The OGs: 12 of Charleston’s Oldest Restaurants

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In the 1980’s and ’90s, the farm-to-table appetizer course revived the Charleston area’s restaurant scene as chefs like Peninsula Grill’s Robert Carter, former Magnolias chef Donald Barickman, and Charleston Grill’s former executive chef Bob Waggoner carried the Lowcountry platter into the 21st century. With emphasis placed on seasonal staples and flavors reflecting the Caribbean and African influences on the region’s sea island heritage, the cuisine is the heart and soul of Charleston culture. We’ve rounded up 13 of Charleston’s oldies, but “goodies,” the OGs who have been perfecting heirloom recipes and Lowcountry fare for decades. Ready to dive in?

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