Charleston, SC Where to Go?
My wife and I are going to Charleston in a couple of weeks. I have not been in two years and I was wondering what is good. I love Magnolia's, Penninsula Grill, Blossom's for pizza, Basil for Thai. Are those restaurants still good? Also, I have heard that Cypress and Coast are good. Is Carolina's still good? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I know that we will eat at Magnolia's one night so that I can have their Shrimp and Grits.
Peninsula Grill and Basil are simply still "do not miss". Chef Carter seems to really be on his game as my last three visits (from November 08-last week) have been complete perfection.
This post may be too late for your trip but here are my picks:
Think all your favorites are still good. Haven't been to Cypress or Coast in a while so can't say for sure how they are these days. They were pretty good a year or two ago.
Cru Cafe is always good and affordable and charming and non touristy. I often take people for lunch (make rez). I agree with all other suggestions and wanted to add Fig (Chef Latta won the Southeast James Beard award 2009), wonderful, fresh, food. Another shrimp and grits option is at the Mills House. Normally I wouldn't recommend eating there but they make fabulous S and G! Their recipe is classic Charleston and as good as I've had at anyone's home! Breakfast?
Also why not try some other places with strong local following? La Forchette, a superb French bistro run by a real frog, pomme frittes, homemade lamb sausage, fab wine list. Pane Vino, great Italian faire, small, charming, with dreamy outdoor dining.
Just some thoughts.