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Mar 17, 2012 08:58 AM

Fresh local food in Charleston

I'll be attending a symposium in Charleston (historic district) next week, and I'm planning to have dinner out on Thursday and Saturday. I love seafood and fresh vegetables, and would prefer a more moderately priced restaurant. Any suggestions?

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  1. Where are you staying? Will you have a car?

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      I'll be driving to Charleston and staying at the Courtyard on the waterfront (35 Lockwood Drive).

      You are so kind to consider my request. I'll be arriving Thursday evening and in seminars all day Friday and Saturday, and most of Sunday. So a nice dinner out can be such a bright spot! I saw a reference to Alluette's. Any info on that? Maybe for a quick lunch as I'm leaving town on Sunday? (I'll be driving to Raleigh, NC)

    2. Amen Street Seafood is nice. Pearlz is nice too.

      Amen Street Seafood and Raw Bar @ 205 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 843 - 853 - 8600.
      Pearlz Oyster Bar @ 153 E. Bay St., Charleston, SC. 843 - 577 - 5755.

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      1. re: Littleman

        These look like good options. I'm having seafood at least one night (I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay). I hope to have several options to offer my companions for Saturday night, because I don't know what might appeal to them.

      2. OK, so you'll have a car. Good. Alluette's is great, but I don't know that you'd want to walk from your hotel.

        Hank's has one of the best seafood menus in town. It may not be what you consider mid-price, but you can eat reasonably if you're careful, and it's so good. Also, near your hotel, is Hominy Grill. They make traditional lowcountry food at decent prices. At both places the menus have many choices that would, hopefully, please everyone.

        For something different and fun, look at Taco Boy on Huger St. They have a large parking lot and excellent fish tacos.

        A great quick lunch on Sunday could be Gullah Cuisine in Mt Pleasant. It's near the intersection of 17 and 526. The lunch buffet is consistently good, and you could hop on 526 to head out of town. Go before everybody gets out of church!

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        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          CMFRD - please listen to Sue in Mt will eat well and be happy!

        2. Sure do appreciate the advice. I also ran across this blog, which seems to echo much of what i've read here:

          Thanks, again,

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          1. re: CMFRD

            Yes, that's Holly Herrick, the food writer. She is an real expert. You may want to check out some of her books as well.