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While in Charleston, SC where do you recommend

I will be visiting Charleston this spring for 6 nights and want to go to at least 3 outstanding dinners. While I have been to Charleston many times and even lived there, it has been a number of years since my last trip (my wife’s first time). Please recommend your cannot miss choices, we will be staying at Charleston Place 3 nights, and the Sanctuary 3 nights (I don’t mind leaving the island for great dinning). BTW, I am an avid foodie and a graduate of the CIA.

Also, if you would make some breakfast and lunch recommendations too, we would appreciate it :)

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  1. First, you might want to provide some guidance on what type of food you're looking for, and how much you want to spend. Second, do a search on here...Charleston is one of the most frequently discussed cities on this board. Personally, I recommend Cru Cafe for dinner and Hominy Grill for b'fast and lunch, but there are many, many good options.

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7401...

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    Hominy Grill
    207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

    1. The Charleston Grill at CP is one of Charleston's finest restaurants. McCrady's is also outstanding. Go to High Cotton for lunch. Husk is outstanding for lunch or dinner.

      McCrady's @ 2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 0025.
      http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/
      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/

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      1. re: Littleman

        What did you have at Husk? How did it compare to McCrady's? thanks.

        1. re: danna

          I'd be interested to know as well.

          1. re: danna

            We did brunch at Husk last month. I don't think it comes close to McCrady's. But we did have terrible service. But the space is stunning.

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

        2. Hi! We visited Charleston on the 4th of July last year. We asked the locals for great eateries and came up with three - all absolutely fantastic!

          1. Fleet Landing
          186 Concord Street
          (843) 722-8100
          A beautiful waterfront atmosphere (almost a must-see for a newcomer) & great food! We shared the seafood pasta (de-lish!).

          2. 39 Rue de Jean
          39 John Street, Charleston
          (843) 722-8881
          Great lunch spot...had some phenomenal soup, bread etc...

          3. Coast (next door to 39 Rue de Jean)
          39 John Street, Charleston
          (843) 722-8838
          We contemplated this one as it was so busy, but definitely worth the wait!
          Excellent spicy Bloody Marys, dinner, and dessert (pic attached)...we sat in the "alley" for dinner...very nice ambience (pic attached)!

          Enjoy!

           
           
          1. There are many, many more but here are few:

            Dinner
            Slightly North of Broad (SNOB)- contemporary American with a local spin
            Amen Street Raw Bar- excellent seafood in a stylishly renovated old building
            Peninsula Grill- high end old school fine dining

            Lunch
            Hominy Grill- regional cuisine with local ingredients
            Jestine's- hugely popular, but good soul food with fresh ingredients

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            Hominy Grill
            207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

            Slightly North of Broad
            192 East Bay St., Charleston, SC 29401

            Peninsula Grill
            112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

            1. Google "Chuckeats" for his generous review of Mc'Crady's.

              1. Wild Olive on Johns Island while you are at the Sanctuary-great Italian using local ingredients; Sunrise Bistro for breakfast-also on Johns Island.
                Downtown-Fig focus is on local; new Patat Friet for lunch on George Streeet-Dutch French Fries and falafel; Cypress for apps and drinks on East Bay Street.

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                Wild Olive
                2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455

                1. I assume you are looking for low country when you go to dine in Charleston. I have found that the locals can be sick of low country and will tend to recommend good restaurants that serve other cuisines. We generally only venture in from Kiawah for one meal, so I am definately seeking low country cooking. SNOB and Macrady's are still great as well as relative new comers Penisula Grill and Cypress. I am looking forward to Husk on my next trip. Also out by the Sanctuary, although they haven't changed the menu in years, Rosebank Farms is still pretty good. The Sanctuary does a nice but expensive job, but avoid all other Kiawah restaurants.

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                  Rosebank Farms Cafe
                  1886 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island, SC 29455

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                  1. re: NewToDelray

                    Not true at all. We locals know we are lucky, and never get tired of "low country". I eat shrimp and grits all the time, at home and out. Peninsula Grill and Cypress are not newcomers. Husk is. And it's great.

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                    Peninsula Grill
                    112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

                    1. re: NewToDelray

                      I second Rosebank Farms and offer the Stono Market for casual lunch (Stono also has food to go) Wild Olive also Johns Island is a good dinner option. I'm also a big fan of the Fat Hen on JI. Downtown, Hominy Grill is a must for me for breakfast or lunch. I'm also very impressed with the offerings at Cru Cafe. I also like Basil and La Fourchette on Upper King St, but they don't do southern...the first is Thai and the second is French.

                      I've eaten at all the restaurants mentioned thus far except for two: Charleston Place and Husk. Chances are very low that you will encounter a bad meal at any of them. So, check out the menus, wonder by on foot (for the downtown locales) and choose what sounds good to you.

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                      Fat Hen
                      3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

                      La Fourchette
                      Charleston, SC, Charleston, SC

                      Hominy Grill
                      207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

                      Rosebank Farms Cafe
                      1886 Andell Bluff Blvd, Johns Island, SC 29455

                      Wild Olive
                      2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455

                      1. re: South Carolina Girl

                        I second Wild Olive and Fat Hen as good options that don't require driving all the way in to Chas from Kiawah.

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                        Fat Hen
                        3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

                        Wild Olive
                        2867 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455

                    2. Lots of great places mentioned. I second McCrady's (our favorite), Hominy Grill, Slightly North of Broad. I think Cru Cafe for lunch-make sure somebody orders a side of their decadent mac and cheese. Some of the best waiters in Chucktown are employed there. Also you should try Lucca-fabulous northern Italian north of the college that is a great secret. While out at the Sanctuary, right up at the village with the fancy pig grocery store is Hege's--fabulous brasserie. Rosebank and the Fat Hen are good too.

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

                      Fat Hen
                      3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

                      Hominy Grill
                      207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

                      Slightly North of Broad
                      192 East Bay St., Charleston, SC 29401