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Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 4:34 PM
 

What are your favorite places to eat at in Charleston?

Is the Peninsula Grill any good?


Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 4:38 PM
 

Very good

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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 4:42 PM
 

Another place in that same price range and quality level is Hall's Chophouse. Can't go wrong with either.

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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 8:57 PM
 

Halls is a great! The steaks are oustanding. The bar scene is really fun too!


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 4:40 PM
 

SNOB- Slightly North of Broad - Shimp and grits are great


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 6:56 PM
 

Always good when I've been there.


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 4:42 PM
 

We like southern brewery because they have a nice upstairs pool area with a bar. They also have dancing nights such as salsa. Oh, and they brew beer too.

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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 6:28 PM
 

I assume you mean southend, which is now lagunitas


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 4:49 PM
 

Pawpaw, grocery, husk, halls chophouse

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We are local and like 39 Rue de Jean***


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^ very good burger.***


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:02 PM
 

My daughter lived there for several years while in college and med school. Her favorite "locals" restaurant was The Wreck in Mount Pleasant. Nothing fancy but the food is wonderful!


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 8:59 PM
 

Rue is over priced.


Peninsula is very good. Can't go wrong.

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:00 PM
 

There are so many restaurants and I have NOT tried them all. I do like Fig very much as well.


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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:01 PM
 

early bird cafe

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Magnolia's. Kinda pricey, but food is incredible!***


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:06 PM
 

Big John's and Wild Wing Cafe.


Is Big John's still there?******


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Re: Is Big John's still there?******

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:02 PM
 

No Big John had a fire. Gone. Carribean bar there now.


Re: Magnolia's. Kinda pricey, but food is incredible!***

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 6:27 PM
 

The Glass Onion in West Ashley is fantastic and very reasonable.


Re: Magnolia's. Kinda pricey, but food is incredible!***


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:16 PM
 

Agreed! Glass Onion awesome!


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:31 PM
 

Wild Wing???
Chain restaurant crap.


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Posted: Apr 17, 2017 12:09 AM
 

Guess you don't read sarcasm.


Eh, I am from Charleston and there are much better places


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:39 PM
 

now. It's a good restaurant but over-priced and over-hyped.


Think of the H in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:31 PM
 

Hall's
Husk
Hank's
Hominy











































Hymen's

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Re: No Hymens

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:35 PM
 

Coast Restaurant is very good

Hymens is quite an over hyped establishment.


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:51 PM
 

That's why there's a wide gap down to Hymen's with most every restaurant in Charleston in between.

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The place sucks. Most people that eat there either are...

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 6:21 PM
 

tourists or don't know the difference.

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Re: The place sucks. Most people that eat there either are...

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 8:02 PM
 

Very overrated


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:20 PM
 

Hymans is a tourist trap. Would not send my worst enemy there. I only recommend it to Coots.


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Posted: Apr 17, 2017 7:33 PM
 

Olive, Wild....Much better than Mondo's ...Also love Chez Nous. Check on-line at 11 AM for the daily 2 entree selections. Lunch same as dinner price and selection. I changes every day for what is freshest and available. You may not like either of the two selections, if so go to Mc Crady's or Penninsula or Charleston Grill or wherever.....


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:32 PM
 

Halls chophouse is by far the best but very expensive


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 10:28 PM
 

Haha that's funny


HUSK or McGrady's Tavern.***


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:34 PM
 




Last time i thought about going to Husk you had to


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:08 PM
 

make reservations about a week in advance.


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:22 PM
 

Husk and Mcgradys are both excellent.


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:35 PM
 

Try The Wreck and The Mustard Seed, both in Mt. Pleasant. Non-tourist places with great food and lower than Charleston prices. If you're up there around lunchtime, hit Jack's Cosmic Dog for Clemson bleu cheese slaw, draft root beer and vinegar fries.


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 6:02 PM
 

Sadly the mustard seed is closed for renovations.


I like Hanks

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:44 PM
 

Reservations are strongly encouraged and I love their shrimp and grits


CO across from Kickin' on King St. for dynamite Vietnamese


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:51 PM
 

cuisine; pork belly & pad thai are to die for. Not to mention dumpling varieties, banh mis, rolls etc. The kicker is how affordable it is as well, nothing over $15/plate.

They got a guy in the kitchen missing half a ring finger he lost fleeing the country in '72; works 10-15 hrs a day 5-6 days a week on the soup/noodles station. Truly authentic, this place.

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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 5:59 PM
 

Lived in Charleston since 1970. Pretty much tried them all. There are easily 50+ "high end" restaurants with excellent food and probably more. What type of food were you looking for and what is your price range? Some will require reservations many weeks in advance. It is hard to go wrong.

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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:15 PM
 

I've been to Husk and Halls and Hanks the last trips into Charleston.

Halls is great. Husk was a let down as was Hanks. 2 out of 3 of us hated Hanks. Not sure why as all the reviews were great. Wanted to like them all.

Magnolias is always great.

The Wreck is good.

Dukes BBQ and Home Team BBQ are great.

Looking to try some new spots this time around.

My price range varies. For some celebratory reasons (graduation) I am going to have to splurge a couple of times while in town.

I've already got reservations made for Peninsula and Charleston Grill on the same night. Need to pick one of the two.


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 10:57 PM
 

Give the Tattooed Moose a shot! Theres one right off the E Bay St exit on 26 or one out on Johns Island. Duck Club sandwich is incredible!


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:54 PM
 

I'm glad you put the quotes. Morgan Creek is quite good. The fried green tomatoes and pimento I'd make a drive for.


Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 6:15 PM
 

We are locals and yes, Peninsula Grill is great but serving size a little small, our favorites are Grill 225 and especially Circa 1886 (free parking at Circa). All 3 are in same price range but great places to eat.


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:15 PM
 

Thank you. I hate small serving sizes. I like to eat. :)


Lots of good suggestions here.


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 6:54 PM
 

First of all, Peninsula Grill is outstanding. You will probably want to wear a jacket if you go for dinner. I don't believe it is required, but most of the other guys will be wearing one.

Hall's Chophouse is excellent and worth the money. Charleston Grill is as well. At a similar price point is Circa 1886, which is great. Slightly less expensive is Slightly North of Broad (SNOB). Still a really nice experience though.

I can highly recommend Muse. It is not quite as upscale as the ones I listed above, but it is one of my favorite places to eat in Charleston. If I am visiting for a weekend, I typically try to go. It is small, and somewhat quirky, but a lovely environment and always great.

If you want something outside of the downtown area (cheaper but still really good), I can recommend Mondo's Italian Restaurant on James Island. Consistently good food and a neat atmosphere.

I lived in Charleston for five years, and despite my best effort to try all of the restaurants, I wasn't able to because there are so many great ones. You really can't go wrong. I highly recommend reservations if you are dining on a Friday or Saturday night.

Enjoy, and please let us know where you end up going (and how it was!).

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Re: Lots of good suggestions here.


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:20 PM
 

Thanks Judge.

In my past trips to Chs, I have tried Hanks, Husk, Magnolias, Fleet, Halls, Poogans Porch, Dukes, Home Team BBQ, The Wreck, Queology.

Me and my date are probably one of the few who did not like Hanks and Husk.

Appreciate all the suggestions.

I made reservations weeks ago for Peninsula and Charleston Grill.


I agree with you on Hank's and Husk.


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:50 PM
 

Neither were that great for the price.

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Peninsula Grill is really good, but it's a little pricy for


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:06 PM
 

the portion size and you need to dress a little nicer than just casual.

I really like both Magnolias and Cypress (same ownership and they share a parking lot). Went to 82 Queen last year... it's been around a long time, but still very good food and they give you a lot of it.


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:17 PM
 

I have lived in the Lowcountry all my life and in my opinion Halls is the best. Hands down. Take your wallet though ??


Halls is fantastic, but I've only been there once.


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 8:09 PM
 

It is really pricey indeed.


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:29 PM
 

Cru Cafe, hominy grill


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:35 PM
 

Hominy is overrated .


Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:44 PM
 

We live Downtown
Here is our list:
Chez Nous
Halls
Snobs
Husk
Peninsula
Magnolias
Blossoms
Cypress
McCrady's
Oak
Hanks
Cru
Coast
Fig
Ordinary
Those are just some. All are high end.

Avoid at all cost these:
Hymens
Any chain restaurant (Wild Wings, TBonz, Ruth Cris)

Good BBQ:
Poogans Smoke house
Swig and Swine
Smoke
DO NOT GO TO Sticky fingers

More on the casual side:
Hominy grill
The alley
Bay street bier gardens
Fuel


Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:54 PM
 

Scott's Q is out of this world!


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 7:56 PM
 

Ruth Cris downtown is awful!


Peninsula Grill is excellent.***


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82 Queen must not still be open


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 8:05 PM
 

Ate there about a decade ago it was absolutely great. I've not seen it mentioned so it must not be open anymore


It is. I went there for my anniversary last summer.


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 8:15 PM
 

Food was outstanding and the portions were very large.. i ended up taking leftovers home. The only thing i wasn't crazy about was the seating. The outdoor courtyard with the bar looked excellent, but it was mid-July and they weren't really seating people out there because it was 90 degrees. My wife and i ended up at a little table in a small upstairs with 1 other couple, and eventually a small group of 4, but it was very, very quiet and a little awkward. Some people may like that, but i prefer a little more hustle and bustle and ambience.


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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 8:05 PM
 

Go to Poogan's Porch.

Don't go to Husk.


Poogan's Porch allows dogs if you have a dog.


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 8:11 PM
 

That's why I went there one day.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:00 PM
 

Poogan's and 82 Queen have been around over thirty years! It's not an accident.

Swig & Swine is solid...same owners as 82 Queen (Clemson family!)...good Q...

Not a fan of Glass Onion...over-rated and priced, in my opinion.

Tattooed Moose...yum....!


Husk is awesome...***


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Restaurants


Posted: Apr 15, 2017 9:32 PM
 

Lived here my whole life, Hanks for seafood , Halls for steak. End of story. Hymans is a joke. Magnolias, Cypress, etc. are good but not worth the money. Rue de Jean is solid, underrated and a good time.


none are actually good

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Posted: Apr 15, 2017 9:59 PM
 

It's just a big hype machine.

Think of CHS restaurants like SEC football and ESPN.

Get it?


Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:19 PM
 

a Scotts BBQ place has opened in downtown, if anything like the Hemingway place, good bbq

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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:25 PM
 

Thanks to all who posted. Always good to get some thoughts on places.

Thank you. Thumbs up. Go Tigers


One other thought


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:37 PM
 

The restaurant at Middleton Place is greatly improved, and if you go there you get the run of the grounds. Just in case you are considering "outside the box" options.

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I grew up in Charleston


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 7:38 PM
 

I don't visit without having breakfast at the Variety Store.


Halls, FIG, Husk

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 8:08 PM
 

But make reservations 30 days out.


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 8:08 PM
 

In late January, my new bride and I ate at:

Lunch - High Cotton - "new"southern cuisine. Very good.

Supper - 39 Rue de Jean- not crazy about the atmosphere but food was very good and price was reasonable
by Charleston standards.

Lunch - 82 Queen. I have been here 6 or 7 times in the past. Best crab cakes- anywhere-IMHO. Wife had shrimp salad. It was outstanding. We shared a bottle of wine. Ordered another crab cake and another bottle of wine. Pricey, but worth it.

Supper - Could not get a reservation at Husk. Kept reading good things about Hall's Chophouse and we had decided then that we wanted beef. Asked the concierge @ French Quarter about it. He said it was one of the best steakhouses in the city and reservations were sometimes made months in advance. It happened to be a Monday night in late January and he was able to get us reservations for 8:30 PM. We shared the Tomahawk Ribeye...with Black Truffle Butter. Excellent. If you want to eat beef, celebrate a special occasion, and spend more money than usual...this is it.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 8:30 PM
 

If you venture over to Mt. Pleasant make sure to try the Granary and Basil (also a location downtown on King St). Sullivan's Island has a great lunch spot called Poe's Tavern. Mex 1 is also solid.


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 8:59 PM
 

Eli's Table. Try the steak or the shrimp and grits.


Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:02 PM
 

Would be interesting if you reported back about your experiences. Might be worth a thumb or two.

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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 11:08 PM
 

Will do.

I have eaten at Husk and Halls and Hanks before. Fan of Halls. We were not fans of Hanks or Husk believe it or not although the 3rd member of our party did like them both.

Magnolias serves good food at a reasonable price.

Halls and Husk and Hanks were more expensive if I recall.

I like Dukes BBQ and HomeTeam BBQ and Queology.

Kaminskys is a neat dessert experience. I like it.

Poogans Porch was good.

Have reservations again for Magnolia on this trip. Have reservation for both Charleston Grill and Peninsula Grill.


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:07 PM
 

S.N.O.B. for lunch. Try the Vegetable Medley. Coast for Dinner. Two solid staples downtown.

Virginia's on King or Jestine's Kitchen if you like reasonably priced southern food.


Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:16 PM
 

Now that the finer establishments have had their due rundown, I'll direct your attention to the true diamonds in the rough in Charleston. If you wanna "live" the city like a local (I lived downtown for 5 years), you need to get on Yelp and use the search filters to list the lowest priced restaurants (one $ or two $$ on the listing) and sort them by highest rating. I have built entire vacations around this method (favorite was San Fran), and it does not disappoint. Tons of burgeoning establishments of every shape, size, menu, and ethnicity.

Best fried seafood in Charleston? Dave's carry-out - in the hood, crazy good.
Best taco & margarita?
Santi's - in a revamped huddle house bldg on north meeting st
Best sandwich shop?
Butcher & Bee on north king
Best pizza?
D'Alessandro's in Elliotborough
Best fancy-schmamcy?
Halls Chophouse - top 5 in the country according to TripAdvisor

I could go on and on - definitely peel back the obvious touristy layers and find the hidden gems!

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I like allof those recommendtions and have been to them all.


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 9:31 PM
 

Good stuff. Also, Butcher and Bee is BYOB.

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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 10:39 PM
 

Halls is a steak house, not that's it bad because you can't go wrong with Allen brothers steaks but wouldn't call it fine dining it's a chophouse.


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Posted: Apr 17, 2017 7:41 PM
 

Point for even knowing where Dave's is.
LOL
Its a dive but good.


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 10:03 PM
 

EVO pizzeria in North Charleston, consistently voted one of the top pizza places in the country


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 10:10 PM
 

Early Bird Diner for Chicken and Waffles for breakfast
Hometeam for lunch (love the half chicken, bark is awesome!)
Fat Hen for dinner. Great local food and reasonably priced.

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Depends what/where you want


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 10:25 PM
 

I like Edmunds Oast for the beer selection and higher end food. Boathouse is solid at breach inlet great views. 82 Queens awesome she crab soup. Sunflower Cafe and Sea Biscuit for breakfast. Many great places to eat in the area enjoy!

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Re: Best Restaurants in Charleston


Posted: Apr 16, 2017 10:36 PM
 

If Peninsula was a thought I would consider Lucca, Fulton Five, Chez Nous, Langdons, Macintosh, Ordinary, or Charleston Grill


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Posted: Apr 16, 2017 11:11 PM
 

Xiao Bao Biscuit ... spring st.

Yw


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Posted: Apr 17, 2017 7:44 PM
 

I've always enjoyed Fleet Landing.


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Posted: Apr 17, 2017 7:52 PM
 

Hymans.


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