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AWG Oct 19, 2013 02:13 AM

I have already decided where to eat on my upcoming trip to Charleston. We have dinner reservations at Cru Cafe, FIG, Circa 1886, SNOB and Husk as well as Sunday Brunch at High Cotton. So now my question is WHAT to eat?

Are there any standout dishes that are recommended at the above restaurants? Any local specialties that are not to be missed?

Thanks in advanced for any comments and suggestions.

  1. NonnieMuss Oct 19, 2013 04:59 AM

    The standout for me at Husk was the smoked tomatoes - they were in season and in almost every dish. Amazingly simple, but wonderful. I also had the Wagyu sirloin, which was excellent but nothing new or special. My husband enjoyed the shrimp and grits. Tomatoes made the meal.

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      AWG Oct 20, 2013 07:06 AM

      Nonnie,
      Thanks for the comments. Seems like what would be best at Husk is whatever s in season. I'll be there in 2 weeks!

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        NonnieMuss Oct 20, 2013 10:03 AM

        I just checked the menu - smoked tomatoes are still on there - keep your fingers crossed for the next two weeks. I doubt Charleston will have a cold snap this early. Looks like the menu changes daily-ish.

        They're also super nice about kitchen tours - we were invited to look at the smoker and preparations in the backyard and they told us about the different kinds of wood they use.

        That's about all I can say, as I'm now eaten up with jealousy.

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          AWG Oct 20, 2013 10:45 AM

          Yes! I see the roasted fennel, eggplant and Smoky Tomatoes as a side and also with the catfish.

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      zwzwzw Oct 19, 2013 05:24 PM

      If you're still looking, at looking at lunch, I'd also recommend Two Boroughs Larder, Butcher and Bee, and Xiao Bao Biscuit.

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        Margaret Santa Monica Oct 19, 2013 05:36 PM

        yes my friends in town really like Butcher and Bee

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          AWG Oct 20, 2013 09:00 AM

          So many choices; So little time.

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          Margaret Santa Monica Oct 19, 2013 05:35 PM

          I also love Grocery, with a great bar menu too. I go to Fig and Circa every time I'm in town. I love Hominy Grill at lunch, though lots of folks like breakfast there with the Big Nasty biscuit w/ red eye gravy. Charleston is all about the shrimp and grits and the she crab soup. I personally like all the veggie casserole sides. Okra everything. Fried everything! This is the south! Everyone I was with at Husk raved about pork cheek and pig's ears, but I'm a mostly vegan (well, in Charleston there is bacon in every veg so you just have to squint and not look too closet) so can't help you there. Have fun.

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            AWG Oct 20, 2013 07:11 AM

            Thanks MSM,
            I am sure we will not leave Charleston without eating some shrimp n grits and SheCrab soup, and we look forward to enjoying some pork dishes as well.

            I usually avoid fried stuff, but when in the south....

          2. danna Oct 21, 2013 05:31 AM

            FIG - Absolutely get a fish dish for entree, and absolutely get one or more of the side vegetable dishes "for the table". Other fab things there are the beautiful salads and caper's blades oysters if they are offered. Dessert is the only thing I skip at FIG.

            Cru - I'm not sure they offer it at dinner or not, but the Shrimp BLT at Cru is spectacular. Everyone I know loves it. Their Mac and Cheese has a big following, but it's too rich for me.

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              AWG Oct 21, 2013 10:47 AM

              Thanks for the tips danna!

              I am usually not big for desserts. Is there one place on my list that I should not skip dessert?

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                cocobinga Oct 21, 2013 11:36 AM

                I like the desserts at Husk. However, I would urge you to go to McCrady's and order dessert at the bar. Sean Ehland is doing great, great things there.

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                  AWG Oct 21, 2013 02:58 PM

                  Thanks for the rec. It would probably suit me better to have a break after dinner and then go somewhere else for a dessert. Sounds like McCrady's is the place.

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                  Margaret Santa Monica Oct 21, 2013 11:56 AM

                  You have to eat dessert in Charleston. Sometimes you have to eat it with lunch, too...

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                    AWG Oct 21, 2013 02:55 PM

                    Ha, Ha!
                    Actually, I am more likely to crave sweets after lunch than after dinner.

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                    danna Oct 21, 2013 12:29 PM

                    although not on your list, I agree w/ cocobinga that McCrady's has exceptional desserts. I tend to skip dessert at restaurants unless there is something that grabs me. i'm a huge dessert lover, but I'm always stuffed in Charleston for some reason!

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