A weekend in Charleston: Three restaurants not to miss
A sunlit Macintosh
Charleston, S.C., deserves all the attention it’s getting these days, said Joey Skladany in Chowhound.com. At this moment in time, “it’s where chefs become stars, and where stars go to prove that they can actually cook.” Though you could spend months in this picturesque city and still not exhaust the supply of great places to eat, it’s useful to have a short list for a weekend stay.
S.N.O.B. (Slightly North of Broad) Now a downtown fixture for 20 years, S.N.O.B. is “the perfect first-meal lunch spot to set the tone when you get into town.” Expect bold-patterned linens, chandeliers, and exposed brick, plus plenty of “quintessential” Southern dishes. The fried chicken livers, a signature offering, are “both tender and sans the metallic taste you find in most Southern establishments.” 192 E. Bay St., (843) 723-3424
The Ordinary This award-winning restaurant in a converted 1920s bank building serves some of the best seafood in town. “Aside from an abundance of daily oysters,” the Ordinary offers “a delicious array of tartares, crudos, and other raw fish dishes for a light and refreshing dinner to counter a weekend full of butter and carbs.” 544 King St., (843) 414-7060
The Macintosh Morning, noon, or night, the dishes served at the Macintosh might inspire you to take out a camera and post a snapshot on Instagram. Chef-partner Jeremiah Bacon, a five-time James Beard Award semifinalist, shows that kind of flair with his modernized, “albeit approachable” Southern menu. But please consider scheduling in his bone-marrow bread pudding. “It’s the perfect rich dish to start your day, though I highly recommend walking it all off later.” 479B King St., (843) 789-4299 ■