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Feb 24, 2008 10:12 AM

Heading to Charleston!

The hubs and I are headed to Charleston in April for a week of R&E. I made a reservation at Morgan Creek for sunday brunch. Nothing else has been planned in the way of eating. We are upscale dinner people, easy going lunch people and I don't eat breakfast food. I would love feedback on breakfast places offering "regular" food. Also, if I am making a mistake about Morgan Creek, PLEASE don't let me stray. We are staying in town and will have our vehicle.

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  1. I'm sorry but I can't tell you anything about Morgan Creek other than I heard a radio spot for it the other day.

    There are plenty of upscale dinner places around...Cru Cafe, Hank's, FIG, SNOB, Tristan, McCrady's. I am sure there are others, but I am drawing a blank.

    Lunch, Cru (again), Fat Hen, Fish, Basil, Poe's Tavern

    I would suggest you try either Bowen's Island (dinner only) or See Wee Restaurant (L & D) for fried seafood.

    I really don't know what you mean by breakfast places offering "regular" food, could you please explain?

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    1. re: lizzy

      Sorry! I do not eat traditional breakfast food: eggs, bacon, bagels and the like. I eat lunch or dinner food for breakfast. I will have a smoothie from time to time. Today I had a grilled cheese. I have been known to have salad also. Crazy, right?

      1. re: crazyspice

        I don't think you're crazy, but off the top of my head not much is coming to me. I would think any place with an all day menu would work. I don't know if these places qualify but they are a starting point. On Meeting St. I would look into Joesph's, Cafe Cafe and Diana's Tropical Toast, note I have only been to Joseph's. On Market is a diner called Sweetwater Cafe, they seemed to have gone downhill on my last visit, but maybe it was an off day. Lastly, on Broad St. is Fast & French, I have never been for breakfast, but they have french press coffee.

      2. re: lizzy

        I second Cru Cafe! My husband and I had a great dinner there last time we were in town.

      3. I've lived here for four years and I've never heard of Morgan Creek. . .I think you could do much better.

        1. I've been to Morgan Creek a couple of times, but I really only go for the view. Its on the water at the far end of Isle of Palms. Food is very average...again, its about the view there.

          For dinner I'd suggest Red Drum Gastropub, Langdon's or Bacco, all three are in Mt. Pleasant. Neither of them has a "view" of anything...but the food at them is outstanding. Downtown Charleston, we like Hanks, FIG, Magnolia's and Blossom's isn't bad. Peninsula Grill and Charleston Place are good...but over rated. Just like McCrady's. They have tiny portions, average food and big prices. I also really like Al di la, which is in West Ashley. Its not fancy italian food....but is good.

          If you're downtown and are looking for an informal, but yummy lunch...hit the Blind Tiger. It's a bar/pub, but the kitchen was taken over about a year ago by a former Rue de Jean chef and he whips up great daily specials...and his burgers are to die for.

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          1. re: lizlew

            Thank you for the addition of Blind Tiger. LOVE a good burger! It is not on the dining guide I printed. I think I will cancel the Morgan Creek res today. Thank you!!

            1. re: crazyspice

              You'll like the Blind Tiger. Despite the large space, they only a few tables, so we just sit at the bar (it's really a pub). Mitch, the chef/cook cooks right there at the bar. He's real laid back. You'll enjoy the burger...

              1. re: lizlew

                I am so ready! Do you have a first choice for an upscale Sunday Brunch?

                1. re: crazyspice

                  What about shrimp and grits? Although I understand it was traditionally a breakfast food, you may not consider it such. Hominy Grill has s&g for brunch.

                  1. re: danna

                    Hominy Grill is good for brunch.

                    But if you want real upscale, go to Kiawah and hit The Sanctionary. That's a very extensive, expensive and great brunch.

                    1. re: lizlew

                      Just got the highlighter out again! Thanks!!

          2. The Boathouse at Breech Inlet on IOP used to be really good, but I must admit I haven't been there in 3 years. We also enjoy 82 Queen and Garibaldi's in town. You used to be able to get a brunch in the restaurant at the Charleston Place hotel. I second the See Wee, and another great place for lunch or light supper is the Boulevard Diner in Mt. Pleasant. Have a great trip.