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Charleston, SC Trip Report 7/22/13-7/30/13

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In town for a week this trip, only made it out a few times.  

HOMINY GRILL

My wife & I went here for a late lunch, as to avoid the crowds. 

 I started with a cup of She Crab soup. This was good, but could have used a little more crab and sherry.  

Next up was the Creole Catfish.  A nice size filet, dusted in cornmeal, and pan fried perfectly.  Topped with a very tasty Creole sauce, served over steamy Jasmine rice.  The side of fried okra was outstanding.

My wife's Shrimp-n-Grits were, as always, best in show.

Hominy Grill is not breaking any new ground in their menu, but they really nail the classic dishes.

BOULEVARD DINER

I stopped by for a quick lunch.  I had the Shrimp-n-Cheese Grits, with a side of Black Eyed Peas.  The shrimp were decent size and fresh.  While the grits were tasty, they were quite rich.  The B.E. Peas were fantastic.  Cooked in a nice broth to perfection, which to me means not too mushy.  Solid meal.

COAST

If you asked me to make a list of essential Charleston restaurants to visit, I'm not sure I would have put Coast on that list.  However, time constraints and the presence of young diners, brought us here for dinner.  

We started with the Mussels with White Whine sauce.  This was as good as you would hope, served with plenty of great bread.  

I had the Swordfish served over rice, with a Green Curry sauce. The fish was fresh, but a tad dry, while the sauce was very light and delicious.  My wife had the cashew encrusted Grouper.  This was the hit of the evening.  A nice big chunk of Grouper, broiled to perfection.  I was jealous I didn't order this dish. 

 My children's fish sticks were made from filet, and were very enthusiastically devoured.

This was a great family meal at a restaurant that I might usually avoid.

BEST MEAL OF THE TRIP

As always the best meals are enjoyed at home with family and friends.  I made a Low Country Boil, including the Blue Crab I caught of the Shem Creek Pier with my kids.  Pure bliss!

Another great visit!

PS- I have noticed that Five Guys Burgers and Fries get better the closer you get to Virginia.  The burger I had at the one in Mt. Pleasant was killer.

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