Best Restaurants for a Serious Foodie in Charleston, SC
- filleparfaite1 Oct 1, 2009 08:08 AM
I'm visiting Charleston with my family for the holidays in December and am looking for serious food recommendations. Below are some of my parameters. I would be so grateful for your advice!
1. I love French food.
2. I love upscale gourmet or casual elegance.
3. The smaller portions the better.
4. I adore a good tasting menu.
5. Not a big fan of heavy foods: fried, large portions of meat, etc.
I don't mind local haunts that don't look like much; I just want serious food made with the best ingredients.
Fig on East Bay concentrates on local, fresh ingredients and never disappoints.
Cypress is upscale with lovely fusion Southern food.
Also try Mustard Seed, either on James Island or Mt Pleasant. Great local food and pleasant service.
My favorite is Atlanticville on Sullivan's.
http://www.atlanticville.net/ Try the oysters.
re: uptown jimmy
That salad was the "salade de canarde". Very duckish dish. Lovely.
We also loved the cauliflower soup. And, oh! The moules frites! With the fries they fry in duck fat. Wow. And the duck breast with lentils and brussel sprouts. And the two bottles of great French wine.
Lord that food was good.
According to the Charleston City Paper, Ken Vedrinski left Sienna as chef when he opened Trattoria Lucca, but maintained his monetary partnership in the restaurant. Trattoria Lucca is still open and seems to be going strong, and I read something not too long ago about Vedrinski having plans to open yet another restaurant, this one with an emphasis on seafood.
Another thumbs up for McCrady's, FIG and La Fourchette. All top notch. McCrady's is the "fanciest" of the three.
I just returned from my first trip to Charleston.
Ate at SNOB on Monday, which was very good. Had the pear salad, shrimp and grits. Decent service. Accommodating. I would go back, but will try other places first.
Last night was McCrady's. Excellent meal and excellent very attentive service. Had the Market menu, which was Grouper (a favorite of mine) perfectly prepared. Wonderful squash soup and an apple desert. Highly recommended. Will be on my list when I return.
and I'll probably get razzed for saying it, but I have had some great food at Anson's
and the burger at the Blind Tiger is pretty smoking.