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Mar 18, 2007 08:10 AM

5 nights in Charleston. 1 more dinner rec. needed

Our trip takes us to Charleston for 5 nights. We're staying in the Historic District and it would be nice to be able to walk to dinner.

We may never pass this way again so it's important to us that we eat good regional cuisine which, we know, means we might have to pass up on some more eclectic "Wow Factor" places. The following four seem a good mix of what we are looking for:-

82 Queen
Poogan's Porch

But where would be your recommendation to a travelling Brit for the 5th night?



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  1. SNOB (Slightly North of Broad)

    1. The Hominy Grill is a popular spot that serves a good breakfast /brunch /lunch as well ad dinner. Here is the menu.

      Another that is all about the regional is Jestine's Kitchen

      A review from Roadfood:

      1. I highly reccomend the Peninsula Grill, phenomenal coconut cake and great atmosphere.

        1. Agreed with Jestine's, mostly because of the unique experience. A must for overseas travelers -- always take out of towners there!

          I'd consider adding SNOB (never disappoints) and remove Poogan's Porch (really not consistently good, sorry about that). And I would most likely reconsider 82 Queen (can be dreadful actually). How about either Hank's or Peninsula Grill?

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          1. re: birgator

            I would also recommend against going to Poogan's Porch. I second the recs for SNOB and Hank's. I would say Hank's is your best bet for seafood downtown. I would recommend Peninsuala Grill for dessert, but otherwise I think you'll find better food and service at Tristan, Circa 1886, or Charleston Grill (in order of my preference). Cypress is also nice.

            While not strictly regional, FIG and Cordavi are also good choices.

            While I'm not the biggest fan of Jestine's, it's a lot easier to walk to from the tourist district than Hominy Grill is. Personally, I prefer Boulevard Diner across the bridge in Mt. Pleasant to both Jestine's and HG when it comes to more down-home cooking.

            1. re: Low Country Jon

              I totally agree. Poogans Porch and 82 Queen, while cute in pics online (and from the street for that matter) should be scratched from the list. SNOB and Charleston Grill won't disappoint you.

          2. Having just returned from Charleston, and having dined at 82 Queen with a gift certificate, I must urge you to avoid. It's an over-priced tourist trap. Our experience was almost comical in its awfulness.

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            1. re: uptown jimmy

              Wow, we ate at 82 Queen several months ago, and found it quite satisfying. Has it gone downhill (or are we easily impressed)?

              1. re: Cubancoffee

                I do not know. I have no desire to do anything other than relate our experience. It's nice that you didn't take offense, though. : )

                I will say that during my research on Chowhound prior to our honeymoon, I turned up a LOT of negative posts about the place. We wouldn't have gone except for the gift certificate, just too many bad reviews.