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Aug 15, 2010 01:46 PM

Dess Code in Charleston, SC..............

There's a question on the SE Board about wearing shorts to brunch in Charleston restaurants. The restaurants that serve outstanding brunch that I know about would be Fleet Landing, Poogan's Porch, Magnolia's, Carolina's, High Cotton and Blossom. I know it's hot in the summer and men like to wear shorts to be cool while sight seeing before/after lunch but I would like to know for my own benefit.

Do you know if it's appropriate to wear shorts to these restaurants. What about others that are more casual than the above. Thanks for your kind advice.

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  1. My opinion is that shorts should never be worn to dine in any place nicer than Hooters.

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      1. re: Littleman

        Let 'em wear what they want and buck the "trend" yourself.

    1. I've been to Charleston several times, but of the restaurants you mentioned I've only been to Poogan's porch for brunch. Based on my experiences in Charleston and other similar cities in coastal SC and NC, shorts for brunch at most moderate/nice places are fine as long as they are khaki/chino type and paired with a polo shirt or similar. Charlestonians strike a nice balance between practicality and formality - everyone understands that it is hot and most people at brunch are about to spend the day strolling around town in the heat, it is silly to dress for brunch then change for the day's activities. Dinner is a different matter, and I strongly recommend a stop at the hotel/house to freshen up and change to less casual clothes.

      1. I've eaten at Magnolia's and Poogan's but only for dinner. I'd take the view that it would not be appropriate to wear shorts then at either place. Brunch is presumably more relaxed - perhaps a phone or email enquiry to them to check would be an idea.

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          1. Charleston in the summer is crazy hot and humid. I'd forgo the shorts for dinner and at least wear slacks. I found the locals dress up more than we do down in Fla. I had the shrimp and grits at Magnolia's and still crave it. It was excellent.

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            1. re: scubadoo97

              Must admit, as a visiting Briton, I was surprised how formal some of the places seemed in comparision to similar quality UK restaurants.