Charleston and Savannah
I had a fourteen course tasting menu at McCrady's for my birthday that was the best meal of my life. It blew away some Michelin 2 and 3 star places I have been, and cost half as much. They also have a bar snack menu -- only available at the bar -- that is pretty amazing. It changes weekly. If they have the pimento goat cheese sandwiches you must get them. It's a moral imperative.
For something casual try The Glass Onion on Savannah Highway. The executive chef used to be a sous chef at FIG. They focus on fresh local seasonal ingredients and the menu changes frequently. Their pork rillettes, sweetbreads and crispy fried catfish are some of my favorites. Oh, and the housemade bread and butter pickles and pickled okra are delicious!
Traveling a little further afield, The Fat Hen on John's Island is headed up by Fred Neuville, formerly of 39 Rue de Jean. It is a beautiful scenic drive through the country to get there and enjoy the French provincial fare. They're particularly well known for Sunday brunch. Get there early or you'll be waiting a while.
2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401
3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
39 Rue De Jean
39 John St, Charleston, SC 29403
1219 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
What category? Fine dining, casual, bars, BBQ, country, Ethnic or what. What price range. Are you going to Mt. Pleasant N of Charleston. There's good dining there. Are you going to Tybee Island near Savannah. There are some good places to dine outside both cities. Charleston Grill is one of the best in Charleston. Peninsula Grill and Fig are both outstanding. McCrady's is great. Tristan is excellent and has a good Sunday brunch. Magnolia's is also a great restaurant. High Cotton is one of my favorites.
Charleston Grill @ 224 King St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 4522.
Peninsula Grill @ 112 North Market St., Charleston, SC 843 - 723 - 0700.
FIG @ 232 Meeting St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 805 - 5900.
McCrady's @ 2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 0025.
Tristan Restaurant @ 55 South Market St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 534 - 2155.
Magnolia's @ 185 E Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 7771.
High Cotton Maverick Bar and Grill @ 199 East Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 724 - 3815.
In Savannah Firefly is very nice. The Old Pink House is excellent. Elizabeth's is one of the best in the SE. Local 1110 and Noble Fare are both outstanding. If you want more let us know.
Let us know if you plan to venture outside the city. And also if you want more casual places.
Firefly Cafe @ 321 Habersham St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 234 - 1971.
The Olde Pink House Restaurant @ 23 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 232 - 4286.
Elizabeth on 37th @ 105 East 37th St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 236 - 5547.
Local 11 Ten @ 1110 Bull St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 790 - 9000.
Noble Fare @ 321 Jefferson St., Savannah, GA. 912 - 443 - 3210.