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May 30, 2010 07:55 PM

Spoleto Festival & Restaurants

We're going to attend our first Spoleto Festival from June 5 through June 8 in Charleston and I have a few questions. Many people have recommended SNOB, McCradys, Figs, etc. Are any of these places open at lunch? Are reservations a necessity either for lunch or dinner? Are they located in the downtown area close to the Festival performance venues? Because we are new, I have probably scheduled us too tightly so are there a few suggestions for informal, but good places in the Festival area where you can just grab a bite without making a production out of eating?

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  1. The events are spread out so if you can tell me where you are staying and the locations of your events I can help you narrow it down. SNOB is open for lunch but it will be crowded. DO call for a reservation and mention that you will be attending an event. If they have no room they do great carry out. McGrady's and FIG are not usually open for lunch but you may want to call and check. Sometimes during Spoleto restaurants extend hours.

    Good grab a bite places are Caviar and Bananas, Fast and French, and Monza. Again, a lot depends on where you are and where you need to be. Bring your patience-everybody will be doing the same thing you are doing.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      plus 1 on Caviar and Bananas for a it!

      1. re: LaLa

        Another good quick bite place close to Marion Square, the Gilliard & Calhoun St is Ted's Butcherblock. Great place to enjoy a bottle of wine or craft beer along with a cheese plate, sandwich, soup,etc. May be too late for you, though, as they are closed on Sun & Mon!

        Also try Bin 152 on King St - wine bar also offering cheese plates and antipasta.

    2. Several of the churches around town are doing tea rooms. They tend to have a small menu of sandwiches, soups, and salads, and would fit into the "grab a bite without making a production out of eating" category. I went to the one at Second Presbyterian on Saturday. They had a band playing, and the food was good and came out quickly. While you're here, the Second Pres tea room should be open June 5, and St. Matthews should be open June 5 and 6. Both of those are in the Marion Square area. Grace Episcopal, on Wentworth St., is open every day except Sunday, and they have their menu on their website:

      Other quick lunch spots are Brent's, on Broad St. - a sandwich shop where you stand and order, Subway-style. Caviar and Bananas is on George St. and is mainly a gourmet foods shop, but they have a sandwich counter and a deli type counter, and a few tables where you can eat quick lunch.

      Broad St Cafe
      1114 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705

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      1. re: DoubleBaconVeggieBurger

        wow. forgotten childhood memory! we went to a church tea room once when my parents took me down for Spoleto. I recall be very impressed w/ the delicate lunch.

      2. I would definently recommmend Vickery's on Beaufain Street and Fleet Landing down on the harbor for lunches. Best bang for your buck. Another great little hotspot for lunch if you are on King Street is Sermet's. Awesome food and very reasonable.

        Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
        186 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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        1. re: Charleston Boy stuck in NC

          Poor Charleston boy. At least you're not stuck somewhere farther away.

          Those church teas are really great-reasonable, lovely food for a good cause. But I still say it all depends on what events the OP is attending and locations. I went to an event on Sunday and parking was impossible. So the OP will want to park at the hotel and walk or pedicab.

          Some restaurants that don't usually serve lunch do so during Spoleto, so it's important to call to see if that's the case.