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FIG in Charleston is about more than just regional cuisine

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FIG restaurant in Charleston, SC

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FIG restaurant may market itself as a local neighborhood eatery, where the name literally stands for “food is good,” but it’s cuisine knows no bounds. While this upscale restaurant features lowcountry cuisine, it offers it with a regional Italian twist. Depending on the season and day of the week, patrons may enjoy anything from a Tuscan kale minestrone to carrots flavored with fennel pollen from Norcia, Italy.

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In fact, there’s so many delicious seasonal vegetable dishes at FIG -- whether you have a hankering for those fennel carrots or root vegetables with farro -- that they’re all perfect for sharing. And share you will, considering how hefty the portions of vegetables are.

But the large, delicious portions is applicable to the entrees too. Savor crispy sea bass that’s soft and flaky on the inside, and in another course, delight in a fluffy gnocchi that melts in your mouth. The oysters aren’t something to be missed too, if they’re on the menu; just know they’ve retained quite the briny flavor. Last but not least, the scent of fish stew often permeates the restaurant, and it’s enough to make your mouth water. Priced around $28, the stew is worth the price, as its packed with mussels, squid, and shrimp, as well as potatoes, making it the perfect cool weather dish.

While Charleston’s FIG restaurant may be on the more expensive side, in comparison to other restaurants in the area, it’s well worth the trip, whether you have something to celebrate or not.

© Elizabeth SanFilippo 2013

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