You guys got me going & I had to add in. I recently heard about Keyport Fishery & nothing but good things. I was asking a girl at work about it because she lives in Keyport & someone else chimed in & said "WHEN ARE YOU TAKING ME THERE!", it was that good he knew the place from 10 years back. Yes, I heard they do great fried food, but hey, look at my screen name & tell me if I care, hahaha.
But nobody has answered Basil4me question, where do you go in central Jersey (Middlesex/Momonth county) for seafood? Although its probably too late for that birthday party Basil4me, did you find anything? Basil4me, me & my wife go to Sawa in Eatontown alot & I noticed an Eat at Joe's, I'm sorry to recomend another chain but its less expensive than Legal Seafood. I have not been to an Eat at Joes for many years & it was in another state so I can't tell you how it is but only to give it a try. At least at a chain restaurant you get consistancy that is at most decent.
Anyway, Basil4me needs an answer & CHOW has not provided. Can someon out there help us all on where to go for Seafood? Not so sure about Basil but I'm looking for somehting in Middlesex, Monmouth county area.
Thank you for all the commentary, I will be researching all locations & most likely make reservations at FIG, which sounds like the fine dining establishment I am looking for to celebrate my anniversary. Shrimp & grits love & can't wait to try all the variations, I'll be happy with mediocre shrimp & grits hahaha! (by the way I had great BBQ shrimp & grits at the Ruby Slipper in New Orleans last year for breakfast, had it twice! Perfect cheese grits with light BBQ sauce on local Louisiana shrimp.) How about seafood, is Charleston a seafood town. I've got the fishnet on my radar but is there anywhere to spread out news paper & throw a pile seafood on the table & crack open some crabs, clams, etc? These types of establishments have been disappearing from my area, guess we ate up the supply + years pollution = slow recovery that can't keep up with demand. Barnegate Bay ran out crabs years ago, at least what I have seen is not what I remember when I was young.
And how about desserts & bakeries? I use to be a pastry cook, sweets & excellent breads are my thing, especially chocolate. Do any of these restaurants have pastry chef? And are there any bakeries to start my day with coffee & croissant(or whatever the local fair is?)
Thanks for the BBQ tip, I'll save those tastebudds for Raleigh which is where we will be for the 2nd 1/2 of my vacation. We already got a tour guide, my wife's sister & husband, & there's enough TV coverage to get me around. But once again I'm always open to tips but would really like to keep this forum focused on Charleston.
I'm headong to Charleston for vacation / food adventure next week & I was disappointed in the blogs I have read so far, the information was ok & not much more. I'm a little new to Chowhound so maybe I didnt look in the right places. Charleston has a reputation for great southern food, soul food & low country cooking, etc & I'm not getting the info I need to make my 4 days in Charleston outstanding. I'm from NJ, New York City is my life support. I'm a foodie, a use-to-be chef, and well traveled for my income level. I'll be in Charleston for 4 nights & I really need tips on where to get some great local quisine. Seafood, shrimp & grits, pork, biscuits & gravey, BBQ and what ever else you can "dish" out. From high end to low end just let me hear what you have to say..... and tips on where to avoid are also welcome.
Thanks use guys & hope to be saying y'all when I leave.
Here is what I have come up with so far from Chow Hound, I'm out to buy Zaggats right now & hope to see some responses when I return:
Hominy Grillshrimp & grits (but the picture I saw had mushrooms??)