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Oct 13, 2011 09:13 AM

Savannah and Charleston trip

We will be headed south in a little over a week. We will be headed first to Savannah for three nights and then drive up to Charleston for four nights. It will be my husband, my sister and I. A first time trip for all of us.

My husband and I LOVE food. I have a serious obsession with food, love reading about, reading menus, plan trips around certain meals, and most of all eating. We like most kinds of foods, our biggest problem when looking at a menu is trying to decide what to eat. My sister on the other hand is extremely picky. I mean seriously picky. She doesnt' care for any spices on her foods and the only condiment she uses is butter. To be fair, she said don't plan around her, she'll find something to eat, but I would like to find places we all can eat.

We are from NJ and have a lot of good restaurants up this way. When down south I'd like to focus on southern cuisine, low country and gullah. Looking for some good fried chicken for one. I can't remember the last time I had fried chicken, good shrimp and grits, etc.

Another thing is my husband is a beer guy, likes brewpubs and interesting beers. I tend towards cocktails and wine. We love eating at a bar, and sometimes in cities wil have a bite at this place, a bite at that, and do that for an evening.

In Savannah we have reservations on the 22nd at Old Pinke House. Plan to go to Mrs. Wilkes on Monday for lunch. Had thought might be nice to head out to Tybee and maybe stop at the crab shack for a late lunch on Sunday. Is that worth doing? Other stops, more for my husband and his love of good beer would be Moon River Brewing and Crystal Beer palace. Our hotel has breakfast so only need lunch and dinner suggestions if there is any other must go place.

On Tuesday we drive up to Charleston. Thought it might be fun to drive out to Gullah Cuisine for lunch. We'll do a leisurely drive, exploring on the way.

Now Charleston is the big problem. You have way too many really good interesting choices.

We have reservations on Friday at Husk. I know it gets mixed reviews but I do want to go there. I'm hoping they will have a filet or steak on the menu that my sister will eat. I've heard the chef will not vary dishes or alter the menu.

I'd also like to go to Hominy Grill and Jestines for breakfast or lunch one day.

Other places on the radar are FIG, Cru Cafe, High Cotton, and Penisula Grill.

As I mentioned we like dining at the bar. What are the chances of going to any of those places and doing that. Or should we make reservations if we really want a place?

I've been all over this site and read a billion posts. I just get more and more confused.

Any help would be appreciated.

We can't wait until our trip.

Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

Gullah Cuisine
1717 U.S.1717 U.S. 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

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  1. You've made some good choices. Try not to stress too much about all this. FIG, High Cotton, SNOB and Cru will all be happy to accommodate your sister's needs. Not sure about Peninsula Grill, since the times I've been there recently I wasn't with anyone who has a special request. But my guess is they would too. Just look at the menus as you walk around and see what looks good to you and to her. FIG is a great place to eat at the bar.

    For beers, look at Closed For Business on Upper King. You might also enjoy the Cocktail Club nearby.

    Be aware that Highway 17 in Mt Pleasant is under construction and traffic to Gullah Cuisine will be slow. I'm not nuts about buffets, but their lunch buffet is a great way to try different traditional lowcountry dishes. Another place, several miles up past Gullah Cuisine is the Seewee. It looks like an old roadhouse (probably because it is). The hushpuppies there are the best. The local oysters are just starting to come in, so try those if they have hem.

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Sue, thanks for the quick reply. I think we'll do FIG on Tuesday when we get into town or maybe on Thursday.

      Do most restaurants post menus outside?

      Definitely will add both Closed for Business and Cocktail Club to the agenda. Thought it might be fun to hit one of the rooftop bars for drinks too. I know that drinks are usually over priced at roof top bars, but hey, we are on vacation. Fun to get a look at Charleston from a differant perpsective.

      I also do not care for buffets at all. But Gullah Cuisine looked interesting. Plus thought it might be a scenic drive out through low country. Okay, scenic and slow due to traffice.

      I know oysters are big down there but not one of my favorites. I will eat them raw but don't care for them cooked at all for some reason. I like clams and mussels but just not oysters.

      Thanks again.

      Gullah Cuisine
      1717 U.S.1717 U.S. 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

      1. re: KathyH


        The shrimp boats are still going out, so local shrimp should still be available. Wreckfish is wonderful, as is the local grouper.

        The best view is from the rooftop at Market Pavilion. Drinks are WAY overpriced, but it's nice and the view of the harbor is stunning.

        Yes, most places have menus outside. Many of them change daily, so keep that in mind.

        Be sure to snag some of those cheese straws off the bar at Olde Pink House.

        The Olde Pink House
        Savannah, GA, Savannah, GA

    2. I would stop in historic Beaufort, SC on your way to Charleston. Plum's is a fun place for lunch. Crystal Beer Parlor in Savannah is outstanding. B Matthews and Belford's are nice places in Savannah. Local 11 Ten and Noble Fare are outstanding fine dining. Have drinks on the rooftop bar at Local 11 Ten. Go to AJ's on Tybee for lunch and dine by the water.

      Plum's Restaurant @ 904 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 843 - 525 - 1946.

      AJ's Dockside Restaurant @ 1315 Chatham Ave., Tybee Island, GA. 912 - 786 - 9533. *

      1. Hi,
        There's a good gullah restaurant in St Helena, on the sea island pkwy, Gullah Grub. St Helena is between Charleston & Savannah on the road to Hunting Island State Park. The park has a beautiful undeveloped beach & was the filming location for the children's show Gullah Gullah island. The sea island experience is worth the short side trip.

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        1. re: Pietime

          I second this!

          The drive is beautiful and the island is full of history.
          I tried Gullah Grub this summer for a snack (in between meals) and my soup was delicious.
          I ended up joining a regular at her table. Her fried fish dinner looked fantastic.

        2. I may have just had the best dinner in Charleston, SC. Yes, as an Ohio visitor, I too was confused over the many well traveled and reviewed establishments. So, I decided to be a little creative and went to the Fat Hen. Wow. I had the best shrimp pasta of my life. I had the salad wedge where the bacon was still warm. Had about a 30 minute wait on a Thursday night. A fairly casual atmosphere. I'm sure the chef has a great past- just did't research it prior to eating!

          Fat Hen
          3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

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          1. re: Nadrooy

            I just got back from a trip to Charleston. (We used to live there.) We too, ate at the Fat Hen and loved it. Laid back and casual, food was delicious. Had short ribs with mashed potatoes and a marrow bone! Husband had lamb shanks. I have heard from friends that they have the best crab cakes in town. Didn't get a chance to sample them though. We got a reservation but it was late...around 9 pm. But the place was full as was the bar!

            Fat Hen
            3140 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

          2. In Savannah, you should try Masada Cafe at the United House of Prayer. I haven't done Mrs. Wilke's but have heard the wait can be long. Not so at Masada Cafe and hard to imagine the food would be any better.