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3 dinners in Charleston - please help

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Hi everyone,

I think I'll be heading to Charleston soon and, like any good CH-er, I am trying to plot out my dining itinerary in advance! Would love to focus on lowcountry-type restaurants with emphasis on great food.

I've read a lot about McCrady's and now Husk. If choosing between both of them, which would you pick and why? Is one supposed to be more upscale - or more "southern" - than the other?

For the other 2 nights, I'm torn between FIG, SNOB, and to a lesser extent Peninsula Grill or Charleston Grill (I see both of these written about on other sites but to me they seem really touristy and not regionally authentic, if that makes sense, but please tell me if I'm wrong).

Which of these restaurants would you pick, and if you'd choose other places entirely please let me know!

Thanks!

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

Peninsula Grill
112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Charleston Grill
224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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  1. All of your picks focus on local ingredients, all are lowcountry places and you'll see a mix of tourists and locals at all of them. Peninsula Grill is next to Planters Inn and Charleston Grill is in the Charleston Place hotel, so many of the diners could likely be at those just due to proximity. If I had to pick right this minute, I'd put FIG at the top of the list. McCrady's focuses more on molecular gastronomy while is Husk is more about local sourcing. Two different experiences, both of them great.

    Take a look at the menus when you get here (they change) and see what sounds good to you. Are you interested in any food in particular? Seafood? Grits? Collards? If so let me know and I can give you a list of my favorites.

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

    Peninsula Grill
    112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

    Charleston Grill
    224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

    5 Replies
    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Thanks. Yes, I'd be interested in recs for everything you mentioned: seafood, grits, and collards. We were hoping to do really casual places for breakfast and lunch so any recs for those types of restaurants would also be very helpful. Thanks again!

      1. re: ManhattanLawyer

        Hominy Grill gets mixed reviews here but I've enjoyed it every time I've eaten there. Breakfast and lunch are both good. My favorite fried shrimp or oysters are at Jestine's. Favorite shrimp and grits is High Cotton. Best she crab soup is at 82 Queen. Toast gets good reviews but I haven't been there. My friends say breakfast there is good. Best collards are at SNOB and Huck's out on IOP. Best oyster appetizer Atlanticville on Sullivans.

        The shrimp season has not yet started. Oysters are just out of season-"r" months only. Stone crab claws are in right now.

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        Hominy Grill
        207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

        82 Queen
        82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          There's no season on oysters. The "R" theory began a long time ago before refrigeration was plentiful like it is today. The hot summer months have no "R" and oysters were not as plentiful years ago when refrigeration was not prominent. There's no limit to refrigeration today. Oysters are harvested year round. Go to Amen Street Seafood and Raw Bar. You will find great fresh oysters. Good luck.

          1. re: Littleman

            Are the oysters @ Amen local this time of year? i know in many area oysters are harvested year round and I usually eat them year round my experience in the carolinas has been that they only harvet then late October through March.

            i always thought the r month thing was to allow oysters to spawn

            1. re: quazi

              quazi, Amen St still has local oysters as well as some from British Columbia and Massachusetts. The SC oyster season closes May 15:
              http://www.dnr.sc.gov/news/yr2010/sep...

              You can get fresh oysters year round, but you can't get local ones out of season. It IS the "r" months around here.