Just returned from a weekend in Charleston and am providing a report on the following chowish places:
The Wreck - The Wreck is the real deal for low country seafood. You have to like it fried, however, because that is what they do best. I was a little concerned by some recent reports here of inconsistent quality but everything was top notch...fried shrimp, oysters and dolphin along with the sides, fried grits (a little to smokey for my taste), hushpuppies and slaw. Fried green tomatoes were superb, cooked long enough so that the tomatoes were softened to the proper consistency. I'll also recommend the soups, particularly a very spicy fish chowder.
Boulevard Diner - This was the sleeper of the weekend. Top notch southern vegatables, including the best creamed corn I have ever tasted and a nice string bean casserole. While the cornbread was too dry, I can also recommend the fried chicken salad.
Jack's Cosmic Dogs - The cosmic dog is topped with a blue cheese cole slaw and sweet and spicy sweet potato mustard. A most unusual combo that makes this place a stop for hot dog lovers. They do a great job with unskinned french fries, cooking them until they are a deep brown. You see this a lot in NYC, but not much in the south.
Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale - How can you resist a place with a name like that? A college hangout that does an interesting twist on the burrito/nacho theme. FIrst off, one of the stuffings for the burritos was sausage, a variation on the theme I would highly recommend. The other twist was that they used the same tortilla wrapper for burritos as the base for the nachos so that the nachos wind up like an individual pizza with a super thin crust. They cook the chicken over a grill which adds a nice charcoal flavor to the nachos should you choose to top them with chicken.
Billy's Back Home - I saw some good breakfast fare being consumed but only had time for a buttermilk biscuit. Unfortunately, I've had far better biscuits in my time, I'm sad to say. I like them light and buttery and this one was neither.