We spent a few days in Charleston this week which in the end makes me appreciate how good we have it here in the Triangle. FIG was good (with notably / exceedingly fresh seafood) but really no better than Nana's, Panciuto, and often Mandolin. Better wine list though, with a number of food-friendly reasonably-priced personal favorites. Husk's setting in a beautiful old southern home was great, but I otherwise kept thinking dressed-up Angus Barn :-); well executed classics played way too safe. The only place that exceeded expectations was Xiao Bao Biscuit - those guys really nailed the in-your-face, sweet-sour-salty southeast Asian theme. Pan-Asian is normally a somewhat negative description, but in this case each dish and cuisine had its own distinct regional flavors, and it's a good value as well.
By the way I was surprised at the number of tables at FIG with kids more or less the same age as ours (at least 4 groups); they were surprisingly kid-friendly and welcoming.