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McCrady's in Charleston

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We'll be taking a 2 day escape-from-the-4-year-old to Charleston next month, and I was hoping to get some feedback on McCrady's. The menu looks stellar, and I understand the recently added chef is quite talented. Any experiences? Where is "the place to eat" in Charleston?

Much thanks!

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  1. Nearly any place you go in Charleston will be good. McCradys looked good but perhaps a little shi-shi. Some of my favs: Hominy Grill (for brunch), Hyman's or Fleet Landing(for seafood), Jestine's Kitchen (for soul food), and Blossom Cafe for anything.

    1. We absolutely adored FIG when we went for our honeymoon. I wanted to go to McCrady's, but we never found time to fit it in. Supposed to be pretty awesome, esp. with the new chef, as you said. see my (long) honeymoon post:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/322949
      another one we wanted to try but didn't fit in was Sienna on Daniel Island. This came highly recommended by a good buddy of mine who's a chef... the menu looks pretty spectacular, too.

      1. We went to Charleston a few weeks ago for a wedding and the rehearsal dinner was at McCrady's. It was outstanding. I don't think I've ever had food that good at a rehearsal dinner. And the place is gorgeous.

        I also second FIG. We went on account of HeelsSoxHound's honeymoon report, and we were very happy with our meal. Especially with the pate and Portuguese fish stew.

        1. Thanks for the thoughts. FIG is another one on my shirt list, but the more I hear about McCrady's, the more I am leaning towards doing it. We'll be there for 2 dinners, so maybe FIG as well?

          Any suggestions on hotels and/or wine shops worth looking at?

          1. Chef Sean Brock has done amazingly creative things to food here in Charleston and when he was Head Chef in Nashville at The Capitol Grille .. more on Chef Brock here:

            http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/01_...

            from the website:
            Brock, now 27, has a long list of accomplishments and accolades to his credit, including two dinners for the James Beard Foundation, a feature on the Food Network, numerous glowing reviews and local awards, and apprenticeships with acclaimed chefs.