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Charleston, SC

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by kinch, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    Okay, so I am going to Charleston tonight until Sunday night.

    I have never been south of the Mason/Dixon line and have two goals:

    1. I want good southern food or bbq.

    2. I want to try grits.

    If anyone can help me out with where to go, or what else I should check out, please let me know.
     
  2. AMISH-SLAYER

    AMISH-SLAYER Cobra Kai Sensei

    charleston is an awesome town. I can only think of one place I ate while I was there it was a steak house called T-Bonz. I think Its a chain down south. If you want to go venture out I would suggest going down by the market. also grits are over rated, but if you must try them I suggest cheese grits
     
  3. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    Totally agree here. Grits are way overrated. Think of those most bland, plain oatmeal you've ever eaten and multiply the plainness by 100.
     
  4. BrutuStrength

    BrutuStrength It's time to bring it! Staff Member

    I'm not familiar with Charleston, but I can vouch that plain grits are fairly bland. Try some of them plain, for effect, then add something to them. If they are nice and warm you can simply add some butter and seasoning (salt & pepper.) If that is still to plain for your tastes, then you might want to add some cinnamon or syrup. Grits aren't bad, they're just kinda plain, so they're a bit of an acquired taste.

    You might also want to try some corned beef hash, if you haven't had that before. It's good stuff.
     
  5. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Charleston....

    Eat at: Sticky Fingers (Ribs & Chicken), Hyman's Seafood, Charleston Grille, Magonolia's, and visit Tommy Condon's Irish Pub.

    The Market area is cool and very thought provoking as that is where the slaves were sold straight off of the ships...now it is an open air market which specializes in cultural goods.

    The Battery is beautiful and also very historic...I would also suggest the short trip out to Fort Sumter if you have time.

    You are on short time, but the various Islands each offer their own identity and local gems. Isle of Palms and Folly Beach are highly recommended.

    You will have a hard time finding "true" bbq in the city, but if you travel north on 17 for maybe 20 minutes or so...you will start running into the true vinegar-based bbq that those of us in the south have discussed.
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2005
  6. ohiobuck94

    ohiobuck94 Buckeye Beach Bum

    Grits are good with milk and sugar added. :biggrin:
     
  7. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    They are also great with a messy egg in them.
     
  8. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Grits are good if cooked right...throw on some butter and pepper and you are good to go. Grits will fill you up all morning...

    KSB, good call...I always mix my eggs in with them
     
  9. wadc45

    wadc45 Bourbon, Bow Ties and Baseball Hats Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Man, I grew up on grits...my family is all from Columbia, SC. I want to move to Charleston some day...just have to convince the better half.
     
  10. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    I have family in Cha-ston (at least that's how they pronounce it :wink2: )... very good bbq down there. Ask some of the locals and they will point you in the right direction. We had some catered from one of the shops that "won the state contest several times" (including last year or the year before)... it was good...

    Downtown is neat... you're going at a good time... it is very hot, sticky, humid, etc in the middle of summer down there...

    You'll enjoy yourself... the folks are very friendly (a lot of the local economy is based on tourism)...
     
  11. coastalbuck

    coastalbuck And this one belongs to the Reds! Staff Member

    Just stay in Charleston or to the north of town. Go south and you'll be near Walterboro and you won't understand a word they say! Heaven help you if you have to ask for directions.! You won't believe the new bridge, it is amazing...
     
  12. Alan

    Alan Banned

    I was in Tommy Condon's on St.Pattys day of 1999.....that whole market area is absolutely incredible on St.Pattys as they blocked it all off and had bands and stuff....Tommy Condon's is a must....

    One of the most beautiful, historic towns I've ever seen. I spent a couple of hours just walking the streets in this one part of town (near the market) and just looking at the historic houses....it was like travelling back in time 200 yrs...
     
  13. kinch

    kinch Wash me Staff Member

    Wow, thanks guys.

    I will be with my sister and her nieces. Apparently we are going to Boathouse tomorrow night (seafood restaurant on the water). We are going to go see downtown and walk around and eat at Sticky Fingers. . .
     
  14. Buck Nasty

    Buck Nasty You'll have nothing and like it

    Grad is right about the places he named. They are all the most recognized names down there. They also tend to be the most touristy. Charleston has hundreds of really good small restaurants as well. Depending on where you stay, ask the concierge or someone at the front to recommend somewhere. If you want grits, go for them at dinner time. Shrimp and grits is fantastic. Most places will make it in some kind of cajun sauce with the shrimp mixed in quite yummy. I am also not a big fan of them for breakfast as they can be bland. One way I have had them is fried, like a pancake and dumped syrup on them that was OK.

    Of Grads list I would definitely put Magnolia at the top. But it may be hard to get into. Hymans will typically have a wait of over an hour and does not take resv. Sticky fingers is good, but not great BBQ very casual, you can usually walk in and eat for lunch, or dinner.

    If you are going to the Boathouse get the shrimp and grits, I have had it there, and it is quite tasty.
     
  15. JohnnyCockfight

    JohnnyCockfight Beer is God's proof that he loves us.

    Along the lines of what Grad and Nasty stated, I would recommend Hyman's Seafood as a good place to go for a first-timer, and their grits & shrimp is very good.
     

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