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Oct 17, 2009 07:24 AM

Wheelchair Accessable in Charleston SC

We are headed to Charleston for a few days of food and relaxation. We have spent many days there in the past and are always looking for good places to eat in the old part of town. We are staying at the Days Inn on Meeting St and like to take in the sights on foot or in my wife's case wheels as she uses a power wheelchair. We have in the past called restaurants in advance to confirm accessibility and had to pass on some good eats due to the lack thereof. One of the first we called said "sure come on, it's only two steps up". We went and it took three burly guys to lift wife and chair up 5-6 steps up to the hostess stand and then 4-5 steps down to the dining room. We found later that the back door was just two steps down and easy enough to get us out. That was a few years ago and I am not as strong as I was to heft lady and chair like I once did.

So to the point...Are there exceptional places or places that serve good "homecooking" that are more accessible than others? So many of the great restaurants in the old parts of old city's have been around for a long time, with steps, perhaps not but one, but along with a narrow doorway, passage is impossible. Small spaces with limited seating can also be difficult. Hominy Grill is one that we enjoyed on our last trip, so I know that it can be done.

We are going for Charleston's local flair, so the usual places are all on our list, but the search is for truly local fair that we can get to.

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  1. If you want truly local, drive through Mt Pleasant on Hwy 17 and go to Seewee Restaurant. It's chair accessible and has excellent home-cooked food. The link is not working right now for some reason. I also recommend Boulevard Diner in Mt Pleasant on Coleman Blvd,
    as well as Locklear's.

    All of these are often the Charleston beaten path, and full of local people. Have fun.

    1. Well, if you are looking for homecooking and downtown then I think Hominy is one of the better choices, there is also Jestine's which is on Meeting down the street from your hotel. Are you looking for only homecooking? I can think of a few other restaurants in the area that would certainly suit your wife's needs.

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      1. re: lizzy

        Lizzy - thanks for your reply! We would, indeed, like to hear of other accessible restaurants besides home cooking.

      2. just went to Hominy grill last week. parking is right next to the building, easy to get into, no steps. roll right up to the table. GREAT food, service and low prices.

        1. According to Google Charleston Place, High Cotton, Oak Steakhouse and Cypress all have accessibility. I'm going downtown later today. I'll try to spot other options.

          1. If memory serves, both Hanks and Fig have zero steps...but of course you should check first in case I'm wrong.