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Jun 18, 2007 01:53 PM

Charleston, SC...I want to eat like a local

I have read a number of reviews on the Charleston eating scene and it sounds like I will not be hurting for options during a 4 day visit. My question is..where do the locals eat for the best food, for the best price in a casual atmosphere. I live in NY, so while in town, I want to favor restaurantes that offer more of a local flavor in their recipes, decor and service. Leaning towards High Cotton and Queen 82, but I would like a couple of less pricey options for lunch and dinner. Where do you guys eat? As a New Yorker, I know that the best places have more locals than tourists...the same has to be true in the South.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. 82 Queen is the awfullest tourist trap I've ever seen, right up there with Fisherman's Wharf in San Fran. Avoid avoid avoid. It's dirty, the service is beneath incompetent, and the food is overpriced and prepared by amateurs. Awful.

    All the restaurants that routinely receive glowing reviews are where the locals eat. Charleston is a great food town because the locals love good food. I posted a detailed report recently myself....

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    1. re: uptown jimmy

      I agree with Uptown Jimmy that the restaurants mentioned here are where the locals go. None of the tourist traps really get mentioned on here at all (except Hyman's -- which is mentioned with contempt).

      There is no reason to have a bad meal in Charleston.