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Dec 20, 2010 05:15 PM

Oysters/Bars/Questions about NYE in Charleston

Headed to Charleston over New Year's to catch a show at the Music Farm, staying at Indigo Inn on Ann Street. Looking for some great casual, fun spots in downtown/historic district with excellent seafood. We went to Pearlz last time we were in town and enjoyed it. I'm wondering how it compares to Amen Street, which looks like it may also fit the bill with what we are looking for. Basically just a fun bar-type atmosphere with better than average food...good bloody marys a plus! We're thinking of trying Hominy Grill for brunch on Saturday the 1st (provided they are open) and I'm also wondering what to anticipate in terms of wait time. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Miss Piggy..........You have NY's Eve figured out. Pearlz and Amen Street. Hominy too. You can't take em all in one night. Just go and have fun.

    1. Hominy claims to only close on thanksgiving day and Christmas day. They open for breakfast on weekends at 9. If you plan to go on NYD, I would definitely go early and plan for a wait of about an hour, but it's SO worth it. I highly recommend the shrimp and grits or the heuvos rancheros (request sour cream). Their biscuits and gravy are awesome as well. I haven't been to Amen Street (it looks very interesting), but I'm very fond of Pearlz downtown location. The oysters are always great.

      1. Jestine's has some good southern comfort food too.

        Jestine's Kitchen @ 251 Meeting St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 722 - 7224

        Jestine's Kitchen
        251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

        1. Hi,

          I love both Pearlz and Amen Street, and they're close. Do both?

          And I'll bet the wait at Hominy will be at least an hour. Pick a plan B just in case. If Jestine's is open it's a good second choice.

          1. Hi! Been to both Pearlz and Amen Street, both on East Bay. Amen is tremendous and a bit bigger than Pearlz, and the vibe you want may be there. Long waits for Hominy, so check out Toast too, corner of Meeting and Cumberland. Though call first to make sure they are open NYday.

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            1. re: Kiminthesouth

              Thank you all so much! I think we'll head to Amen since we've been to Pearlz. Maybe we'll try Hominy on our way out of town on the 2nd instead of fighting the crowds on the 1st. Any other suggestions for a casual, not-to-miss place are welcome! My husband went to Bowens Island many years ago and has fond memories so we thought we may check that out one night as well. I do understand that it's a little way out of town but we're not opposed to driving.

              1. re: miss piggy

                Locklear's, Loggerhead's and Lost Dog are good casual joints on FB.

                Locklear's Beach City Grill @ 101 East Arctic Avenue, Folly Beach, SC 843 - 588 - 6412.
                Loggerhead's Beach Grill @ 123 West Ashley Avenue, Folly Beach, SC 843 - 588 - 2365.
                Lost Dog Cafe @ 106 West Huron Avenue, Folly Beach, SC 843 - 588 - 9669.

                Lost Dog Cafe
                106 W Huron Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439

                1. re: miss piggy

                  Barbara Jean's is open for breakfast on weekends and holidays (but check anyway) and they offer a great value. Two eggs/grits or home fries/housemade sausage or bacon/toast or biscuit for $5.50. Add coffee and tip and it runs about $10 total. It's a smallish place on S Market. They also offer lunch and dinner and tout their crab cakes (see menu). There is a full bar. Not "trendy" and usually not crowded.

                  Barbara Jean's
                  214 Mallery St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

                  1. re: Mayor of Melonville

                    Thank you all so much for your suggestions! Here's our trip report:

                    We had a good time sitting at the bar at Closed For Business before the concert at The Music Farm. They have a rotating beer selection, and I enjoyed a Bells "Champagne" Ale that really did taste a lot like bubbly. The food looked pretty good too, although we didn't eat there. Friendly service, cool place. We headed to Amen Street the next day for lunch at the bar. Started with a VERY spicy bloody mary, then I switched to Firefly. Love that stuff! We noshed off the appetizer list - shrimp corndogs (pretty good, but way overpriced at $10 for 4 small sticks), she crab soup (liked that the sherry was on the side, didn't have a lot of crab meat, but excellent flavor), a dozen oysters (so fresh!), and a crab cake (all meat, no filler...this was my favorite). I wish I had tried the fried green tomatoes with the pimento cheese...they looked great. We ran up a huge bill due to the many drinks (hair of the dog!) and I thought each app was a little overpriced, but we really had a nice time here and the food was good and fresh. It is a beautiful space and the bartender was cool. We went out on a whim for a "nice' dinner and walked a few blocks to Cru Cafe. I had called ahead for reservations as I knew it was small and they said they couldn't take us until 8:30. However when we arrived there were plenty of empty tables. I wasn't annoyed because we weren't overly hungry, but I also didn't think this was the best service. Our waitress was young and not overly friendly but other than that the service was prompt. There was a man who I think may have been the owner who came to check on us too, which was nice. Anyway, this was a standout meal and I highly recommend Cru. We had fried oyster salad, fried goat cheese salad, Thai seafood risotto, and mahi with shrimp and grits. Oh, and because we "weren't that hungry" we got a side of mac and cheese since I had read it was fabulous! It was good but we definitely enjoyed our meals and salads more. They were all outstanding! We capped it off in the morning at Hominy Grill. I was surprised to get a table right away around 9:45 am on a Sunday. This place rocked! I had the huevos rancheros special, my husband had the shrimp omlette and we had a side of some of the best bacon and grits I've ever eaten.

                    Thank you all for your suggestions! We look forward to spending more time in Charleston this spring and summer.