Where do I eat in Charleston?!?!
My boyfriend is taking me to Charleston next weekend for my birthday and I've been looking at restaurants to eat at for three hours now. I really want to go to places that have a good atmosphere and aren't touristy. He has already made reservations at Peninsula Grill. So far I've got:
- The wreck
- Hominy Grill
- Gullah cuisine
- Jim and Nicks BBQ
- Charleston Cafe
- The Boathouse
- Il cortile del re
I would love feed back on these or any suggestions on whats better for lunch or brunch or dinner. Thanks
No contest. Gullah Cuisine is awesome. I don't recomend dinner ($$$ for the same stuff from the lunch buffet). Sunday brunch buffet is wonderful. They pull out all the stops. No Sunday liquer licence though.
I would skip Jim N' Nick's though. Not my favorite for BBQ.
Ill Cortile is a must as is FIG. I like Panne y Vino even better than Ill Cortile. Don't know their hours though.
We did eat FIG and loved it. We had Jestines for lunch today because it is close to where we are staying and it was pouring rain. We really liked it but I think I still have my heart set on Gullah cuisine. We are going to try Fat Hen for dinner tomorrow I think. We've decided to skip Jim and Nicks and all BBQ for that matter because we're from AL and GA so we've had prettty good BBQ and used to that type of BBQ. Thanks for the help!!!
JIM n' Nicks I think is a chain. We have one in Hilton Head. Just okay in my book. We ate at SNOB the last time we were Charleston. Loved it. We were seated by the open kitchen and if that is your thing, it was really fun to watch the chefs. Hope you have/had a great time. I think the rain is supposed to stop today! We will have to try FIG next time-would you recmd Jestines? Never been there. Thanks!
I just returned from four days of eating in Charleston and didn't have a bad or even mediocre meal the whole time. I ended up at SNOB twice (a lot of restaurants are closed Sunday nights) and thought both the food and service were excellent. The Maverick Grits are indeed phenominal. Instead of Gullah Cuisine, I would recommed The SeeWee Restaurant farther down 17. You may want to add Jestine's to your list for low country cuisine. We didn't make it to Hominy Grill, so I can't say whether it is better than Jestine's. Enjoy!
In the last eight years, I have been to Charleston and Kiawah Island Resort four times....skipping a year in between each....so I cannot attest to any recent review, but from an experience stand point.
Our trips always included a dinner at Magnolia's, and SNOB. Frankly, I never can never understand the omission of Magnolia's on this site when Charleston is mentioned and I cannot understand the negative comments regarding SNOB. I have found both to be consistently excellent over the years.
With regards to 82 Queen, it is a beautiful setting, but the food is good, but not exciting.
SNOB Maverick Grits...winner of top ten new dishes in GQ magazine....that's how I originally heard of SNOB
Magnolia's Filet of Beef with Blue Cheese Gravy.
Don't miss the wreck. Great seafood, casual, right on a patio on the water. In the evening the place is dazzled with candle light and is like sitting out on the front porch at home- only with a nice pile of fired shrimp and oysters. It is cash or check only.
I've been really wanting to try fig. Place and menu looks great. I've also heard some amazing things about mcgrady's but never eaten there. Menu is impressive.
Our experience at snob was mediocre at best, overrated and overpriced, but the interior is quite nice and comfortable. I can't remember clearly what we ate there, and it was only a few months ago- not a good sign. It wouldn't be my first choice.
-FIG is great for dinner. atmosphere has a nice vibe to it. the braised short rib is out of this world.
-The Wreck is the best for unpretentious seafood
-I found SNOB to be overrated
-Charleston Grill has always been my favorite restaurant in the city.
I haven't tried the others, but you've come up with a great list.
If you're willing to drive a bit, The Fat Hen is a good lunch place on Johns Island (chef used to be at 39 Rue de Jean, back when it was good).