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Charles R. Jan 13, 2004 10:12 PM

I'm visiting Charleston this summer (sadly, for the first time). The Lowcounty is quite beautiful, I hear.

Looking for recs under $25/person. Places, you know, that "the locals eat at."

Would be more than willing to travel, in either direction, for well-recommended places. Seafood, home-style cooking, steakhouses, Italian; anything really.

Thanks !

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    andy RE: Charles R. Jan 13, 2004 10:45 PM

    A favorite of mine is Anson's in the Market area...Food may run you a little higher than $25 pp though...


    ( 843 ) 577 - 0551

    I also LOVE Magnolia's- get a table in the back room--room is deocorated with HUGE paintings of various stages of a Magnolia blossom...

    Then there is Blossom's -- a less expensive but still a nice place for lunch and dessert..


    ( 843 ) 577 - 7771
    185 E BAY ST,CHARLESTON,SC,29401

    Great for Breakfast or lunch:


    ( 843 ) 577 - 2694

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      deibu RE: Charles R. Jan 14, 2004 09:04 PM

      The Mustard Seed (a local place with a couple of locations in the suburbs) is really good for under $25. They aren't in really scenic locales, but they are definitely popular with the locals who are wanting downtown food at lower prices..

      Gaulart and Maliclet (also called "Fast and French") on Broad St. is pretty popular with younger locals and College of Charleston students.. It's a really cheap French cafe that serves rustic French food...

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        ams1032 RE: Charles R. Jan 16, 2004 08:26 AM

        If you're looking for good, inexpensive home cooking and a place for locals, try the Boulevard Diner in Mount Pleasant. It is always tasty.
        I second Anson's.... a little more than your price range but worth the splurge.
        Mustard Seed is good too. For traditional "fish camp" fried any and everything, try Gilligan's. They have several locations.

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          Lan4Dawg RE: Charles R. Jan 17, 2004 03:20 PM

          Jestine's Kitchen sounds like exactly what you want. Very laid back small restaurant w/ very good food at very reasonable prices.

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            jsergent RE: Lan4Dawg Aug 3, 2008 10:28 AM

            I completely HATED Jestine's Kitchen. It was the WORST meal I ate in Charleston, or anywhere for that matter!!!!

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            Sweet Pea RE: Charles R. Jan 18, 2004 09:27 AM

            Consider Slightly North of Broad (SNOB'S). Southern Maverick kitchen. Maybe $25 pp w/one glass of wine, excl. tax & tip.

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              patrick RE: Charles R. Feb 29, 2004 12:16 PM

              I would also recommend the BOULEVARD DINER,THE MUSTARD SEED,KIM LONG,BASIL THAI RESTAURANT,ZUPPA,a blue cheese burger at RUE DE JEAN,duck confit at VINTAGE,CRU CAFE,and chicken wings at MOE"S TAVERN.If you want to go all out,go to McCrady's.

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