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Charleston, SC Recommendations?

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We'll be staying in Charleston for a couple of days on our way to Florida next month. We're looking for recommendations for breakfast at places that locals enjoy all the time, and for lunch & dinner at anything but chain restaurants (we can get those in PA!). We'd like good food and, if possible (but not necessary), good views.

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  1. Just returned from Charleston. See my post "Ate Well In charleston". Breakfast/lunch at Diana's (Meeting St/N.Market St) and dinner at Cru Cafe and SNOB. Great food and service. For BBQ the locals go to Jim & Nicks on Meeting St. I thought all were top notch.

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    1. re: vanpc

      A place in an old barbershop called, I think, Hominy Grill, had fabulous food at reasonable prices when I was there 2 years ago. Dishes made with old Southern ingredients but updated with modern techniques. Very flavorful.

    2. Marina Variety Store Restaurant, at the City Marina, is a fantastic breakfast and lunch place (not as good for dinner) and is on the water. Eat "Low Country Hash Browns" (a pile of hash browns with eggs, shrimp and other good stuff) and watch the otters play in the water.

      1. I'm partial to Boulevard Cafe, across the big bridge -- it looks like (and probably was) an old Dairy Queen or something, but has been there for years -- very good chow. Very local, too. I'm headed to Charleston in mid-June and plan on stopping there....laid back atmosphere a big win, too....I try to go every time I'm in Charleston visiting relatives...

        1. I adore Magnolias on East Bay St. Great weekend brunch and awesome food anytime...great atmosphere...wouldn't steer you wrong.