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CHARLESTON SC: Taking Water Taxi to Restaurant

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Doug Jan 2, 2009 04:22 AM

We are interested in taking a Water Taxi ride in Charleston. It appears to go from downtown Charleston to Mt Pleasant. Are there worthwhile restaurants within walking distance of the Water Taxi dock in Mt Pleasant

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    UsayErster Jan 3, 2009 05:19 PM

    Actually, While Shem Creek is mediocre, the evenings with the sunset are nice. Boulevard Diner is excellent too. If you're up for a short drive in the other direction(but only Tuesday through Saturday) check out Bowen's Island. It's a small restaurant on (you guessed) Bowen's Island off of the Folly Beach Highway. It has been there for over 60 years, suffered through Hurricane Hugo, a fire, and years of abuse from Citadel students and locals. It is an institution, and has the most laid back, local atmosphere you will find. It's mostly (very) lightly breaded fried seafood (they also steam) and raw/steamed oysters. They oysters are what folks go for and you're def in the season! They have a web page - just google it. It's run down, tacky, definitely local, and an experience you won't forget. Also, it's listed in that 1000 places to go before you die book!

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      UsayErster Jan 3, 2009 05:30 PM

      Well, at least I've heard it's in that book... still, it is an institution and should not be missed!

    2. danna Jan 2, 2009 07:10 AM

      I have not yet been to Bacco, but I've heard good reviews. It's on the corner of Houston Northcut and Coleman blvd. It's about a 1 1/2 miles from the water taxi dock, so probably not what you'd consider a pleasant stroll...unless you're looking for a bit of exercise.

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        Tee Jan 3, 2009 08:02 AM

        Danna's right. I HAVE been to Bacco and it is excellent, but it is not exactly a walking destination.
        My advice would be to enjoy the water taxi ride from Charleston to MP and back, then eat in Charleston !

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          DavidA Jan 3, 2009 03:06 PM

          If you are going to walk to Bacco, keep going a few hundred yards more and you can go to the Boulevard Diner. Just beyond that are the mediocre restaurants on Shem Creek.

          Another thought, if you don't want to just ride the water taxi roundtrip from Charleston without a break (which is a LOT of fun), start in Mt. P, get a rickshaw to pick you up on the Charleston side and go anywhere downtown, then rickshaw back to the water taxi. If you want to walk on the Charleston side, the closest decent place to the Maritime Center is probably Cru Cafe, which is about 3/4 of a mile. Or another 1/4 mile gets you to SNOBs, etc.

          Whatever you do, the water taxi is well worth it. One of the underutlized great ways to see Charleston -- plus the dolphin usually show up to check you out.

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            danna Jan 5, 2009 05:23 AM

            It seems I'm always at the right place at the wrong time, but I was disappointed in my breakfast at B Diner. Everything was fine, but it was no better or different than a million other diner breakfasts.

            I presume I should have gone at dinner?

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              DavidA Jan 5, 2009 05:54 AM

              I only have had breakfast once there -- and came away with the same impression as you. We like it for lunch, where they do some really good lowcountry/southern fare. Have never tried it for dinner.

              The Okra Grill, on Coleman Blvd. a couple of miles towards the beach on the left, has a great breakfast.

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                lizzy Jan 6, 2009 07:50 AM

                I have never been for breakfast, only dinner, and it's good. It excels at what it is...an inexpensive restaurant that serves good food with some interesting items on the menu...plus they have good desserts.

                On another note, I have never been to Bacco but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, the chef/owner previously worked at Al Di La. However, I am not going to lie, it is a hike and it is in an area that is not really considered a walking area. You might want to consider the suggestion to take the taxi round trip and eating in Charleston.

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