreds of amazing local eateries, quaint bistros, waterside cafes, and fine dining establishments to choose from.

See below to find out what the Charleston Harbor Tours staff had to say about their favorite downtown Charleston restaurants:

Drew, sales & marketing manager at Charleston Harbor Tours:

“I have two favorite downtown Charleston restaurants. Fish Restaurant is the first and I always get the triggerfish there, which is really great. And then Charleston Grill is one of my other favorites—they have the best steaks in town. Actually, everything is great there.”

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Image above taken from the Fish Restaurant blog

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Image above taken from the Fish Restaurant blog

fish restaurant

Image above taken from the Fish Restaurant blog

 

More about Fish Restaurant: Celebrated for their French-Asian cuisine, the contemporary Fish Restaurant at 442 King St. in downtown Charleston, has been making waves for years in the Charleston culinary community. Priding themselves on their local meats, locally caught fish, and locally grown ingredients, Fish Restaurant creates eclectic dishes made only from the freshest ingredients Charleston has to offer.

Some of Fish Restaurant’s most acclaimed dishes include the Triggerfish (Drew’s favorite!)—which is accompanied by zucchini and yellow squash, oyster mushrooms, curry potato risotto—rabbit cordon bleu, scallops, and boullibaisse.

Check out Fish Restaurant’s menu here.

More about Charleston Grill: One of Charleston’s best fine dining establishments, Charleston Grill provides guests with an elegant ambiance filled with live jazz music, beautifully appointed black and white photographs, cherry wood walls, and world class service.

Chef Michelle Weaver has produced one of the most diverse menus in Charleston. Changing on a regular basis and divided into four categories: Pure, Lush, Southern, and Cosmopolitan, the menu at Charleston Grill has something to please every discerning palate.

Some of the dishes that can be found at Charleston Grill today include dry aged Colorado lamb rack (served with potato puree, thyme emulsion, summer vegetables, and lamb jus), Maine Lobster (a butter poached tail and sautéed claw served with caviar, wild mushrooms, celery root puree, and mushroom jus), Frogmore Stew (a medley of crab, shrimp, clams, potatoes, corn, and andouille sausage), and seared flounder & shrimp (a dish comprised of shrimp butter grits, sherry-country ham gravy, and tomato basil salad).

Is your mouth watering yet?

Check out Charleston Grill’s menu here.

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Image above taken from the Charleston Grill Facebook page

charleston grill

Image above taken from the Charleston Grill Facebook page

 

Sarah, administrative assistant at Charleston Harbor Tours:

“For lunch and breakfast I’d have to say my favorite place is Queen Street Grocery. All of their crepes are amazing. And then for dinner one of my favorite places is Basil. Their pad Thai and coconut chicken soup are the best!”

More about Basil: One of Charleston’s most authentic Thai restaurants, Basil cooks up a delectable assortment of sweet and spicy dishes that are out of this world. From fresh basil rolls to tom kha gai (chicken coconut) soup, and basil duck to volcano shrimp, Basil is packed on a regular basis with patrons looking for a real taste of Thailand.

Check out Basil’s menu here.

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Image above taken from the Basil (Charleston) Facebook page

basil charleston

Image above taken from the Basil (Charleston) Facebook page

 

More about Queen Street Grocery: A quaint corner store located off the beaten path in downtown Charleston, Queen Street Grocery is a local hotspot known for its sweet and savory crepes, salads, hot-pressed sandwiches, smoothies, groceries, and beer and wine selection. Stop by for breakfast or lunch any day of the week.

Check out more on Queen Street Grocery here.

Petra, Accountant at Charleston Harbor Tours:

“I love sushi, so I’d have to say the best downtown sushi restaurant is Tasty Thai & Sushi. I usually get sashimi and a spicy tuna roll. They also have a really great seafood salad with a spicy dressing that I love.”

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Image above taken from Urbanspoon.com

tasty thai and sushi

Image above taken from Urbanspoon.com

tasty thai charleston restaurant

Image above taken from Urbanspoon.com

 

More about Tasty Thai & Sushi: Located at 350 King St. in downtown Charleston, Tasty Thai & Sushi is the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Thai and Vietnamese lunch or dinner in a casual ambiance. In addition to a full sushi bar menu, some of the classic Thai and Vietnamese dishes you’ll find at Tasty Thai & Sushi include Thai egg rolls, Yum Nuau (grilled beef with cucumber, onions, tomatoes, green chili, and lime sauce), Po-tak (spicy and sour, seafood combination soup), and pineapple fried rice (house specialty fried rice with shrimp, chicken, pineapple chunks, onions, cashew nuts, eggs, and raisins).

Learn more about Tasty Thai & Sushi here.

Britt, marketing & public relations assistant:

“I’d say Leaf in downtown Charleston is my favorite. I love their ambiance and they have some of the best parmesan truffle fries in town! I also love their basil, brie, and capellini pasta. And every once in a while I’ll spring for their frickles (fried pickles)—so good!”

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Image above taken from Leaf Cafe & Bar Facebook page

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Image above taken from Leaf Cafe & Bar Facebook page

leaf cafe and bar

Image above taken from Leaf Cafe & Bar Facebook page

leaf restaurant

Image above taken from Leaf Cafe & Bar Facebook page

 

More about Leaf: Leaf Café & Bar is celebrated for its neutral colors, clean lines, and its unique fusion of elegant and rustic elements. In addition to its relaxing ambiance, Leaf wows its guests with innovative dishes comprised of the freshest local produce, meats, fish, and vegetables. Not to mention, Leaf’s patio is speckled with tiny white lights that adorn a large canopying tree, providing an enchanting atmosphere for outdoor dining.

Some of the most popular menu items offered at Leaf include meatloaf, fire roasted corn & crab cakes, the Leaf burger, and the boccadillo. All of their sandwiches are accompanied by your choice of parmesan truffle fries, sweet potato fries, Leaf slaw, roasted beats, or frickles.

Check out Leaf Café & Bar’s menu here.

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