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Southern Food Choices In Charleston

mustardgirl Aug 23, 2013 04:03 PM

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

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  1. kitchengardengal RE: mustardgirl Aug 23, 2013 04:14 PM

    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.

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      mikeh RE: mustardgirl Aug 23, 2013 07:54 PM

      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 -


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        BetsyinKY RE: mustardgirl Aug 24, 2013 08:02 AM

        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.

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          Expat1234 RE: mustardgirl Aug 25, 2013 05:04 PM

          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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            danna RE: Expat1234 Sep 3, 2013 05:55 AM

            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.

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              LaLa RE: danna Sep 3, 2013 08:28 AM

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

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                kitchengardengal RE: danna Sep 4, 2013 05:31 PM

                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.

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                  danna RE: kitchengardengal Sep 5, 2013 05:34 AM

                  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. LaLa RE: mustardgirl Aug 27, 2013 06:11 PM

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

              Of course it was never on mine!

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                carolinadawg RE: LaLa Aug 27, 2013 06:21 PM

                Very "strange".

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                  johnb RE: carolinadawg Aug 28, 2013 06:58 AM

                  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.

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                    mikeh RE: johnb Aug 28, 2013 08:01 AM

                    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.

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                  carolinadawg RE: LaLa Nov 22, 2013 10:21 AM

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


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                  mustardgirl RE: mustardgirl Aug 28, 2013 03:22 PM

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

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                    mustardgirl RE: mustardgirl Aug 31, 2013 06:49 AM

                    how about GRAZE?

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                      JayL RE: mustardgirl Aug 31, 2013 01:22 PM

                      Graze? Southern?

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                        mollybelle RE: JayL Aug 31, 2013 02:55 PM

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

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                          JayL RE: mollybelle Aug 31, 2013 08:08 PM

                          We go to Addielee's on Bonds Ave.

                          Love, love, LOVE it...

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                    mustardgirl RE: mustardgirl Sep 2, 2013 03:05 PM

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

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                      kewpie RE: mustardgirl Nov 22, 2013 12:03 PM

                      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)

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                        carolinadawg RE: kewpie Nov 22, 2013 12:54 PM

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

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                          kewpie RE: carolinadawg Nov 26, 2013 07:40 AM

                          thanks! we will

                    2. ToothTooth RE: mustardgirl Nov 25, 2013 11:35 AM

                      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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                        DaleJ RE: ToothTooth Nov 25, 2013 12:16 PM

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

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                          Tiger66 RE: ToothTooth Nov 26, 2013 08:45 AM

                          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.

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                            ToothTooth RE: Tiger66 Nov 26, 2013 12:58 PM

                            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.

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                            Tiger66 RE: ToothTooth Nov 26, 2013 12:54 PM

                            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!

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