My wife and I will be celebrating her graduating from grad school and my 30th birthday in May in Charleston. We can't wait! Our trips always tend to be focused the most on the restaurant scene and everything else kind of falls in between the meals. Neither of us have spent time in the Southeast and could use some help and thoughts with our list. As of now we are planning on three nice dinners (if we are lucky 4 nights) and then also lunch/happy hour/drinks/apps. We met and lived in NYC and now live in Philadelphia. We love trying everything from elegant to casual to the hot new spot to must try local hole in the wall. As long as it is good! These are our ideas and thoughts as of now:
FIG - I think a must for one of the dinners.
McGrady's - definitely planning dinner at one of Sean Brock's places. As of now leaning towards McGrady's for dinner and saving Husk for drinks
Peninsula Grill/Charleston Grill - leaning towards Peninsula Grill for a fine dining experience but the menu at Charleston Grill look good too. Anyone have a strong preference between the two?
Homily Grill - brunch here a must for the shrimp & grits!
SNOB - place to "see and be seen" at lunch?
Macintosh - considered it a possibility for dinner but at least a cocktail here
Husk - want to visit the bar here for sure if we go with McGrady's for dinner
The Ordinary - we love seafood and small plates. If we visit long enough for a 4th dinner perhaps this will be it.
Stars - we rarely pass up an opportunity for drinks outside, especially on the roof!
Rutledge Cab Co. - nice atmosphere worthy of grabbing a drink here?
Any recommendations for local can't miss dishes at places that don't get the publicity like the James Beard winners/nominees? We often skip eating breakfast out because we plan so much for the lunch/drinks/dinners. Would that be a mistake in Charleston?
Thank you in advance for any ideas or thoughts you might have about our list and trip!