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Apr 14, 2011 08:50 AM

Boston-area visitors in Charleston for 4 nights--where to eat?

Our kids will be off on school trips to Europe for school vacation week, so my husband and I are going to Charleston, SC to do some old house tours, antiques shopping and lots of eating. We are staying at Wentworth Mansion and enjoy walking, although we will have a car.

We like seafood and anything interesting and ethnic that we can't get much of here. I would love some shrimp and grits and boiled peanuts (we're a peanut-free house due to my son's allergy, so that would be a treat). We're not mixed drink people, so don't appreciate a fancy martini list, but we do enjoy dessert.

I'd also like some advice on dress codes. Will he need a jacket for any of the places you're recommending?


Wentworth Mansion
149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401

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  1. Wentworth is nice!

    When are you coming?

    My favorite shrimp and grits are at High Cotton, 82 Queen, and Atlanticville on Sullivans. Favorite she crab soup is at 82 Queen. Favorite locavore places are FIG, Husk and McCrady's. Favorite special occasion place is Peninsula Grill. Their Coconut cake is famous. There are others that are really great, but I hate to recommend places that I haven't been to lately. Do a board search and you'll get many opinions.

    We went to FIG last night. I had the pate, softshell crabs with local greens and mushrooms and strawberry almond cake for dessert. It was perfect, as usual.

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

    Peninsula Grill
    112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

    82 Queen
    82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

    Atlanticville Restaurant
    2063 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Wow, I remember 82 Queen from my last visit there a hundred years ago! Glad to know it's still around. The dessert at FIG sounds delicious, so we'll definitely go there.

      We will be in Charleston from the 18th thru the 22nd April.

      82 Queen
      82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

    2. Oh and all places are casual. There will be people coming to dinner from work so some men will be wearing jackets if it's not boiling hot. No hats indoors!

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      1. re: Sue in Mt P

        Had to laugh at the no hats indoors comment. That's a huge problem here in New England. A man went up for communion wearing a baseball cap last year and our pastor made him take it off. I guess the guy really didn't know better.

        1. re: Isolda

          Nobody will say anything, but they'll roll eyes and whisper "How tacky".

          If you feel adventurous and would like to eat plain food drive out through Mt Pleasant on 17 to Awendaw. The Seewee Restaurant there is the best for fried shrimp. The hushpuppies make me happy.

          Seewee Restaurant
          4804 N Highway 17, Awendaw, SC 29429

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            I haven't had hushpuppies in decades! Yum!

            1. re: Isolda

              At Seewee they bring out a basket of little hushpuppies first thing. And the desserts are really good.

              Seewee Restaurant
              4804 N Highway 17, Awendaw, SC 29429

      2. To add to this, could folks compare these restaurants: Magnolia, Cypress, FIG and SNOB?

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        1. re: jjo

          Sorry, I quit compare and contrast when I graduated high school, :D If you do a board search you will get lots of information to answer your question and lots of opinions. All 4 are great. There are differences: Cypress is upscale where people to go to see and be seen; FIG focuses on the freshest local ingredients; Magnolia's is the most traditional of the 4, and SNOB is a mix of traditional and modern lowcountry cuisine.

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            You may have quit, but you did a pefect job. Thanks!

        2. Amen Street and Pearlz have good seafood. The Pavillion Bar has outstanding views. Carolina's is fun.

          Amen Street Seafood and Raw Bar @ 205 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 843 - 853 - 8600.
          Pearlz Oyster Bar @ 153 E. Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 5755.

          Pavillion Bar @ 225 East Bay St., Charleston, SC 843 - 723 - 0500.

          Carolina's Restaurant @ 10 Exchange St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 724 - 3800.

          1. Isolda, I think you regularly post on the Boston Board. I strongly encourage you to to seek out Carolina shrimp. I'm not sure of the season but they flash freeze.

            It is far superior to what we get; up here and is rarely brought into NE.

            I'll leave the specific resto reco''s to the local's. They know the city far better than I do; as an infrequent visitor...and they have many prolific posters.

            Their shimp is more shrimp taste than we a large margin...even in Boston's best.

            Enjoy Charleston, great city!

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            1. re: 9lives

              The Blessing of the Fleet is tomorrow (yay) so the shrimp season should be in full swing in June. I get them straight from the boat. All the nice restaurants will be serving it fresh by then.