We are visiting Charleston this coming weekend and my husband will be working there through next Wed or Thursday. We have reservations at Husk for Monday night but that will probably be our only splurge. So help us choose good, affordable options for the rest of the time. By affordable, I mean most entrees in the teens rather than mid-20s – 30s. (Well, I guess we can handle one more splurge if the food is truly extraordinary.)
Prefer places that have local flavor and/or are off beat. Love hole-in-the-wall and home cooking but can only handle so much heavy, rich Low Country fare and fried stuff. A couple of these are OK, but would like to vary it with fresh seafood, unique soups & sandwiches, and even some good local ethnic. Oh, and forget brew pubs, sports bars, and any place with a battery of TVs. Don’t like beer.
Been checking the Board and other websites, so would appreciate feedback on the following options:
Saturday night we’ll be staying in Mt Pleasant, so thinking about: Graze, Stack’s Coastal Kitchen, Boulevard Diner, Gullah Cuisine or maybe even SeeWee.
The rest of the time, we’ll be in the Historic District.
Sunday Brunch: Toast, Queen Street Grocery, or maybe High Cotton or Magnolia’s
Sunday Dinner: Jestine’s Kitchen, Fat Hen or Mercato
Weekday Lunches (I’ll be on my own and in the historic district without a car): Butcher & Bee, Mary Lou’s, Two Borough’s Larder, Sweetwater Café, or SNOB
Maybe the Macintosh Bacon Happy Hour one day
Weeknight Dinners: Virginia’s on King, The Grocery, La Fourchette,, Osteria La Bottiglia, Cru Café, Mercato, the Glass Onion (is the Tuesday Fried Chicken Dinner worth it?)
Oh, and any outstanding dishes you would recommend?