From a Local’s Perspective: Where to Eat In Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC is this Editor’s favorite spot. Beyond the friendly people, the architecture and beaches, King Street, and the nightlife, the cuisine is outstanding. Local K. Cooper Ray of Social Primer offered to share his picks for the best places to fill your belly in the Holy City:
It's no secret that Charleston is the white hot epicenter of the American cuisine scene right now and the buzz is deafening. I was in Chicago last fall and people asked me about Husk (http://huskrestaurant.com). I said, it hasn't even opened yet! Husk has received the headlines this year and I hear that reservations are booked months in advance. I've been a few times and will tell you it's a nice joint. But for my money, Husk Bar is where it's at. Love that place. You see, I'm not much of a foodie so I'm not champing at the bit to squeeze into the new hot place. I just want good food at a good price and, to tell you the truth, a stiff drink and some lively atmosphere.
A truly great restaurant, in my book, is one that comforts all the senses. I like a great room, a well-stocked bar, good, real food, attentive service, good music and a friendly host. This makes a restaurant 4 star and for me that place is Hall's Chop House (http://hallschophouse.com). The Hall family have been in the food and bev industry for years and the result of that experience shows in spades. One of the sons, Billy or Tommy greets you at the door with a big, friendly hello. The bar is always jumping, Anthony Owens at the piano is banging out the classics all making the room feel like you've entered a very private social club where all the members are happy to be there. And the food. The steaks are sublime and the sides are tasty, hearty and plentiful. The Oysters Rockefeller is one the finest dishes I've ever tasted. For all this down-home comfort, Hall's doesn't come cheap. A dinner for two, with big boy drinks, apps and entrees will run about $250.00.
Pane e Vino (http://www.panevinocharleston.com) is the place to go for fine Italian dining in the Holy City. The patio is a lively spot and there is usually a good looking crowd. I judge an Italian restaurant on how they make my favorite dish, Ravioli Spinaci and Pane does it up right. There is a white, cream sauce with tiny grilled asparagus and prosciutto bits. You will surely sop up all that sauce with bread when the raviolis are gone. I also like Osteria la Bottiglia (http://osterialabottiglia.com) and they feature a Dixieland trio playing on the weekends. Great Italian food and Dixieland Jazz? Yes, please.
Gaulart & Maliclet, also known as Fast & French (http://fastandfrenchcharleston.com) locally is a tight little spot on Broad Street where you sit cheek and jowl with other diners at the counter. I like the half Crogue Monsieur and Soup of the Day special for lunch.
The Grocery (http://thegrocerycharleston.com) is a brand new place off Upper King and it is one of those big rooms created from an old building. The scallops are out of this world. And the desserts will send you into a fat girl coma. So damn good.
For the big grand hoo ha poohba, no arriviste has been able to match the glory of McCrady's (http://mccradysrestaurant.com). Executive chef Sean Brock started here before expanding to Husk and for my taste, it is the end all be all of grand Charleston dining. If it was good enough for George Washington when he visited the Lowcountry, it's good enough for us.
K. Cooper Ray
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