A Favorite Spot: Lana Restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina.

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

After quite many people emailed asking about the restaurant we seemed to always take our workshop attendees to when in Charleston, I figured I’d do a little special post about it and its wonderful crew.

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

The restaurant is Lana. Located a tad off the tourist path at the corner of Cannon and Rutledge in Charleston, SC. It is by far my favorite spot in town. Granted, Executive Chef John Ondo is not only a close friend but he is one of those “good people” with a heavy dosage of natural talent for his craft. It is easy to just walk in, sit at the bar and order blindly from the menu. And have a heck of a tremendous meal.

 

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

John and his staff focus their culinary talent on Mediterranean cuisine while infusing a touch of Southern flair by interpreting classic regional dishes through local ingredients. I love their respect for sustainable and local seafood, local business and the care they put into each dish. Classical inspirations with an adventurous spirit.

 

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

I love nothing more than taking a night off and grabbing my camera to hang out with those guys. They are a dream for a photographer’s eye. You can tell from the flow of the kitchen, the fast yet precise pace of their motion, all the intensity of their dedication to the meal being prepared. The whole restaurant crew make it very easy for you to fall in love with the food, the place, the moment.

 

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina

My dream is to have John sit down long enough to compile his favorite dishes into one book. That I would campaign to photograph…of course! Not only I would cook from it every day, but I would still visit the restaurant for more.

 

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina

Lana Restaurant, Charleston South Carolina


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12 responses to “A Favorite Spot: Lana Restaurant, Charleston, South Carolina.”

  1. Jaime Avatar
    Jaime

    These photos are beautiful and capture such movement and excitement of being in the kitchen. The food looks spectacular! I always tease my husband that we have to visit Charleston someday, since that's his name and everyone we meet does the little dance for him. It's hilarious!

  2. Wellington Artist Avatar
    Wellington Artist

    My husband and I love visiting Charleston. It's definitely one of our favorite food cities. Now I can't wait to go back just to dine at Lana Restaurant!

  3. Ilke Avatar
    Ilke

    We will definitely visit next time we are in Charleston. I am sure it will be very soon.

  4. Stephanie Avatar
    Stephanie

    Gorgeous photos. Makes me want to get int he car and head down.

  5. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Very brilliant overview. Would love to check this place out.

  6. Katy Noelle Avatar
    Katy Noelle

    The people images are just extra fascinating and wonderful! Thanks for the peek!

  7. Laura (Got Chocolate) Avatar
    Laura (Got Chocolate)

    As always, I love the simplicity of your writing, letting your photos tell most of the story.

  8. Sarah Avatar
    Sarah

    It's always refreshing to see a more creative style of photographing restaurants for a blog. Sometimes the single dish in the spotlight isn't enough to convey the atmosphere of a place.

  9. Unknown Avatar
    Unknown

    Sitting in my office looking out over a grey December morning in Yorkshire, England, wishing I was walking into Lana for a plate of delicious fish! Great images, as ever

  10. Marina Avatar
    Marina

    Stunning story telling photos. You caught some impressive moment's in the kitchen… Thanks! 🙂

  11. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Avatar
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    Everything looks not only delicious, but beautiful too! Sounds like a great restaurant.

  12. Wild Greens and Sardines Avatar
    Wild Greens and Sardines

    Beautiful photos!

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