Vote For Charleston as Best Everything in Food & Wine Poll

Can Charleston claim the nation’s most vibrant ethnic food; most pompous foodies; best food trucks; best sushi; healthiest eaters and most adventurous diners? Probably not, but Food & Wine is leaving it up to the public to decide, so cast your online vote now.

Forty cities made the cut for the magazine’s Favorite Food Cities survey, the results of which will be published in the September 2014 issue.

If you opt to take the poll, leave yourself a few minutes: There are 25 different categories, many of which are better suited to Charleston than the categories cited above. Voters are asked to select cities boasting the best-dressed diners; best-looking chefs; best-looking bartenders and most romantic restaurants.

The survey closes on Apr. 30. Get started here.

Zagat’s Selects Peninsula Grill as Charleston’s Best Restaurant

pengrillintAsked to choose “their favorite restaurant” in Charleston, Zagat voters picked “Peninsula Grill.”

The “downtown restaurant” scored 29 points for food; 28 points for décor and 29 points for service, ratings comparable to New York’s Le Bernardin, where – according to Zagat’s report – its costs $102 more per person to dine.

According to an explanatory blurb accompanying the winners’ list, which included the top restaurants from 36 U.S. cities, “this ‘classic dining room’ with ‘loads of Southern charm’ offers ‘gastronomic bliss’ in the form of ‘sublime’ ‘interpretations of Lowcountry classics’ presented with ‘flair’.”

Other Southeastern restaurants which finished atop the poll include Cochon Butcher in New Orleans; Etch Restaurant in Nashville and Bacchanalia in Atlanta.