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Traveling to Charleston SC for a 3 day weekend...help...need dining, etc advice/recommendations

Actually, for rooftop drinks check out Henry's on the market. And Cru Cafe is doing their food now so win-win.

Jun 24, 2010
penny35 in Southeast

Charleston's Best Restaurants for NYC Foodies?

Overrated because I don't think making home cooked food that I can find in any Junior League Cook book is worthy of a James Beard award. Squash casserole and biscuits and gravy?
Really? The service is unfriendly but adequate. And there is no where to wait because they won't seat you until everyone arrives. Yes, it's probably universally enjoyed. Who doesn't like a home cooked lunch?

May 26, 2010
penny35 in Southeast

Charleston next week -help narrow choices for us and two 20 somethings with girl friends

You are right about Hominy & the NY Times. I think his wife (Robert Stehling's) has some sort of connection there. She used to work for them or something...And Virginia's is just okay. They do not have a liquor license=no bloody marys or mimosas with Sunday brunch! If you go to Cru, make a reservation.
Folly: Rita's, Woody's and the crepe truck down near Bert's are all great.

May 26, 2010
penny35 in Southeast

Charleston's Best Restaurants for NYC Foodies?

Actually, BC is no longer based out of the CP. Besides, they are really expensive and hard to get. You are better off with Green Taxi's flat rate or having the CP drive you in one of their own town cars. Also, skip Hominy. It's way overrated.

Jan 17, 2010
penny35 in Southeast

Charleston, SC, burger assessments

Rita's on Folly has a great burger. We also really love the burger at Cru Cafe, but the last two times we went they were way below the temp we ordered.
Also, I think Hall's isn't doing the $6 burger as of Aug 30th.

Aug 31, 2009
penny35 in Southeast

Charleston & Kiawah... Am I on the right track?

FIG is excellent. Jestine's is a solid meat and three choice. If you drive all the way to Bowen's Island from Kiawah, you might as well go the rest of the way to Folly Beach and check it out. And Hominy Grill...I've already said all I can say about that place so I will leave it at that.

Aug 15, 2009
penny35 in General South Archive

Charleston & Kiawah... Am I on the right track?

Ummm danna, the fries at FH are so good b/c they are cooked in duck fat. You will be hard pressed to find any true vegetarian vegetables in Charleston.

Aug 15, 2009
penny35 in General South Archive

Charleston beaches: best food & drink?

JayL, you got nothin' to worry about in my book. I don't know your rest. but I give two thumbs down to Home Team. Blah sides, sauces aren't that good either.

Jul 17, 2009
penny35 in General South Archive

Any Beaufort, SC recs for dinner?

We are headed down from Charleston to stay in Beaufort for the weekend. I searched the boards and the few posts I found are outdated. Does anyone have any recent recs? TIA

Jul 09, 2009
penny35 in General South Archive

Best BBQ near Charleston

Sticky Fingers is a chain, but their ribs are good. Home Team, not good. I consistently do not like their food. The sides are not good, they only have two sauces and they taste almost identical. They use a dry rub which is not my taste, and it is all over the chicken too. I like my ribs with a nice caramelized crust.
Mamma Brown's is good, Duke's, and JB's too.

Jul 09, 2009
penny35 in Southeast

Where do local foodies eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Charleston, SC

No FrugalDanny, locals do NOT eat at Hyman's. I promise.

Feb 15, 2009
penny35 in General South Archive

Athens to Savannah

There is a great little BBQ place right off the highway in Metter. It's called Jomax/Jomacks not sure sp.

Feb 14, 2009
penny35 in General South Archive

Varsity Chili Dogs in Atlanta

I love the Varsity, it is what it is. Stadium food minus the stadium. If you don't want the dog, try the cheese burger with pimiento cheese and def. the onion rings.

Feb 14, 2009
penny35 in General South Archive

Where do local foodies eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner in Charleston, SC

Try Cru Cafe on Pinckney, they take resos for lunch and that's how the locals get in! They also have great dinner. Five Loaves on Cannon is all homemade soups, sammies and salads, you might have to wait but they have a community table. Trattoria Lucca is a new place over on Bogard (dinner only), yumm. Pearlz on E. Bay is a raw bar with lots of great seafood, small plates, and a great lobster sandwich. If you head up to Park Circle ( where Sesame is) there is a great place called EVO. They have great neopolitan style pizza with homemade/local ingredients, but call first their lunch and dinner hours are sometimes odd. Also, if you want to make the trip over to West Ashley (12 min from dtown) you should try Glass Onion. Again, they use local ingredients. These are all places that are open for lunch and dinner and frequented by locals. Enjoy your stay!

Feb 14, 2009
penny35 in General South Archive

Gratuity Included Rant Asheville

B/c catsailor said "wine had been ordered and the waiter was attentively filling glasses, talking about specials etc. Very nice. Service continued this way until..."
Most servers in fine dining care about the food, wine, and good service. And you, danna, just reinforced my point, people will come back if the food is good.

Sep 25, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Low country/local cuisine in Charleston

I live here too and rarely do I hear anything about FIG that is subpar. It is actually part of my job to find out where people have been (locals and tourists) and what they thought. I try to keep my ear to the ground....

Sep 23, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Gratuity Included Rant Asheville

Unless the food is just horrible I wouldn't cross them off my list. It sounds like they were short staffed, where was the manager? Larger parties do require lots more attention and it sounds like your server had good intentions. And five tables is a lot for any server, unless it is turn n burn. If you notify the manager you would be doing them a favor. Who knows? Maybe they will invite you back with a gift certificate.

Sep 23, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Home Canning

Quince paste is great on a cheese plate!

Sep 21, 2008
penny35 in Home Cooking

Low country/local cuisine in Charleston

Local cuisine is low country. Shellfish, oysters, seafood, corn, hominy,rice, grits, and definitely pork. There are also influences from the West Indies and Africa (okra, field peas, tomatoes) and obviously southern (greens, pork, gravy, and fried anything!). Put it all together and you can forget all your woes for a while mmmmmm. There are plenty places in Charleston where you can find this. Magnolia's, Carolina's, Hominy, Glass Onion, The Wreck, Blvd. Diner, Jestine's. And like someone else said, you find these influences in many restaurants like FIG, Cypress, SNOB, High Cotton, Cru Cafe, Charleston Grill, and plenty of others. Happy eating!

Sep 20, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Low country/local cuisine in Charleston

Hey flmx, we stopped calling it the "slave market" over 100 years ago. JSYK...

Sep 20, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

What is your favorite new item of cookware this year?

I am just going to go with my plain old Le Creuset lasagna pan. I had 2 pyrex crack while broiling, no worrying about that with this one. And The glazed enamel makes it basically nonstick, everything comes right off! My other faves are vintage pyrex mixing bowls.

Sep 20, 2008
penny35 in Cookware

Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ - Charleston

You probably don't see it posted on here very much because it's not that great. Their sides are disappointing and both the sauces they put out are vinegar and more vinegar, IMO. I like all kinds of regional BBQ, but this is not my pick. I know it's a chain (small) but JIm n NIcks has great ribs. I don't care for Ray's either, too many pieces in the chop that I don't want to see. The best ribs are from Duke's. I can't remember where it is but its kind of far out. Or you can head way up King St. (near the Food Lion) on any Sat. around noon and there will be several different guys with huge pull behind smokers selling ribs and chicken. Now this is good! No sides just a stack of white bread and a bunch of napkins. There are usually a couple guys within a few blocks of each other. If you dare to leave the comfort of the Sat. farmer's market at Marion Sq. and head way up King St.,past Huger...I highly recommend it.

Sep 12, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Best Pizza in Charleston

D'Allesandro's is by far the best pizza downtown and they deliver too!
Try the meatball parm, it is soooo good. EVO is great too, but a different style. Monza is a rip off. For some reason they think their pizza is so great as is that you can't make any substitutions or choose your own toppings.

Jun 11, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Summer is almost here: I need a Folly Beach update

Suse, I totally remember Melt. It was such a hole, but it was all Boar's Head meats mmmmm. And the homemade ice cream was so rich you couldn't even finish it. 11 Center St is gone, but that is no real loss. In its place is a new seafood place called Conch, there is also the Surf Bar on the corner of Cooper and Center Sts. Woody's has covered their deck so now there is much more seating for families (great pies and subs).

May 19, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

The Glass Onion in Charleston: bad first impression

Jon, the food and service at Glass Onion is excellent. Maybe you should actually eat there before you give a scathing headline like that! As you stated the owners are passionate about what they do, give them credit for having the guts to start up a small business in the time of cheap big box food chains. And they may run out of stuff, but they stay open later than posted hours to accommodate customers. I doubt they wanted to close early.

May 18, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Charleston Cheap Eats

Five Loaves is still on Cannon, it is great. Moe's Tavern has great food and local vibe (crosstown and downtown locations). Nirlep on 17 has a yummy lunch buffet for $8 (Indian). Woody's Pizza on Folly Beach. EVO in park circle, I have never thought King St Grille was good, its a sports bar full of tourists. Jim n Nick's BBQ a few doors down is way better and the service is great. There is a new Pearlz on 17 at Avondale and I heard the food is great, only been open a few days. The Daily Dose on Folly Rd is fresh, lots of veggies, huge shrimp or turkey wraps and they have beer bingo at night. These are mostly places locals eat/hang out, good if you are moving to town. They are also spread out, not just on the peninsula. And you have to try the Glass Onion on 17. The menu is kind of creole with fresh/local ingredients and homemade meat and two. You can do way better than Hominy.

May 18, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

OK i admit it, i'm intimidated by bitters

Angostura bitters is great at curing hiccups too! Put a few dashes on a lemon wedge and suck on it, works every time...

Mar 23, 2008
penny35 in Spirits

Impressive in Charleston

How come no one on this board ever mentions Cypress? The food is excellent, there is always a good bar crowd and the design is impressive. I also really love EVO in N.Chas.,fez in W.A. too.

Mar 23, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Best Cookies in Charleston S.C.

Try the cookies at East Bay Meeting House. This coffee shop also has a bar in the back with comfey couches where you can have a Bailey's and coffee with your cookies. The pastries are made by the lovely Winburn (pastry chef at McCrady's next door ).

Jan 24, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive

Heading to Charleston

Local here, Vintage has actually been closed a few years, sorry. If you want casual try Pearlz (seafood/oysters), Cru Cafe, SNOB (nice lunch), FIG (understated and delish!), la Fourchette (French), Five Loaves on Cannon (homemade soups salads sammys). Monza on King has good Neopolitan style pizza, Basil (Thai) is across the street. Most places on Market are tourist traps, stay away from Shucks, Hymans, Noisy Oyster ...you get the idea. High Cotton is a great steakhouse, but it is a little expensive. BD in Mt P is yummy, Jestines is good, I dont know why so many ppl on this board give a bad rap. These places are all pretty casual, but there is no shortage of fine dining either.

Jan 05, 2008
penny35 in General South Archive