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Mar 19, 2012 01:18 PM

Finalizing Hubby's 40th Bday Eats in Charleston. Help!

Hi All,

Venturing down to Charleston for the first time for my husband's 40th. Here are the eats I have lined up so far and could use some help finalizing Saturday.


Lunch at Husk
Dinner at High Cotton


Lunch - SNOB? 82 Queen? Pearlz? Somewhere else? If I choose Pearlz, are there options for a non-oyster eater?
Dinner - Tried FIG, but can't get in until 9pm. If ya'll think it is worth the trip, I will eat at 9 :) If not, would love other suggestions.


Brunch at Hominy Grill

Would also like some recommendations for bars or places for good cocktails.

Looking forward to my first Charleston experience!

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  1. Sounds like fun. Here are my suggestions:

    You may want to switch High Cotton and SNOB. SNOB is only open for lunch on weekdays, HC only on weekends. They're both owned by the same people, but the menus are different.

    Pearlz has lots of choices:

    You can go to FIG and eat at the bar. It's fun. Have a back up plan in case it's crowded. Maybe the MacIntosh (I haven't been but I hear great things) or McCrady's.

    For cocktails, you cannot beat the Gin Joint.

    13 Replies
        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          Sue: What is your take on Cypress? I haven't been there yet.

          1. re: UrDaddy

            Hey, UrDaddy,

            I actually went there last night. I was there last night. It was a dinner with a limited menu. I had a nice spicy pork spring roll, caesar salad, a sa-weet filetbwith crispy oysters and nutella cheesecake. Many times those kinds of dinners, when eveything has to come out all at once, are hard to execute. But it was all really well done. The person next to me had food allergies and they made her special things that she said were just right.

            The space is really beautiful. The ladies' room in the nicest in town. Let me know if the mens' is nice too!

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              Haha. Will do.

              Thank you for your input.

              1. re: UrDaddy

                I tried to edit my post and it wouldn't let me. I know I said last night twice, duh.

                When are you going? You do know there's free parking at their lot between Blssom and magnolia's right?

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  Thats what you get for posting before having coffee! ;-)

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Haha! I had the coffee. I just had not started drinking it yet.

                    1. re: Sue in Mt P

                      Looks like a smartphone/ipad text to me ....what might a "a sa-weet filetbwith" be pray tell? Hehhehehe!

                      1. re: birgator

                        Maybe the wine hadn't worn off? LOL. (j/k with Sue)

                        1. re: carolinadawg

                          Cd, I only WISH. No wine, boo. And yes birgator, I am attempting to type on my iPad. Not good.

                          1. re: Sue in Mt P

                            Sorry, just had to smile -- that's what MY messages look like, so I was pleased to see I wasn't alone in the lack of proficiency with those things!

                            1. re: birgator

                              I have a big birthday this year. I will not discuss how I cannot see those keys on the iPad. That nice filet at Cypress deserves better :D

    1. I spent a long weekend in Charleston last weekend. We had one dinner at Husk, which was very good, although FIG was noticeably better, to my surprise. The overall atmosphere at Husk was nicer, but the food at FIG was absolutely spectacular. The only booking I could get was 8:30 on a Saturday night, and the place was packed even when we left, so I wouldn't shy away from the 9 PM reservation.

      Husk has a very, very nice bar (next door to the restaurant) and the drinks menu is very creative and good, so I would recommend it for drinks.

      Our other favorite was Hominy Grill. We went there for lunch on Friday and loved it so much that we went back for brunch on Sunday. I was really surprised at how good this place was--very interesting and tasty food.

      Our other two breakfasts were at Toast (bleh) and Eli's (fine, but not worth making a special trip). Our hotel was very close to both of these, so they were convenient, but not worth bothering with if you are trying to make every meal count.

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      1. re: travelmad478

        I've found the food better on my visits to FIG than my one visit to Husk, but that's probably not a fair comparison since Husk was on Christmas Eve, so who knows what type of staffing they had in the kitchen that day. Not to say that it wasn't really good, but definitely not as many wow moments as I can be assured of at FIG. I'll have to try Husk again on a "normal" evening.

        1. re: mikeh

          I agree. But I think, with all that hype, Husk was busy before they had time to let things settle down. I like Husk, but I love FIG. I haven't been in a while time to go back.

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            I don't find them comparable restaurants. I like them both for different reasons.