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Isle of Palms / Charleston Friday and Saturday Dinner for 15

Looking for 2 good dinners that can accomodate a large group for Friday and Sat. night this week near Isle of Palms. I was considering Melvins or Momma Brown's Friday but there seems to be some disagreement over how good they are. We are staying at Isle of Palms so I would prefer not to have to do a long drive all the way into Charleston both nights after long rounds of golf. Looking for a good 30ish crowd if possible. Cost is not important just looking for good food - bbq, american, seafood, show me what you got. Also, good lunch or breakfast reccs would be appreciated (or any golf course recc's). Thanks in advance.

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  1. I really enjoyed Huck's Lowcountry Table a couple of weeks ago. It's right on the beach on the "main drag" of IOP. It looked like they might have a room that would accomodate you, but of course you'd have to call. They have a website where you can see the menu.

    I'm the worst golfer who ever hit a dozen pink golf balls into the intercoastal waterway, but Wild Dunes sure was scenic!

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    1. re: danna

      I am shocked to find myself disagreeing with my friend Danna, but I ate at Huck's in mid-August and was very disappointed...slow service, burnt fried green tomatoes, burnt stuffed chicken, sloppy execution. In fairness, the kitchen was slammed, so maybe it was an off-night. But aside from a wonderful basil & lemon-infused martini, what we had was overpriced and mediocre.

      1. re: Jeff C.

        I live near Momma Brown's and it's great for a no-frills BBQ buffet, no beer at all. Melvin's is fast food. Huck's and Boathouse will both fit your reqs. I've been to both and can highly recommend both. Huck's is still new and finding its stride. The Boathouse is an institution. I've been going there regularly for years and have never been disappointed. The summer crowds are gone, but I'd still make reservations. Go to Sea Buiscuit on IOP(be prepared to wait) for breakfast and Mustard Seed in Mt P for lunch.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          How I miss Charleston! We moved to Birmingham AL (job-related) in 2000. Bham is a nice place to live, but the food scene is a disappointment. Is Gilligan's still good? It's not too far from IOP.

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Thanks for the heads up on no beer at Momma Brown's - that is a deal breaker. Although its fast food is Melvin's any good? Also we are checking out Hank's Seafood in Charleston on Sat night - any good?

            1. re: badabingdesi

              Hank's is not bad. It's a nice blend of casual and luxe at the same time. They have big tables (or maybe I thinking of the communal table....hmmm)

              FIG is my favorite in downtown. I went without reservations with about 12 girls on a Sat. night a couple of years ago. They had to break us into two tables, but they were very nice about accomodating us. it's a bit less casual than Hank's or Huck's, but not formal by any means.

              For your night downtown, you can see a TON of threads on this board.

              1. re: badabingdesi

                Melvin's is ok. I am NC born and bred, so mustard on pork does not work for me-personal preference. If you want a great burger, Poe's on Sullivan's is hands down the best. They grind their own meat, so they will cook your burger to your specs. Any place that doesn't has to do well done, including Melvin's.

                I have never been to Hank's (hangs head in shame), but all my friends love it. I still recommend you call ahead, wherever you go.

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  Thanks - we've been to Poes on a previous trip and will definitely be hitting it up for Lunch one day. Great place and can't wait to get back there.

                  1. re: badabingdesi

                    Don't miss Cafe Medley across from Poes!

                2. re: badabingdesi

                  I went to the Melvin's in Mt, Pleasant and it was terrible.

                  1. re: observor

                    And pricey for fast food. But lots of people love it.

              2. re: Jeff C.

                Oh, what a bummer, I know (you know I know) how frustrating it is to have a bad meal at a place that's well reviewed by others. You don't really want to try it again, cause if you do and you hate it, you feel like "fool me twice, shame on me."

                I can only say, perhaps they are more talented w/ seafood?

                1. re: danna

                  Perhaps. I'm not anxious to try Huck's again, however. Esp. since I could've had a better meal (atmosphere aside) for half the price at The Wreck or Boulevard Diner. (I do still need to try The Boathouse, though.)

                  1. re: Jeff C.

                    I'll be back on IOP again in December, I'll try it again so you don't have to ;-)

                    1. re: danna

                      You're a true pal, Ms. Danna. :-D

                      1. re: Jeff C.

                        OR try Atlanticville. I try to keep that place to myself, but I will share it with you, lol!

                        1. re: Sue in Mt P

                          Thanks for reminding me of another place I need to try next time I'm down there.

                            1. re: Sue in Mt P

                              Realizing this is imminent, but how about Post House Tavern in Mt. Pleasant for one of your dinners?

                              1. re: birgator

                                Great rec, but it's small. The food and ambiance is wonderful. But do call ahead.

            2. Thanks all for your reccs. We hit up Poes Thursday (great), Pearlz Friday (amazing), and some seafood place behind rue jean (horrible) and a couple of lunches in between. Also hit up Homeny Grill for breakfast one morning (amazing). There just wasn't enough time to keep eating everywhere. Its an amazing place to wine and dine. Thanks all for your reccs.

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              1. re: badabingdesi

                Coast? I'm surprised-it's usually great.