Howdy. Me and the lady are getting married next month. We are going to spend four nights in Charleston, SC, and need specific advice from really, really discerning Hounds. We have visited before, and here's a short run-down on our expreience:
Hominy Grill - some of the best fried chicken and mashed potatoes I've ever had, but the rest of the plates were less than stellar. Inconsistency is a problem here, I guess.
Fast and French - great little place, really cool concept and pretty darn fun place for lunch.
Charleston Grille - we had a really awesome time here, wonderful atmosphere, impeccable service, but man the food was rich. I loved the food, but I felt positively awful when done with this dinner. But don't think I don't love me some rich food, just think maybe we'll try one of the other bank-busters this time.
So, though I know Charleston had been discussed many times, I thought maybe some specific questions would help us narrow down the many options, as, frankly, previous posts have unfortuantely shown wildly divergent opinions on various restaurants. Here's a list of our needs and desires for four or five lunches, four dinners, maybe a breakfast or two:
-raw oysters (are there any locals beds?)
-low-country/country cooking sort of thing
-something along the lines of fried oysters and/or a shrimp boil
-really tasty lunches
-one or two really nice dinners, good wine list, etc. Impress-my-palate-with-your-chefly-genius kind of places.
-two or three really good dinners at restaurants that aren't bank-breaking
We are true Chowhounds, not dilletantes. We prioritize food over ambience. We try to avoid really loud, overly-trendy pretenders. We are equally at home at some hole-in-the-wall with great local food as we are at knock-you-over-with-genius joints. We don't like tourist traps, and we don't like being led to mediocre or inconsistent places that some folks think are "awesome"! Not to be rude. :)
Also, is Sweatman's worth the extra drive on our way back, or even scheduling our trip around their limited hours of operation?