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Five BBQ chefs walking toward the camera for TLP's Insider's Guide to Charleston Issue

Introducing: An Insider's Guide to Charleston

, by Amber Chase

Cover of the Local Palate's Insider's Guide to Charleston with three chefs and "Kings of Barbecue" written over them
Charleston area residents will tell you that the Lowcountry has changed a lot. There are more restaurants than ever before, and boutique hotels are trying to keep up with demand as visitors pour in for Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Spoleto, the Bridge Run, and just a delicious time any week of the year. Those of us who live here love the ever-increasing variety of cuisine available for curious palates, even as we lament the traffic. And fortunately, there’s still plenty of room for long-established spots doing the same excellent thing they’ve always done.

That’s why in our annual magazine dedicated to Charleston food, drink, and fun, we’ve organized our restaurant listings alphabetically into New and Noteworthy and Tried and True, so you can see what’s opened in roughly the last year or seek out a longstanding spot you haven’t tried before. We hope you’ll use this guide again and again as your primary resource for all that Charleston has to offer.

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