Tattooed Moose Duck Club_photo by Julia Heckman

As Seen on TV: Charleston Dining

Charleston’s dining scene is hot. Just about every food writer, publication and food-focused TV show has made a stop in one of the Holy City’s restaurants, sampling everything from hot dogs to chicken and waffles. Charleston has been featured on several shows, including the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and “Best Thing I Ever Ate” plus “Unique Eats” on the Cooking Channel, to name a few.

Here’s a sampling of restaurants and dishes that have appeared on these two TV shows.

Tattooed Moose Duck Club_photo by Julia Heckman

Tattooed Moose Duck Club/photo by Julia Heckman


  • Tattooed Moose: Duck club with truffle fries
    • 1137 Morrison Drive, downtown Charleston,
    • Best known for lunch, hipster bar with great beer and food selection.
  • Fuel Cantina: Braised pork tacos and jerk chicken sandwich
    • 211 Rutledge Ave., downtown Charleston,
    • Gas station converted to restaurant, great outdoor patio that’s pet friendly.
  • Early Bird Diner: Chicken & waffles
    • 1644 Savannah Highway, West Ashley,
    • Serving the best meal of the day all day: breakfast.
  • Perfectly Frank’s: Hot dogs prepared in dozens of ways
  • The Glass Onion: Smoked pork loin po’ boy or fried chicken
    • 1219 Savannah Highway, West Ashley,
    • Fresh local ingredients, Southern dishses, affordable menu.
  • Dixie Supply Bakery & Cafe: Chicken fried chicken, bourbon bacon pecan pie


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  • Hominy Grill
    • 207 Rutledge Ave., downtown Charleston,
    • Featured: Chocolate pudding (Alton Brown)
    • A breakfast, brunch and lunch hotspot.
  • Magnolia’s
    • 185 E. Bay St., downtown Charleston,
    • Featured: Pimento cheese with flatbread (Tyler Florence)
    • Fine Southern dining, award-winning cuisine.
  • FIG Restaurant
    • 232 Meeting St., downtown Charleston,
    • Featured: Hanger steak with agrodolce sauce (Alex Guarnaschelli)
    • James Beard Awards for Best Chef: Southeast (Chef Mike Lata and Chef Jason Stanhope)
  • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen of Charleston
    • 32 N. Market St., downtown Charleston,
    • Featured: Caramel apple in this old-fashioned candy store
  • Husk Restaurant
    • 76 Queen St., downtown Charleston,
    • Featured: Smoky bacon cornbread (Johnny Iuzzi)
    • Created by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock, who also launched McCrady’s
  • Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
    • 2805 U.S. Highway 17 North, Mount Pleasant,
    • Featured: Cosmic Dog – Jack’s original blue cheese slaw & famous sweet potato mustard (Alton Brown)