Best Southern Food In Charleston, SC

Situated on Charleston’s storied East Bay Street, Pawpaw offers a modern, Southern-inspired, sharable menu. Our goal is to offer the best southern food in Charleston, SC. Focusing on family farms and seasonality, Pawpaw’s menu changes according the peak seasons for local and regional ingredients. Diners can expect inspired takes on classic Southern standards like buttermilk biscuits, fluffy hushpuppies, free-range fried chicken and wood grilled shrimp + grits, grilled pork chops, and our signature housemade fresh pastas.

Fresh Southern Classics & Beyond

Looking for the best Southern food in Charleston, SC? Welcome to Pawpaw! Start things off with one of our signature cocktails and a Southern-inspired appetizer like our buttermilk biscuits, mac & cheese or crispy blue crab bites. Then its entrée time. Don’t miss our mouth-watering free-range fried chicken, our wood-grill specialties or our pastas made fresh in-house! Close things out with another drink (or two), and why not satisfy that sweet tooth with a contemporary take on a traditional southern dessert—like strawberry shortcake or fluffy beignets? Of course, next time you visit us, you’ll have plenty of other choices to look forward to!

Wine Or Cocktails Anyone?

Our seasonal menu is complemented by an expansive lineup of high-end bourbons, craft cocktails, local Charleston brews, and boutique wines. Whatever your fancy, you’re sure to find the perfect aperitif or after-dinner nightcap!

With his deep beverage experience, General Manager Jared K. Jones curated the beverage program for Pawpaw. Our drink menu highlights local liquor, rare bourbons, and Charleston beers on tap, as well as unique wine varietals from around the globe. Notably, he also spent a year traveling, tasting, and building relationships while rediscovering the wines North Carolina. North Carolina is the oldest wine making region in the USA, with 180 years of wine-making history! Stunningly, the region has quietly been winning international awards in wine since 1900. Jones has found a handful of magnificent local wines from the Yadkin Valley, NC to pair with Pawpaw’s modern Southern cuisine. Come in and try them today!