Photo courtesy of Post House
Photo courtesy of Post House

Best of The Hit ListCharleston

Post House, Lenoir, CudaCo and More: Charleston Dining’s Best in 2021

By

There’s no denying Charleston is delicious. But in a year of shifting pandemic protocols, staff shortages, and the pressure of tourists returning in throngs to the city, there was a point in early summer that it felt like our restaurants were buckling under pressure. Add to that a slew of regional chain restaurants opening in the Historic District, and the best of Charleston’s dining scene felt as if its best days just might be behind it.

But rally our favorite restaurants did. They innovated, filled their kitchens with staff eager to dig in, and generally showed remarkable grace under pressure—delivering the unique flavors that this region inspires. For instance, The Post House in Mount Pleasant proved that everything Old Village can be new again. Vivian Howard reminded everyone at Lenoir that she is a chef first and a television personality second. And a fish sandwich at CudaCo on James Island made the Folly Beach traffic a little more bearable as the sun bore down in its summer glory.

We wanted to highlight our absolute favorites from 2021 as we close out the year, so please welcome our 2021 Best of The Hit List for Charleston.

Discover More


Chef Features

Yes, Shiki Is Charleston’s Oldest Sushi Restaurant. But It’s Got a New Shine.

Photo courtesy of Frannie & The Fox

The Hit List

The January Hit List: Three Sirens, Sermet’s Courtyard, Frannie & The Fox, and More

Courtesy of The Longboard

The Hit List

The December Hit List: Berkeley’s, Middleton Place, The Longboard, and More

Guides

Nine Exceptional Private Dining Options in Charleston

Dish By Dish

How Zero Builds Surprises Into Its Tasting Menu, in Five Dishes

The Hit List

The November Hit List: Pink Cactus, Harold’s Cabin, Revival, and More

Photo courtesy of Bay Street Biergarten

The Hit List

The October Hit List: Malagón, Shiki, Bay Street Biergarten, and More

The Classics

The Trick At Bowens Island? Perfect Oysters And a Special Sense of Place

New on Resy

New on Resy: Berkeley’s, Laurel, Chasing Sage, and More

Photo courtesy of Zero Restaurant + Bar

The Hit List

The September Hit List: Zero, Edmund’s Oast Exchange, CO, and More

Photo courtesy Delaney Oyster House

Guides

The Resy Guide to the Best Cocktail Spots in Charleston

Photo courtesy of Chasing Sage

The Hit List

The August Hit List: Magnolias, Chasing Sage, CudaCo, and More

The Chasing Sage kitchen staff at the pass. // Photography by Lawson Builder, courtesy of Chasing Sage

The Rundown

Four Things to Know About Chasing Sage, Now Open in Downtown Charleston

Behind the Line

For This Pastry Chef, Selling Whimsical Ice Cream Treats Became a ‘Life Raft’