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Apr 3, 2012 04:07 AM

Help us decide - Friday Charleston Dinner

We've narrowed it down to Husk, SNOB and Hank's (the latter of which I think we'd try to sit at the bar and make a meal of a few apps and raw bar options). I'm leaning towards Husk because the menu looks very unique, but would love your opinions. Are any of these three more fun/lively than another? I guess I just want to make sure our choice is not too stuffy or fine-dining formal (although I don't think much in Charleston is which is why we loved it on the first visit and are excited to be back!)

Going to Folly the next morning for a beach day if the weather is nice and plan on eating at Lost Dog and Bowen's on the way back in that evening. Sunday morning will be Hominy Grill, which we loved last time, although I welcome other brunch suggestions too if you think we should switch it up. HG was just so good last time I'm not sure I can resist!

Staying at the Renaussance Historic District if that makes a difference. It would be nice to walk to dinner on Friday, and we don't mind walking several blocks. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Hi, miss piggy,

    I had brunch at The Grocery on Cannon (at the corner of King and Cannon) on Sunday and it was fabulous. I got the softshell sandwich, my friend got the oyster sandwich and we split. Yum.

    If you pick Husk, make a reservation today. It's always busy. I love all 3 of your choices, but if you like lots of seafood choices, go to Hank's. You can walk to any of those from your hotel

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    1. re: Sue in Mt P

      Thanks Sue. Well, Husk is out - no rezzies avail even though our visit isn't for almost a month!

      1. re: Sue in Mt P

        thought you weren't leaving the house!!!

        I think Hank's is more festive/casual than Husk which takes itself a bit seriously. Would you agree, Sue?

        1. re: danna

          Gosh, I'm really looking at SNOB now over Hank's. Thoughts?

          1. re: miss piggy

            sorry, never been there. I've walked past it a dozen times due to good reviews, but the menu just never calls me in.

            have you been to FIG?

      2. Hi ladies. Hank's is more festive, although lunch at Husk is a little more laid back than dinner. Another option might be the bar at Husk. The menu is not the same as in the restaurant, but the building is neat.

        I've been to SNOB alot, but not lately. Their lunches are outstanding and a good value. I say see what the specials are for both when you get here and see what sounds good to you.

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        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          Thanks for all the help. I was definitely thinking of having a drink or two at the bar at Husk, so that's good to know they have a menu there too (the website doesn't mention this I don't think).

          Danna, I have not been to FIG but for some reason that online menu wasn't as appealing to me as SNOB's. I don't know, it looked a little too simple maybe? And (I shudder to say this) a little too...healthy? Ha! But I know it gets rave reviews as well...maybe that should be our pick?

          I hate having only one dinner in town...makes it so hard!

        2. SNOB is okay for lunch but not my first choice for a lunch. Husk is a very good choice for dinner IF you have reservations. I do like the food there. But, the new IN place is The Grocery. For me, Husk for dinner. Good press coffee too.

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          1. re: Expat1234

            Husk at the bar? Like I said, the main restaurant is already booked up that night. Well now I'm leaning towards Hank's again over SNOB...I'm so indecisive!

            1. re: miss piggy

              Analysis paralysis. I can so relate. Many times I've started planning a trip months in advance , only to dither until places fill up. As for FIG, I will say that sometimes you and I agree on Asheville places, and sometimes we have different tastes, so...I dunno. FIG is definitely not as pig-centric as Husk (could any thing be?) + it's a favorite of my vegetarian friends + I only ever order fish/seafood there. (although I have tasted some excellent steak). It's the kind of place that offers the most perfect, pristine salad ever. I'm a lot more into that than ....say...Husk's extremely greasy take on bacon/cornbread. So it's for you to decide. I will tell you that the Admiral owner is a HUGE fan of Husk. It's hard to go wrong in Chas these days.

              1. re: danna

                I love love love FIG. It can be simple but it really is the freshest local stuff simply prepared. If it feels too healthy get dessert.

                And do be aware: menus change often according to what's available. And danna's right. It's hard to go wrong. Just see what mood you're in when you get here.

                1. re: Sue in Mt P

                  Thanks again for all of your help, especially with my incessant wavering. Well Husk and Fig are both out due to no reservation availability but I have a rez at SNOB and we'll sit at the bar at Hanks - guess I'll do just that Sue and see how we feel when we get here. Planning on a drink at the bar at Husk so if the menu looks good we'll go for that too possibly. Good to know we can't go wrong with any of these. Spontaneity...I like it!

                  1. re: miss piggy

                    Right. Don't worry. You'll have fun no matter which of those you choose.

                    Not to muddy the waters, but you can eat at the FIG bar too. See who has what specials and decide what sounds good. I try to plan ahead of time where to eat and many times I say "OK, I have to have shrimp and grits at Anson tonight. I just do."

                    1. re: Sue in Mt P

                      Well dang, now you have me looking at Anson too! :)

                      1. re: miss piggy

                        HAHA! Sorry. But Anson is wonderful. I went to dinner there with a really picky friend (SUCH a challenge) and she adored it too. Put it in your rotation. It's not like you won't come back!