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Downtown Charleston restaurants for people with food allergies?

We have some family coming into town, and one has serious food allergies to just about everything. It's kind of down to rice and chicken breast. Is there anyplace downtown that has good food, but can also accommodate these kinds of allergies? I was thinking Hominy probably has a diverse enough menu.

Anybody have any experience in this arena?

Mar 13, 2013
rutabegar in Southeast

My Charleston Itinerary...

It's also possible that people's expectations for Husk don't match up with what the restaurant strives to be. I love Husk because in terms of flavors and vegetables they use, it's more of an eating adventure than any other place in town, and stays true to southern heritage. You'll find vegetables, grains, legumes, and other flavors on the plate that nobody in any kitchen anywhere else is using. You never know what will pop up on the menu. They just recently featured pokeweed in one dish! Not many other restaurants on the planet would go that route.

It's also food that's very modestly presented. So I think it's easy to order a dish, and just see a cut of fish on top of a pile of beans, and think that you've had better fish and beans elsewhere. But if you pay attention to what you're eating. you'll likely realize that you're eating beans that no one else serves, in a sauce that no one else makes. It's always exciting. Very often it's food that, outside of Husk, you could find only on a kitchen table in the middle of nowhere, SC.

Jul 14, 2012
rutabegar in Southeast

Slovakia tips?

I'll be headed to Slovakia for the first time this summer. We'll spend some time in Bratislava, but for most of the trip we'll be in Kosice. Does anyone have advice for eating some good local food in both places? Also tips for anyplace in eastern Slovakia would be helpful.

And we'll be spending two days in Prague, and wouldn't mind some suggestions there, although those should be easier to come by.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Mar 16, 2012
rutabegar in Europe

Restaurants and wine in Charleston

It's $300 per meal. Can *maybe* be bumped up to $350, but probably not. And for wine, we're talking quantity.

Right now I'm thinking Amen Street on Sunday, since nothing is open Sunday night.
Monday we have to stay downtown and cheap, maybe to make back some money overspent on Sunday. So maybe Virginia's on Monday night.

Feb 03, 2012
rutabegar in Southeast

Restaurants and wine in Charleston

Thanks for the advice thus far. Here's a few more constraints:

-I'll be ordering the wine. An inexpensive house wine helps out greatly. Fat Hen has a $20 house, for example.

-They'll be here on a Sunday and Monday. Monday is tough. Sunday is near impossible to even find a decent place open. It's Sunday that I'm really worried about.

-Party of eight, with a *total* budget of about $300.

So far I've come up with Amen Street, Fat Hen, and Basil Thai for Sunday. Maybe even something like Monza. It's a tough range here.

Feb 01, 2012
rutabegar in Southeast

Restaurants and wine in Charleston

I have to entertain some people in Charleston next week. We have to go out for a couple of nice dinners, but they are big, big wine drinkers. And the wine budget could break us.

So I need to find a couple of places that have a reasonably affordable wine list, but are still nice restaurants. Anyone know of anyplace that balances affordable wine and good food? I generally don't drink wine (usually cocktails), so I'm in the dark here.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Jan 31, 2012
rutabegar in Southeast

Vickery's on Beaufain

I think an Applebee's may be moving in.

Apr 05, 2011
rutabegar in Southeast

Alicia's tortilleria in Santa Fe

The corn tortillas from Alicia's in Santa Fe are by far my favorite corn tortillas in the world. They're the stuff of food daydreams.

I now live far, far away from Santa Fe, in Charleston SC. If anybody knows of any way to find an at least comparable tortilla, I'd love to hear it. They're almost worth a road trip themselves. A friend made some enchiladas verdes one night that were great, but then the next night we had them with Alicia's tortillas, and it was like a whole new dish. Magical.

So does anybody that's familiar with Alicia's know of a sort-of substitute?

Mar 26, 2011
rutabegar in Southwest

Charleston questions

Had a bad experience at Oak. My rare filet was pretty much medium. And I told the waiter that I wanted to order wine with the main course, but he didn't come by to check on us until we were nearly done with entrees. Always had a great meal at Halls.

Charleston Grill tasting menu is near perfect. Peninsula Grill solid too.

Both are great. Amen Street is more casual/less expensive, but always great.

Husk is always an adventure, because you never know what they'll have, and there will always be something that you never expected to see on a restaurant menu.

Totally agree with Clairechat that fig and Circa are also top notch and consistent.

Peninsula Grill
112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401

Charleston Grill
224 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Mar 26, 2011
rutabegar in Southeast

Vickery's on Beaufain

Does anybody know what's going on at the old Vickery's on Beaufain Street in Charleston? There are renovations going on right now. But I don't know if someone is moving in, or if the owners of the property are just trying to spruce it up for potential tenants. We need another outdoor spot there!

Mar 26, 2011
rutabegar in Southeast

Pickled rib tips in Charleston?

My favorite red beans and rice recipe calls for pickled rib tips, which I haven't yet found in Charleston. I use smoked ham hocks instead, but the pickled rib tips are really the way to go for that tang.

Anybody know where I could pick some up? I'm willing to travel if necessary.

Feb 07, 2011
rutabegar in Southeast

provisions in Charleston / Mount Pleasant?

It's actualy a form of advertising that began after prohibition, when people were still averse to regular advertising. They commissioned an artist (from Charleston) to come up with a sign that would mean 'liquor store' without being blatant. He came up with the three red dots and it's been that way ever since.
The Post and Courier ran a story about it a few years back. If you searched their archives you'd probably find it.

Sep 13, 2010
rutabegar in Southeast

Delivery options in downtown Charleston?

I've been living in downtown Charleston for about a year now, and still have found few dinner delivery options. Outside of the standard Pizza Hut etc., I've used a few Chinese restaurants and D'Allesandro's Pizza.

Is there anything else?

Fresh fish in Charleston

Thanks so much for the help. What if I did go a little higher, to the $25-$35 range?

Fresh fish in Charleston

I'm looking for around $15 for a grilled fish entree. If that's really easy to find around here, then I'd be most interested in the nicer places first, naturally. I'm downtown, but willing to travel for a nice view. Thanks.

Fresh fish in Charleston

I just moved to Charleston, and my father-in-law is coming today (oh joy). He loves just simple, grilled fish. Where would be a good, moderately-priced place to go? My searches have turned up a lot of great higher-end restaurants, as well as a lot of low-end restaurants that fry fish. But I'm having trouble finding mid-range restaurants that grill fresh fish. But I've only been here a week, so know just about nothing about anything.


Corn tortillas in Austin

Where is the best place to buy corn tortillas for cooking at home? I've tried a few random supermarket corn tortillas but haven't found anything special yet.

And I should also note that I can't make them at home. I'm utterly incompetent when it comes to tortillas.

I know it's *possible* to buy good corn tortillas. Some of the best I ever had were from a small place in Santa Fe (I forget the name - would love to relearn it if anybody knows the place I'm talking about. It's apparently the place to go).

But is it possible in Austin?

Apr 12, 2007
rutabegar in Austin