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MUST TRY place in Charleston?

coweepooh Aug 30, 2008 06:52 PM

Visiting Charleston/Summerville area from DC and would love a recommendation for one more nice lunch/dinner in Charleston...love the town and had a wonderful meal at Magnolias...would prefer it to be something slightly southern or unique to Charleston....

Cant wait to hear back from all of you :)


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    schwarvin RE: coweepooh Sep 1, 2008 04:09 PM

    Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton, Fig, McCradys, Peninsula Grill

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      Jeff C. RE: schwarvin Sep 2, 2008 08:33 AM

      Or skip the hassle of trying to find a parking place downtown and head over to the Boulevard Diner in Mount Pleasant. Zero atmosphere but amazing local/regional dinner specials at amazingly affordable prices.

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        dhisgood RE: Jeff C. Sep 2, 2008 01:53 PM

        Seriously? If you had to pick one "must try" place in Charleston it would be Boulevard Diner? With all of the other restaurants and great chefs we have?

        Boulevard is alright...if I'd rather eat there than, say, Fridays or Applebee's but you can't put it in the same breath as MANY of the other places we have.

        - DH
        http://dhisgood.blogspot.com - One Charleston College Student's Guide to Food and Film

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          Jeff C. RE: dhisgood Sep 3, 2008 03:25 PM

          I used to live in Summerville. I've eaten everywhere from The Wreck to Penisula Grill. Shabby though the atmosphere may be, I hardly think the Boulevard Diner deserves comparison with Friday's and Applebee's. (The locals seem to like it just fine, thank you very much.)

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            BlueHerons RE: Jeff C. Sep 6, 2008 05:59 PM

            Love Boulevard Diner, Mama Brown's and Poes but there are so many restaurants downtown that are superior.

            I'd say SNOB or Peninsula Grill.

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              Jeff C. RE: BlueHerons Sep 10, 2008 11:46 AM

              I agree. I just think there are also worthy options outside of the peninsula. Taco Boy on Folly Beach, for instance--though I wouldn't drive all the way out there if I only had time for one meal.

              Downtown: SNOB, Fig, McGrady's, Peninsula Grill, Cru Cafe, Hominy Grill for breakfast or lunch

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      DavidA RE: coweepooh Sep 2, 2008 09:47 AM

      While it is a bit either over priced or under-portioned, Aluette's is VERY local, healthy and delicious. Relatively new on the scene it offers "holistic soul food" with local and organic ingredients. It's delicious. On Reid Street downtown.

      1. danna RE: coweepooh Sep 2, 2008 01:44 PM

        FIG, Sienna, Al Di La. Many good restaurants in Chas, but those are the three that if someone called me right now and said "let's make the 3 hour drive down there," I'd probably say "OK".

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          dhisgood RE: danna Sep 2, 2008 01:58 PM

          Good list Danna. I haven't been to Sienna yet but I've heard lots of great things about it. I can't wait for Ken Vedrinski's new place Trattoria Lucca downtown to open.

          FIG is one of my very favorite restaurants in the city. Mike Lata is awesome. Al Di La is great too...one of the few West Ashley places that could probably survive downtown. I'd also recommend Fat Hen on Johns Island, great, downtown quality food with a more homestyle atmosphere and about the only reason worth driving out there as far as I'm concerned.

          - DH
          http://dhisgood.blogspot.com - One Charleston College Student's Guide to Food and Film

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          agoldman RE: coweepooh Sep 5, 2008 06:33 AM


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            DaleJ RE: agoldman Sep 5, 2008 01:07 PM

            McCrady's is the best restaurant south of NYC and one of a half dozen finest in the US.

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            uptown jimmy RE: coweepooh Sep 5, 2008 02:48 PM

            Haven't tried them all, but the Charleston Grill is absolutely astounding, both service and food. We've eaten there twice, and were just blown away. Elegant but comfortable atmosphere.

            We also love SNOB, which is a little less expensive and also less fancy. Great apps, lively atmosphere.

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              dnng RE: coweepooh Sep 5, 2008 05:52 PM

              SNOB! definitely try the peach cobbler, the peach sangria, and the grilled peach salad. all were delicious :o) trust me! (they have non-peach items on the menu too)...my husband had the duck, which was cooked perfectly....and the charcuterie plate was a great way to start off our meal! enjoy!

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                uptown jimmy RE: dnng Sep 5, 2008 09:05 PM

                SNOB does charcuterie really, really well.

                Really well.

                So good.

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