Charleston is a wonderful place to visit or to live for many reasons: there are beautiful beaches within easy driving distance of all corners of Charleston County, the climate is warm nearly all year, and the residents are known for their hospitality. In the last decade or so, Charleston has also become known as an epicenter for excellent cuisine with dozens of award-winning restaurants within easy walking distance of the major sites downtown.
Open since 1993, Slightly North of Broad (known affectionately as S.N.O.B.) is one of the oldest and most respected of these restaurants. It is located at 192 East Bay Street in the heart of downtown Charleston and only a block off of the famous City Market. Under the leadership of executive chef Frank Lee, Slightly North of Broad has led a revolution in Charleston dining where the emphasis is placed on incorporating fresh, local ingredients supplied by area farms. Lee, a forty year veteran of the food service industry, has won multiple accolades for his work at Slightly North of Broad, including being honored as a guest chef at the James Beard House and being awarded a Golden Dish award by GQ for the Maverick Shrimp and Grits that S.N.O.B. is now famous for.
Slightly North of Broad is known for its inventive mix of classic French cooking techniques and traditional Southern dishes. This unique combination draws in crowds consistently for both the lunch and dinner seatings. A particular draw (and great value!) is the express lunch, offered daily for $10.95, which includes the chef’s entree du jour, tea or coffee, and your choice of soup or salad.
The open plan restaurant–with only one large seating area that overlooks the kitchen–manages to retain an intimate feel, which makes the venue perfect for a business luncheon or a start to a special night out on the town. Owner Dick Elliott wanted the space to be a “relaxed, neighborhood-style restaurant for patrons who appreciated fine dining without the attendant fanfare.” Twenty years later and counting, S.N.O.B. still manages to be that with no signs of slowing down.
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