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Jan 12, 2007 06:37 PM

Best Chow In Charleston

We are Chicago couple that will be celebrating our wedding anniversary in Charleston for 3 days in late January.Looking for recommendations for great places to dine during our stay(lunch&dinner). Staying at Harbour View Inn and want to get a true flavor of Charleston cuisine.Not looking for touristy spots, want to know where the locals go for great chow. Thanks

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  1. There are multiple posts on this topis already - do a search and you will find many people's suggestions.

    Having been there recently, I can suggest without hesitation that you eat at Cordavi. Absoultely outstanding meal. FIG was very good, but not in their league.

    The other spot I wanted to check out, and will hit on my next visit, is McRaddy's. Very cutting edge, micro-gastronomy cooking (though you have a lot of that in Chicago), and a GREAT wine list. All of these places have web sites with meuns, etc....

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    1. re: tstett

      Thanks for the recommendations, what did you eat at Cordavi and FIG?

      1. re: mookiejg

        I actually posted fairly detailed meal reviews in an earlier thread.

        Look here:

        1. re: tstett

          Thanks for the detailed review, we will definitely check out
          Cordavi for dinner, sounds fabulous.

    2. No better time for a yank to get a good taste of southern fried chicken. The best I ever had was at Hominy Grill. Nice little place, high quality ingredients, etc.

      But that was some darn fine fried chicken and mashed potatoes...

      1. Would suggest the Peninsula Grill for upscale and Slightly North of Broad for more casual. The restaurant in the Charleston Place Hotel is quite good as well.

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        1. re: rageorge

          Thanks for the recommendations, what do you eat at each of these places?

        2. Unfortunately my last visit to Charleston was last May and I can't recall what we ate. I'm sure we concentrated on seafood as we always do when on the coast. Check menus on their web sites at and http://www.mavericksouthernkitchens.c....

          Other possibilities for you are the Charleston Grill in the Charleston Place Hotel, Hank's at and McCrady's at

          We haven't yet eaten at McCradys but plan to on our trip to Charleston in May. I've heard wonderful things. It's also a very romantic restaurant by all accounts.

          Don't know how familiar you are with low country cuisine but you should try she crab soup, and shrimp and grits somewhere while you're there if you haven't already had them. They're almost cliches but very tasty ones, especially if you haven't had them before (or had them in Charleston!).

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          1. re: rageorge

            Don't have she crab soup in Chicago, sounds tasty. Where do you recommend I go for she crab soup?

            1. re: mookiejg

              Sorry to be so late replying; hope you haven't left for Charleston yet. I would recommend Hominy Grill for your she-crab soup. (Be sure to add the sherry!)

          2. I am keying on the words "locals" and "not touristy". This place is hardcore.


            It is on a spit of land heading towards Folly Beach, in the open marsh, on the right; sign looks like roadside rubbish.

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            1. re: byteme55

              Unless they have quickly rebuilt, Bowens Island burned down not too long ago. Sorry!

              1. re: Tee

                Sad when an institution goes away. An evening at Bowens Island even wound up in a Conroy novel.

                1. re: byteme55

                  Check back often. Bowens Island is to be rebuilt, and I would bet Mr. Barber will keep to his heritage. In the meantime you may want to try The Wreck. On Shem Creek; do a search here. It's been much discussed. Yes, locals visit.