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Sep 19, 2009 06:50 AM

provisions in Charleston / Mount Pleasant?

We're meeting family (all foodies, one vegetarian) on Dewees Island near Isle of Palms next week for a week of cooking and eating. Given our base and my sister's small child, we're going to eat in 90% of the meals or more.

I'm hoping y'all can steer us to the best purveyors in the area. We're happy to drive for the best ingredients but closer to Isle of Palms/Mt Pleasant is better if there isn't a big quality difference. Here's what I've found so far, I'm appreciative of any feedback or suggestions.

General Grocery
Google tells me there's an Earthfare and a Whole Foods in Mount Pleasant. Is there a better option, particularly for produce? Is there anywhere that sells really good local eggs?

Farmer's Market:
Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday afternoon. Will this be worth the trek? Will there be breads/meats/eggs? Any vendors we shouldn't miss?

Fish market:
Other threads suggest Crosby's is the best in town. Is this true? Any competition? Are we a bit early for local oysters? If not, where should we get them?

Ted's Butcherblock ? Anywhere that has more local meat?

Bakery (bread):
Normandy Farms, rec'd on other threads looks like what we're looking for. Any other recs?


Wine merchant:

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  1. You are lucky. Dewee's is lovely. But as you know, you need to plan ahead since you can't just run to the store.

    The Mt Pleasant Farmer's market is well worth your time. Vendors vary. There are cooked food purveyors ( I enjoy Square Onion), as well as beautiful local produce.

    You are early for local oysters. Shrimp are in season and they are great right now. Go to the dock at Shem Creek (near the Mt P market) for the best right off the boat.

    Never been to Ted's. I get meat at NY Butchershop on Coleman in Mt P.

    The Whole Foods in Mt P that has a large wine and cheese selection, as well as nice baked goods. Earthfare is closed. Can't help with the eggs-my next door neighbor has a chicken.

    have fun.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      We love the Mt. Pleasant Farmer's Market. In addition to Ted's, if you are investigating gourmet markets, you might try Caviar and Bananas.

      1. re: BetsyinKY

        I so need to go there! Don't laugh- I rarely go downtown! But maybe I'll go today and tell y'all what I find.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          it is very nice and will always be on my stops from now on

    2. The recomendations you got so far are good. don't bother with caviar and bannanas or teds though unless you'll already be downtown. Try NY butchershop on coleman like sue said. The markets are always a good choice, and go to mt. pleasant seafood on shem creek or one of the others on the creek for good seafood.

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      1. re: sonalamp

        I almost forgot! Great wine at Winestyles in the Mt P Town Center. You can taste before buying! It's next to Belks.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          I second Sue's rec for Winestyles! I was there this summer. It is more like a boutique and not a "warehouse":-) Friendly, helpful service without the "uppity-ness" you get in some wine shops. Every Thursday night Winestyles has scheduled tastings.

          Eggs--Mepkin Abbey use to sell the best eggs. Then Peta put them out of biz. Now the monks are growing mushrooms. So be on the lookout for Mepkin Abbey mushrooms!

          I love Normandy Farms. Get there early or call and reserve your bread.

        2. re: sonalamp

          what about Boone Hill Farms....they have some good local things

          1. re: LaLa

            Thanks for the rec's everyone!

            A few more questions:

            I found the Boone Hall website ( but can't get a sense of their size. Are they close to, say, the size of an average grocery store?

            Liquor: I'm starting from a position of ignorance about liquor laws in SC. I seems that there are independent stores rather than state run like here in NC. Could y'all point me to one with a particularly good higher end selection? Or does it not vary much store to store?

            1. re: brokegradstudent

              No it's a nicely appointed produce stand. I like it but the Mt P Farmer's Market better.

              Liquor stores stores are different from NC. There's one on IOP-it'll be on your way to your ferry in the IGA shopping center. If it doesn't suit let me know. There are others in Mt P.

              I also have to plug my friends at New York Butcher Shop. I had a flat tire between my house and the shop yesterday (one mile!) and they changed my tire. They have geat stuff and are gentlemen as well. Have fun and hit me up if you have more questions. Dewee's is beautiful.

              1. re: brokegradstudent

                Liquor: Wine and beer can be purchased in "specialty" shops and in most grocery stores. Hard liquor can only be purchased at "Red Dot" shops. Look for the three red dots on the sides of buildings:-)

                1. re: OurGreatEscape

                  My Minnesota relatives drove around for an hour and came home booze-less when they stayed w/ us. If you don't know to look for the dots, finding a liquor store can be a challenge.

                  1. re: danna

                    Yeah, there will be no "LIQUOR!" sign, lol. Just a big red dot. And I used to know why, but now I forgot. OK so I am now the rhyming liquor person.

                    1. re: Sue in Mt P

                      I was told that if you couldn't see the red dots in the natural sunlight, then the store had to close because they had to close at dark. I've no idea if this is true or not, sounds like something that was maybe true years ago.

                      1. re: cshipman

                        It's actualy a form of advertising that began after prohibition, when people were still averse to regular advertising. They commissioned an artist (from Charleston) to come up with a sign that would mean 'liquor store' without being blatant. He came up with the three red dots and it's been that way ever since.
                        The Post and Courier ran a story about it a few years back. If you searched their archives you'd probably find it.

          2. Saffron at 333 E Bay St has some interesting breads, including a loaf with nuts and ginger that is great for hot buttered toast. They also have really good amaretto cookies, benne (sesame) crisps, thse sorts of things. It couldnt hurt to stop in and see what appeals to you.

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            1. re: Buddha49

              AND desserts! I agree. Breakfast there is excellent but probably not convenient for the OP.

              I just thougth about this. Are you coming in on Sunday? Some of the recommended places are closed on Sundays. The Mt P Farmer's market is on Tuesdays from 4-?

            2. We're now in our second year profiting from the wonderful suggestions. Tomorrow's dinner is whole roasted croaker from Mt. Pleasant seafood company with greens from the farmer's market.

              Thanks everyone!

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