Cookies and milk at Spero
Jonathan Boncek

Spero

Charleston
$$$$

For Spero, "seasonal and thoughtful" is the name of the food game. Their menu of small plates is locally sourced whenever possible and highlights the interplay of produce and protein in interesting, unique and fresh flavor combinations. As for the atmosphere? You won't see waiters in aprons or flaming dishes with foam or foie gras. The space is casual and inviting with simple decor and a bar that serves a 40-ounce High Life in a champagne flute for $7.50. There's no pretension to be found, just excellent food.