Welcome to EAT THIS CITY , your tour of the best restaurants in one of our favorite cities, as chosen by a world-class chef, celebrity, or local hero.
In July, Travel+Leisure declared 2017’s top urban destinations; Charleston was voted number two in the entire world, an honor that they likely wouldn’t have received if it wasn’t for their totally awesome dining culture. Luckily, we were able to connect with Josh Walker, the co-owner and executive chef at Xiao Bao Biscuit and Tu (which will be opening in a few weeks) to talk to us about some of the best food the city has to offer.
After earning an MFA at Brown University, the brilliant chef began working in New York kitchens, where he met his wife, Duolan. After traveling through Asia for nearly a year learning about a myriad of regional tradition and culinary practices, the two established themselves in Charleston and opened their first restaurant, Xiao Bao Biscuit, which riffs on favorites from a variety of Asian countries, including Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
And, the food had been very well received. Bon Appetit named the restaurant one of the best new offerings of 2013. Readers were told: “It’s the stuff you crave all the time, whether you know it or not. Go with a crew, take in the chill, breezy vibe, and order everything on the menu.” And, Walker was also among the 10 southern chefs identified by Zagat as ones to watch in 2014. Just look at the food he is making. Is it any wonder?
Now, let’s let the discerning Josh Walker introduce us to some old favorites and new surprises in Charleston.
EVO in North Charleston. The farmers salad with blue cheese dressing and the calabrese pizza with olives is our go to take out meal, the salads are huge but we each get our own and share the pizza, adult-style.