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Oct 7, 2011 07:34 AM

Immediate help needed! Charleston

Ok, I'm in Charleston at ate at Cru Cafe last night per recommendations on Trip Advisor and Chowhound. God help me, I had no idea it was so hard to get a consensus on good food in Charleston. In my opinion, Cru Cafe was very mediocre. Luckily, my expectations were not too high going in. I'm going to try to eat at the bar at Fig tonight (couldn't get a reservation). I'm excited as I suspect this restaurant is more in keeping with what a true foodie looks for in a restaurant. That means I have just Saturday night left. Where should I eat. I've made, cancelled, re-made reservations to Circa, Peninsula Grill, the Fat Hen. Ugh. I really don't think I want to go to any of them. This is what I want. GOOD, inventive, perhaps farm to table kind of cuisine. It does not have to be a fancy restaurant but money is most definitely not a factor. If you've been to Baltimore, Petit Louis and Woodberry Kitchen are our favorites.

Fat Hen
3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

Peninsula Grill
112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

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  1. You could try Husk. You won't be able to get a reservation, but they hold tables for walk-ins. The bar doesn't serve the full menu but the building is neat. and the whole place smells like bacon. It's farm to table, as is FIG.
    .Are you staying at Kiawah? If not, skip Fat Hen.

    If you really want the Wow Factor, consider McCrady's. I was there recently and thought it was fabulous. Also consider Tristan or Anson's.

    Don't know if this helps. I like actually like Cru.

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

    Fat Hen
    3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Thanks so much. There's an art tour this weekend and I was told that even the tables typically held for walk-ins at Husk are reserved. The bar was packed at 4:30 so I may have to rule it out, unfortunately. Thank for letting me know that you don't think the Fat Hen is worth the trouble.

      Fat Hen
      3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

      1. re: jenniferCordes

        Do you mean the Art Walk? I think it's just tonight. You should go. It's fun and galleries serve wine and snacks. You might be able to go to Husk tomorrow night. The bar won't be full of the after-work crowd.

        I like Fat Hen, but it's a long way to drive. It's so nice out today just stay in the HD.

        1. re: jenniferCordes

          I'm too late to make any recs, but I'm curious if you liked FIG and where else you went. I, too, like Cru, but not as much as FIG.

          1. re: danna

            HI. FIG was divine. We also enjoyed dinner at Lucca and lunch at Caviar and Bananas. I wasn't impressed with Cru or High Cotton.

            1. re: jenniferCordes

              Thanks for the report. Glad your experience at FIG matched mine. I can't go to Charleston without a trip to FIG, no matter how many new places are begging to be tried. We have a branch of High Cotton in Greenville SC which does not impress either, and that frustrates me since the one in Chas is well liked by many.

              Shame about Cru, though. I suppose it's more comfort-food-y and less innovative/special. They make a Shrimp BLT that I dream about.

              Thanks again for reporting back.

      2. Try lunch at 82 Queen (also the address) and eat in the couryard if weather is nice. Fantastic she-crab soup and shrimp and grits.

        82 Queen
        82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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        1. re: wakondatch

          Please don't eat at 82 Queen. There's no way that's gonna work for you. I remain utterly confused as to why anyone ever recommends the place to folks looking for really good food.

          1. re: uptown jimmy

            You're right. It's old time traditional Charleston stuff. But that she-crab is my favorite. I go elsewhere when I want something inspired.

        2. I know you are looking for a place for Saturday night, but if you are around Sunday morning, I highly recommend High Cotton for brunch (you order from a menu, it's not a buffet).

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          1. re: wakondatch

            I love brunch at High Cotton. That Island cocktail is delicious, and the flounder is too.