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Jul 11, 2011 09:10 PM

Heading back to the Lowcountry

This next week I'll be visiting Hilton Head Island as my wife will be attending a conference on the island. I'm hoping to make a day trip to Charleston and do some general exploring in between rounds of golf. I'd love for recommendations of any price range and cuisine. If you were to choose one nice meal in Charleston, where would you go to eat? Any good places on HHI that are new in the last couple years? We were there two years ago and found a decent selection of restaurants but none that truly wowed us. Anywhere I can find some true lowcountry cuisine? She-crab soup? Anything else?

I'm looking forward to our return! Thanks for your help.

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  1. You might want to consider a drive to Beaufort.Its an easy drive but a world away from HH,in a very good way!

    4 Replies
      1. re: ecwashere7

        There are lots of places to get traditional lowcountry food. Do you want a down home experience or something more upscale?

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          yes to both. I'm open to places that just serve good food in general, even if it's not considered "lowcountry cuisine." Thanks

          1. re: ecwashere7

            There are tons. I have little experience with HHI and Beaufort. In Charleston, look at FIG, High Cotton, SNOB, Carolina's, Cypress, Husk, McCrady's, Peninsula Grill or Charleston Grill for high end. Look at 82 Queen or Jestine's for down home. Fish, Hank's and Coast are good places for fresh fish.

            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

            82 Queen
            82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

    1. This is a link to Robert Irvine's favorite Hilton Head restaurants. It might be helpful.
      Beaufort is one of my favorite places in the world. I like to park my car and walk among those ancient oaks and antebellum homes. For lunch I have always enjoyed sitting outside at Panini's and for dinner, Saltus Grill.