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Mary
Huron, Ohio

Mary from Huron, Ohio asked

Foodies in Charleston

We are having a girls' weekend in Charleston in January and are looking for restaurant recommendations and other must-sees.  We are adventurous, don't really care about price, and prefer local/non-chain.

Thanks!

Charleston

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Meg from Charleston

There are so many great spots in Charleston, but as a local foodie, I might recommend: 167 Raw on East Bay (only about 8 seats inside, perfect for lunch/ great FRESH fish tacos). Chez Nous is a must, can be expensive and only offer 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts, different each night; but SOOO delicious. Trattoria Lucca is an Italian place, known for making their own pasta.

For your Girls trip I would definitely recommend doing an Upper King Tour with Charleston Culinary Tours or maybe the Mixology Tour. Oscar Hines, the owner/manager is very helpful. 


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Russell from Columbia, South Carolina

You must do a carriage ride, yes it's a bit corny, but the history will tie you to the city.  My current favorite restaurant Chez Nous is a definite winner.  Roof top bars are great too.  The climate allows year round enjoyment of such places as StarsMarket Pavilion Hotel or Roof Top at the Vendue Inn. Enjoy!


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Bryson from Chattanooga

Charleston is one of my favorite cities! I went to school at Clemson University and spent a summer in Charleston. Here's a great resource for some things to do around town (full disclosure, I work for with RootsRated): http://rootsrated.com/charleston-sc

Eating at Poe's Tavern is a must!

Hominy Grill is also a great spot for some southern food for your soul!


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Denise
The Upper King Street area is burgeoning with new bars and restaurants- the area is cool and less uptight than Lower King. Cocktail Club has a great roof bar, HoM good burgers and there is a retro, hipster-ish bowling alley, The Alley, that's there as well. The Ordinary, a great oyster and cocktail place is also a good Upper King option. Do hit the City Market, and go for a haunted ghost tour (if you are into that), Charleston is one of the most haunted cities in the US. If you have a car, the Angel Oak is a beautiful 1500 year old oak that is right out of a Tim Burton movie. Hit Husk for brunch and follow with a walk through Lower King, hitting all the antique shops. Also, be sure to walk the Battery & see all the charming Southern homes!
 
 
 

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JR from Manhattan Beach

Husk. I only had a chance to eat at their bar. Great bar food (and Manhattans :)). I can't wait to try their full menu. Let me know how it is!!


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Ashley from Durham (North Carolina)

Anson Restaurant is my absolute favorite restaurant in the city--so so good, lots of fresh seafood, but it's not a seafood-only place. The Gin Joint is my favorite place to get drinks. It's a cocktail bar, pretty small, and very popular, so I would suggest going mid-week if you're able. Have the bartender make you a surprise drink--you pick two adjectives and get something delicious. My favorites have been "fizzy" and "tart." White Point Garden is a great place to go for a cool breeze off of the water and relax under the shade of gorgeous, ancient live oaks. I'd recommend picking up some sandwiches in a shop near the market and going here for a cool, quiet lunch.


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