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I have narrowed down four dining choices for Southern food in Charleston Area
Hominy
Glass Onion,Pages Okra Grill and
Jestine's
We have only can eat at two
What restaurant should I eliminate?

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  1. I love Glass Onion, but I certainly wouldn't call theirs Southern food. It is very modern and creative. Not your typical Southern dishes at all.

    1. My favorite traditional southern (meaning meat-n-three southern, as opposed to nouveau-southern or posh southern/lowcountry) places in the Charleston area are -

      Hominy Grill (for lunch or dinner) - order off of the chalkboard of extensive entrees and a boatload of southern veggie options

      Tomato Shed Cafe - farmstand/produce stand kitchen offering up classic casual southern luncheon food -

      http://www.stonofarmmarket.com/TOMATO...

      1. I like all of those places, but if I could only do two I would go to Hominy Grill and Glass Onion, although Page's would be a close third. Mikeh mentions the Tomato Shed and it is fantastic, too, but a bit of a drive unless you're on your way to Angel Oak or something in that direction.

        1. I've done them all except for Jestine's. my favorite is Page's Okra Grill for everyday. Fried oysters at The Glass Onion really good but I find their other food too much of a twist on Southern food. Hominy Grillmis great, and it is true that the Shrimp and Grits are grand. I would say locals eat the most at Page's and The Glass Onion.

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          1. re: Expat1234

            I'm amazed at your comment about Glass Onion, and the similar one from KitchenGardenGal above. I didn't see much that was creative or modern or all that different from tradtional southern food.

            I was there last week and quite disappointed by the menu. Friend catfish, fried chicken (that they were out of anyway), shrimp and grits, boiled peanuts. I thought everything was quality and well-prepared, but I didn't really get why everyone loves it so much.

            1. re: danna

              I think they only do fried chicken on Tuesday and you have to reserve it.

              1. re: danna

                Here are a few of the items that my family has personally enjoyed at Glass Onion (copied from their web menu):

                Pan Roasted SC Sheepshead with Maque Choux and Mashed Potatoes

                Heritage Farms Pork Chops with Crawfish Etouffee and Potato Salad

                Buttermilk Fried SC Quail with Choice of Two Sides

                NC Trout with Mashed Potatoes and Summer Succotash

                NC Shrimp with Andouille Sausage over Grits with Collard Greens

                I live in rural West Georgia, and would I ever be thrilled to have these choices at our traditional Southern restaurants here!
                danna, it's too bad you hadn't tried any of these dishes.

                1. re: kitchengardengal

                  Actually, we did have that shrimp and grits as I mentioned, and my Mom had the trout, but I considered that disappointing since it's not an ocean fish. I see a lot of trout on menus around Asheville and it's fine, but not what I was hoping for in Charleston.

                  Oh, believe me, I'd die for a Glass Onion in G'ville, where we suffer for quality food. I didn't say I disliked Green Onion, just that I was disappointed by the lack of local seafood on the menu. Frankly, I would say the same of Husk where we went the following day. Let's face it...I'm always a little cranky if I come back from Charleston having tried new stuff at the expense of missing FIG. I love FIG *sniff*.

            2. Jestines is off the list! http://downtown.live5news.com/news/ne...

              Of course it was never on mine!

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              1. re: LaLa

                Very "strange".

                1. re: carolinadawg

                  I'll say! Either she's unbalanced or there's a back story here that we're not hearing, or both.

                  A sensible businessperson plans renovations and hires contractors well in advance of the closing date, in order to get the work done reasonably quickly and get reopened. In this case, either she didn't or she did but kept it secret. Either way, it is indeed strange.

                  1. re: johnb

                    The article suggests that she shut down in the middle of lunch service. If that's the case, unfortunately the "unbalanced" conclusion may be a good one.

                2. re: LaLa

                  And apparently Jestine's has reopened, and the review ain't good:

                  http://www.charlestonscene.com/articl...

                3. Since Jestine's closed ( I assume they will be in October) what about Pages Okra Grill vs Virgina on King??

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                  1. re: mustardgirl

                    how about GRAZE?

                    1. re: mustardgirl

                      Graze? Southern?

                      1. re: JayL

                        Just what I was thinking.Go the Martha Lou's and be done with it!

                        1. re: mollybelle

                          We go to Addielee's on Bonds Ave.

                          Love, love, LOVE it...

                  2. I was wondering about Virginia's on King compared to Hominy or Pages Okra

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                    1. re: mustardgirl

                      we (11ppl) will be spending this upcoming week(11/24-12/2) in charleston-- thanks for all of the recc& will report back
                      (& thanks carolinedawg, will read the review thoroughly)
                      4 of those days in athens , ga( we've got that covered)

                      1. re: kewpie

                        I know you said you have Athens covered, but if at all possible, go to The Branded Butcher. It is outstanding!

                        1. re: carolinadawg

                          thanks! we will

                    2. Due to the current winter storm Boreas that is bearing down on the north east, I've had a last minute change in Thanksgiving travel plans and it seems that now I will find myself heading south to Charleston, SC for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, I'm now in the position of trying to make a afternoon dining reservation on Thanksgiving day which is just a few days away. According to OpenTable, there are a few places that have availability, but I'm not familiar with any of them.

                      Does anyone have any experience with Lowcountry Bistro on South Market Street or Carolina's Restaurant on Exchange Street? Any feedback or suggestions are welcome.

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                      1. re: ToothTooth

                        While they're full, Charleston Grill will waitlist you. You have to phone.

                        1. re: ToothTooth

                          We like Carolina's. It's been around for a long time, and we've never had a bad meal or bad service there. If I were in your predicament, that's where I'd go, unhesitatingly.

                          1. re: Tiger66

                            Thanks for the feedback on Carolina's, I'll definitely keep it in mind. As luck would have it, I stumbled onto a reservation at High Cotton so that's where my Thanksgiving meal will take place this year.

                          2. re: ToothTooth

                            Just saw on Facebook that Virginia's on King will be open from 3-8 pm. Also very good. No bar -- just beer/wine but food is SOUTHERN!