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Hours: Lunch (Mon.-Fri.), Dinner (daily), Weekend Brunch

Price: $$$$

I used to insist on taking out-of-town guests to Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) for their first taste of Charleston cuisine. It wasn’t that I thought it the city’s single best restaurant — in a dining town like Charleston how could you choose just one? Instead, it was a great place to establish a baseline and sample the mode of New Southern dining that put Charleston on the international culinary map. But much has changed in recent years. Hall Management Group (owner of Halls Chophouse) bought SNOB and its three sister restaurants from Maverick Southern Kitchens in 2015. Founding chef Frank Lee stepped down the following year after helming the kitchen since 1993. The city’s dining scene is undergoing a generational change, as fashions shift, new hotels sprout seemingly on every corner, and many of our most noted chefs decamp to other places. It was time to revisit SNOB and see how it was holding up amidst the winds of change. Our evening got a nudge in the right direction by a basket of warm sliced baguette and toasted cornbread squares — the latter with a nice crumb, a touch of sweetness, but not at all cakelike. Then the quail arrived and closed the deal. It’s a splendid appetizer: a whole Carolina quail stuffed with dirty rice, the first bite delivering a “wow”-inducing burst of richness. Every component works. —Robert Moss (Dish, Summer 2019)

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There's more to a dining experience than what arrives on the plate, and SNOB holds up well there, too. Tall windows fill the room with a golden orange glow at sundown — the perfect ambiance for an opening cocktail, the selection of which is conveniently listed right there on the dinner menu between the entrees and the medium plates. Upscale restaurants are supposed to make you feel special, to create an illusion of luxury and hospitality. That artistry extends well beyond the kitchen and the talents of the chef, all the way to the design of the chairs and the words of the person who greets you at the door. Now more than a quarter of a century into its long run, SNOB still hits all those buttons. — Robert Moss

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