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I'm going to Charleston, SC soon and will have my kids (2 1/2 and 8 mos -- poor me) in tow most of the time. I need to be able to take them out but still want to have GOOD food, not crappy "family friendly" fare. Eating is part of the fun of the place! Any good recs? And for the couple of nights we leave the kids w/ a sitter, any great new finds to try? Thanks!

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  1. Last summer we had two great meals at the Hominy Grill ( http://hominygrill.com/about.php) -- a dinner without kids and a breakfast with them. Early in the day with a table outside on the patio, the kids did fine. I probably wouldn't take them to dinner, as we easily spent two hours there and enjoyed the atmosphere and every bite of delicious food.

    My kids always like the Charleston Crab House, James Island, ( http://www.charlestoncrabhouse.com/) ... they eat baskets of "crab puppies," as they watch the boats on the Ashley River. The fare is nothing special -- just fresh, good seafood, etc. I always like the soft shell crabs and collard greens. Fried tomatoes are a treat, too.

    1. I had to think about this one because I don't have children, but I think I came up with a few good suggestions. Joesph's on Meeting St., good soups and sandwiches, would be good for lunch. Jestine's for southern food, also on Meeting. The Wreck, in Mt. Pleasant for fried seafood. Jack's Cosmic Dogs in Mt. Pleasant on 17N they have sweet potato mustard, draft root beer and it's fun. Momma Brown's BBQ in Mt. Pleasant, I haven't been, but it gets recommended on this board all the time..it is a buffet.

      On the nights you are able to leave the kids, what are you looking for?

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      1. re: lizzy

        Something fun, and a bit upscale. Southern food would be great. No French and no Italian (get enough of that where we live). Thanks for the help!