Boy, you Charlestonian's do not make it easy! It seems like people either like or hate the less-expensive options in town for "low country" grub. (The only thing everyone seems to agree on is the coconut cake at the Peninsula Grill.) Jestine's, Poogan's, Hominy--what's an outsider to do? It seems like all of these places are geared for the tourist crowd. Where can I go to get the BEST shrimp and grits in Charleston? Aren't there any places that cater mostly to locals? Any other special dishes I should try? And where? Where do YOU GUYS go, other than "your mom's" for home cooking/comfort food?
I'll be there in August (I know--it's not oyster time) staying in the historic district, but I have a car and I'm willing to find my way to the less-touristy parts of town.