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Lunch/Brunch in Charleston

AWG Oct 11, 2013 07:47 AM

Hello Foodies,
Planning my first trip to Charleston In November. Already set for dinner reservations thanks in part to some help from reviewing previous posts on this site.

Will be dining at Pooches Porch, FIG, Circa 1886, SNOB. and Husk. Cru cafe and Anson were back up choices.

Need suggestions for a place for Sunday Brunch and a place for a Thursday lunch on my arrival day. I tentatively booked a lunch on arrival at Husk but not sure if we want something more casual/less expensive. Pooches was actually my first choice for lunch but it is booked way out in advance.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Note: Staying downtown without a car.

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    miss piggy RE: AWG Oct 11, 2013 12:05 PM

    Go to Cru over Poogan's! (Not Pooches)...

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      AWG RE: miss piggy Oct 11, 2013 01:32 PM

      Yes, POOGANS! lol

      Thanks for the feedback. I have seen good reviews of Cru but the menu , to me, looked uninspired and Poogans looked like a better variety of "classic" southern dishes. But that is just using the menu to judge, real test is the food.

      Any ideas for brunch?

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        miss piggy RE: AWG Oct 12, 2013 10:15 AM

        Hominy Grill is my favorite. Could be too far to walk depending on where your hotel is though. Get there right when they open or be prepared to wait a bit. It's worth it!

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          Worldwide Diner RE: miss piggy Oct 12, 2013 01:23 PM

          They open pretty darn early, like at 7.

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            miss piggy RE: Worldwide Diner Oct 12, 2013 02:28 PM

            9 on Sunday...

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              AWG RE: miss piggy Oct 15, 2013 07:53 AM

              Thanks for the rec.
              I have heard of Hominy Grill, but I hate waiting on lines.

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          danna RE: AWG Oct 16, 2013 05:19 AM

          IMHO, Poogan's has served mediocre tourist food for many years now (except for lovely biscuits). Cru is orders of magnitude better.

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            AWG RE: danna Oct 16, 2013 05:31 AM

            Thanks for the feedback. I guess we will try Cru instead of Poogans as a concensus is building and "orders of magnitude better" sounds like a strong enough rec for me.

            Any comments on the Sunday Brunch question?

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              danna RE: AWG Oct 16, 2013 02:15 PM

              What about saving Husk for your Sunday brunch? If you don't like lines, you aren't going to be happy on Sunday unless you go somewhere that takes reserervations.

              I always ask for the upstairs porch when I reserve (bring a jacket in November) it's beautiful. Don't let the snotty hostesses ignore the request ;-)

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                AWG RE: danna Oct 16, 2013 05:26 PM

                Yes, we are looking for a place that takes reservations. As I said above current plan has us lunching at Husk 1st day on arrival and I also have a dinner res there on our last night (If we are underwhelmed at lunch we might choose an alternate and if we are thrilled then we wont mind returning for a last dinner). We were quite happy with that plan but may rethink if we don't find another option. Most other days I don't desire a restaurant lunch except for Sunday.

                My innkeeper suggested 82 Queen for brunch but I have read nothing but bad sentiment about here on CH.

                Any other options to consider?

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                  EmBrooks RE: AWG Oct 17, 2013 10:53 AM

                  I would not waste a meal at 82 Queen. High Cotton does a lovely brunch.

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                    AWG RE: EmBrooks Oct 17, 2013 03:17 PM

                    Thanks Em. It does look lovely indeed.

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              lynnlato RE: danna Oct 18, 2013 04:54 AM


        3. danna RE: AWG Oct 17, 2013 12:02 PM

          Some of the newer places in town are MacIntosh, The Grocery, Butcher and Bee, The Ordinary, Coda del Pesce. You might try googling them to see if any grab your fancy. Wait, scratch that last one if you can't get out of downtown.

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            AWG RE: danna Oct 17, 2013 03:20 PM

            Thanks for the additional suggestions; I will check them out.
            I did look at the Ordinary but Oyster Bar is not our favorite thing.

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              Worldwide Diner RE: AWG Oct 17, 2013 06:36 PM

              The Ordinary is not an oyster bar. It's one of th best seafood restaurants I've been.

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