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Jun 2, 2013 08:23 AM

good, cheap eats in Charleston, SC?

Headed back to Charleston in a few weeks for the first time in about a year and a half. I feel like know my way around the better known, higher end places on the peninsula pretty well, but would like to mix in some lesser known, non-touristy, neighborhood gems, like perhaps a good deli, burger joint, taco stand, and/or seafood dive. New-ish places a plus, but I'm open to anything worthy I haven't tried before. Thanks in advance!

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  1. This spring we went on the Soul Food tour at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. Hands down, the single best dish of the five stops was the lima bean dish at Ernie's. I know, I know. Lima Beans????? Yes, lima beans. If you go, I'd recommend the lima beans (and this is from a girl who thinks fried chicken is the bomb). I still dream about Ernie's lima beans. Apparently, I am not the only one.

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    1. re: lbamber

      This sounds right up my alley. Thanks!

    2. Some soul food is a must.Dave's carry out Martha Lou's are maybe my fav's,and yes the turn humble lima beans into food of the gods! They really seem more like what we call butter beans, milder and less "green".

      for a nicer experience out of town, the Fat Hen is wonderful.

      There are some fun/good joints down at Folly also.

      1. All the best lima beans are WAY A$$ north of Broad!

        1. Hey Jeff, you might want to look at Glass Onion on Savannah Highway.

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          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Been to (and love) Glass Onion, Sue, and it's definitely on the shortlist. What's the hot new seafood shack? (Always thought The Wreck and Bowen's Island were overrated myself.)

            1. re: Jeff C.

              Have you tried Buddy- Ro's in Mt .P? He used to have great shrimp specials at lunch.

              1. re: Sue in Mt P

                Nope--but I will now! (Esp. since we are staying in Mt. P.)

          2. Poe's Tavern
            A.C.'s Bar and Grill
            Clavier and Bananas
            Goat Sheep Cow
            Jack's Cosmic Dogs
            Bubba Slye's
            Pit Stop Deli
            Tomato Shed Cafe

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            1. re: carolinadawg

              Thanks, man. Have only only done Poe's (crowded as all get-out, but we liked it) and Jack's (didn't much care for the James Island location).

              1. re: carolinadawg

                Yelp says Bubba's closed, is that correct?

                1. re: Joanie

                  Wow, yes, apparently it closed in February. Too bad.