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Dec 21, 2010 07:26 AM

Christmas Day...where to eat between Charleston airport and I-95?

Hi there...been doing my own searching but having a hard time finding something for Christmas dinner that is between the Charleston aiport and where we'll pick up I-95. My husband, stepson and I will be flying down to Charleston and making our way to FL on Christmas Day. Our flight arrives around 6:45pm so by the time we get our bags, rental car and get on our way we'd like to try to get to dinner by about 8pm.

I looked on Open Table and see restaurants in downtown Charleston that have availability and then there are a few seafood/BBQ places that look good but are a bit out of the way and I have a feeling they might be closed. So any recs would be much appreciated - no restrictions on food and while I'd like to get out of dinner for under $100 total, I'm also not going to be super picky since Christmas openings are few and far between. Thanks!

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  1. By that late most places that would be open in Charleston proper will be closed, to my knowledge. Poogan's Porch is open until 8. Downtown is east of the airport, 95 is west. You may be stuck with Cracker Barrell at Ashley Phosphate, or one of the chains at the Summerville exit from I26. There's not much between there and 95, so you'll want to stop at either of those exits.

    Poogan's Porch
    72 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      All Cracker Barrels are closed on Christmas day.

      1. re: jla1960

        Durn! I ate there on Christmas one time! Sorry for the bad rec.

    2. There is a Waffle House at exit 105 and 103 on I-26...if you find anything else, I'll be surprised.

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      1. re: jla1960

        Exit 103 on I 26 is just about 100 miles N of Charleston, SC. It's actually just N of Columbia, SC.

        1. re: Littleman

          Right...Exit 203 and 205 is correct.

      2. Firewater Grill at Exit 199B off I 26 at Summerivlle, SC is open late. Better check to be sure though. There are 14/20 restaurants at that Exit on I 26. Someone will be open.

        Sweetwater Cafe is open until 10 but I'm not sure about Christmas Day. Give them a call. Get off at Exit 199B and go W on Main Street. You will pass Sticky Finger's BBQ on the right after you get off I 26. Surely they will be open. Good luck.

        Firewater Grill @ 109 Holiday Drive, Summerville, SC 843 - 261 - 2121.
        Sweetwater Cafe @ 103 S Main St # A Summerville, SC 843 - 821 - 9101.
        Sticky Finger's BBQ @ 1200 North Main St., Summerville, SC 843 - 871 - 7427.

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        1. re: Littleman

          Sticky Finger's is closed on Christmas. I'm just thinking that the chains near hotels will be open, but that's about it. The exits are Ashley Phosphate or at Summerville. I'd pick CB over Waffle House, but that's just me. If I find out more I'll post.

          Waffle House Restaurant
          1415 N Main St, Summerville, SC 29483

          1. re: Littleman

            Sticky Fingers, Sweetwater and Firewater are all closed on Christmas day. 0-3

            Seriously, at 8:00 PM on Christmas day in Sumerville, SC there will be literally no restaurants open, with the exception of Waffle House.

            1. re: jla1960

              Because I think this could use some added are completely right on this.

          2. good luck on it being open, but I think EVO would be the absolute best soluntion if it were.


            I note from their website that they are open for dinner on new year's day, so maybe you have a shot. it's worth a call.

            I have eaten Christmas day lunch at an IHOP, and was very grateful for it, given the previous year we ate Christmas Eve dinner at a convenience store (festive buffet of rice krispie treats, fig newtons,etc.) after driving around for an hour.

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            1. re: danna

              Per their website, EVO is closed on Christmas day.

            2. Yeah, you're pretty much SOL from an eating standpoint but hopefully you've checked out a map and figured out that from the Charleston airport, your best bet southbound is going to be 526 to Savannah highway (south 17) to I-95 rather than 26 north/west to I-95. The 26 route takes you at least an hour and a half out of your way. There are a few fast food options on that route but many of them will be closed on the 25th.