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Old 06-10-2015, 03:13 PM
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I'm going to have a free day in Charleston SC one Sunday in August. What to do? Where to eat? All suggestions welcome, just not much walking. Wife hates the heat. TIA
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Not a lot of time, so where will you be? Downtown? If so stroll the College, it is worth it.
If you like Shrimp n Grits hit Poogans or Toast.
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Actually, it looks like two days- a Sunday and a Monday. I'll be leaving my N. charleston hotel on monday AM and need a place in a better neighborhood for Mon. night. So there's two days for sightseeing.
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Check out the Indigo Inn, it is 2 blocks off the market and it actually quite reasonable.
Ft Moultrie over on Sullivan's actually offers some great views and has a little history attached to it.
Don't miss getting a cocktail at the rooftop bar on Vendue Range.

The Charleston guys should chime in in a bit, I am a few years removed from living there.
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Well I got the food covered what is your taste like and do you want the experience of food or do you just want good food. I k ow it sounds silly but as a chef who used to work down there it's important. And also what are you trying to spend on food.
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Like the chef said, need to know your eating/dining style. I'll defer to him for nicer downtown dining.

Me personally, I'm of the type that prefers The Wreck and Bowens Island. Super casual fried seafood. The portions at The Wreck are old school, pre-let's-worry-about-american-obesity, screw-the-fancy-presentation, more than you can possibly eat. You get your money's worth. Have a friend who waited tables there for a while between undergrad and going to law school.

There are many rooftop bars, but I do 2nd Bogue's Vendue suggestion for that.

We tried Burwell's Stonefire Grill for the first time a couple weeks back. It was good, but I also noticed while we were there that they have a rooftop bar. Given it's location, I'd expect it would be a good one. I plan to try it out next time we go to a rooftop unless somebody here says otherwise to not waste my time.

I know sooner or later somebody will recommend going to Red's Ice House on Shem Creek. Just FYI, Red's food SUCKS...a huge one. I think it has been getting worse recently too. If you go to Red's, just go to listen to the live band and sit on the dock with some beers. However, from here on out unless it's really late night, I think I'll just go across the creek to Water's Edge instead. The Cabana Bar at Water's Edge is really cheap during happy hours.

We also went to 492 for the first time a couple weeks ago for drinks. It hasn't been open long, pretty new. They have a really nice outdoor courtyard and was nice and calm. I'd definitely go back.

I'm / We're trying to make a point to go explore and try some new places since there's so much to offer and get out of the rut of going to the same places so repetitively.
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fleet landing is great for lunch and on the water
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I'll get this printed out. Reservations made at Indigo inn! Food prefs are seafood, steaks, nothing too fancy. I'm already obese, so the gates are open! Let's say $50 entrees max, just to pick a number.

Heading for Antiques Roadshow (third time).

Lots of time to consider more things, too. thanks, all. I knew you guys would come across!
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Blossoms is great food and on the higher end you can never go wrong with magnolias slightly north of broad is a classic oh and breakfast you have to go to hominy grill
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Originally Posted by Chefkelso11 View Post
Blossoms is great food and on the higher end you can never go wrong with magnolias slightly north of broad is a classic oh and breakfast you have to go to hominy grill
Last time I went to Hominy was about a month ago on a Monday morning after picking up the girlfriend from night shift at MUSC. They were out of the Nasty Biscuit...can you believe it?? O-U-T of the nasty
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Dude, Edmonds Oast is a must. Hit diggity donuts for breakfast they have some crazy stuff. Best brunch is at the red drum. I concur poogans and toast are nice. Stars has a solid roof top, cocktail club has choice bacon popcorn
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All I have to say about my Poogan's recommendation, is if you are a Pimento Cheese Fan, Fried Pimento Cheese fritters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and the fact that they make a Blue Crab Gravy to go in the Shrimp n Grits YES!!!!!
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Bacon popcorn at cocktail club is good.
Stars...to each his own I guess...i dont like the place much at all. Couple of my friends always want to go to stars. To me it gives off an uppity attitude by the folks that work there, and its friggin bachorlette central. Want to have to deal with 10 bachelorette parties all at the same dang time? Then go to stars after 10:00.
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The Boathouse next to Breach Inlet at Isle of Palms is a favorite of mine. Great happy hour atmosphere overlooking the creek and Goat Island. Food is good and not expensive for the area.

Farther up at the marina, Morgan Creek Grill is a cool hangout to see the big sport fishers coming home. Plus they have some great specials in the rooftop bar on appetizers. I rarely make it to the dining room.
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More info on price point and eating likes would indeed be helpful. We live on lower east bay ("rainbow row") and hardly eat at the East Bay classics any more.
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My favorite seafood downtown is hanks. The ordinary on king is pretty good too. Overall fine dining mcgradys wins hands down (IMHO of course). Been going to the grocery a good bit lately, also on upper king. I really like how their menu is set up. They have small plates, entrees, and sharing size. They have a swordfish crudo that is the best restaurant dish I've had in years. Fig is also really good with an original menu but some of the waitstaff isn't the best.

I am not a traditional diner. We eat at the bar if we can, order food in no particular order, rarely order entrees, I far prefer 3 apps and dessert, and by dessert I mean another scotch. I like variety, and i don't like leaving a restaurant stuffed and bloated.

Charleston fine dining is extremely competitive. Ask your server what's best. They will tell you. If the special sounds halfway decent, order it, it will be. Or try a price fix tasting menu somewhere, lots of places have them. Let the chef decide. With the farm to table movement taking over, its kind of funny, since many places all use the same ingredients based on locally sourced products. This makes them try even harder to make original dishes.

Shouldn't have much trouble capping entrees at $50 most anywhere.

Make reservations well in advance if you plan to eat anywhere nice. And don't wear jean shorts or a t shirt. That screams tourist in nicer restaurants here.
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I am not a traditional diner. We eat at the bar if we can, order food in no particular order, rarely order entrees, I far prefer 3 apps and dessert, and by dessert I mean another scotch. I like variety, and i don't like leaving a restaurant stuffed and bloated.
Nothing to add about Charleston, just glad to see that there are other people in the world that do this, except I don't mind leaving a restaurant stuffed.
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Nothing to add about Charleston, just glad to see that there are other people in the world that do this, except I don't mind leaving a restaurant stuffed.
For sure. I've talked to plenty of chefs around here. Many of them feel the same way. More often than not the bartender at a good restaurant (a coveted position) knows the kitchen inside and out.

We do it when we travel as well.
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I tell you what there is a lot to be said for a good bartender. I walked into an establishment in Irvine CA and as I was still on Eastern time, they were just opening up. The bartender asked what I wanted to drink, he cracked a pilsner and said if I did not like it it was on the house. He then proceeded to tell me that a chef would be there shortly to cook anything I wanted as long as they were menu ingredients. This place had and entire grill and flat top behind the bar. So I had a blackened Halibut as a main dish and his specialty Hawaiian Shrimp as an app. Still by far the best meal I have ever had and that was about 10 yrs ago.
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You guys didn't mention Pearlz. We're oyster freaks. Happy hour sounds good there. And there's a free shuttle service all around downtown? I like the place already!

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