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Traveling to Charleston SC for a 3 day weekend...help...need dining, etc advice/recommendations

Hi,

Me and the boyfriend are traveling to Charleston over the weekend. First day staying in Mt Pleasant/Isle of Palms and rest of the visit will be spent in the Historic District. BTW its my birthday!!! Too keep it sweet and simple...we're foodies...doesn't have to be the fanciest but we want it too be good. (to me, pricey is not synonymous with quality) Cuisine indicative of the region...so coastal is nice. We live in Atlanta...so traditional "southern food" isn't as much of a draw as good seafood. Ages ago I recall going to Virginia's and enjoyed it. We also love dining outdoors when the weather permits. Any ideas? All Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, and Cocktail recommendations welcome. Also, I would love to find the "best" she crab soup; I understand that every restaurant claims theirs is award winning.

Any nice patios or rooftops for cocktails to start evening, end evening or even for a mid day break?

Any tours or sites that are "must sees"??? Must admit that, last fall, we had a ball in Savannah on a "haunted pub crawl"...

Thanks Chowhound for your help. I will be certain to return the favor with reviews when we get home!

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  1. You will get lots of opinions on this board about your questions. It has been discussed at length. You may want to read through some recent ones.

    Having said that, it's hot. Dining outdoors could be uncomfortable.

    The rooftops at both Market Pavilion and Vendue Inn are both nice.

    My favorite she-crabs are at 82 Queen and Locklear's in Mt. P.

    Can't help you with tours or sights-you'll have to go to Tripadvisor for that.

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    82 Queen
    82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

    1. For your first day, I would suggest having breakfast at Boulevard Diner, I enjoy their crab cake benedict, you could also do lunch or dinner here as well. A few other choices for the
      Mt P/IOP portion of your trip, Huck's Lowcountry Table on IOP, great view of the ocean with an emphasis on fresh and local, Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's Island good burgers and fish tacos plus you can eat outside, and SeeWee Restaurant in Awendaw, a bit of a drive but good local seafood, sides and homemade desserts.

      My recs for the historic district...breakfast/brunch: Hominy Grill, you will have to wait in line but it might be less of a wait if you eat outside. Joseph's also has good food & it's on Meeting St.

      We really don't have that many good seafood restaurants in the historic district, but most restaurants do have seafood on their menu. Having said that, I do like Fish on Upper King, and Hank's is another good choice for restaurants that specialize in seafood. Other restaurants I would recommend: Cru Cafe, SNOB, and FIG, I believe FIG is the only one out of those 3 that is only open for dinner.

      I agree with Sue's rooftop choices, and just to give you a couple of non-rooftop bar choices, there is the Blind Tiger they have a nice courtyard in back and they serve food, which is supposed to be good but I have not eaten there. I would also recommend Fleet Landing for cocktails, again not a rooftop but they have fantastic views of the water but I wouldn't recommend eating there.

      Definitely look at Trip Advisor for sight info, but I will say there used to be a tour that began at the Farmer's Market and then took you into restaurant kitchens. I don't know if it still goes on or not, but it might be worth looking into.

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      Hominy Grill
      207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

      Poe's Tavern
      2210 Middle St, Sullivans Island, SC

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

      Boulevard Diner
      409 W Coleman Blvd, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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      1. re: lizzy

        SNOB and Cru are both open for lunch and dinner. Hominy Grill is well out of the Historic District.

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        Hominy Grill
        207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

        1. re: birgator

          Actually Hominy is in the Historic District, it is just not inside what we consider to be the main tourist area. Also depending on where angeljoy is staying, HG could be a 10 minute walk from the hotel or a 10 minute drive.

        2. re: lizzy

          Any of these close to the airport? I'm flying in at 11am, but have to wait for my sister to arrive at 2pm. I'd love to find somewhere easy to get to for a great lunch. Any suggestions?

          1. re: merry8

            Nope, none of these is near the airport. Will you have a car? If so go to Sesame in North Charleston (make the distinction if using a GPS).

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              I second Sue's suggestion of Sesame, local burger place. Also if that isn't what you're looking for there is also EVO, brick oven pizza, a bbq joint and an Irish pub, Madra Rua, just down the street. It should take you 10-15 min by car from the airport to get to any of these restaurants.

              1. re: lizzy

                Don't forgot Dot's Idle Hour! That link is wrong.

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                Idle Hour
                124 Bull St, Lagrange, GA 30240

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  Thanks! I'm trying to arrange for a car, so any of these should be perfect.

                  1. re: merry8

                    The other one on that stretch is Aunt Bea's of "Army Wives" fame. If you watch the show, you'll recognize that street.

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                    Aunt Bea's Restaurant
                    1050 E Montague Ave Ste A, Charleston, SC 29405

                2. re: lizzy

                  As if you needed another Montague Avenue suggestion, Cork Bistro has a great lunch. http://www.corkbistro.com/

          2. Sue and Lizzy both give premium advice.

            I'll just add that my best fish experiences lately have been at Fig and Hucks...just order whatever fish they tell you is local. Tiggerfish, wreckfish, red drum....

            While on IOP, I always like to get a pina colada at Coconut Joes. Do not eat anything there, just get the drink and sit on their amazingly breezy porch which is ON the beach. You can't believe how cool it is on the porch even when it's a zillion degrees on the beach. Actually, you may have to order some chips or boiled shrimp or something, they may not let you have a table on the covered porch if you don't order some food. I'm not a frozen drink girl, but there's just something beachy about that frozen pina colada w/ whipped cream and toasted coconut on top!

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            Coconut Joes
            1120 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

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            1. re: danna

              So true. And right now that breeze would feel really good because it is hotter than usual. And there's no better view of the beach anywhere.

              And lizzy is right also. My rule of thumb is, if there's a great water view, they don't have to work too hard at being great in the food department. The one exception, IMHO, s the Boathouse. We saw darlin Tyler Florence in there one night!

              1. re: danna

                A pina colada sounds good right about now. I think one may be in my very near future.

                1. re: danna

                  I second the rec of NOT getting food at Coconut Joes.

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                  Coconut Joes
                  1120 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451

                  1. re: JayL

                    I think the point was to have a cocktail. Lighten up buster. Did you really go there and expect fabulous food? After moving from Jacksonville?

                2. I'm not going to intervene with Ms. Sue and Lizzy but Magnolia's is one of my favoites and it's right in the middle of the historice district. Good luck.

                  1. What about Fleet Landing on Corcord St. overlooking the Harbor. They have a beautiful deck outside and lots of good seafood on their menu. I have walked by this place but I never ate there. Looks like it might be worth a try.

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

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                    1. re: Littleman

                      The food there, like with many places with a beautiful view, the food is just ok. It is not bad at all. They don't have to try hard. People line up to get in just to sit on the harbor. The food is not the star at Fleet. Go anyway. It's really fun to watch the dolphins while having supper.

                      lizzy, might be just the spot for that delicious pina colada.

                      1. re: Littleman

                        I went to Fleet Landing while on vacation in Charleston and really enjoyed the fried green tomato and crab appetizer (called the Fried Green Tomato Stack) and the seared scallops. Give it a try!

                      2. Actually, for rooftop drinks check out Henry's on the market. And Cru Cafe is doing their food now so win-win.

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                        1. re: penny35

                          That is great! Thanks for the tip. I'll go when the temp drops below 100 :-D