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Aug 30, 2008 06:52 PM

MUST TRY place in Charleston?

Visiting Charleston/Summerville area from DC and would love a recommendation for one more nice lunch/dinner in 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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    1. Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton, Fig, McCradys, Peninsula Grill

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      1. re: schwarvin

        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.

        1. re: Jeff C.

          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
 - One Charleston College Student's Guide to Food and Film

          1. re: dhisgood

            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.)

            1. re: Jeff C.

              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.

              1. re: BlueHerons

                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

      2. 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. 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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          1. re: danna

            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 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
   - One Charleston College Student's Guide to Food and Film

            1. re: agoldman

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