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Greenville SC to Charleston with perhaps stop at Columbia? Looking for eats along the way

We like a little country diner called Bill & Fran's at the Newberry/Route 34 exit. Never had a bad meal there, and the place is always busy at lunch time.

It's a "roadfood" kind of place. Not gourmet, just good, genuine country cooking and real nice people.

Don't go in there with any highfalutin expectations; just enjoy the food.

Oct 25, 2014
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We loved it! [Charleston, SC]

Whoops! Yes, in Charleston.

Sep 19, 2014
Tiger66 in Southeast

We loved it! [Charleston, SC]

We went into town last night to check out Leon’s Oyster House. In three words: They nailed it.

I’ll get to the food in a minute, but first a little about the character of the place. Great decor – it’s obvious that someone with a terrific eye was involved in the design.

In so many new food places, they work almost too hard to achieve their vision. And this often leads to pretentiousness. Not so, Leon’s; definitely not so. From the menu to the service to the physical space, you just get a feeling that everything is just right, and oh so natural. It simply works. I lust for the beautiful YELLOW tool box right inside the door that serves as the host/hostess stand. Beautiful.

But enough about the place; let’s talk about the food. First, there were so many good things on the menu, it was really hard to choose. I STRONGLY recommend going to Leon’s with at least four people so you can share the goodies. There were just two of us and we couldn’t finish the hush puppies (light as air, but with something special inside) or the black eyed pea salad (scrumptious – who’da thought?).

You have to get the roasted oysters. I’m a huge raw oyster fan, but the addition of garlic, parmesan, and butter set my oyster soul on fire. Next time, I’ll order two plates.

I had the oyster sandwich, which was PERFECT. My companion had the fish fry (with catfish, shrimp, and oysters), and I got to taste the last nugget of catfish. Perfectly cooked, light breading, great flavor. Yum.

Now that we’ve been to Leon’s, we are excitedly planning our next visit. Based on the food last night, I have to think that their fried chicken will raise the bar. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

Go for the food, or the fun ambiance, or the nice people. Just go!

Sep 19, 2014
Tiger66 in Southeast

Myrtle Beach Happy Hour

We're back and forth from SC to NYC several times a year. I started taking the 301 alternate a couple of years ago. I think it's quicker, but it really depends on what time you hit the beltway. The stretch from Baltimore to Fredericksburg is crappy from about 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm. 301 has a bunch of strip malls/traffic lights, but it at least moves.

If you get there late at night (after 8:00) or around midday, I'd stay on 95. Rush hour times, take 301.

Mar 07, 2014
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Husk hasn't lost its edge; no way, no how

We had a great dinner at Husk last night. We’re local, and we haven’t been there in a while, but we were pleased to see that they haven’t lost their edge. Cocktails in the bar next door were perfectly served … some nice E. H. Taylor bourbon on the rocks.

Each of us had starters: I had roasted oysters garnished with a touch of kimchee. Extraordinary. Could have knocked down a half-dozen more.

Entrées were right on. One of our party had a beautiful hunk of swordfish (a little brown crust on top, perfectly cooked in the middle), and another had the catfish. I went with the flatiron steak. Melt in your mouth goodness.

We also indulged in the hop ‘n John side and, of course, the obligatory corn bread.

Everything was top-notch, and we were impressed that the folks at Husk are remaining true to their roots and mixing it up with all of these fresh local ingredients, prepared in innovative and imaginative ways. Nothing over the top or pretentious – just good food with LOTS of great flavors. And impeccable service.

Yummy!

Dec 24, 2013
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Mustard Belt and Charleston, SC

Scott's had a fire yesterday; not sure how they're doing. Probably OK.

We really like Page's Okra Grill in Mt. Pleasant. Good country cooking, much better than Jestine's, and not at all touristy. My kind of place.

Nov 27, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Southern Food Choices In Charleston

Just saw on Facebook that Virginia's on King will be open from 3-8 pm. Also very good. No bar -- just beer/wine but food is SOUTHERN!

Nov 26, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Southern Food Choices In Charleston

We like Carolina's. It's been around for a long time, and we've never had a bad meal or bad service there. If I were in your predicament, that's where I'd go, unhesitatingly.

Nov 26, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Husk for lunch

I'd say a 1st cousin to pulled pork. Meat wasn't pulled, but it was melt-in-your-mouth tender and oh-so-easy to bite.

Oct 21, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Husk for lunch

I didn't dissect it. It was in a beautiful brioche bun that was perfectly cooked and colored.

The meat had a smokey taste, but I couldn't swear that it came out of a smoker. Typical meat-to-fat ratio -- very tender. Left an aftertaste of pulled pork. Yum!

I'm ready to do it again right now.

Oct 20, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Husk for lunch

Went to Husk with an out-of-town guest for lunch yesterday. Had pork belly sandwich with jalapeno aioli and cabbage slaw.

I only have one word: da-yum. Maybe that's two words.

It was fantastic and a deal-and-a-half at 12 bucks.

Oct 19, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Coast Restaurant in Charleston, SC

Hey Goblue88 from Goblue77!

We live in CHS and are big fans of Coast. Food always good. Dark 'n stormys are perfection. Love the ambiance. Sunday is 1/2 price wine night. Fried whole flounder is great; fish tacos are best in town. I like the cornmeal encrusted oysters for appetizers.

Recommend it without any reservations ...

Oct 10, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Where to go for pre-concert FUN in Daniel Island/Mount Pleasant/Charleston

I live on Daniel Island, and we like to go to the Daniel Island Grille. It's a sports bar right on the main drag -- five minutes from the stadium.

Lots of outdoor space, nice folks, and the typical offerings of food, beer and cocktails. It's usually hopping before and after a concert.

Best part is, you get in to vicinity of the concert, park your car, and tailgate at the DIG. Easy.

http://www.dighospitality.com/dig_dan...

Oct 03, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Folly Beach, SC

We had lunch at Rita's yesterday. Great patio, very close to the beach (but not overlooking). Good food, nice folks.

Sep 20, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

Breakfast and Lunch in Asheville

I’ve read bunches of posts here about the food scene in AVL, although not much lately. Now it’s show time.

My wife and I will be in Asheville next Friday, and we’d like everyone’s opinion on the BEST place for breakfast (near downtown), and a few good choices for lunch.

I’m a carnivore; no vegan or gluten free need apply.

Thanks in advance --

Aug 23, 2013
Tiger66 in Southeast

40-somethings for Fun Drinks and Appetizers in Charleston

Very stylish crowd at Magolia; can't miss. Gin Joint is fun as well, but less stylish.

The rooftop bar at the Pavilion is also chic.

We LOVE a place up on John Street called Coast. Good food, fun crowd, good bar scene, not too dressy.

While you're up on King, consider the Cocktail Club above MacIntosh. A little more stylish than the Gin Joint, but same idea.

Apr 17, 2013
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Southern Seasons Coming to Charleston Area

Exciting news -- Southern Seasons is going to open a store here in Mt. Pleasant, right in the heart of town. Opening scheduled for summer of 2013 in a building formerly occupied by a Food Lion, so space should be more than adequate.

What fun!

Dec 14, 2012
Tiger66 in Southeast

The Macintosh in Charleston, Worth the Wait

We had wanted to visit The Macintosh in Charleston, but we were waiting for that special occasion. Finally a birthday entered the picture, and away we went.

It started out at the bar with a very nice rum and tonic made perfectly: some nice Appleton Rum, some Jack Rudy tonic, and a splash of club soda. Yumm –

Then the fun began. The Macintosh is one of those places that has so many good things on the menu that you don’t know what to choose. We like small bites so my wife and I started by sharing the sausage plate appetizer. A stick of duck sausage and a stick of home-made Kielbasa accompanied by delicious bread-and-butter pickles, a nice whole grain mustard, and some crispy flat bread. Very good and plenty of food for two.

For my entrée, I opted for the pork belly appetizer accompanied by two sides: their bone marrow bread pudding and summer succotash. The bone marrow bread pudding lay somewhere between batter bread and Yorkshire pudding. Delish. I plated the succotash with the pork belly and it was a down-home feast.

We thought everything about The Macintosh was great: service, servers, food, ambiance. The only bad thing is that it adds complexity to the Charleston restaurant scene. The answer to “Where do you want to go for dinner tonight?” just got more complicated.

Sep 21, 2012
Tiger66 in Southeast

Best Tamales??

I've looked at a lot of the Tex-Mex places recommended by this board, but a lot of them don't feature tamales.

What's the best place in Dallas-Ft. Worth area for tamales?

Thanks --

Aug 15, 2012
Tiger66 in Dallas - Fort Worth

ONE Tex-Mex meal and ONE barbecue meal, Dallas/Ft. Worth

Thanks for ideas on Tex-Mex, but I'm hoping to get both. I'm one of those gotta-have-it-all guys.

Jul 05, 2012
Tiger66 in Dallas - Fort Worth

ONE Tex-Mex meal and ONE barbecue meal, Dallas/Ft. Worth

Pecan Lodge won't work. Rats. Sounds like great concept, but timing doesn't work.

Jul 05, 2012
Tiger66 in Dallas - Fort Worth

ONE Tex-Mex meal and ONE barbecue meal, Dallas/Ft. Worth

Lockhart looks like it'll do for starters. Maybe not the BEST, but better than I can get here (except for when I make it myself).

Jul 04, 2012
Tiger66 in Dallas - Fort Worth

ONE Tex-Mex meal and ONE barbecue meal, Dallas/Ft. Worth

Hi Twinwillow -- I thought it might be fun to see what shakes out. I hope everybody remains civil.

Jul 04, 2012
Tiger66 in Dallas - Fort Worth

ONE Tex-Mex meal and ONE barbecue meal, Dallas/Ft. Worth

OK boys and girls, here we go!

I’m from Charleston (SC), and I’m going to be in the DFW area at the end of August for a ball game. I’ll be staying in Arlington near the stadium (although I could stay out near DFW). I’ll have a car, and I don’t mind driving a REASONABLE distance.

I’ll have a chance to eat two meals while I’m there, and I want to eat good Mexican (aka Tex-Mex) and good barbecue (brisket). Here’s my question:

If you were in the DFW area for 36 hours only, what Tex-Mex place would you want to hit? What barbecue joint (specializing in slices of brisket, not chopped brisket in sandwiches) would you hit?

I’ll probably never be in the DFW area again, so I’m looking for places that you would put on your bucket list.

Right now, Fuel City Tacos and Angelos (Ft. Worth) are on my radar.

Thanks and have fun --

Jul 04, 2012
Tiger66 in Dallas - Fort Worth

Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar, Charleston

Seven of us went here last night. The reservation had somehow slipped through the cracks, but the folks at Amen went ABOVE and BEYOND making things right. Way to go!

Service was great and the grilled grouper was marvelous. The corn pudding was terrific. I could make a meal of that.

Thanks to staff and servers at Amen for accommodating us and making things right. A grand time was had by all.

Jun 02, 2012
Tiger66 in Southeast

Charleston breakfast and lunch fare

We like Rita's out in Folly. Unprepossessing, beachy vibe, dog friendly, good food.

There's a burger joint over in W. Ashley call Triangle Char and Bar. Not your average bear.

Glass Onion is HIGHLY recommended. Fat Hen out on Maybank Highway is also highly regarded.

May 22, 2012
Tiger66 in Southeast

CO Restaurant (King Street in CHS)

No Sue-- It's down King (340 or something like that). Narrow building painted dark gray on east side of street. Stylish!

May 11, 2012
Tiger66 in Southeast

CO Restaurant (King Street in CHS)

Yes -- sorry I was lazy

May 11, 2012
Tiger66 in Southeast

CO Restaurant (King Street in CHS)

Went there the other night. I love Vietnamese food , and I was not disappointed. Started out with the pork belly on bun. Very tasty. Wife had pork and crab spring rolls. Also good.

But the pho was the star, and it was quite good. Served the traditional way – noodles, broth and meat in the bowl. Veggies and spicy sauces on the side to add as desired. Garnished with nice lime wedge and sliced jalapenos.

Very nice ambiance. Good selection of beers and interesting cocktails. Oh so stylish interior design and an equally stylish crowd of young folks.

Food top notch and good value for the money. Add in the ambiance and decor and I think they'll have a winner.

May 11, 2012
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NYKers Charleston to Myrtle Beach please help with Myrtle Beach suggestions

Russell's is at 4906 Hwy 17 Business
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Easy to find on internet

Jan 25, 2012
Tiger66 in Southeast