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Aug 13, 2013 12:06 PM

Husk VS. McCrady's (FIG's a done deal)

Hi hounds! Longtime Charleston lurker, first-time poster. Fulfilling a travel wish by heading to Charleston for our anniversary at the end of October. Lodging's set (Vendue), as are some spots to hit up for post-dinner drinks (Gin Joint, Stars, Closed for Business, etc.) Already set for Halls brunch Sunday, and will probably wander the farmers' market for something to eat Saturday.

So my question - we've got space for two dinners Friday and Saturday evenings. Definitely want to hit up FIG, that's a given. As for the other night: Husk or McCrady's? If it were my call, I'd head to McCrady's for sure- but hubby's not a huge fan of the molecular gastronomy/"fancypants" (as he calls it :)) dining experience. But I've seen mixed reviews lately for Husk. Thoughts? Is McCrady's overly "fancypants?"

The other sub-questions: we could swing lunch at Husk possibly Friday late afternoon or Saturday - but is that an absurd amount of food for one day? (Although... it IS vacation.)

Would appreciate any input! Thanks so much.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Thanks CD! So then I guess my question is: how formal is formal at McCrady's? The vibe, of course, not the attire ;) Husband's not a fan of being locked down for 8+ courses, but my personal feeling is 4 is manageable.

      Second question, then, assuming we go McCrady's over Husk for dinner - too much to smash in Husk and FIG in one day? Food overload? We already are planning Hall's for Sunday brunch, unless you'd suggest Husk instead that day...

      Thanks again for the help...

      1. re: berriehappie

        I don't think Husk and FIG in the same day is overload, but then again, my motto is "too much of a good thing is wonderful". You've got to eat lunch somewhere, and you can eat fairly light at Husk if you want to.

        1. re: carolinadawg

          I don't think McCrady's is fancypants. You don't have to get the 8 courses. The portions are small, though, compared to Husk or FIG. So if he's a hungry man he might need to stop for a snack on the way back to the hotel.

          You might want to look at Cru Cafe for lunch. Great food, nice atmosphere. Sounds like a great trip!

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Great advice - thank you! Think we'll stick w/McCrady's and FIG's, with Husk (or Cru) for lunch. Can't wait.