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Looking for great food in Charleston...

Going to Charleston for several days and I want to eat great food. Any ideas...

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  1. Charleston Grill.

    Don't miss the fois gras!

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    1. re: megabytes

      Charleston Grill is definitely great, but my top three are:

      1. McCrady's - Cutting edge food made with produce from their own farm
      2. SNOB - Just went for the first time recently, was OUTSTANDING. Consistently mentioned in these type of threads as one of the best in the city.
      3. FIG - Simply prepared, excellent, excellent food. High quality local ingredients.

      Hope this helps!
      - DH
      http://www.DavidGHeiser.com - One Charleston College Student's Guide to Food and Film

    2. Several questions:

      What type of cuisine?
      Vegetarian or meat eaters?
      What's your price range?
      What part of town?
      Will you be bringing kids?
      Which meals are you thinking of - lunch, dinner?

      You may also want to do a search on "Charleston" and read some of the other reviews/recommendations - Charleston is a very popular topic on these boards.

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      1. re: Suzy Q

        My boyfriend and I are going for about 4 days. No kids. No price range. Looking for lunch and dinner. We love great seafood, great drinks, great salads. Any ideas...

      2. re: Charleston Grill-- we had perfect service and serviceable food when we went, and spent a TON. I would not put it on the list of places we really grooved on. FIG was one of the best meals I've ever had. We also enjoyed Al di La in West Ashley, Basil for Thai, and the Ocean Room on Kiawah. McCrady's is AWESOME.
        we used this post, actually, as a guide when we went:


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        1. re: Pigloader

          The food at Charleston Grill is outstanding, easily amongst the best in the Southeast.

          FIG is capable of great food, but wildly inconsistent in execution. We had several awful plates of overcooked and bone-dry food there, and the place has terrible atmosphere. Vastly overrated restaurant.

            1. re: megabytes

              guess we must have been on an off night.

        2. local here... welcome to our City. Our favs are Pennisula Grill, Cypress, Magnolia's and SNOB (Slightly North of Broad). You won't go wrong at any of these. SNOB offers a walk in chef's selection in the back (highly recommend that). Charleston is culinary mecca... enjoy it and soak it in. Just beware that the rooftop bar at the French Quarter in has great views but horrible customer service... they are slow and always pay cash not credit... it may be hours before you get your order right and your card back. The rooftop bar at Venue is our fav along with the Blind Tiger on Broad.

          For great breakfast or cheap eats (with great homestyle Southern food) try Boulevard Diner in Mt. Pleasant.

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          1. re: hmbyrd00

            Hi there - i'm piggybacking on the original post... if you were to recommend 3 restaurants - one seafood, one comfort food and one BBQ - would you recommend Pearlz, Boulevard Diner... ? and could you suggest a BBQ place? Many thanks.

          2. I drive two hours and stay overnight just to eat dinner at McCrady's.

            1. Just got back from a visit and McCrady's was as wonderful as ever. We went to Social for a drink before dinner which was nice, and close to a lot of the restaurants that are being recommended here. Rooftop at Venue is a great place for a drink (and the view), but avoid the food. Blind Tiger is also a fun place for drinks, and their courtyard makes it especially good on a nice Charleston night.

              I'm sure it's the C of C student in me, but no visit is complete without lunch and a margarita at Yo Burrito. Have a great trip!

              1. Favourites (and I'm a local) in the priority order:
                1. Pennisula Grill (just perfect - you get what you pay for)
                2. Magnolias
                3. Cypress
                Fav. Rooftop bar at Vendue - the one at Grill 325 has horrible waitstaff... horrible.. go to Vendue Inn - take the elevator and enjoy the ride!

                1. I know most people think that HYMANS SEAFOOD CO is a tourist trap, but I've eaten all over Charleston and the surrounding area. You can't beat HYMANS...they have the best oysters ever!!!

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                  1. re: thefluffyturtle

                    Are you serious? Please tell me that post is a joke. Where on earth have you been eating oysters that would make you think Hymans are the best ever?

                    1. re: Suzy Q

                      Hymans is a tourist trap. Pearlz on east bay has the best oysters and appetizers in town.

                      1. re: Suzy Q

                        Suzy, it must be a joke. No one on Chowhound can truly think Hymans is anything but an embarrassment.

                        1. re: Dr. Greer

                          I'm a true local and my family has been eating at Hyman's since they've opened. While there are better seafood restaurants, you could do worse. Their crispy fish (whole fried baby flounder) is excellent.

                          That said, definitely SNOB and Peninsula Grille.

                    2. Another ardent supporter of Peninsula Grill. I like Charleston Grill; however, Peninsula simply out performs in every category for me.

                      Of course, for a fab lunch or casual dinner, Thai Basil is my go to. The fact that I can grab a post-lunch treat at Cupcake does not hurt.

                      1. I was in Charleston a few years ago.

                        Standouts for me were definitely cru cafe and SNOB. We also had a good meal at a french place but I cannot recall the name. Definitely hit up Paolo's Gelato as well.

                        Sienna has some real good Italian. It was a little out from the historic district.