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roxie Oct 3, 2011 04:34 PM

Business meeting in late November and in need of a few great restaurant recommendations.
I have never been to Charleston so really don't even know where to start. The "boss" hosts a dinner usually @ a high end place in the various city venues business meetings take place in. There are mostly meat eaters in the group but some prefer fish(shellfish is ok). HELP plz!

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  1. JB BANNISTER RE: roxie Oct 3, 2011 05:24 PM

    Peninsula Grill, FIG (Food is Good), Husk and Charleston Grill in that order.

    Peninsula Grill
    112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

    Charleston Grill
    224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

    1. Sue in Mt P RE: roxie Oct 7, 2011 05:53 AM

      I agree. Also consider Oak Steakhouse, High Cotton and SNOB.

      Oak Steakhouse
      17 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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        PeterB RE: roxie Oct 9, 2011 06:29 AM

        It's hard to imagine a restaurant in Charleston that doesn't serve seafood. I agree with the Peninsula Grill, SNOB, and Husk suggestions. Husk's parent restaurant McCrady's is another option. Bon apetit!

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

        Peninsula Grill
        112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

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          FairfieldFoodie RE: roxie Oct 11, 2011 05:13 PM

          Definitely add The Macintosh to the list of must go-to restaurants in Charleston. Chef Jeremiah Bacon is a Charleston native who studied at the CIA and then worked with Thomas Keller at Per Se and Eric Ripert at Le Bernadin in NYC. He's definitely a leading candidate for the James Beard Award for the Best Chef Southeast. The Macintosh has only been open two weeks, but even at week one the food was great and the service was outstanding. Billed as elegant modern American cuisine, it's beautifully executed with lots of great flavor in each dish. Besides being amazingly talented, it doesn't hurt that the Chef looks like he could be a Ralph Lauren model. The space is beautiful too, plus you can go to The Cocktail Club upstairs for interesting drinks in an indoor/outdoor setting.
          Read this review in the Charleston City Paper. http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/ch...

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            danna RE: FairfieldFoodie Nov 30, 2011 05:29 AM

            Has anyone else been here? Debating it for next week. We have reservations at McCrady's but my friend says this place is the talk of the town. Anyone who can compare vegetarian friendliness between the two , please do so. McCrady's has not responded to the email I sent regarding that.

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              danna RE: danna Dec 15, 2011 11:44 AM

              update: we went to McCrady's and it was good. My vegetarian friend was thrilled with her off-menu vegetarian plate...I wish I'd gotten it too. My coddled egg w/ sea island red peas was outstanding, the mahi was also delicious, I didn't much care for scallops preparation, and the dessert was the only real foray into molecular gastronomy.

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                Sue in Mt P RE: danna Dec 15, 2011 09:02 PM

                I'm glad you got you some red peas.

                Don't forget restaurant week in January.

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                  danna RE: Sue in Mt P Dec 16, 2011 05:51 AM

                  Oh yeah...I just wish I could have gone to the farmer's market Sat morning instead of running that stupid race. Tomorrow's a week and my hip joints are still sore.

                  there was a free mag with a spread on Charleston Food trucks...but I didn't see any around....do you know where they tend to congregate?

                  We did a poor job of finding pastry and chocolate , but we did discover cow. sheep. goat. (possibly that order is wrong) the new cheese shop just off broad. Beautiful cheese, lovely people, interesting wine selection.

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                    Sue in Mt P RE: danna Dec 16, 2011 03:11 PM

                    Sorry for your pain.
                    Good to know about that cheese place. I'm officially back in the US so I can go by this weekend. I'm schnitzeled out.

                    The food trucks have a FB page and they tell you where they be on what day. move around.

          2. mattstolz RE: roxie Nov 30, 2011 06:03 AM

            what about Hominy Grill? I am planning a trip to charleston soon and have heard this is a cant-miss

            also, Roxie, this was posted a couple weeks ago and might help you on your search! 101 of the best dishes in Charleston:


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              danna RE: mattstolz Nov 30, 2011 08:16 AM

              Hominy Grill is casual and loud w/ somewhat sketchy service. I wouldn't take a business dinner there unless it was a very laid back group that knew each other well.

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                PeterB RE: mattstolz Dec 3, 2011 05:26 AM

                Hominy Grill is good for breakfast or lunch.

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