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Dinner in Charleston... Help!

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We are going to be a party of 10 on December 22nd, holiday weekend, and were so looking forward to eating at Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) but when I called they told us for a party of 10 we could only have two tables next to each other, not pulled together and the only reservations available were for 6pm and 9pm. Where to go now?! High Cotton has some drawbacks from what I hear, I'd love to hit Hominy Grill but they only do brunch on the weekends, is there something comparable in price, food and atmosphere to SNOB downtown that can handle a party of 10? I'd be happy at The Boathouse on Isle of Palms where we are staying but some of us want to be downtown... Thanks!

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  1. A little more upscale would be Penninsula Grill. Outstanding.

    My second choice would be Hanks.

    I like Hominy Grill but it is a little campy. I put it in the same category as Poogans and Jestines.

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    1. re: BlueHerons

      Lots of places are booked for that night or not able to accommodate that large a party because they already have a great deal of reservations. I've looked at Hank's website, read some pieces on it and subsequently booked a table, the only reservation left being 7:15 so I feel we made it right under the wire. If anyone has other ideas, please don't hesitate to add them as we can cancel our reservation if something else looks better. Thanks!

    2. We had 10 for dinner at Cru Cafe on Friday, 11/23. We didn't try for reservations anywhere until that day and I was pleasantly surprised they could accomodate us at 6:30. It is small and charming and was well received by our out of town guests. Check www.crucafe.com to see if the menu interests you.

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      1. re: charlestonebayer

        The food at Cru is really good but the staff is what I like so much about the place. The chef is always there and comes out to talk. The wait staff is genuinely nice. I did some work for them once and instead of being angry at the fact that I was in the way (I was in the way) they kept refilling my coffee and offering assistance. Nice people.

      2. It's been a few years since I have been to Charleston, but if Magnolia's is still across the street from SNOB, I would recommend you try there.

        1. I've heard good things about Fig.

          1. We've made a reservation at Hank's which comes recommended by a number of locals we spoke with along with a couple of Chowhound nods. They gave us a good seating time and were fine about the size of our party which a number of places were not. It's the right 'price' for us, casual yet nice and the food looks good and 'low' and seeing as how we are yankees I think it's a good fit. Any objections?

            1. My husband is taking his staff of 24 to Cypress Grill which we love. Try the fried brie salad and the tuna is wonderful. Oysters are outstanding.

              Great food and atmosphere.