October 1, 2011

For My Charleston Peeps: Charleston Restaurant Awards Recap

Charleston is really busting at the seams with culinary talent.  So when I was invited to attend last week's Charleston Food Bloggers Restaurant Awards dinner I happily accepted.  Invited as a special guest (though not sure what exactly makes me special), I got to meet some new local bloggers, get the scoop on what these guys all thought were the best places in town, and try out a great new restaurant that I had not yet been to.

The dinner was hosted at Cork Bistro and the menu they served us was incredibly good.
Cork even won a couple of awards in their region of town's category including best atmosphere.  Winners were nominated and voted on by 5 of Charleston's most active food bloggers: Charleston Food Bloggers , Foodmancing The Girl , Hungry Meets Healthy , Red Head Recipies , and Foodie Fix .  They broke up the winners into 4 geographic locations in Charleston including Downtown, East of the Cooper, West of the Ashley, and the North area.

Best Food: American
Downtown: McCrady’s
West of the Ashley: The Glass Onion
East of the Cooper: Eurasia
The North area: Cork Bistro

Best Food: International
Downtown: Basil
West of the Ashley: Taste of India
East of the Cooper: Ali Baba
The North area: Zocalo

Best Food: Non-restaurant
West of the Ashley: Hello my name is BBQ
East of the Cooper: Whole Foods
The North area: Pho #1

Best Food: New Restaurant
Downtown: Husk
West of the Ashley: Roadside Kitchen
East of the Cooper: Eurasia
The North area: Zocalo

Best Food: Local Chain

Best Food: Cheap Eats
Downtown: Taco Boy
West of the Ashley: Three Little Birds Café
East of the Cooper: Jack’s Cosmic Dogs
The North area: EVO Pizza

Best Food: Hole In The Wall
West of the Ashley: Bowen’s Island
East of the Cooper: La Pizzeria
The North area: Havana Café

Best Atmosphere
Downtown: Cypress
West of the Ashley: Fat Hen
East of the Cooper: Poe’s Tavern
The North area: Cork Bistro

Best Bar
West of the Ashley: Smoky Oak Taproom
East of the Cooper: Red’s Ice House
The North area: Madra Rua

Best Local Farm

I didn't take part in the voting, but I will say that I regularly frequent many of the winners' locations above including La Pizzaria, Poe's Tavern, Taco Boy, Jack's Cosmic Dogs, and Husk.  And some of  you may remember that I included Paolo's Gelato in my Glitter Guide feature.

So there you go, some great local restaurants straight from some unbiased foodies :)  Go exploring!


Jesse {wefancythat.blogspot.com} said...

thanks so much for sharing these awards with us. there are so many incredible restaurants, but we find ourselves going to our favorites to get a fix. it is fun to try something new. we live in food heaven!

17 Perth said...

Thanks for sharing these! Many I have never heard of and we will possibly be heading to Charleston in early November. If so, we will definitely be checking these out.

Your Southern Peach said...

I'm headed to Charleston next weekend so thank you for sharing this. I'll be sure to bookmark this for future reference :)

I hope you are feeling well and have a lovely weekend.


layersofmeaning said...

Yum! We are headed to Husk this Saturday, can't wait to try it.