We were in Charleston last week and had a great lunch at Poogan’s Porch. Actually it was about 75 degrees, so we actually ate on the porch! I shared a fried green tomato appetizer with my husband, and then had a spicy cajun penne dish…excellent! He had a BLT which he pronounced as outstanding…and he’s a BLT aficiando. One evening we ate at Magnolia’s. It was fine, but for the price, it should have been top notch. Last year, we ate at Blossom and had the same impression. They share a parking lot…are they co-owned? The free parking was a definite plus, though. We saw people waiting in line for Hyman’s. We tried it once several years ago, and I’d have to agree with others that it’s a tourist trap. Anywhere you go, even in the Straw Market, coupons for Hyman’s abound. With so many great places to eat in Charleston, why bother with mediocrity? I second the vote for the Wreck. It’s just too bad that our son is not a seafood eater. We visit him in Ch’ton, and he never wants to try it. We had the privilege of eating at Alice’s on King many years ago, and it was truly a Roadfood experience. It closed a while ago, I’m sorry to say.
Thanks for the report and letting us know that Baker’s Cafe has moved. I know I would have been wondering what happened on my next trip to Charleston. And it is nice to hear that they are still just as good.
I had forgotten about Middleton Place. I had dinner there once in 1999 and have great memories. While the food was good, what I remember most was the amazing atmosphere.
By the way, count me among those not impressed with Hyman’s.
Has Bowen’s Island been rebuilt? It burnt down last year.
Went to the Robert Cray concert last night. Absolutely fantastic! If you get a chance to go to the Charleston Music Hall, I definitely recommend it. As for food, we tried a Thai place called Basil. Very good and not terribly expensive for downtown Charleston.
Roosy, since you’re only a couple of hours away, you should definitely make a roadtrip to Charleston.
T Balance out the Shopping on the north side of the city, On the south side you have a number of really primitive, but delicious food stands and restaurants. The Cidar Shop (name escapes me, sorry) on US 17 has free samples and a lot of good roadfood snacks. Don’t forget to take a look at Bowen’s Island, if’n you are in need of some great Oysters!
As a side bar the plantations and roadside salt grass basket places are worth an afternoon. North of Charleston on Hwy 17 are almost countless roadside shacks selling a product of a dieing craft. Don’t expect them to be cheap but the beautiful baskets will last forever and are beautiful. The ones sold in the market in the old section of town are just a bit more expensive.
The plantations are unreal. It is so nice to see survivors of the War of Northern Aggression"
I have a co-worker that is buying a house there, and they are looking also for a bar/restaurant.
Curious, since I live so close, and never been there, I am very interested in this thread.
I’m sure Hyman’s is fine–never been there–but my biggest issue with it is that it’s two blocks from Jestine’s and if I’m on Meeting I’m going there. FIG is across the street. Let’s just say it’d be a really great place in the US to get randomly dropped off. You’d be just fine.
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