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heading to Charleston for my anniversary and just wanted to get some opinions on a few restaurants we've narrowed down to eat at for the weekend...i know some of them have been talked about on here before, but any new or additional thoughts are greatly appreciated!

The Restaurants:
FIG
Trattoria Lucca
Gullah Cuisine
Hominy Grill
Sweatman's

Thanks a ton!

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  1. When we go to Charleston, the first thing we do is have lunch at Gullah Cuisine. It's not the place for your anniversary dinner, but definitely have a meal there! The Gullah Rice is amazing.

    1. If you go to Gullah Cuisine, go for the lunch buffet. I've experienced terrible service there at dinner.

      Here's a post I did recently about Hominy Grill, a place I would definitely recommend for the southern food enthusiast: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6006...

      I've had mixed experiences at FIG so I would recommend it with some reservations.

      If you're coming by way of I-26, Sweatman's may be worth a detour. Otherwise, it's a long round trip for 'cue that didn't overly impress me or some others on this board. I do give them props though for cooking their 'cue the old fashioned way--whole hog over open pits. It's a dying art.

      1. thanks Joan and Jon - appreciate the opinions. Sweatman's may be out of the way for us. Would definitely like to hear from someone who's been to Trattoria Lucca, as the reviews i've read made my mouth water.

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        1. re: MicBK

          Trattoria Lucca is excellent. The food is fresh (seasonal), authentic, and affordable. The only downside is that it is extremely loud in there. Book a reservation if you go. The restaurant was featured in The Best of Charleston issue of the Charleston City Paper. I imagine they will be slammed this weekend.

          1. re: MicBK

            I liked Trattoria Lucca. Not as much as Sienna(same chef), but of course it wasn't as expensive either, and closer to downtown. I wasn't super-impressed w/ the wine list. We waited at least 20 minutes even though we had a reservation. I'm not knocking it, mind you...I think you would have a very nice meal there.

            My first visit to Fig was just so-so. I had sucking pig and some standard salad. i might never had returned except circumstances led me there. That time I had a local fish and some of the vegetables off the "contorni" section of the menu. That's when i fell in love with the place and I haven't changed that ordering plan since. I was in Charleston in Dec and was CRUSHED when i didn't get to go to Fig. Another point...the last two times I was there , the wine by the glass I ordered was so delicious I wound up seeking out the bottle in wine stores and making it a favorite.

          2. thanks again folks! my wife is big into baking, and she loves the Baked cookbook, so she asked me to ask about the retail location - anybody been? how is it?

            1. For special occasions my husband and I love Peninsula Grill. We've dined there at least 5 times in the past couple of years and always had a lovely, delicious experience. The staff is amazing, not at all stuffy and full of good suggestions for new wines to try with each course. The last time we were there we had a wine we especially loved and without us asking our waiter pulled the label and affixed it to a Peninsula Grill card that we framed as a memento of our anniversary. Sweet. Their coconut cake is in the running for best of the best - no offense to my mom.