I gotta take a day trip to Charleston..Its only a couple hours away!
Some burger place keeps me thinking about it!
We spent Jan. 7th thru 10th, 2007 in Charleston, and ate breakfast 2 or 3 times at the Hominy Grill. It was hard to find the first time, but worth it. Definitely a "locals" eatery. We also had a good breakfast at Diana’s Restaurant and enjoyed Gullah Cuisine at lunchtime in Mt. Pleasant. Would have tried Jestine’s nearly next-door to the King Charles Inn where we stayed, but they were closed temporarily for re-modeling. Baker’s Cafe has closed its 214 King St. location and moved out across the Cooper River to Daniel Island. We searched and found it (sorry, I didn’t write down the address) and were pleased with the atmosphere, the food, and the service. I really regret not making it to "The Wreck," but we were travelling with another couple who weren’t crazy about sea-food. Surprisingly, one of our best meals was a lunch at Middleton Place, one of the tourist-stop plantations along the Ashley River. Three courses for about $16, the ambience and the cuisine in keeping with the region and the colonial history of the place. We weren’t blown away by Hyman’s, but it was OK. One of the older members of the Hyman family came to our table and visited with us a while; that was neat! And, you’re right, the locals DO think of Hyman’s as a tourist trap. Some we talked to would not recommend it and claimed that they’d never heard of anyone actually receiving a gift certificate for being seen wearing the little Hyman’s sticker as they walked around town. Just a free advertising gimmick, they told us.
We used to hang out at the 82 Queen Raw bar…in the courtyard. It was OUTSTANDING…get a really nice adult beverage and watch the guys fix you two pound of fresh shrimp and a couple dozen oysters and then just enjoy being outside with good food, friends and a beverage or two. Once we were correctly ‘relaxed’ we’d go in for supper…and it was always great. Need to get back there again soon 🙂
I once had a really good cafeteria style soul food meal at Alice’s Fine Foods, but I understand they are closed now. If you are seeking breakfast, you should check out Baker’s Cafe.
I know Jestine’s was closing for ten days after New Year’s (new kitchen floor) so they should be reopened now, but it wouldn’t hurt to call first. They do serve both lunch and dinner. You know another local place you should try is the SeeWee out in Awendaw–it’s a short drive out of town. I think it has the best little ambiance of all those Charleston joints.
Nice photo of the Wreck! Despite the outside appearance of the place, I found the inside to be inviting and quite pleasant. But, you would never be able to tell that from the outside. I know there are quite a few other Roadfood spots I thought had worse amenities than The Wreck.
I like Hyman’s too, but you’ll find most locals don’t go there. They consider it a tourist-only spot.
Too bad for them, more for me!
DEFINATELY….go to HYMANS!!! It’s super. I never not stop in when I’m in Charleston…It’s right there at the MARKET too and after you eat, you can shop on THE MARKET!
If you like OYSTERS they have THE BEST!!
Like the Navy recruiting TV spots… "The Wreck, it not just a Meal, It’s an ADVENTURE" !!
Here is a photo of the outside (front) of the WRECK. Well Named isn’t it ??
And here is the menu prices may be changed by now!
Good morning, all,
Thanks to all of you for the recommendations! My husband and I think we’re going to journey to the Wreck – as it involves a former bait locker and the possibility of getting hopelessly lost in the middle of nowhere. Should we return safely, I’ll let everyone know how the food was. Can’t wait….
My experience at The Wreck was outstanding. The food is every bit as good as they say and once the owner saw my Eat Your Way Across the USA book, he spent quite a bit of time chatting with me at my table. An all around excellent experience.
I did not like Jestine’s as much as I thought I would. There was nothing wrong with the food, I just wasn’t blown away. Maybe my expectation were too high. Next time I am in Charleston, I plan on trying again.
We liked our visit to Jestine’s and once we found the place, the WRECK was outstanding. We haven’t tried to locate it since the new bridge opened so I don’t know if the old directions would get you there. But Make the effort, the seafood is as good or better than any in the low-country!
I ditto WJ’s comments about 82 Queen Street and, yes, Jestine’s is open for dinner. Love Charleston and am just so jealous thinking about you being there and me not! Yummy to all your choices so far and do enjoy the concert. [:D][:D]
Bonita Springs, FL
I second the Hyman’s rec.
Also The Wreck
Another to consider is Carolina’s at 10 exchange st
You’re correct – it is Hyman’s Seafood. There’s a review here of it. Their menu is huge, but I don’t recommend it if you have a non-seafood eater in the party. I especially enjoy all the signed items on the wall, as well as the shrimp and grits (only when I’m too lazy to make it myself).
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