Charleston All Over Southern Living’s ‘Best of the South Awards’

This month’s issue of Southern Living highlights winners from the “Best of the South Awards.” Several Charleston businesses won awards, from “best new restaurant” to “best new designer.” Here’s what Southern Living said about the Charleston winners…

Best New Restaurant: Husk

The archetype of what chef Sean Brock does best: heirloom Southern food prepared with a connoisseur’s sensibility and a deft culinary touch.

Don’t-Miss Dish: The hyper-local menu changes daily, but the cornbread is constant—crisp, scented with Benton’s bacon, and piping hot in a mini cast-iron skillet.

Best New Designer: Lucinda Robinson

Be still our hearts. It was love at first sight when we spotted Charleston, South Carolina-based Lucinda Robinson’s airy, feminine line Lucinda Eden in the eponymous King Street boutique(194 King Street; 843/200-2682).

Our hands-down favorite in a talented crop of Southern designers, Lucinda incorporates classic silhouettes and playful fabrics to unite sophistication and whimsy. “The idea behind my designs is that women ages 16 to 60 can feel comfortable and beautiful in the clothes,” she says. Case in point: her one-size-fits-all Grecian dress, worn to special occasions by everyone from debs to mothers-of-the-bride.

The line officially debuted last March at Charleston Fashion Week, one of nearly a dozen such events that have popped up in recent years. Take a look at our favorite southern fashion weeks.

Best Blue Jeans: Sucker Jeans

Leave it to Charleston to marry seersucker and denim. The result? A dapper but comfortable (think: stretch fit) year-round jean.

Best New Hotel for Romance: Restoration on King

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The Digs: Historic brownstone’s 15 suites blend exposed brick and knotty pine floors with modern conveniences like stainless steel kitchens, iPod docking stations, and in-suite washer and dryer right in the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown.

You’ll Love It If: You want the feel of a sexy Charleston pied-a-terre. Plus: in-room breakfast and nightly wine and cheese.

Don’t Miss: The sleek rooftop terrace, an intimate guests-only spot (perfect for an evening cocktail), overlooking King Street (with designer boutiques, fine art galleries, and antiques shops) and the church steeple-spiked downtown panorama.

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