Find late-night eats and a restaurant-industry crowd at Butcher & Bee, where hearty sandwiches (from $8) on the ever-changing menu featuring ingredients like barbecued squash and Korean short ribs are served between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., Thursday through Saturday (slightly lighter fare is served daily, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Add a side of juicy chicken wings ($5) brined and spiced like pastrami, and grab a vintage tractor seat at the enormous communal table. The industrial space, tucked underneath an overpass at the north end of King Street, is also the only BYOB option in town.
Indulge in Southern fare pushed to James Beard Award-winning heights at Hominy Grill, headed by owner-chef Robert Stehling, one of the pioneers who helped revitalize the Elliotsborough neighborhood in the nineties. Make a reservation for the popular brunch and attempt to finish the Big Nasty ($9)—a fried chicken and cheese sandwich loaded onto a buttery biscuit and smothered in gravy.
Experience a low-key take on Charleston’s locavore trend at Two Boroughs Larder, an amalgam of a market and a gourmet watering hole. The regularly-changing menu features nose-to-tail-inspired plates like corned lamb tongue ($9), fried pig ear ($13), and roasted lamb neck ($29). From the market, you can pick up provisions like local craft beers, charcuterie, and artisanal cheeses.