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Jan 11, 2011 01:32 PM

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.

    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.
      High Cotton Maverick Bar and Grill @ 199 East Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 724 - 3815.
      Husk Restaurant @ 76 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 843 - 577 - 2500.

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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.

            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)!


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

            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

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

            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.