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Cocinero Cubano Jul 8, 2009 06:46 AM

Southern Hounds -

My family and I will be in Charleston next week on my wife's birthday and I'd like to take her out for a nice, tasty, fine, fine dinner. We're open to any type of cuisine, but would prefer something truly representative of Charleston's Southern cuisine and culture. Perhaps there's something waterfront you all can suggest?

My thanks.

Cocinero Cubano

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    By the Sea Jul 22, 2009 08:32 AM

    Penisula Grill, Penisula Grill, Penisula Grill.

    Why? First off, the dining room is gorgeous, sophisticated, and elegant in the most understated way. Second the service is near perfect, attentive but not overly so. This is a place where you can have great fun with your waiter and sommelier creating a superb dining experience. And saving the best for last, the food is pretty near divine. Honestly we've never had anything mediocre there. If you go, tell the the lucky birthday girl their coconut cake is legendary and deservedly so.

    Happy Birthday!

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      burke.becky Jul 18, 2009 04:14 PM

      FIG is wonderful, the chef just one Best Chef Southeast at the James Beards this year. Peninsula Grlll is great as well. McCrady's is a beautiful restaurant, but I thought the food was a little underwhelming. FIG is my current favorite, but if you want more traditional southern food, I would go with Peninsula Grill, SNOB, or Anson (very traditional).

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        rmthuring Jul 11, 2009 08:28 PM

        I have been to Tristan in the French Quarter Inn on Church St (a couple of doors down from the market). I have been for lunch and dinner and it has always been excellent.

        1. tucker2217 Jul 11, 2009 06:45 AM

          I agree with DaleJ Mcrady's is the way to go. I have taken two trips to Charleston just to eat Sean Brocks food. They do great things with great products.

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            DaleJ Jul 9, 2009 10:46 AM

            Several times a year, I drive two hours and stay overnight just to dine at McCrady's. Read what Chuckeats.com has to say about chef Brock.

            1. JB BANNISTER Jul 8, 2009 03:25 PM

              You will not go wrong with the Peninsula Grill at 112 N Market St Charleston SC. It is a quiet place with wonderful food.
              I would also go for the Charleston Grill in Charlestonton Place.
              Fig is also good,

              But I really think the Peninsula Grill will knock it out of the park. Make reservations and let them k now it is a special day. I always do and ask for a glass of Champaign as soon as we get in the door.

              Good luck and wish her a Happy Birthday ffrom the Bannisters.

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                JaneWinston Jul 8, 2009 02:54 PM

                Here's a recent report from a chowhoud.


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                  gbandu Jul 8, 2009 10:28 AM

                  I don't know about waterfront either. But for the real Charleston low country deal, it is hard to go wrong in the historic district with:

                  82 Queen:


                  High Cotton or SNOB:



                  4 Replies
                  1. re: gbandu
                    uptown jimmy Jul 8, 2009 04:27 PM

                    Do NOT go to 82 Queen. Good lord, that place is awful.

                    Just sayin'.

                    1. re: uptown jimmy
                      gbandu Jul 10, 2009 07:11 PM

                      What's happened to 82 Queen? Maybe it's been a year - but it was always solid when I was there more regularly.

                      1. re: uptown jimmy
                        NorthShoreFoodie Jul 24, 2009 09:26 AM

                        My wife and I went to 82 Queen Wednesday night and had a very good dinner. The Shrimp in Tasso Gravy appetizer was excellent as was the Frogmore Stew. The Crab Cake appetizer and the Jambalaya, while not exceptional, were very good.

                        The only downside was that the Jambalaya and the Stew were both over twenty dollars.

                        1. re: uptown jimmy
                          mitchh Nov 28, 2009 05:36 AM


                          How about of "just sayin'" you give some reasons why to avoid? This is the third post you have written with no substance to avoid 82 Queen even though the majority of reviews on various other sites are nothing short of glowing.

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                        lizzy Jul 8, 2009 09:22 AM

                        For some reason ocean front and fine dining do not go hand in hand in Charleston, however I think there are two restaurants at the Kiawah Island Resort that are ocean front. I would look at the menus at both The Atlantic Room and The Ocean Room, I haven't eaten at either, but I have heard good things. There is also Huck's Lowcountry Table on Isle of Palms, it is not fine dining but they have excellent food with a terrific view of the ocean.

                        If you do not want to leave historic downtown, either Charleston Grill or Peninsula Grill would fit the bill.

                        1130 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

                        Ocean Room at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
                        One Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

                        Peninsula Grill
                        112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

                        Charleston Grill
                        224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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