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McCrady's, Fig and ?? (Charleston)

The Chowfather Apr 20, 2010 12:38 PM

Looking forward to my first visit to Charleston next month. I'm looking for three dinners in Charleston and maybe a fourth there or out on the Isle of Palms.

I'm looking for places that are current, locally inspired and in a modern setting. (no jacket for me)

After reading prior threads I'm leaning toward Fig on Friday night, McCrady's on Saturday and either S.N.O.B, Peninsula Grill or Charleston Grill on Sunday.

What should I go with on Sunday?
Any great casual spots in the Isle of Palms area for one dinner on thursday night?
Also looking for some great bbq for lunch

Thanks in advance

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    rharrisphd May 28, 2010 07:19 AM

    Check out Atlanticville on Sullivan's Island. The oyster appetizer may be the best appetizer anywhere. Also, check out Cafe Medley across from Poe's on the main drag...comfortable, fun, great for coffee in the morning, easy sandwich at lunch, ice cream and a great selection of wines!

    Atlanticville Restaurant
    2063 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

    Cafe Medley
    2213 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC 29482

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    1. re: rharrisphd
      Sue in Mt P May 28, 2010 09:16 AM

      rharrisphd I agree! I love A'ville's oyster app. During April they had a Monday night special: half price apps. Heaven! I haven't eaten at Cafe Medley yet but it's on the list.

    2. The Chowfather May 22, 2010 04:45 PM

      Still here... enjoyed lunch at Gullah, fried shrimp and gullah rice and fried okra. Mac N cheese great too.

      Dinner at FIG last night was OUTSTANDING. My kind of place.. crispy caw caw creek pork trotters w/ sunny side up farm egg and filed pea succotash was knock your socks off good. Also really enjoyed the Keegan-Filion Farms Pork Testa and the veal sweetbread ravioli with porcini mushrooms. Not sure it gets better than FIGS anywhere.
      Next stop McGrady's

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      1. re: The Chowfather
        The Chowfather May 26, 2010 08:42 PM

        This Yankee via Miami loved the shrimp and grits and the deconstructed oyster po-boy at Amen St. The rest of the menu looked interesting. This place is worth checking out.

        1. re: The Chowfather
          emn76 Jun 1, 2010 06:52 PM

          I had the trotters and testa last thursday along with the suckling pig , clearly I have no issue with eating so much pig in one sitting...lol. everything really was exceptional. we also had the roasted beets and my SO had the steak with arugula and the lamb neck agnolotti. it was one of those meals where the freshness and purity of the meat and vegetables makes you take a minute and say "yes, this is what these things do and should taste like" :)

        2. j
          jennyschoenherr May 8, 2010 02:29 PM

          Cru Cafe, Amen Street and FIG were the three best when we spent some time in Charleston last February.

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            Littleman May 8, 2010 09:30 AM

            I agree with Sue in MT P that Charleston is more famous for their outstanding "low country" cuisine rather than BBQ but SC has it's share of fine BBQ and Charleston is included. There are numerous BBQ restaurants in the area. One The Chow Father might look at is located on Sulivan's Island just off # 703 as that highway turns North to Charleston from SI. This would be on your way from Isle of Palms to Charleston and convenient for you as you would go right by it on your way.

            Home Team BBQ @ 2209 Middle St., Sullivans Island, SC 843 - 883 - 3131.


            Two other places that come to mind in Mt. Pleassant I think you would enjoy.

            Mama Brown's BBQ @ 1471 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC. 843 - 849 - 8802. *

            Melvin's Southern BBQ & Ribs @ 925 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC. 843 - 881 - 0549. *

            If you decide on BBQ for lunch in downtown Charleston during your trip check out these two just north of Market St.

            Jim N Nick's Barbecue @ 288 King St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 0406. *

            Sticky Finger's Rib House @ 235 Meeting St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 853 - 7427. *

            Sticky Fingers is a small regional chain and has 3 stores in the ares. It's located in an old historical building unlike most BBQ places which are usually in a small metal building with a drive up window. There's exposed brick walls and tin ceiling. The ambiance is nice. They serve Memphis style BBQ which is my personal favorite. It's just a few short blocks N. of Charleston Place.

            I get all the BBQ at home I can eat and I would be eating a lot of seafood myself but BBQ is available there and it's highly rated.

            I like the recommendation for Gullah Cuisine also. I love country food. I ate homemade meatloaf, butter beans, rice and cornbread last night. Here's the directions. Take the Hwy. 17 bridge and go E. towards Mt. Pleasant. When you pass I 526 in Mt. Pleasant then GC is just past State Rd. S 10 274.

            Gullah Cuisine @ 1717 U.S. 17, Mt Pleasant, SC. 843 - 881 - 9076.


            Bon Appetit.

            1. The Chowfather May 8, 2010 02:31 AM

              Thank you everyone for the recommendations. I just read a blurb on a fairly new place in the NY Times called Amen Street. Looks like a potential lunch spot. Thoughts?

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              1. re: The Chowfather
                lizzy May 8, 2010 09:08 AM

                Everyone around here seems to love Amen Street. Personally I don't understand all of the love, but I am willing to admit I may have ordered wrong and more than willing to give it another chance. IMO, stay away from the She Crab Soup, it is the only version of the soup I have had that did not contain any pieces of crab in it. I have heard, however, that the oyster shooters are fantastic.

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                JBurnsPatersonIV Apr 25, 2010 06:00 PM

                I love this city...I love having the dilemma of where to go eat - there's so many good places. McCrady's is always my go to spot - Sean Brock and staff do a knock out job and go above and beyond. You'll love it. Mike Lata and the crew at FIG always produce a great meal, I've never left without saying "damn that was so good."

                If you want the ultimate trifecta - Peninsula Grill. Robert Carter has been in Charleston forever and he epitomizes all things lowcountry. It's classical old school Charleston - hell the walls are even velvet! I've been on several occasions and each time it's been perfect. It's much more classical than FIG or McCrady's - this way you can really see how awesome our cuisine is in Charleston.

                FIG>McCrady's>Peninsula Grill sounds like one of the best weekends I could ever think of...

                McCrady's Restaurant
                2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

                Peninsula Grill
                112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

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                1. re: JBurnsPatersonIV
                  Littleman May 8, 2010 09:06 AM

                  I agree with JBurnsPattersonIV. FIG, McCrady's and Peninsula Grill.

                  What about Magnolia's. I don't see it mentioned often but I enjoyed my visit there. The place The Chowfather asked about is getting some good reviews also.

                  Amen St. Fish and Raw Bar @ 205 East Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 853 - 8600. *


                  McCrady's Restaurant
                  2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

                  Peninsula Grill
                  112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

                  1. re: Littleman
                    The Chowfather May 18, 2010 06:33 AM

                    How dressy is Peninsula Grill?

                    Peninsula Grill
                    112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

                    1. re: The Chowfather
                      BetsyinKY May 18, 2010 01:33 PM

                      Jackets are not required, but you will see a few in there. We go every year for our anniversary, and my husband feels comfortable in nice slacks and a dress shirt, no tie. Women are usually in nice slacks or dresses.

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                  bigdog2084 Apr 25, 2010 08:54 AM

                  I just got married in charleston a month ago and we had our rehearsal dinner at mccradys and everything was absolutely amazing. wonderful food and a wonderful atmosphere. Then we had our wedding reception at peninsula grill and it was wonderful as well. I would have your dinner sunday at peninsula grill over snob. Fig is also a great place for dinner.

                  1. LulusMom Apr 20, 2010 04:48 PM

                    I thought Fig was phenomenal when I was there last year. And the times I've tried Peninsula Grill I've LOVED it ... one of my favorite restaurants in the world. I thought S.N.O.B. was fairly average, and a friend I trust dearly said the same about McCrady's.

                    McCrady's Restaurant
                    2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

                    Peninsula Grill
                    112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

                    1. The Chowfather Apr 20, 2010 04:35 PM

                      Great, thank you. I didn't do my bbq homework... and just for clarification, I'm open for additional recommendations if I missing something.

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                      1. re: The Chowfather
                        veganhater Apr 20, 2010 04:52 PM

                        If you don't mind a bit of a drive, I loved weekend lunch at Gullah Cuisine. Buffet, locally styled soul food with creole hints. Great local flavor and completely unique (and inexpensive) to me, not being from Charleston. Definitely worth a side trip over the bridge towards Mt. Pleasant.

                        1. re: veganhater
                          The Chowfather Apr 20, 2010 05:06 PM

                          Gullah sounds cool. I don't know the area at all. I'm staying on Isle of Palms. Is Gullah on the way to Charleston?

                          1. re: The Chowfather
                            veganhater Apr 20, 2010 06:34 PM

                            someone else is a better source of directions, but from downtown Charleston Gullah was about a fifteen minute drive heading north over the bridge to Mt. Pleasant. On a side note, I agree with lulu's mom about snob, but not about McCrady's. It has consistently been a highlight of our Charleston trips. That being said, their cuisine is not quintessential low country. It is, however, highwire cooking in a neat atmosphere with a great wine list.

                            McCrady's Restaurant
                            2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

                      2. Sue in Mt P Apr 20, 2010 02:02 PM

                        There are 2 good ones on IOP: Boathouse and Huck's. Huck's got off to a rocky start but the last few times I've been my meals were wonderful.

                        Both have outdoor areas. The Boathouse has a great bar up top with beautiful views.

                        Since it's your first visit, go to S.N.O.B. All three are excellent.

                        We're not as well known for bbq as we are shrimp, grits, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese and she crab soup.

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