Photo by Leslie McKellar

The Boroughs

Xiao Bao Biscuit

224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC, 29401



In a city where Asian food is significantly absent, Xiao Bao Biscuit is immediately a standout. The menus are short and concise, but truly Pan-Asian in that they hit on everything from Japanese cabbage pancakes, to Vietnamese shrimp, to Chinese Sichuan tofu. But this is Charleston, after all, and the lunch menu definitely has a riff on black beans and fried chicken.

Austin Dandridge of Cobble Hill / Xiao Bao Biscuit

This is a fantastic hole-in-the-wall spot in a building that used to be a gas station. They don't take reservations, so get there early for a seat inside, or at a picnic table outside.

— Austin Dandridge of Cobble Hill