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The family convenes in Charleston for some great food!

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Dad just turned 70, I'm turning 40, and the whole gang (parents, 2 bros w/S.Os and me & my boy - adults only) are all meeting in Charleston for a birthday weekend of food & fun & family. Dad & I get to pick the Saturday night birthday dinner location, and he is more familiar w/Charleston than I am. His suggestions:

Anson Restaurant - Carolina's - 82 Queen

Our backgrounds: Dad is a Vermont farmhouse-style foodie, a localvore (or locavore) with shortage of super-fresh seafood in his life. I live in New Orleans, where the seafood is swell (albeit a little oily this year) but anything that comes near a fryer gets battered & thrown in.

So, different backgrounds, but we both love fresh (be it veggies, fish, whatever) and both love seafood and both love trying cuisines that we can't find done as well back home. Oh, and did I mention oysters? We all love oysters.

Thoughts on Dad's picks? Other recommendations? I have heard very good things about the Peninsula Grill (mostly very general positive reviews) and McCrady's, though McCrady's sounds like the kind of place we could find in the fine dining scene anywhere. I have read most of the key posts on the fine dining scene here, but, knowing our divergent food perspectives, I wondered if anyone could give more specific recommendations.

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

Peninsula Grill
112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

82 Queen
82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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  1. Hey,

    Happy birthday to all y'all! Those three are great. Your daddy might enjoy 82 Queen. It has an outdoor seating area that is lovely. Their she crab soup is the best in town, IMO.

    For really fresh local food I like FIG. I had an outstanding dinner there recently. You'll need a reservation. The pate is wonderful.
    http://www.eatatfig.com/assets/pdf/me...

    There's a new place close to 82 Queen called Husk. It's getting great reviews and is on my short list. Have fun. Looks like the weather will be nice.

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    82 Queen
    82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Thank you very much for your input! Recs well taken, and I will take it up with Dad...

    2. I second all your Dad's picks. Anson, Carolina's and 82 Queen are outstanding. Blossom is a fun place that uses lots of local products and ingredients. Your Dad should like that. I also like Charleston Grill but I second Peninsula. I really like McCrady's. I think Charleston Grill is the best place in town and the tops for any celebration. I also think High Cotton is a great fun place. Husk is the new place Ms. Sue mentioned. It's getting good reviews. I need to try it out soon myself.

      Blossom @ 171 East Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 722 - 9200.
      http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress....
      Charleston Grill @ 224 King St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 4522.
      http://www.charlestongrill.com/#home
      High Cotton Maverick Bar and Grill @ 199 East Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 724 - 3815.
      http://www.mavericksouthernkitchens.c...
      Husk Restaurant @ 76 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 843 - 577 - 2500.
      http://www.huskrestaurant.com/
      McCrady's @ 2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 0025.
      http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/

      Your best oysters are going to be at Hyman's, Amen's and A W Shuck's. Have a great trip. What are your favorite NOLA restaurants. I visit there quite often. Good luck.

      Hyman's Seafood Co. @ 213 Meeting St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 723 - 6000.
      http://www.hymanseafood.com/
      Amen St. Fish and Raw Bar @ 205 East Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 853 - 8600.
      http://www.amenstreet.com/
      A W Shucks @ 70 State St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 723 - 1151.
      http://www.a-w-shucks.com/cms_pages/i...

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      1. re: Littleman

        Thank you for all the ideas! How to ever choose? The only one I'm not so sure about is Hyman's - I heard it was highly touristy and not the quality you'd hope for (we have lots of those places here in NOLA, too). We may seek our oysters at one of your other preferred locations.

        The NOLA Chow board is really helpful - Definitely consult it. Some personal favorites of mine are:
        Boucherie (on Jeannette in the Carrollton neighborhood) http://www.boucherie-nola.com/ - Southern/NOLA contemp cuisine with a twist; very fair prices and copious deliciousness.
        Cochon (on Tchoupitoulas in the CBD) http://www.cochonrestaurant.com/ - A Don Link restaurant (local celeb chef) - Creative and classy Cajun cooking
        Coop's Place (on lower Decatur in the Quarter) http://www.coopsplace.net/ - One of the lowliest places with the best jambalaya in town!

        1. re: mollymac

          Boucherie and Cochon have some "country" style NOLA cuisine. I like it but I prefer the traditional creole cuisine you find at places like Galatoire's. I love NOLA. Good luck to you and have a great trip.

      2. Carolina's is wonderful! In the few years that I lived in Charleston, I was never disappointed. Fig is also great. I would give Hyman's a miss, it's pretty generic.

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        1. re: alliegator

          I agree. For oysters go to Amen.

          Yeah, deciding where to go eat can be taxing! But it's a chore that I manage somehow :D