Greetings from the Bay Area. I will be in Charleston next Monday for business, have read most of the recent posts, alot of menus, and need some guidance. I'll be staying at the King Charles Inn on Meeting Street, won't have a car but don't mind walking if the weather is agreeable and the neighborhood is safe for a single woman. I expect to dine alone the night of my arrival, then with a coworker and others the second and third nights. So, what would you suggest for my night alone? I prefer a casual place, it doesn't have to be "fine dining." I get that seafood is the local specialty, and I'm looking foward to trying she-crab soup and shrimp and grits. Forgive my ignorance, is grits for breakfast or dinner? or both? I do know to avoid Hymans...
Is there anything else I "must" order? I generally try to avoid fried/unhealthy food but if it's something unique, I'll go for it. Heck, I'd even eat seafood all 3 nights if I could!
I'll expense my meals, but don't want to overdo it, if you know what I mean. So, total bill should be less than $40, no wine (can't expense that!) and include tax/tip if possible. 3 courses if there's a dessert that's a local speciality . Any thoughts on that as well?
One last thing--are there any quick breakfast places near my hotel? I'm thinking of coffee and a bagel, muffin, or a quick plate of eggs. Again, what would be a must-order Southern breakfast? Our meetings are at the College of Charleston each day, so I can't go far. Lunches are being provided.
I'm really excited about coming to your beautiful city. I'm late posting this, as I fly out this Thursday morning. Any help you can provide in that short time frame is greatly appreciated.
Many, many thanks in advance!!