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Heading to Charleston from NYC, looking for a mix of food experiences. We have plenty of fancy fusion in NYC, so we are looking for some "authentic local" favors.
We arrive Monday night, leave Thursday. We will have a rental car one day, Wednesday.
I get tired of fancy and expensive pretty quickly, so we need a mix.
So far we have Peninsula Grill for our "welcome to town" splurge, and Husk for lunch on Tuesday, there were a lot of things about that menu I liked, and no dinner reservations were available.
My husband us more hardcore on seafood than I am, but I do like fish. Also sometime we like to eat late.
Should I cancel Peninsula?
Tomato shed sounds appealing.
Berthas or Martha Lou's?
Is Hominy worth it?
Also we might want a lighter dinner after Husk at 2 pm.
Thank you, we are very excited for the trip.

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  1. I now remember why we picked Peninsula, I am a coconut fiend. But we could probably just go for the cake at some point. It is nice to go to a good service place for one dinner.

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    1. re: newsysuzy12

      That coconut cake is killer. I loved both my meals at Peninsula, but I've also gone after dinner elsewhere and sat at the bar and just had a drink and cake.

    2. Oh and do you have any food blog recommendations?

      1. I would check out the Charleston section of Eater if I were you.

        I think there are better places in town than Peninsula for your "fancy" meal. Just stopping in for a coconut cake at the bar for dessert would be an idea.

        Casual late night (like 11pm) would be Butcher and Bee, a possibility after your 2 oclock Husk (which tends to be heavy, at least for me).

        Fig is my fave place in town, but friends are telling me the owner's new venture The Ordinary is an absolute must-do. Your hardcore husband will love it...have him check out the website pics...shellfish porn.

        1. Tomato shed is a must for lunch.Try to figure out who has the first softshells of the season.I'm not sure the best way to do that.In the past The Grocery has prominently featured softshells.

          1. Thank you lulusmom, Dana, Mollybelle...
            So we can try for the porch at Husk Monday night, tomato shed Tuesday lunch, then what woul be a good change of pace Tueasday night.
            Also we have to decide our day trip, we could do plantations and the famous angel oak, or st. Helena's island.
            How is your name here BBQ?
            Any opinions on Hominy? Bertha's? Looking forward to tomato pie!

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            1. re: newsysuzy12

              "your name here bbq"?

              Do you mean "Hello My Name is BBQ"?

              https://www.facebook.com/pages/HELLO-...

              1. re: carolinadawg

                Yes, Carolinadawg. Now I feel really silly. :o

                1. re: newsysuzy12

                  It's all good!

                  I haven't read anything about that place on CH. Will be interesting to see if anyone has been.

              2. re: newsysuzy12

                Skip Hominy, Pen Grill, and Grocery.
                Ordinary should be on your list fir dinner and then stop by Belmont for drinks after (they have homemade poptarts).
                You have to go to Martha Lou's for lunch - go right before or after the lunch crowd, cash only
                Butcher and Bee is good for late night
                If you visit the Oak Tree, stop by JB's SmokeHouse for lunch. It is a dive buffet but it is decent BBQ and fried chicken.
                I like Husk for lunch and the bar is great for small eats/drinks
                For sweets - stop by Browns Court Bakery and Christophe Chocolates)

                1. re: six dower

                  Great tips...thank you..

              3. Thanks for the Eater suggestion, I think two boroughs sounds good for the change of pace meal.

                1. My parents turned me onto the Tattooed Moose for sandwiches. I had a turkey and dressing sandwich with cranberry sauce and duck fat fries!! Great bar!!

                  I also wanted to try the Butcher and the Bee, but they were closed, we were too late for lunch. You should check that out too!

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                  1. re: waitress

                    That sounds amazing...thank you

                  2. I was in Husk in Nashville last summer. It is great. I'm looking forward to going to Husk in Charleston this summer. If you don't have a reservation. If you don't you may be able to get in at 5:30. If fried chicken skins are on the appetizer menu go for them. Sinfully delicious!

                    1. Couple of thoughts

                      1 tomato shed is great but it's a drive - out by the Angel Oak so only an option one the day you have wheels

                      2 not on your list but worth it for local flavor -
                      Xiao Bao Biscuit (get the smoked fish, Brussels, cabbage pancake)

                      Edmunds Oast

                      Fig

                      Gin Joint

                      Macintosh

                      & hominy is great especially for breakfast but all day too

                      FYI tomatoes are not in season here until summer. If you want true local flavor - look for peas, asparagus and strawberries in April

                      1. We are on the plane ready to roll! Thank you for all the advice.

                        1. One last question....so we have our trip mapped out....on our way back from St. Helena's ...is there a late lunch standout....BBQ or waterfront seafood. We are over Hampton Roads VA now

                          1. We had a great time, will write a detailed review soon!

                            1. My review

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9727...