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Bessinger's BBQ - Charleston, SC

We like Melvin's a lot more than Bessingers... but they are similar.

I don't get those onion rings either.

Feb 17, 2009
DavidA in Southeast

Jestine's -- Charleston, SC

My Jestine's history is similar to yours. It was fantastic when it opened, then in recent times seemed to have slipped -- so much that I haven't been in at least a year. Yesterday's lunch was as good as the food ever was. Really delicious.

I just wonder if they cannot keep up the standards when they are so busy. Yesterday was a slow day with empty tables.

Feb 11, 2009
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Jestine's -- Charleston, SC

OK, I know it is fashionable here to badmouth Jestine's as becoming just a tourist trap. I haven't been in a quite a while as I prefer not to stand in line.

Yesterday, however, with a visitor from China who had never been in Charleston before, we were driving by during lunch time and there was no line. Got an easy parking spot (also a rarity in Charleston) and went in. Maybe it was because it was a slow day, but the food was delicious! From the vinegar soaked cucumbers to his fried chicken to my pecan whiting to the fried okra to the cocola cake, everything was excellent. My guest was delighted.

So, don't just write Jestine's off. Maybe you just need to be there on a day when they are not shoveling it out the kitchen door.

Feb 11, 2009
DavidA in General South Archive

BEST SHE CRAB SOUP in CHARLESTON

Henry's is on the Market and is still there -- Hank's is a block off it.

SNOBs has great she-crab soup.

Jan 29, 2009
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Chef Bob Waggoner out at Charleston Grill

The Post & Courier reported that he has been working on a TV show that will air on PBS.

Jan 23, 2009
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Charleston as a Resort Town and its Dress Code [split from South]

I think my view is colored by living in downtown Charleston. You described Charleston as a "resort town," which I don't agree with. Charleston is an incredibly historic and beautiful place, which is a tourist destination and there are resorts in the vicinity -- but that does not make it a resort town. The majority of people who live here are not involved with tourism. Having someone come into one of the better restaurants wearing shorts and sandals is just as annoying (well almost) as being stuck behind a tourist driving at 3 MPH to look at the homes -- totally ignoring the people who are trying to get to work, home, schools, etc. Charleston is not Disneyland. I appreciate the tourists who come here and why they do, but I think it is they who should be more mindful of the residents than vice versa.

Inappropriately dressed people do not affect the taste or presentation of the great food -- they do diminish the quality of the experience (if it is fancy restaurant). It is a bit like having graffiti on a beautiful building -- it doesn't stop the building from performing its function, but it sure makes it less attractive.

How's that? :)

Jan 07, 2009
DavidA in Not About Food

Charleston as a Resort Town and its Dress Code [split from South]

(Note: This thread was split from the South board at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5850... -- The Chowhound Team).

You CAN wear just about anything to most of the restaurants here, but do you WANT to? There are plenty of great restaurants named above for which jeans and a polo shirt are appropriate and welcomed. There are others that may tolerate but not appreciate it..

I am all for wearing jeans as much as possible, but there are some places that dressing a bit better makes the whole experience more special for both you and the other diners -- whether or not the managment would let you in.

I hate sounding like such a grinch, but there you go... fodder for the board.

Jan 06, 2009
DavidA in Not About Food

CHARLESTON SC: Taking Water Taxi to Restaurant

I only have had breakfast once there -- and came away with the same impression as you. We like it for lunch, where they do some really good lowcountry/southern fare. Have never tried it for dinner.

The Okra Grill, on Coleman Blvd. a couple of miles towards the beach on the left, has a great breakfast.

Jan 05, 2009
DavidA in General South Archive

Heading to Charleston this week

I do not think McCrady's is what you are looking for -- great food, but dressier than you indicate. if you like French food, going to La Fourchette is like sitting in a bistro in Paris.

Jan 05, 2009
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Heading to Charleston this week

SNOBs (despite the name -- which is actually Slightly North of Broad), Cru Cafe, and Blossoms are all in the French Quarter (actually Cru is a block above it) and La Forchette and Pane e Vino (a slightly further walk just north of Calhoun Street) fit the bill. All have excellent food and you can wear anything from jeans to a tuxedo and be comfortable. Sermet's (on King Street) is also a good choice, but they have really uncomfortable chairs.

Jan 04, 2009
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CHARLESTON SC: Taking Water Taxi to Restaurant

If you are going to walk to Bacco, keep going a few hundred yards more and you can go to the Boulevard Diner. Just beyond that are the mediocre restaurants on Shem Creek.

Another thought, if you don't want to just ride the water taxi roundtrip from Charleston without a break (which is a LOT of fun), start in Mt. P, get a rickshaw to pick you up on the Charleston side and go anywhere downtown, then rickshaw back to the water taxi. If you want to walk on the Charleston side, the closest decent place to the Maritime Center is probably Cru Cafe, which is about 3/4 of a mile. Or another 1/4 mile gets you to SNOBs, etc.

Whatever you do, the water taxi is well worth it. One of the underutlized great ways to see Charleston -- plus the dolphin usually show up to check you out.

Jan 03, 2009
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Breakfast in Charleston

The Marina Variety Store Restaurant at the City Marina on Lockwood is the best breakfast in town. Plus, it is on the water. Open seven days a week -- and will be crowded.

Saffron's has an excellent Sunday brunch at very reasonable prices.

Joseph's is good, but a bit pricey.

Dec 22, 2008
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best vegetarian in Charleston?

The only upscale one is SNOBs. All the others are totally casual. But, Aluette's is pricey.

Dec 02, 2008
DavidA in Southeast

best vegetarian in Charleston?

Aluette's
Boulevard Diner
Tomato Shed Cafe
SNOBs

Just order sides!

Nov 30, 2008
DavidA in Southeast

Thanksgiving in Charleston

Holy cow. The Thanksgiving buffet at the Mills House may have been the best buffet ever. Fantastic.

Nov 28, 2008
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Thanksgiving in Charleston

I just put the Saffron pricing up in another posting above... their food is always good. I just wish they would update the decor.

I would love to give some other restaurant recommendations, but I am not sure what places will be open on Thanksgiving -- especially those that are not doing a turkey dinner. If you offer up some ideas, I am happy to comment where qualified!

Nov 23, 2008
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Thanksgiving in Charleston

The Thanksgiving buffet at Saffron is $15.95 for adults, $8.95 for kids. The best deal in town.

We had the Sunday brunch today -- it is always excellent and varied. It pretty much serves as my only meal of the day!

Nov 23, 2008
DavidA in General South Archive

Thanksgiving in Charleston

Ooops... I do think the Mills House is $50 for adults. I had kids prices on the mind. It is pricey, but I plan on eating a lot. :)

In the past, I am pretty sure that Saffron's was both walk-up and reservations. Their phone number is 843.722.5588, if you want to check. I think I am having brunch there tomorrow, so I will keep an eye out.

Nov 22, 2008
DavidA in General South Archive

Thanksgiving in Charleston

The buffet at Saffron is tasty and not outrageously priced.

In defense of those high prices in winegirl's posting -- those listed are some of the very top restaurants in town.

The Mills House, which is fully booked, is $25 per person.

Nov 20, 2008
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Light Dinners in Charleston and Savannah

Fast & French on Broad Street is always a great place for a lighter meal in Charleston. Cru Cafe is also a good choice.

Nov 10, 2008
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Breakfast recs in Charleston

It is there and still called Kennedy's.

Nov 05, 2008
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Breakfast recs in Charleston

Ate at Alex's last weekend. They have fixed up the dining room, so that it is a nicer "joint." Still the same "sweetie," "darlin'" service from the waitresses. The omelette, hashbrowns and pancakes were excellent.

Nov 03, 2008
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Thanksgiving in Charleston

Check out the Mills House as well -- much more elegant. A buffet for $50/adult. The food there is usually very good (it is not among the top echlon restaurants, but they do a nice job). The Mills House is an underrated food source in Charleston. It is the "secret" lunch place of many locals.

Oct 18, 2008
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Thanksgiving in Charleston

Yes, that's the place. You may need reservations, but they are pretty flexible there.

The space is not beautiful (very 60's/70's), but the food is good -- and the buffet a great value. Definitely a casual place. Their regular Sunday brunch buffet is excellent.

Oct 08, 2008
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Fez -- Charleston, SC

Try La Fourchette on King Street-- although they don't have the true Moroccan dishes Fez attempted, they do a much better version of the French ones. (And I didn't mean to imply you thought they did close because of the AC!)

Oct 07, 2008
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Fez -- Charleston, SC

Fez closed because of a lot more than a faulty air conditioner! Their collective ego got in their way -- the quality in just about everything slipped. We never noticed they had closed because we were never going back (which was a shame, because they started out really well).

We were too far away to notice anything other than the signage change, so don't know if the new joint has opened yet.

Oct 07, 2008
DavidA in General South Archive

Thanksgiving in Charleston

Saffron's has a great Thanksgiving buffet -- very casual and affordable.

Oct 07, 2008
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Fez -- Charleston, SC

While driving down Maybank Highway this weekend, we noticed that Fez (the Moroccan restaurant that everyone loved for a while... then it became iffy) has closed and been replaced by something else (the name escapes me).

Hadn't heard anything about this, so thought I would put it up here.

Anyone have the scoop on Fez's demise and the new place?

Oct 07, 2008
DavidA in General South Archive

Breakfast recs in Charleston

We had brunch at Saffron yesterday. This is their best meal of the week. Basically, the buffet has a breakfast side and a lunch side, and I consumed most of each.

The breakfast side is the basics, but really well done. Great scrambled eggs, fruit salad, sausage, bacon, grits, biscuits, etc.

The lunch side had everything from red rice to fried grouper to cajun shrimp (wow, yum).

You don't go for the ambiance, but the buffet seems to constantly improve.

Oct 06, 2008
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Breakfast recs in Charleston

Marina Variety Store Restaurant -- best breakfast in Charleston, plus on the water
Saffron's
Joseph's
Okra Grill (in Mt. Pleasant)
Charleston Cafe, formerly known as the Bookstore Cafe (in Mt.P)

Sep 30, 2008
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