Tavern & Table on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Charleston is a deserving stop on any food lover’s travel circuit, with the allure of lowcountry cuisine and the city’s high proportion of award-winning chefs adding to its credentials. Just outside of Charleston proper, Tavern & Table pays tribute to local farmers and fishers with its menu, which includes oysters and whole-roasted fish and fresh salads. The deck is where the action is at: You can spot dolphins popping up and pelicans skimming over the water, adding to the ambiance.
Menu standout: The restaurant is led by Chef Katie Lorenzen, who competed on Iron Chef America and beat out Bobby Flay. Pop in for brunch for a Southern classic: Adobo fried chicken and waffles, accented with a candied pancetta and a maple gastrique (a seductive vinegar and sugar reduction).