I used the postings for Charleston to plan our eating while on a trip last week. The meal I was looking forward to the most, The Wreck, was a total loser. My scallops were undercooked, the shrimp looked and tasted the portion pack kind Perkins serves on their "Seafood" platter and my husband's fried oysters were overdone. Side dishes suffered from being served off a steam table (dry hushpuppy, hard, dry red beans and rice, and a barely heated square of fried grits).
The next day, I went to Hymans, only because the postings were so passionately pro or con. Great scallops, excellent calamari and everything hot from the fryer, even though the place was packed. No one was at the Wreck when we got there, so they didn't have the excuse that it was a busy night. I'm beginning to think that Charleston hounds are enamored with the hard-to-find aspect of the Wreck ("I found this tiny little place without a sign in the front") as opposed to a toot-your-own-horn-in-every tourist book restaurant like Hymans. Hymans wins hands down.