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Beaufort, SC

Michael Z | Oct 23, 200009:24 AM

Well I finally made it to Beaufort, see earlier query, and some recommendations earned our many thanks and others were, in our experience, off the mark.
First the Rhett House Inn, where we stayed, was very nice and well located. It was not a luxury lodging like The Inn at Little Washington or The Point or The Gastonian but it was quite comfortable. Breakfasts were well prepared, and it was a delight to sit on the veranda and contemplate the day ahead of us, over coffee and a biscuit.

The first night we ate at the Beaufort Inn, a good alternative to the Rhett House for lodging. We had a wonderful dinner. Low country cuisine executed very well and slightly upscale. The room was very loud, which worked against any romantic ambience, but service was without fault and as I said the food was very good (crab cakes, breaded shrimp, bread pudding.)

Next we had lunch at the Shrimp Shack, about a 15 to 20 minute ride outside of town. The fried shrimp were good, the sweet potato fries were excellent and the shrimp burger was OK. I am not sure if it is worth a seperate trip if you are not headed in that direction.

The long period between our late lunch and early dinner was made bearable by a stop at Plum's Cafe, where we had some of the best butterpecan ice cream that we were ever fortunate enough to eat. Not only was the texture perfect but the flavor was full and rich as well. In addition Plum's notion of what one scoop is, coincides with ours....enough for two to share and still be able to be generious with your neighbors.

For our final meal we thought we had saved the best for last: Whitehall Plantation. We were wrong, we should not have saved it, in fact we should have skipped the experience altogether.
In short it was awful.
The setting was similar to an aged country club dining room where the members can not provide for proper upkeep. The service was well meaning but a bit pretentious given the shabby surroundings. The food was atrocious...about on par with a shabby country club dining room. So as not to leave any false impressions, even the charm of being a faded time warp was absent.
Each course was poorly prepared and the ingredients were of the same quality as the preparation. We left with a bad taste in our mouths, both literally and figuratively.
On our strolls around town there seemed to be some interesting dining spots worth investigating. I would suggest trying one of these rather than the Whitehall.

Since we do visit the Savannah to Charleston corridor periodically, I would appreciate new dining recommendations from those familiar with the area. We are interested in good food regardless of ambience.

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