The Hottest Restaurants in Charleston Right Now

by Erin Perkins| @EaterCHS |Updated Jun 7, 2018, 10:00am EDT

More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? What are the new restaurants? What's everyone talking about? While the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the "it" places of the moment. Enter the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to highlight the spots crowds are flocking to at the moment or generating a big buzz. The map welcomes The Establishment to the list. Folks are asking, "Have you been yet?" Try one of these newbies today.

 

1. RENO


384 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 952-7864 | Visit Website

Pizzeria/wine bar Renzo comes from the proprietors of hip bar The Faculty Lounge, Erik Hutson and Nayda Freire. Look for chef Evan Gaudreau’s neo-Neopolitan and Detroit-style pizzas with interesting toppings and sharable snacks like roasted radishes with kefir ranch.

Reno
 

2. UNEEDA SICILIAN


624 1/2 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-4743 | Visit Website

Restaurateur Ben Rabin says he has “pizza in his blood,” with a pie-obsessed family from New York. His new establishment Uneeda Sicilian serves thin, crispy grandma pies baked in cast iron pans. The menu of pizza, sandwiches, and salads, is simple, and slices are all $5 and under.


 

3. KWEI FEI AT THE DAILY


652 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 619-0151 | Visit Website

Chef David Schuttenberg, formerly of Fish, hosts Sichuan pop-up Kwei Fei at The Daily every Friday and Saturday. Schuttenberg brings the heat with lamb dumplings, Sichuan beef, la zi ji (chicken thighs, dried chili peppers, spicy bean paste, garlic, and ginger), and more. It’s fun, it’s spicy, and it runs from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Kwei Fei at The Daily
 

4. TU


430 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
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Located in a Charleston single, with a hip new addition in the back, Tu is the eclectic new restaurant from the co-owners of Xiao Bao Biscuit. The menu is full of varying influences from across the globe, like lamb with freekah and labneh or pastrami on a sauerkraut scallion pancake or a crudo with cheese ice. It’s like nothing else in Charleston right now.

TU
 

5. PURLIEU


237 Fishburne St, Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 300-2253 | Visit Website

Modern French brasserie Purlieu is the second restaurant from Cru Cafe chef John Zucker, and draws inspirations from his time in Paris. Executive chef Jeff Williams heads the kitchen and beverage director Jacob Fuhr is in charge of the beer and wine selections. The menu is full of French selects like rabbit rillette, frog leg tarte, bouillabaisse, and more.

Purlieu