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Charleston, Culinarily Speaking

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By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
August 28, 2019
You won’t lack for food options in Charleston, S.C., one of the premiere foodie destinations in America. As you decide where to go, here are some Charleston restaurants to add to your list that are both memorable and close to many fun things to do downtown.
39 Rue de Jean is a renovated 1880s warehouse made to look like a 19th-century Paris brasserie on John Street in historic Charleston. It serves classic French cuisine in an upscale atmosphere. It also has a children's menu. Pictured is the specialty BLT.
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39 Rue De Jean

39 John St.
(843) 722-8881
Looking straight out of 19th-century Paris, this brasserie built circa 1880 as a warehouse serves classic French cuisine with impeccable service and style. Despite the upscale appearance, this is a great lunch spot while you’re traveling with kids. It offers a children’s menu that ranges from chicken tenderloins to grilled hanger steak. Grown-up options include a quiche du jour or even beef Bourguignon. For date night, walk next door to Music Farm, which provides things for couples to experience like live music. Daytime visitors will appreciate eating out by the Charleston Visitor Center and the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry.
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Charleston City Market is a historic local market on Meeting Street. It features sheds with stalls for Charleston souvenirs, such as sweetgrass baskets, ornaments and a variety of food.
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Charleston City Market

188 Meeting St.
(843) 937-0920
There are plenty of things to see, including sweetgrass baskets—a traditional craft passed down generations from West Africa—and, of course, food within the stalls of this historic market that’s been in its current form since the late 18th century and has survived earthquakes, fire and even Hurricane Hugo. No wonder it’s an enduring must-do for any vacation. If you’re hungry, food places are scattered around the market and in the great hall. For snacks, Sweet Charleston features everything from candy to dried okra.
Fleet Landing, though popular with tourists, is one of the best places in Charleston to eat with a waterfront view. It's a former Naval debarkation point. You can see the Port of Charleston and the Cooper River if you dine at the restaurant's back deck. Seafood is a specialty.
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Fleet Landing

186 Concord St.
(843) 722-8100
This historic local restaurant, once a ferry and 1940s naval debarkation point, is now known for delicious seafood and Southern favorites; sometimes they’re one and the same if you order shrimp and grits, the fried shrimp platter or even seared Atlantic salmon with Charleston red rice. Though it can be crowded—Charleston City Market, Waterfront Park and Port of Charleston and its cruise ships are all within a couple of blocks—the food and views attract everyone from day-trippers to local foodies. It is one of the few places to go to enjoy waterfront dining in Charleston.
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HoM Charleston presents handcrafted burgers and brunch specials. There's also table tennis and foosball in the back, making it a great nightlife option.
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HoM

563 King St.
(843) 573-7505
This is where to get a hamburger with a side of…table tennis? Yes, in addition to artisanal hamburgers, the eatery serves up table tennis and foosball conveniently near Marion Square and several hotels in downtown Charleston. Before your game, order a longtime favorite—the “H┼Źmewrecker” complete with bacon and a sunny-side-up egg or the “Down N’ Out” with fancy sauce—and then a local brew to give you sustenance.
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The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston
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Toast

155 Meeting St.
(843) 534-0043
This favorite brunch spot, known for the bottomless mimosa, is on busy Meeting Street near Charleston City Market and The Gibbes Museum of Art, a AAA GEM. Though breakfast is understandably popular and served all day, the restaurant offers a variety of salads, soups and specialty sandwiches, such as the “Crab Cake Sammie.” Be sure to grab a latte to go; several flavors like crème brûlée offer a frothy spin on a classic hot beverage.
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