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Feb 20, 2011 04:55 PM

Visiting Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA

Hi all,

I am heading to your two great cities on a trip with a girlfriend in mid March for 2 nights each. We are looking for a variety of lunch and dinner spots. Definitely looking for a really nice place at least one night in each town, and otherwise we would love to try places that locals love or places that specialize in things we could never get up north. Also looking for local experiences.

In Charleston we would love a recommendation for a coastal seafood spot with nice views. We will have a car for that city. In Savannah we are staying at B&B in the Historic district, no car. What are the best local restaurants? Also any other tips we should know?

Finally, we are driving from Charleston to Savannah. Any great lunch spots on the way worth a small detour?

Thanks so much!

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  1. There are lots of restaurants in the Charleston Historic District that specialize in local ingredients. The best ones, IMHO, don't have a view. Current favorites are FIG (outstanding), SNOB, High Cotton, Amen Street, and Magnolia's. To see and be seen go to Cypress. Fleet Landing has a great harbor view but the food is not as good. A quick search on this board will provide you with lots of reports and opinions.

    I know less about Savannah but I do know the Olde Pink House is fantastic. Both HDs are easy to explore on foot.

    Beaufort is a nice town between the 2. I haven't eaten lunch there in years so I hesitate to recommend anything, but someone here will have current information.

    The Olde Pink House
    Savannah, GA, Savannah, GA

    Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
    186 Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      What about Huck's, Sue? It's been a year since I was there, but I liked it well enough. Not as good as FIG, but if they really want ocean view, I think it's worth going to. (or at least it was)

      1. re: Sue in Mt P

        Thanks this is great. Do any of these places need reservations in advance?

        1. re: NinaO

          Would recommend reservations at Olde Pink House if you're going for dinner. If you're visiting Savannah over St Patty's week prepared....

          The Olde Pink House
          Savannah, GA, Savannah, GA

      2. I second Ms. Sue. Stop in Beaufort and have lunch at Saltus River Grill. It is nice and has a good view of the waterway. Go to Amen Street Seafood and Raw Bar in Charleston for good seafood. High Cotton is a fun place for dinner. Go to McCrady's for fine dining.

        Go to Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah for fun casual dining. Local 11 Ten is fun fine dining. Have drinks on their rooftop bar. Good luck.

        Saltus River Grill
        802 Bay Street, Suite C, Beaufort, SC 29902

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        1. re: Littleman

          Thanks! Same question here, anything need reservations?

          1. re: NinaO

            danna's right. Huck's is right on the ocean. It gets mixed reviews but it's been good every time I went. In March you may not need reservations but it can't hurt to make them anyway. Some places can get fill up quickly, since locals and tourists go to the same great places.

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              Oh and Huck's is out at Isle of Palms.

            2. re: NinaO

              You don't usually need reservations for lunch but I would definitely make dinner reservations ahead of time. Where are you planning dinner.