Are the New Restaurants in Charleston Worth a Try? We Weigh In

Are the New Restaurants in Charleston Worth a Try? We Weigh In

Haven’t had a chance to try all the new restaurants in Charleston that the south is buzzing about? Well we’ve tried three of them for you (yes, we took one for the team…) and here’s our rundown of what to expect at these new Charleston restaurants and if they’re worth trying:

The Rarebit: (*image to the left taken from The Rarebit website) One of the things we are loving about The Rarebit is there breakfast menu, which can be enjoyed all day long. They’re even open late for some breakfast cravings in the wee hours of the night.

The ambiance is different from any other place in Charleston, with an old 50s / 60s diner feel and a dash of elegance. There is one big communal table in the center of the room, a long bar, and numerous circular booths. There’s also a seating area with Rolling Stone magazines, a plush couch and two chairs. You can order drinks from here.

The drink menu is awesome, with a great selection of classic drinks and classic drinks with a spin. The glassware is also really unique and purchased from different places to give an eclectic feel.

As for the food, we tried the waffles, a single patty burger (you can get up to three patties, which I suggest since one patty is fairly thin and won’t fill you up), the Blue Plate Special (which was chicken, sausage, and shrimp jambalaya), and fish and chips.

Out of all the dishes we tried, we all agreed that the jambalaya was our favorite! With a great combination of spices and a slight zing, the jambalaya was gobbled up in minutes.

It’s also important to note that you have to purchase sides separately from your meal if you choose a burger or sandwich. The entrees have a side included in the price.

So if you’re in the mood for a traditional diner burger, a club sandwich, or some tasty breakfast, swing by The Rarebit for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night eats.

Location: 474 King St., Charleston, SC 29403


The Ordinary: (*image to the right taken from The Ordinary website) As you might already know, Charleston is famous for its tasty, local oysters. In fact, we celebrate our love for fresh oysters on a regular basis during the winter months with various oyster roasts around the greater Charleston area.

But it you’re not in the mood to have a chill in your bones at an outdoor oyster roast, or would prefer to dine in a setting that is a hint more luxurious than a downhome, backyard oyster roast, stop by The Ordinary oyster hall for some flavorful seafood bites.

So what are the food and drinks like? Let’s begin with the drink menu. Firstly, we love that they have a selection of local beers on draft! They also have a nice selection of champagne, wines by the glass and bottle, aperitifs, and ciders and sherries.

As for the cuisine, seafood lovers will be delighted (if you don’t like seafood, don’t go to The Ordinary. Their main dishes are seafood only).  While there we had the oysters (obviously!), as well as the BBQ White Shrimp and Sea Salt Potato Chips. All were very tasty! So if you’re craving some oysters and seafood, The Ordinary is well worth a visit. It’s even worth a visit for just drinks.

Location: 544 King St., Charleston, SC 29403

Phone: 843.414.7060

Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room: (*image to the left taken from the Stars Restaurant website) After being open just two weeks, we swung by the Stars Restaurant to see what all the hype was about and sure enough, we had a wonderful experience.

As you first enter Stars Restaurant, the oval-shaped bar sits in the center of the room and is flanked by tables and booths. In the very back is the kitchen, which is open and can be viewed while dining (something we really enjoyed and appreciated).

The restaurant is elegant, but not over the top, making for a relaxing, yet sophisticated evening.

The menu includes a wonderful selection of various soups, salads, appetizers, and entrees, as well as small plates from the garden. We started with one of the small plates, which was the wood-grilled mushroom bruschetta—an excellent choice! We then tried the lamb and scallops, which were cooked perfectly.

After dinner, we traveled upstairs to their beautiful rooftop bar, which has become one of our favorite places to grab a cocktail!

Location: 495 King Street, Charleston, SC  29403

Phone: (843) 577-0100

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