Local restaurants you’d bring back: part 2

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Remember when we asked you what long-gone local restaurants youd bring back in the Holy City + shared a few of your answers

We teased the second edition of this series with hundreds of responses — and we’re serving a few more of your bygone local eateries on a silver platter. Check ‘em out below

🍴Former King Street restaurants

Bakers Cafe

Reader Kimberly H. says they miss the spot’s eggs benedict + raspberryrhubarb jelly.  

La Fourchette

According to reader Laura D., this restaurant’s doublefried, duck fat pomme fries were the best thing they’ve ever tried.

Sermets Corner

Reader R. Giles W. remembers Sermet’s on King Street as a “gathering spot for locals and visitors.”  


“Bring back Monza,” reader Alisa T. says. We shared the news when the spot closed in February

🍴Other downtown locations

Celia’s Porta Via, formerly located on Archdale Street

Reader Barbara W. says the former spot was the best ever, small, intimate Italian restaurant. The restaurant was noted for its informal music + sing alongs every evening — “like being on a side street in Venice.” 

Yo Burrito, formerly located on Wentworth Street

Everything was halfoff on Sunday nights and the nachos were the best in Charleston, according to Reader Anayis M.

Blossom, formerly located on East Bay Street

“That’s easy, Blossom on East Bay Street,” Reader Grace T. noted. The spot closed in 2020 after serving the Lowcountry for almost 30 years.

Cypress, formerly located on East Bay Street

Anyone else think they could go for an order of Cypress’ lobster bisque? The restaurant’s popularity speaks for itself in this comment section.

Marianne, formerly located on Meeting Street

Follower @charmedshopchs shared, “Marianne’s…..yes I’m old. Yes it was epic. IYKYK.” 

Trattoria Lucca, formerly located on Bogard Street

If you’re looking to take a walk down memory lane, check out the former Italian restaurant’s menustill listed on USA Today 10 Best. Thanks, Reader Kim A. 

Jestine’s Kitchen, formerly located on Meeting Street

Pssst: We shared the backstory on this local restaurant once it closed. Jestine’s was highly nominated on Instagram and in our inbox — shoutout to readers Mark L. and Jo E. 

This wraps up our ode to these Holy City foodie hubs. Thanks for sharing your former favorites with us, Charleston.