The title says it all. My boyfriend and I will be visiting in late December (weeknight) for his birthday, and I'd like to make a reservation soon. I'm hoping to spend not much more than $100 for the 2 of us, including either a drink each, or an inexpensive bottle of wine. Tax and tip can be over that amount, but the closer to $100 total, the better.
I live in Philly, which means I have a great selection of BYOBs -- do these even exist in Charleston?
Since we'll be in town for only one dinner, I'd like to stick to downtown/historic area.
- we eat all kinds of food, however, boyfriend describes himself as "meat and potatoes"
- neighborhood bistro, artsy/creative, rowhouse, non-stuffy/no minimal-sleek space preferred
- service should be knowledgeable and attentive without being formal
- portions should not be tiny (he likes to eat)
- we're young/mid-thirties; a bustling atmosphere is fine
- bonus points for special seating (overlooking kitchen, courtyard, etc.)
- bonus points for acknowledging the birthday if I tell them in advance
From the reviews here and the websites I've visited, the following seem like they might be good fits. I'd appreciate recommendations as to which would be the best "bang for the buck" and any I've missed.
Rue de Jean
I should add that I've ruled out Basil as I eat a lot of Thai/Asian here in Philly.