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Charleston Low Country Recommendations

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gunnarubex1 Apr 6, 2011 07:01 PM

My wife and I are going to be in Charleston at the end of May. I'm looking for recommendations on good low country restaurants, a good place for breakfast, and a casual place for seafood. We're not interested in tourist traps like Hyman's, but places where locals go. I've heard that 82 Queen is good, as is BI, but I'd like to hear more suggestions. Thanks.

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82 Queen
82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

  1. Sue in Mt P Apr 7, 2011 02:30 AM

    There are tons. I enjoy FIG, SNOB, High Cotton, and 82 Queen, but there are others that I haven't visited lately. Hominy Grill is good for breakfast, as is Toast.

    You should decide quickly and make reservations. The Spoleto Festival starts at the end of May and everything will be full.

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    Hominy Grill
    207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

    82 Queen
    82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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      Eric Panic Apr 7, 2011 07:08 PM

      Sue is right in that many of the downtown restaurants will book up well in advance. Several of the restaurants use Opentable.com for reservations.

      My wife and I were in Charleston earlier this week and had excellent experiences at SNOB and Oak Steakhouse (Sue, you were dead on about the lobster, shrimp mac and cheese). Previously, we have had memorable experiences at the Peninsula Grill.

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      Peninsula Grill
      112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

      Oak Steakhouse
      17 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401

      1. re: Eric Panic
        Sue in Mt P Apr 10, 2011 05:59 PM

        So glad you liked it.

        I haven't been to Peninsula in a couple of years. I need to get over there soon. I don't like to rec places that I haven't visited lately. Same for McCrady's. So many places so little time and $$$$!

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

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        slowfoodgirl Jun 27, 2011 01:52 PM

        I would not recommend 82 Queen. They do have nice outdoor seating, but the entire place seems dated and stuffy. The food is just okay, and definitely not worth the price. It has the air of a restaurant that was great maybe 20 years ago, but has not kept up.

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        82 Queen
        82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

        1. re: slowfoodgirl
          Sue in Mt P Jun 27, 2011 03:39 PM

          Sorry, I have to disagree. The She Crab at 82 Queen has been voted Best of Charleston by readers of the local paper for years. And compared to some of the other places close by it's reasonable-great traditional lowcountry food and nice outdoor seating.

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          82 Queen
          82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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        Littleman Apr 7, 2011 10:00 AM

        Amen Street and Pearlz have good seafood.

        Amen Street Seafood and Raw Bar @ 205 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 843 - 853 - 8600. http://www.amenstreet.com/
        Pearlz Oyster Bar @ 153 E. Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 5755.
        http://www.pearlzoysterbar.com/

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        Pearlz Oyster Bar
        153 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

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          nfc Apr 8, 2011 08:32 AM

          I was in Charleston last week and had dinner at Husk. I think the chef/owner was recently nominated for a James Beard award. in any event, I loved everything about the restaurant--food, decor, service. It emphasized local (southeast) ingredients. Last year when I was in Charleston I ate at Peninsula Grill which I also think if fabulous and at Tristan which was wonderful as well. Of the three, I like Husk best because of the locavore emphasis.

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          Peninsula Grill
          112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

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            9lives Apr 10, 2011 05:42 PM

            If you liked Husk, you might want to try McCrady's at some point.. Husk is Chef Sean Brocks second restaurant and he is extremely talented; and a nice guy. He definitely got an award recently...maybe F&W Best Chef in SE or a James Beard..a nice feather in his cap and well deserved.

            http://www.flickr.com/photos/61246842...

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

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