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NYC Foodie coming to Myrtle Beach/Charleston

lichow Jul 2, 2011 11:14 AM

...with visions of shrimp every way in my head. What are "not to miss" meals or your particular items?
Favorite Southern restaurants; old-style or reinterpreted? Areas you love?

We are staying for a few days with friends in Myrtle Beach then on to B&B or such in Charleston.
I want to try it all!

Thanks in advance....

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  1. mtnmchgrl RE: lichow Jul 2, 2011 10:24 PM

    I recommend Peninsula Grill or 82 Queen in Charleston.

    Peninsula Grill
    112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

    82 Queen
    82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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      lichow RE: mtnmchgrl Jul 3, 2011 05:09 AM

      Thank you! I have seen lots written about Sean Brock;s restaurants and one article mentioned 82 Queen as well, I believe.

      82 Queen
      82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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        mtnmchgrl RE: lichow Jul 3, 2011 05:14 AM

        You really can go to wrong in Charleston. They have amazing restaurants.
        We also really like Coast & Fleet Landing, both of which are at a lower price point than the other two. have a great time!

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

    2. Sue in Mt P RE: lichow Jul 3, 2011 05:50 AM

      Can't help you with MB.

      Charleston choices have been discussed so much on this board. I have my favorites but without knowing more about what you are looking for, it would take me all day on my holiday weekend to tell you everything.

      Sean Brock's places, McCrady's and Husk are both excellent. Other locally sourced places are SNOB, FIg, High Cotton. High end: Peninsula, Oak, Carolina's and Charleston Grill. Down home: Hominy, Toast, Jestine's. Hank's and Fish are great for lots of seafood choices. I would pick either over Fleet, which is fine, but you go for the view. Cooking lessons: Charleston Cooks.

      There are other places out in the burbs but not sure if you'll have a car. When is your trip? It makes a difference since seafood changes with seasons.

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

      Charleston Grill
      224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

      1. LulusMom RE: lichow Jul 3, 2011 05:54 AM

        Highly recommend Peninsula Grill. I've been 3 times over the past 10 years and every time it was outstanding. Wasn't much impressed with SNOB. Liked FIG a lot, and Hominy for brunch. Hope you have a great trip.

        Peninsula Grill
        112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

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          Roadpony RE: lichow Jul 3, 2011 09:24 AM

          In regards to MB, you need to drive down to Murrell's Inlet that is where the best restaurants are. For a casual dinner, go to Lee's Inlet Kitchen, it is a classic great seafood restaurant. For a more upscale dinner, go to Capt. Dave's Dockside.

          My family also loves Hanser House in Litchfield. Have a great trip!

          Hanser House
          14360 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

          Lee's Inlet Kitchen
          Highway 17 Bus, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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            lichow RE: Roadpony Jul 22, 2011 03:05 PM

            We did go out to Murrell's Inlet, twice--thanks to all the CHers who recommended that. Our friends from Conway said they thought Lee's Inlet had gone downhill so we did Russell's and Sara J's (if I have that right). Both were wonderful; Sara J's was so much food I could not believe it, and all good. That is a wonderful place to go for fried seafood. Russell's had the best she-crab soup ever....

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              LaLa RE: lichow Jul 22, 2011 07:49 PM

              your friends would be wrong...I have been eating at Lee's my whole life (37 years) and ate there twice two weeks ago and it was as delicious as always.
              Russells is good but the best she crab is at Salt Water Creek, Sara J is passable but nowwhere in the league of Lee's or Russells or half a dozen other MI places.

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            lichow RE: lichow Jul 3, 2011 07:43 PM

            These are such wonderful suggestions; thanks so much! We are coming in a few weeks so I look forward to whatever summer seafood we can find.

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              suse RE: lichow Jul 4, 2011 06:59 AM

              There are many better restaurants in Charleston than 82 Queen. Sue in Mt. P mentions several. My last meal in Charleston was the shrimp & grits at SNOB for lunch. They were delicious. This time of year you're going to have to get ready to stand in line at restos in Murrell's Inlet. Our favorite there is Russell's. It's old school Southern seafood and has a great atmosphere. We call it the tree house. You could go just a little further down 17 to Litchfield Beach/Pawley's and maybe get reservations at Chive Blossom or Bistro 217. Both are excellent. Great seafood cooked in a more modern style.

              82 Queen
              82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

              Litchfield Restaurant
              12223 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

              Chive Blossom
              85 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

              Bistro 217
              10707 Ocean Hwy Unit D, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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                mtnmchgrl RE: suse Jul 8, 2011 08:03 AM

                My husband is from Charleston, but we have not lived there in several years, so I am sure there probably are "better" restaurants there now, but I always loved their she-crab soup.

              2. ellenost RE: lichow Jul 5, 2011 10:02 AM

                Hi lichow! I'm a NYC foodie too. I love Charleston--planning to return for New Year's Eve which will be my third visit to Charleston in less than 2 years. I love 82 Queen--had a great dinner there last October, and already planning my return visit. Also enjoyed Charleston Grill and Magnolia's. Love Carolina's for lunch (especially their steak sandwich). Planning to go to Cypress for New Year's Eve and Tristan (staying at the French Quarter Inn). Not such a fan of McCrady's and Peninsula Grill even though others on this board really love them. Thought Jestine's was extremely overrated--don't order the fried chicken--very dry; Popeye's is better.

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                  lichow RE: lichow Jul 8, 2011 05:04 AM

                  Thanks so much for all the replies--they not only gave me good suggestions but a bit of an area overview (how would we have know Murrell's Inlet?) Can't wait; we just booked tickets for week after next. Thanks again fellow CHs.

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                    arbyunc RE: lichow Jul 8, 2011 05:16 AM

                    In Murrells Inlet, by far the best restaurant (IMO) is Russells. It has a small lodge-type feel, the service is great, and best of all the food is the star. Nothing fancy or pretentious--they let the fresh, local seafood do the talking with specials that vary depending on what's available. The she-crab soup is outta sight!

                    Funny, but for some reason Myrtle Beach itself is not known as a haven for good seafood. You have to go south to Murrells Inlet, or north to Calabash, NC (Ella's, Dockside, Seafood Hut, and Beck's are all worth a visit). There are also a couple of good choices in Garden City, just north of Murrells Inlet--Sara J's and the Gulfstream Cafe.

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                      LaLa RE: arbyunc Jul 8, 2011 08:57 AM

                      and Charleston Cafe in Garden City is very good.
                      In Murrells Inlet ( I live here!) my favorites are Capt Daves Dockside ...out of this world with a great view, Lee's Inlet Kitchen.....old style lowcountry that is always great, Prossers.... for a dive meal, and SaltWater Cafe for a diverse menu that is always great plus a rockin happy hour/ early bird.
                      Second Chive Blossom!
                      I am not a fan of Calabash...the last three meals I had there were awful..Ellas, dockside and colemans.

                      Chive Blossom
                      85 N Causeway Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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                        arbyunc RE: LaLa Jul 8, 2011 11:19 AM

                        So Lala, can you expand on your Calabash experiences? What made them "awful"? Just curious, as I've never had a bad meal at Ella's or Dockside in all my years of going there (never been to Colemans). I hope it's not a trend or anything.

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                          LaLa RE: arbyunc Jul 8, 2011 02:22 PM

                          Ella's:bland even the cold broiled shrimp were overcooked to hard and had no flavor. The baked potatoes had hard spots inside. The fried oysters were mealy.
                          Dockside: The fried stuff was greasy and over breaded. Hush Puppies were hard like rocks.
                          Colemans: Was by far the worse. Possibly the worse meal I have ever had in my life. The soup tasted like dirty dishwater. The cold broiled shrimp were baby shrimp that had been cooked in no seasoning...not even salt....were also overcooked and mushy at the same time!?!?! The fried food had been fried in what tasted like rancid oil.

                    2. mtnmchgrl RE: lichow Jul 8, 2011 08:09 AM

                      I agree with the others that mention going up to Murrells Inlet or Pawleys for food. I try and avoid Myrtle Beach for the most part and we typically stay in Murrells Inlet. There are several really tasty restaurants there. I think the best meal I had there was at Bovine's. Their corn pudding is amazing. There is a really good bakery in Pawley's, called Kudzu's. They have these cheese biscuits that are to DIE for. My favorite place to have drinks and people watch is at The Hot Fish Club out on their gazebo. They always have live music and crazy white people dancing. :)

                      Hot Fish Club
                      4911 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

                      1. clienta RE: lichow Jul 8, 2011 08:25 PM

                        I love Charleston & will be there over Labor Day. The seafood tower & bouillabaisse at Hank's are just incredible. I also always have to have my fried green tomato fix at The Southend Brewery. Their burger with caramelized onions & mushrooms is awesome too. There is also a little bakery across the street from The Southend Brewery (I can not remember the name) that has super rich chocolate brownies topped with sea salt. The perfect balance of salty & sweet. Labor Day can not get here soon enough!

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