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Are there a lot of coots in Charleston?
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Are there a lot of coots in Charleston?

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Feb 12, 2017, 7:27 PM

First time traveling to Charleston with the wife and was just curious. I'm definitely going to be wearing my Clemson championship gear loud and proud. Any suggestions for what to do and want to see would be greatly appreciated.

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you could go coot hunting...

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Feb 12, 2017, 7:35 PM

if you were here last month. Tons of them in the lake. they dont taste to bad either.

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Feb 12, 2017, 7:37 PM

Most of the coots have gone into hiding over the past couple years, or exchanged their Walmart gear for store credit and have pledged allegiance to the Citadel. Endless things to do here, just depends on what your looking for

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Feb 12, 2017, 7:39 PM

So many great places to eat. We like S.N.O.B's. I do think it's worth it to take a carriage ride. There are so many gorgeous homes and streets that you can't do it all on foot. The market is pretty much tourist stuff. Hyman's Seafood is right down town and even though it's a tourist spot I've had plenty of decent meals there, particularly if you are in that area. The tourist info center is a good place to start. You could spend a month in Charleston and just get started. Lots of folks will tell you to go to Shem Creek to eat. Just typical seafood restaurants really.

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Re: Captain D's has better sea food then Hyman's. Much

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Feb 12, 2017, 7:49 PM

better.

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Feb 12, 2017, 7:41 PM

see the Hunley if there on weekend. The Battery, Rainbow Row are good. Ft Sumter tour. JUst generally walking around downtown is nice. Hanks and The Boathouse are great resturaunts

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Feb 12, 2017, 7:48 PM

Definitely start at the visitors center. You can park there and buy a ticket for the trolleys and ride all day. If you are there on a Saturday, get a paper and look for yard sales. A few people downtown will have one and it's a great way to meet people and check out the houses also.

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Feb 13, 2017, 6:53 AM

Trolley is free, but still don't do that

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A whole ocean full and they're all deep divers too.***

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a lot of Citadel in Charleston...Salute!***

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Re: Are there a lot of coots in Charleston?

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Feb 12, 2017, 8:01 PM

Yes Charleston has McDonald's.

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Feb 12, 2017, 8:03 PM

More Tigers than coots Downtown and Mt Pleasant. Coots are mostly in West Ashley than anywhere else in the area.
DO take a tour of Charleston. Bus tours leave from the visitor center. Bus tours cover much more area than a carriage tour and costs less money. Southern Accent Tours are the best
www.TourChas.com
Its owned by a Clemson guy and they only have tour guides from the area. There is so much history here you will be doing yourself a disservice not taking a tour.
The Slave Mart Museum on Chalmers Street is very interesting as is the Confederate Museum in the City Market.

Cool places to walk are:
The City Market
King Street
The Battery

Take a boat tour to Ft Sumter, They depart at 11:00 and 2:30 everyday.
Rent bikes to explore after your tour. Charlestons residential streets are wonderful to ride a bike on. NOthing like it, period.

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Tons of coots

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Feb 12, 2017, 8:04 PM

Coast is a really good restaurant, laid back upscale dining and you can feel comfortable wearing your Clemson gear in there. It's between John St down a quaint little alley. Have fun, chuck town is special.

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Coast is as good as they come. School allegiance is fair

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Feb 12, 2017, 8:58 PM

game from my experience all over though. Too much mix to claim any one in particular.

I believe Clemson has an architectural school in Charleston plus the engineering school is tied into one of the major wind tunnel structures in the area. The Paw stretches far and wide, even in state.

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Re: Coast is as good as they come. School allegiance is fair

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Feb 12, 2017, 9:20 PM

As everyone else has said, it is a special place and lots to do along with great places to eat. Hope you have at least a few free days.

Tigers are everywhere, and maybe I'm biased, but I think I see as much orange as anything else. Wear your Nat'l Championship gear proudly.

Clemson has a bigger presence than many realize in Charleston. Like wildblulou said, the architecture and engineering is there, and have expanded into new facilities:

The Architecture and Historic Preservation programs have moved into a new building on East Bay: http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/clemson-design-center-officially-opens-its-doors-in-charleston/

The engineering and computing programs are growing and just opened a new building at the former shipyard (next to where the Hunley is; BTW - the Hunley museum only open on weekends): http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/clemsons-zucker-center-to-open-new-era-of-engineering-in-charleston/

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The battery of course, walk across the Cooper River bridge,

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Feb 12, 2017, 8:06 PM

The Citadel, Ft. Sumter, Ft. Moultrie, Patriot's Point, Charles Town Landing,
Fleetside Landing restaurant, Bessinger's BBQ, Bowen's Island restaurant, Roadside Seafood,
Folly Beach, the Charleston Aquarium, the Hunley Museum.

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Feb 12, 2017, 8:27 PM

Add Scott's and King BBQ. Spend time around Market and King Street. Nothing is cheap. Park (if you can find a place) and walk everywhere. Meeting Street Inn is a great place across from The Market.

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Feb 12, 2017, 8:33 PM

I'd call it about 45% coots 40% tigers 15% other (mainly OSU and UGA)

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If your heading out to Folly stop at

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Feb 12, 2017, 8:59 PM

The Barrel. Good food, and they are currently flying two CLEMSON flags!

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Feb 13, 2017, 8:08 AM

1. They don't have food, only food trucks
2. Bring your dog
3. They only have beer and wine

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Re: besides downtown, eat and or drink here, Morgan Creek Gr

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Feb 12, 2017, 9:02 PM

Morgan Creek Grill IOP (isle of palms near wild dunes) best view of inter-coastal waterway featuring very good restaurant or bar food, watch the boats launch at the ramp, very entertaining. best sunset anywhere at top bar on the east coast. Or check out happy hour at the Cabana Bar at Waters Edge at Shem creek, also a nice restaurant inside. If you just want a burger and no view check out poes tavern at sullivans island (well done or its raw).... Or Shem creek bar and grill. some of the best places on the planet

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Feb 12, 2017, 10:07 PM

agreed.morgan creek,poe's,and the little breakfast place just over the connector to the right.can't remember the name.

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Feb 12, 2017, 9:15 PM

I've had several people start conversations when I was wearing a Clemson shirt in Charleston. Pretty even mix of fans, it seems.

I think the best authentic Charleston restaurant is Poogan's Porch. Amazing food. It's right next door to Husk, which is very popular with tourists, but I would avoid.

If you're in Mt. Pleasant at lunchtime, for some unique and tasty twists on hot dogs, try Jack's Cosmic Dogs, right near the intersection of 17 and 41. They have homemade toppings, even the mustard. There are plenty of different dogs to choose from.

If you like coconut cake, Peninsula Grill is considered by many good critics to have the best in the world. People will stop by late just for dessert.

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Pages Okra Grill in Mt. Pleasant


Feb 12, 2017, 9:47 PM

Go to Pages Okra Grill in Mt. Pleasant and the See Wee up in See Wee on US 17 towards Georgetown. Worth the drive. Chicken fans and closet chicken fans everywhere down there, from my 8 years there.

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Not sure which Chucktown some of the above posters are

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Feb 12, 2017, 9:48 PM

describing.....But an objective breakdown of Tiger fans to chickenfans is about one Clemson person to every 3.5/4 usuck losers......CofC fans are predominantly clucker's, Citadel fans probably break about fifty-fifty.

The local media is overwhelmingly a lean towards columbia

Other fanbases well represented in the Holy City: UGa, Ala, FLa, FlaSt, OhioSt

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Feb 12, 2017, 10:03 PM

Unfortunately, Charleston is loaded with coots. As mentioned earlier there are hot pockets of Tigers. Mt P, DT, and James Island are the pockets of Clemson fans. Wear your colors proud and irritate as many gamecock fans as possible. It's awesome.

First off, I have to admit I'm what's called a Benyah from Charleston. As for stuff to do in Charleston... it's sucks. In the summer it's way too hot. The mosquitos are terrible. The traffic is a nightmare. The restaurants claim unreal food but it's average. The beaches suck there is no surf. Cockroaches everywhere. Don't go out in a boat. There's sandbars and hidden oyster beds that you can run into. The rivers aren't marked well at all. The fishing is horrible too. Plus, people from Ohio and the New England area have ruined it for future generations...

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Feb 12, 2017, 11:18 PM

Restaurants are among the best in the world. Many james beard award winning chefs.
All water ways and rivers are marked properly. Ships sail here from around the world.
SMH on the 2 items above.

Fishing is great
Temperatures are hotter in Columbia and Greenville than they are in Charleston in the summertime.

Not sure what angle the poster above is coming from.
Charleston is simply a world class city.

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Feb 12, 2017, 11:55 PM

As my granddaughter would say: wait, what?

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Feb 13, 2017, 7:30 AM

Would be nice if that were true then the whole world would stop moving here, sounds like this guy can only afford moncks corner with the rest of the jersey wearing coots

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Feb 13, 2017, 8:05 AM

I hope that is an attempt to be sacastic , or somehow funny .
Charleston is my home , and one of the finest places on the planet ...and brother , if you can't find a good place to eat in Charleston SC , you must be chained to a d-ring in somebody's crawlspace .

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Feb 12, 2017, 10:50 PM

Yes there a lot of coots. After being away from Charleston for 9 years, returning has been very disappointing.
Traffic and litter in Charleston is awful. Do not get on a bicycle period.

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Feb 12, 2017, 10:54 PM

I've been here for 7 months almost and I have met nothing but Carolina fans... Especially in the Summerville area, it's a whole lot of them...

There are more Carolina fans in this area, than there are Clemson fans to answer your question..

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Feb 12, 2017, 11:26 PM

Definitely more coots in the Summerville and North Charleston areas. More Tigers here in Mt. Pleasant.

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Feb 12, 2017, 11:29 PM

I'm surprised that no one mentioned taking a tour of some plantations down highway 61. Middleton is my favorite. They have a carriage tour that takes you around the grounds. There's a restaurant there too and the food is really good.

Aside from that, downtown Charleston is a must as numerous ppl have already mentioned. If you have the $$$ check out Grill 225. It's my wife's favorite restaurant. We typically go there during restaurant week where the prices is more $$ than $$$. Their ribeye is amazing though.

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Feb 12, 2017, 11:49 PM

You can check out the orange alligator down the road from my house in Hanahan. If you have the $$$ check out Halls Chophouse. You might see ole Bill Murray in there.

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Feb 13, 2017, 8:11 AM

Definitely go to Hall's if you are looking for a $200-300ish meal for 2. Its one of the best restaurants in the south east.

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Spend most of your time in downtown Charleston exploring the city's history.


Feb 13, 2017, 12:51 AM

Walk if you can. Lots of neat old homes and buildings, and great restaurants as well.

I can also recommend Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's Island. Really unique restaurant/bar with great food. I go every time I visit.

You'll find Clemson fans in the nicer, wealthier areas like downtown and Mount Pleasant. As you'd expect, Coots tend to congregate in North Charleston and Summerville where rents are cheaper and more blue collar jobs are to be had. ;)

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Feb 13, 2017, 6:07 AM

I live on James Island and grew up in lower Berkeley County .
Coots are more prevelant in the LC than any other fan base ...but they are difficult to spot depending on how successful they are in any particular year .
Whether it's women's basketball or baseball or football , the USuC fan will proudly display it's colors so long as there is a modicum of success that can be associated with it .
They prefer the car flag and magnet to actual stickers and transfers ...because theyare so easily removable and can be reapplied when things start looking up again , however brief.
Yes , the LC is truly a wonderful place to live ...just a smidge better for us Tiger fans at times such as these .

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Yes, there are lots of them


Feb 13, 2017, 6:44 AM

I'd guess that in an average year the Coot:Tiger ratio is between 2:1 and 3:1. It's not as bad as, say, Florence, but they're still everywhere. Although over the last 2 seasons they've been very hard to find.

As evidence, walk into any Dick's Sporting Goods in the Charleston area. There is almost no Clemson gear in sight--not even championship gear. But they have an entire section dedicated to nothing but Coot gear. I've seen this at 2 separate Dick's stores in the past 4 weeks and it's mind-boggling. Same for Target, Walmart, just about anyplace that sells college sports gear--except Palmetto Moon. They try to keep it 50/50.

Wear your championship gear as much as you can...it helps to keep them in hiding.

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Feb 13, 2017, 7:05 AM

Charleston is full and you can expect to be turned away at the county line.

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Feb 13, 2017, 7:09 AM

This group of answers might be the worst suggestions of Charleston I've seen. Yea coots are in the blue collar areas Summerville, North Charleston. James Island. On my side of the block in the city there are us, uva, auburn, osu, clemson, Carolina, auburn, citadel, citadel, sewanee, and CofC in that order. The only coots downtown, city part of west Ashley, mt p are lawyers. Anywhere near actual charleston there are no coots except alumni.
Walking around downtown you will run into more buckeyes than anything because our tourist are made up of mostly of them.
Never go to hymans, and skip the market.

What kind of things are you into? History, dining, beaches, shopping

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Feb 13, 2017, 8:07 AM

Order of schools fans you will see: #1 CofC #2 citadel #3 Clemson #4 Ohio state #5 coots #6 everyone else.

100% agree to skip hymans I can think of at least 10 better seafood restaurants just off of the top of my head. I'm not a big seafood person but def skip on hymans. Don't skip the market...its a good little experience if you are not from around here. There's really nothing to do unless you are into history. If you want to go to bars then go somewhere on upper king street, stay away from touristy market area.

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Yes, there are at least twice as many coot fans as Tiger


Feb 13, 2017, 7:58 AM

fans here in Charleston, but you won't have an easy time finding them. They were everywhere 3 years ago, but have definitely gone back into hiding recently.

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Feb 13, 2017, 8:02 AM

You are more likely to run into an Ohio State fan than a coot fan. If you stay on the peninsula and don't venture too far outside of downtown then you are likely to never see a coot. They all live in trailers on the outskirts of town (I'm being serious).

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Feb 13, 2017, 8:14 AM

There are coots in city limits they are just law school alumni and they one don't care about football or two think they're too important chasing ambulances and getting criminals off the hook to care about football. I tell you the coot attorney is one person I strongely dislike.

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Feb 13, 2017, 8:35 AM

OK OK I may have fibbed a little...ok a lot... EXCEPT for the coots we are the minority here. Charleston is absolutely unequivocally the best city/town in the country. The food is world class. The best steaks in town are at Hall chop house or Oak steak house. Expensive as all get out. Honestly, the seafood is average in DT. I fish for a living so I know really good seafood. I would say Amen Street Raw bar is the best for seafood in DT. As stated before Hymans seafood is nappy... The bars are a ton of fun. Depending on your age, upper king street is the place to be for the night life. If you venture to Mt P or as we call it Mt Perfect hit up Shelter or Reds good times. If you go to James Island go to Smoaky Oak restaurant it's tasty. Just don't go folly lots of tree huggers and liberals cops are rediculous. If you slip out to johns island eat lunch at Stono Market Cafe, it will be packed, only open for lunch. Like a few posters said earlier the tour thing is probably something you wanna do. Fort Sumter, carriage ride Yada yada yada. If you got some extra money to spend charter an inshore boat and go catch some spotail bass or as Yankees would say Redfish. Do not leave the city from 4:00 in the afternoon til about 7:00 in the evening. The traffic will drive you bananas. I'm serious about this. Charleston county has done nothing in infrastructure the past 20 years. You and you wife will have fun, enjoy it.

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