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Prefer SNOB or High Cotton in Charleston?

maina Jun 15, 2008 04:22 PM

We will be in Charleston shortly to celebrate our anniv. I had made a dinner resv at SNOB, based in part on reviews here. A friend of my husband's, who has a home outside of Charleston, claimed that we should go to High Cotton instead of SNOB. High Cotton is his favorite in Charleston. Would love to hear what others think, esp anyone who has dined at both restaurants. Should I cancel SNOB and try to get a resv at High Cotton? Already have plans for other nights, so going to both is not an option. Thanks!

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    BlueHerons RE: maina Jun 15, 2008 06:31 PM

    I also live outside Charleston and would never ever choose High Cotton over SNOB. SNOB is a much nicer dining experience overall.

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      DavidA RE: maina Jun 16, 2008 07:04 AM

      It depends on the experience you are looking for. SNOBs is more relaxed, lively and has a more diverse menu. High Cotton is more sedate and elegant (in a relative way) and the menu is heavier (meat and game oriented). I much prefer SNOBs.

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        PeterB RE: maina Jun 16, 2008 07:40 AM

        I concur, both have excellent food but SNOB, ironically, is less snobby. High Cotton, I suppose, is more elegant and I could see how it might fit someone's idea of an anniversary restaurant. If that's what you want (elegant, formal) I'd go to the Peninsula Club instead. SNOB would certainly fit my needs for an anniversary dinner, though.

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          ILM LOCAL RE: PeterB Jun 16, 2008 08:33 AM

          Everyone has hit the nail on the head. The biggest difference is fun experience verses elegant ambiance. They both do well at their individual niches.

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          battster RE: maina Jun 16, 2008 02:50 PM

          Whenever anyone asks where to eat in Charleston, I send them to SNOB. It's ALWAYS a fabulous treat. However, as the others have said, High Cotton may be a bit fancier, but know that both are owned by the same owner/restaurant group, so you'll get similar food at both.

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            maina RE: maina Jun 16, 2008 03:41 PM

            Thank you all so much. I'm staying with the SNOB resv. SNOB sounds perfect, esp since we prefer seafood to steak/ribs/lamb, and like a casual, fun atmosphere. I also went on their websites, and High Cotton (as mentioned by a post here) leans much more heavily toward meat, esp steaks. SNOB menu seemed more eclectic. So glad I posted to this board, and didn't cancel the resv! Thanks again.

            1. menuinprogress RE: maina Jun 16, 2008 06:38 PM

              We just had a great meal at the bar at SNOB. We had the Charcuterie Plate and the Carolina Quail Breast. The quail was fantastic, and the house-made charcuterie was a steal - great, generous assortment. Really nice, active atmosphere on a Monday night.

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                atruebluedevil RE: maina Jun 17, 2008 02:17 PM

                They are both owned by the same group, and I like them both - I tend to prefer High Cotton for lunch or brunch, but SNOB for dinner, althought I have been to both for both meals many times. You can't go wrong with either one.

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