Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Calling All Charleston, South Carolina Foodies...
Let's see if I can get some feedback from the experts...
I'm looking for "insiders" advice on which restaurants, pubs, bars, and "joints" to hit during an upcoming "first ever" trip to Charleston, S.C.
I've gone through "the act" - done my research and narrowing down - and here's what I've come up with:
Robert's of Charleston -- Supposedly the one place you've got to go to when visiting Charleston...
Fulton Five -- Charleston's "most romantic restaurant." Very expensive wine list; least expensive bottle $40! Interestingly enough, the food menu is priced moderate-high; not outrageous. Plenty of yummy dishes for both my wife and I, both appetizers and entrees. Fine dessert and after dinner drinks selection - also reasonably priced for the quality.
Poogan's Porch -- Upscale Lowcountry cuisine. Nice wine list, reasonable number of wines in the $20s and $30s range. Apps and entrees a bit less expensive than other Charleston "fine dining" establishments. We both love the dinner menu! Nice lunch menu too!
The Fat Hen -- Located on Johns Island serving comfort food with a "Lowcountry French" flair. Interesting, affordable wine list. French "comfort" desserts. Very, very nice menu; French with a Southern twist; all priced very reasonably. My wife would love it as much as I!
Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar at the Francis Marion Inn -- The menu is to die for and for fine dining the prices are a steal!
Magnolia's -- Wine list is upscale but with a fair amount of choices in the $30's and $40s. Great desserts and decent after-dinner drink selection. Yummy dinner menu; plenty of stuff to tweek my palate as well as Mary's. Lunch looks good as well!
Fish -- Nice wine list with a few choices in the mid-$30's plus a truly outstanding cocktail list; less expensive than most similar lists! Same deal with the dessert list; as "fancy" and inventive as any, less expensive than most. Creative "Southern/Asian" fusion menu with plenty of goodies for Mary and lots of stuff I'd just love to try! Affordable "fine dining" choice.
Anson -- Supposed to be (along with Robert's and McCrady's) among the best restaurants in Charleston. Excellent menu; less expensive than I thought it would be; a menu that offers both of us choices we'd be more than happy with.
Sermets Corner -- Eclectic menu featuring everything from soups and appetizers, burgers and paninis, interesting entrees. Mary would be happy here; so would I. "Foodie" food at low prices!
S.N.O.B. (Slightly North of Broad) -- Reasonably priced wine list. "Comfort" desserts! Reasonably priced "fine dining" menu with plenty of choices for Mary.
39 Rue de Jean -- Excellent wine list. Classic French with a "mirror" Asian menu. Mid-priced.
High Cotton -- If we end up hitting a steakhouse... this looks like the one! They seem to have everything going for them at more reasonable prices than you'd expect.
Grill 225 (in the Market Place Hotel) -- Very, very expensive, but... it's where they have prime filet mignon stuffed with Roquefort cheese wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon ($44). For Mary there's a $35 bone-in veal parmesan. Sounds damned yummy!!!
OK... then we have upscale bars...
Rooftop Bar at the Vendue Inn -- A MUST STOP...!!!
Carolina's -- Great cocktails! Definitely stop in for happy hour!
Finally... we have the "joints"...
Momma Brown's -- BBQ joint!
The Hickory Hawg -- BBQ joint!
Mellow Mushroom -- Pizza and Calzones... munchies, soups, salads, sandwiches... and a kick-ass beer selection! Funky, funky place...! (It's actually a mini-chain!)
Hyman's Seafood (and deli!) -- Casual "real deal" seafood restaurant for locals and tourists alike. Huge portions; fair prices; huge menu! Cocktails served in pitchers!
A.W. Shucks -- Another "Charleston tradition" family seafood restaurant. A bit more expensive than Hyman's, perhaps, but still most entrees in the $15-$20 range.
Tommy Condon's Irish Pub -- Great beer list! Pub grub with a lowcountry twist.
The Griffon -- English style pub!
Queen Anne's Revenge -- I'd stop and have a beer there for the atmosphere. Menu looks fine. Not upscale. I'm sure the food's fine. Kitschy yet compelling!
Well, Charlestonians... any thoughts, suggestions, cautions... perhaps some additional recommendations...???