Hours: L&D, daily
Editor's Note: Craves closed their Meeting Street location, but they still cater.
Craves may be relatively new, but they serve some old school soul. Jammed right up next to the I-26 bridges on the northern end of the peninsula, they offer a clean, friendly space and some of the best oxtails and gravy that you will ever spoon over a pile of white rice. They pride themselves on purloo (a.k.a. prioleau), making the dish with a variety of meats, depending on the day you might be visiting. If you're really lucky, you will stumble in on pig's foot day, when trotters infuse the rice with their porky gelatin and deep umami smack. If not, then rest assured that the fried chicken is always hot and at the ready, and the tea sweet enough to rot a tooth before you hit the cash register to pay. —Jeff Allen, Dish (Winter 2010)
Lowcountry rice specialties, pork chops, gumbo, pig's feet, sandwiches, turkey wings, seafood salads, sweet teas potatoes, and desserts.