Charleston SC, Weekend in May
Have never been but we are looking forward to it. Any good eats for a weekend stay? Not too Chi-Chi this time around but looking for quality eats. Seafood to Q to Local fare. Thanks much for any suggestions.
I have a lot of recs for you, bear with me:
39 Rue De Jean - it's a nice restaurant, but still very laid back and frenchie. Great burgers and (oddly enough) really good sushi. www.39ruedejean.com
Joseph's - Good breakfast and lunch spot. www.josephsofcharleston.com
FIG - fresh, fresh and very good. www.eatatfig.com
The Wreck (mt. pleasant) - I havn't been here but plan on going very soon. Supposed to be very good seafood.
Gelateria Modica - Some of the best gelato I've had outside of Italy. Skip their "food" though and just get the gelato. www.gelateriamodica.com
Jestine's is very popular for low country cooking, but I havn't gone, though I know many people prefer Boulevard Diner. Burbage's Self-Service has really good pimiento cheese. Basil is good thai. If I think of more I'll post them.
This is a good time of year to visit The Wreck. Their dining room is basically a screen porch and will be hot during the summer. We were there Saturday evening and the fried fish was outstanding. The oysters were good as were the shrimp and scallops. Had a bowl of fish (or was it seafood) stew. I'd skip it next time. Was overpowered by some herb flavor. The banana pudding was good, the Key lime bread pudding, something you don't see everyday, was enjoyable as well. The servers were young and inexperienced but very pleasant. Go early. We arrived just before 6pm and were seated promptly. But the room was full five minutes later. When we left there were about ten people waiting for tables.
I had, without a doubt, one of the best meals of my life at Fulton Five. The service was great, the dining room small but in a good way, the food excellent, the wine superb. Our waiter suggested a bottle that wasn't on the menu, had just come in, and gave it to us for the price of the bottle we were considering from the menu. Found out later that we got at Fulton Five that bottle of wine for just $10 more than what it would've been at the wine shop. The waiter also did a great job of timing the service so that we finished up our wine just before dessert. The dining room is well thought out with small enough tables and enough noise dampening that you don't have to shout at your dining companion. And, in case you thought I forgot, the food was great too. We shared an appetizer that was a salad with air cured beef. It was so good it made me try to make my own version a few weeks later. Both our main courses were excellent, I had a pork dish and he had steak. And the dessert we shared was great - luxurious without being too heavy and rich.
It'll set you back a fair bit, though, so maybe it's too "chi-chi"?
Rue de Jean was good, but so so loud the night we went.
If you have filled up in Charleston, you can venture over to Mount Pleasant (Shem Creek), there's a place called Water's Edge that I have always enjoyed. You can sit out on the deck overlooking the water, and watch all the boats coming in. The portions are small, but always good. I usually get the filet and grilled shrimp or scallops. Nice relaxing time, never hurried. Have a nice visit!