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Charleston: 4 nights, 9 possibilities!

bill1jan Jan 21, 2008 11:46 AM

My wife and I will be visiting Charleston for 4 nights in April. Based on Chowhound comments and other sources, I have developed a list of 9 possible dinner spots. Any help in narrowing the list would be appreciated. The contenders (in no particular order) are:

Peninsula Grill
Charleston Grill
Circa 1866
82 Queen


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    uptown jimmy Jan 21, 2008 06:55 PM

    Al di La
    Charleston Grill
    Fast and French (spotty, but fun for lunch)
    Pho Bac

    Avoid 82 Queen, please. Just trust me. Life is far too short. I seldom take such hard lines on food, but this place is just awful. The definition for "tourist trap" in Webster's Collegiate Dictionary reads simply: "82 Queen".

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      jshogh Jan 21, 2008 05:45 PM

      Fig is always a great choice and you cannot go wrong with Peninsula Gill. We visit Peninsula whenever we are in the area and have never had a bad meal. The service and food are THE BEST! Don't forget to start the day off with breakfast at Hominy Grille. The sweet potato and banana breads are wonderful.
      Happy Travels.

      ps: Our last meal at Hank's was average at best

      1. tacostacoseverywhere Jan 21, 2008 01:51 PM

        Would scratch Charleston Grill as well. Excellent service and wine list, average food. Too pricey to be just average. Would add the Ocean Room on Kiawah for the "weekend rounds", an a propo analogy for Charleston. FIG is on my list of lifetime top five meals. Peninsula is excellent as well. Would also add Al di La in West Ashley.

        1. danna Jan 21, 2008 12:37 PM

          I would scratch 82 queen and Anson.

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            sabarrett Jan 21, 2008 12:21 PM

            We really enjoyed S.N.O.B last year. Great Shrimp and Grits.

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              mikeh Jan 21, 2008 12:18 PM

              If this were a golf tournament and we did a 36-hole cut, here's what I would leave left on your list for the weekend rounds:

              Peninsula Grill
              Charleston Grill
              (some might argue that McCrady's should remain on the list)

              Hank's should be substituted out for The Wreck over in Mt. Pleasant if you're craving seafood.

              I haven't heard anything impressive coming out of Anson, 1886, or 82 Queen in years.

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