Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Southern getaway

Other than chasing my own unruly, miniature rock star around {... and writing possibly nonsensical posts about such? I swear I only had water with supper last night}, there's been a few other beans rolling around on my plate...


... most of which aren't worth mentioning in the slightest {yard relandscaping: snore... but also: yay! / certification and training to become an attorney ad litem: again, boring to you, nerdily exciting for me}...


... However!  We are headed to Charleston in less than two weeks for a belated anniversary jaunt, and day-dreaming about walled gardens and moss-draped alleyways and sprawling magnolias is not a bad way to decompress at the end of the day. 


E has been to Charleston on short business trips, and I've only ever flown in to then head straight to the beach, so we are jazzed to really explore the city together. 


We're got the accommodations portion of our itinerary covered, and I think we're good on the eating front... We have reservations {we only have 2 lunches and 2 dinners} at S.N.O.B., Anson, Poogan's Porch, and Magnolias.   Did I do alright or would y'all make a substitution?  {I'll add I tried to book Husk but no dice, and E has eaten at FIG and said he could take it or leave it... so we're leaving it.}


What else should we do?  Aside from eat every single fried green tomato in town?  


We're big strollers, so any walking tour type suggestions are much appreciated!  Also... Any good areas to hunt for funky, not-so-expensive art?  We really only have a day and a half to sightsee, so we're talking highlights here. 


Now to determine how many airy sundresses I can pack for a 72 hour period before being deemed wholly unfit to pack a practical suitcase...

35 comments:

  1. Ok, I haven't eaten at any of the places you're going, but Hominy Grill is delicious. If one of the places has to go, but I'm sure they're great!

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  2. You did great on your restaurant choices! If you have time I highly recommend heading over to Sullivan's Island and having a pimento cheeseburger on the porch at Poe's. Enjoy your trip!

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  3. In the area that you are staying/dining I would highly recommend grabbing a cocktail at The Gin Joint. (www.theginjoint.com) also try to squeeze in a cocktail at Husk. Their bar is in a carriage house beside the restaurant. It is easier to get into than the restaurant! We go there and get a drink and a ham plate (yes I said ham plate). Divine.

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  4. Poogan's Porch and Magnolias are both delicious! I'm with the reader above that suggested Poe's. It is really delicious! 82 Queen is also really good. If you like seafood, Hyman's which is right down from Charleston Place and the market is supposed to be the best. The horse and carriage tour is great and there's not a bad route. (Route one takes you around The Battery which is the best, but the other two aren't bad.) You have to go to the Market (you won't miss it - it's literally a block to the east of Charleston Place. There's a little shop called One Of a Kind that has great, unique things. Tate Nation is also an awesome, local artist. He has a shop on King Street (where the best shopping is found) I think.

    If you like going in historic homes and churches, check out the Nathaniel Russell House, Rutledge House, Calhoun Mansion, First Scots Presbyterian, St. Michaels and St. Phillips.

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  5. SNOB is my favorite- we ate there the night we got engaged. It also has a good culinary shop just next to it. High Cotton across the street has good cocktails as well. I just love love love that city. Can't wait to hear the recap :)

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  6. For date night, we love Fulton Five! Voted the most romantic restaurant in the city for the last 14 years, this quaint spot is located off an alley on downtown King Street. The food is out of the world. For a happy hour, Bin 152 and Social are fun wine bars. There are also two hotels downtown, The Vendue Inn, and The Market Pavilion, and a new restaurant, Starz, that have rooftop bars you can enjoy a view of the city and the harbour on while sipping on a cocktail.

    For daytime activities, you need to walk all around King Street (great shopping), the Battery (gorgeous views of the harbor), and Rainbow Row (old houses around downtown).

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  7. I would not go to Hyman's. Ever. As a local Charleston girl it is really very touristy and it's all fried food. The fresh caught fish from SNOB or any of the other restaurants you are going to will be much better there and will not be a fried/greasy mess! I would go to 82 Queen over Poogans Porch. PP is great but 82 Queen you can sit in the garden area and it's just so relaxing and a little bit better foodwise. They have really neat art galleries on/around Queen street that you can walk to before or after lunch. I totally second KatiePerk and say the Gin Joint is amazing. Its a speak easy and so very cool! SNOB, High Cotton and Old Village Post House (in the Old Village in Mount Pleasant) are all owned by the same people so you get the same great service at all their restaurants. All have amazing bars and delicious drinks. The same people also own Charleston Cooks, which is a kitchen shop right next to SNOB. They have cooking classes as well but I don't think your timeline would like the 2 hours classes! I hope this info helps, I love Charleston and wish we still lived there!!

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    1. I agree- don't waste your time at Hyman's!

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  8. I am a former tour guide of the city...resturant choices are spot on. Definitely try Hominy Grill for Breakfast, Kaminsky's for dessert, if you can squeeze in 82 Queen for nothing else but their She Crab Soup, please do it - it is divine, Old South Carriage Tours, they are dressed like Confederate Soldiers and yes, I wore that uniform. during the summer...(don't go with the ones with the mules, they are obnoxious). Try to take a walking tour that will get you the best view of the walled yards that you dream of, Aiken Rhett house is my favorite house tour - it isn't glamourous, but I still would go to it; Nathanial Russel House is awesome - the Calhoun Mansion is pretty amazeballs as well, but not sure if they are still open as a museum...

    Walk down any alley you can find South of Broad street, best views are on King (there is a house where someone did something gross with a sheep stomach - the details escape me...) Say hello to the ole girl and make sure to NEVER pick up the flags with balls on the end of it...they are markers for the horses traipsing thru hte city.

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  9. So excited for you! Will be going next weekend (April 19-21) for my Bachelorette. Is that when you'll be there? Would LOVE to meet up for a drink!

    I went to college there so have many recommendations: walk around campus (Caviar & Bananas is a cute prepared food place on campus on George St. I believe), walk along the Battery and then up all of the streets, Waterfront Park is great to sit on the swings

    Food & Drinks: 5 Loaves is awesome for light homemade soup/salad (on Cannon St, kinda ghetto but I went there on a weekly basis in college), HUSK is a MUST for drinks, Gin Joint, Macintosh, Belmont also for cocktails, McCrady's is Sean Brock's first restaurant and is also awesome, LOVE FGT at Poogan's! And Magnolia's has a killer fried chicken platter (not just a plate, a PLATTER with lots of goodies). I also recommend going to Peninsula Grill on Market for a slice of famous Coconut Cake, ROOFTOP bar: fancy (Market Pavilion, $10+/drink) & klassy (Vendue, go to "Bridge Bar", smells like cheap alcohol but the view is gorgeous)

    Art: Hit up Saturday morning City Market in Marion Square for cool art. See also: fresh juice, food stands including the best greek gyros and Banh Mi, Fridays usually have an Art Walk around Queen/Broad (so worth going for just the free wine/nibbles!)

    Have fun!!!

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  10. All your choices look great to me, though if you're dying for a Sean Brock experience (the chef behind Husk), I'd recommend McCrady's. He's also the head chef there, and I think it might be our favorite restaurant in town (though the others you picked are also delicious): it's romantic, has great food and drinks, excellent service, tucked away in a super cool historic building, and far less "to-do" than Husk...though Husk is worth a trip next time you're in town. As the other commenters have said, Poe's on Sullivan's will get you a beach-y, casual vibe if you want it, though since you've already got great lunch/dinner choices, if you plan to go to Sullivan's, I'd swing by Cafe Medley for a quick casual breakfast and then take a beach walk to burn off the croissants. :) Fulton Five is great, as Mary Loyal said, but it's Italian, and I'd opt for Southern over Italian while you're in town...you know, when in Rome...er, when in Charleston!

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  11. Charleston is mu favorite! All your food choices are great! I would def take a walk down the battery to see all of the houses and if you have time go over to sullivan's Island!

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  12. [Thank you Feedly for eating my first attempt at commenting.]

    ANYHOO...

    I shall pretend we're joining you for dinner at SNOB, which we enjoyed so much we ate there not once but twice during our last trip! Mmmmm, yum. I feel like there are a few galleries right by it, but I have no idea about pricepoint. I wish I could remember the many bars we checked out, but I suppose I can't remember their names because we enjoyed them as much as we did? I'm loving this Gin Joint/ham plate idea, though. Like you guys we're big strollers - with window-shopping, real shopping, sitting, drinking, fake real estate hunting mixed in. I remember real shopping happening at Le Creuset and Billy Reid. And I think we might have actually stayed at your hotel, too - I'll check with T but it looks awfully familiar.

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  13. All the dining choices are spot on! I would agree with everyone that the Gin Joint is a great place for cocktails -and if you go you must try the soft pretzels with the sriracha cheese sauce and/or the honey mustard. My husband and I have both been craving those since we left Charleston! We took a carriage tour to get our bearings and then we walked around King Street and the Battery after that. Charleston was one of our favorite vacations that we have taken and we look forward to going back!!

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  15. I wouldn't go to Poogan's Porch or Hyman's. They are both way too touristy and the food is kinda meh. I love the Macintosh and Hall's Chophouse. Rue de Jean is also a great French restaurant. Strolling around King Street is a lot of fun. There are a lot of little art galleries. I think the carriage tours are super touristy but it's a good way to see a lot of the city. The rooftop bar at Market Pavillion is fun. You should walk through the Market at least once for the experience. Y'all should have beautiful weather. Have fun! Charleston is a wonderful city.

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  16. Look into The Ordinary, which is the THE new hotspot down there. Also, Butcher & Bee for a burger at lunch is phenomenal. And definitely check out Fulton FIve - absolutely gorgeous, phenomenal food, incredible experience.

    Something we do EVERY time (and we will actually be there in a few weeks too!) is do dinner wherever but head to Peninsula Grill for a slice of their coconut cake and some Veuve. You can thank me later. Also try to sneak into the dining room to ponder the painting of the mule. A fantastic piece of art.

    As far as strolling, get lost around Rainbow Row and the Battery. There are endless little streets and alleys and you will have a hard time picking your favorite.

    And yes - get a cocktail at Husk's bar. You can't get food (except for their house-cured ham) but the cocktails are amazing.

    Have fun! My favorite city!

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  17. Ahh, I love Charleston. I am jealous- wish I was going too!

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  18. The Ordinary is the new spot but I've heard it's overpriced for what you're getting. Maybe a good stop for a drink and oysters. The Husk bar is worth a stop! They have a limited menu at the bar. If they have their deviled eggs with trout roe--GET THEM! Their burgers are also to die for. I could leave SNOB and try Macintosh. It's by far my favorite in town! Even better than Husk. Gin Joint is a fun stop. Amen Street has amazing FGT's with pimento cheese. But Mag's has a good fried green BLT with crabmeat. It's my husbands favorite. Charleston Place is amazing... avoid the market (IMHO)

    Enjoy! The weather has been nice and sunny here :)

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  19. I am planning a Charleston trip in June, and one recommendation I've gotten consistently has been 82 Queen for brunch. My parents recently visited Charleston and recommended Anson and The Dining Room at Woodlands to us. Hope y'all have a great trip!

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  20. Squeeze and Gin Joint are both really cool bars on Bay Street that get very crowded late night. Magnolias used to be one of our favorite restaurants but I don't feel the quality is the same. If you can do McCrady's, I highly recommend it. Similar to Husk b/c of Brock but just slightly more high brow. If nothing else, at least head to the bar at Husk and do some sort of pork appetizer! There's also a really great restaurant somewhat out of the way on King St. (down by the interstate) called Butcher & Bee that is doing great things!! There may be a flower festival or tour of homes during your visit so check with the historical society or visitors bureau because those are nice walking tours that allow you to check out the city and see some beautiful local homes. And, I have a friend who has a wonderful store called Novel on King St. above the Cynthia Rowley store that I would recommend checking out!

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  21. hands down, Poogan's Porch has the best shrimp and grits I've ever had!! There is a rooftop bar next to the Vendue Inn with great views of the city perfect for evening cocktails (live music, too!)

    Charleston is SUCH a fun town... especially for strolling! Great antique shops along King Street with some fantastic pieces and not too pricye art

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  22. I am going to be in Charleston/Kiawah next weekend! I can't remember where we're eating, but I think Anson is on the list. SUPER EXCITED.

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  23. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Charleston. It is just so beautiful and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I know this is probably a hotly contested opinion given other's comments, but I wouldn't go to Poogan's Porch. We've been there once and thought it was really overrated. It wasn't bad, just wasn't very good. Your other dining choices are great though. Definitely get the fried green tomatoes at Magnolia's---they are amazing. If you are interested in a place other than Poogan's, we love Cru Cafe (especially for lunch). It is simple food but incredibly well done. It is a tiny place, so reservations are a must. Rue de Jean is a fun after-dinner-drinks scene, and I also agree with the recommendation of Squeeze as a fun bar. As for tours, our favorite tour guide there is Tommy Dew. He is one of the best tour guides we have had anywhere and does a walking tour of the historic district. (I will warn you that he gives a good bit of personal opinion, so if that isn't your thing, you may not like him. That doesn't bother us, but wanted to let you know in case that is a pet peeve of yours.) The park service tour of Ft. Sumter is also worthwhile. We've done several other tours as well, but those are my favorites. The Aiken Rhett house is the most interesting home tour. Not sure of the actual dates you are traveling, but if the home and garden fest is still going on, it is also worth checking out--we went on some of the home tours last year and I am officially jealous of everyone living in all the beautiful homes we toured. Have fun!

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  24. After reading your post, I was so jazzed about responding about how you MUST visit the bar at Husk (in a building next to the restaurant). It has a real vintage vibe -- house made bitters, prohibition-style drinks, etc. But I see everyone else covered that one for me :)

    Late afternoon drinks on the Market Pavilion rooftop = do it.

    We absolutely love Closed For Business for lunch! It is on King Street. Very, very cool atmosphere. And I might like them based upon the fact that the servers wear tshirts with the word "slaphappy" on the back (you'll understand that one).

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    1. Oooo I hope you procured those tees for you and the sisters! Hysterical!

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  25. We just went in February and LOVED Hall's Chophouse. I would also second Hominy Grill for breakfast- if you get too deep into a wine bottle the night before, the Big Nasty from HG will cure what ails you. It's delicious and worth every calorie! We did a Culinary Tour on our first day (www.charlestonculinarytours.com) and it was a fun way to get some of the history of the city and nibble along the way. I was a little disappointed that the food wasn't more authentic to the area, but it was still fun! Enjoy your trip!!

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  26. I want to go to there. I'm sure you know this, but Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats recently went so her site is good to check out. Have so much fun!!

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  27. I went to Charleston to visit my dear friend CHristina a few years ago and the things that I fondly remember and loved- we had a great ghost tour, we had a bunch of cool beers at this place right by the river- I can't remember the name of it, though- and we went to lunch at Poogan's Porch, which I thought was pretty good. We also had dessert at Kaminsky's (DIVINE!!!) and we went to the rooftop bar at Vendue Inn for cocktails and we watched the sunset over the harbor which was pretty freaking awesome. :)

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  28. I lived in Charleston the past three year for law school and grew up an hour south, so it is practically a second home. Your food choices are great; to be honest there is not a bad food place in town. Charleston is a great walking city, so get out an explore on your own. Tradd Street just below Board is one of my favorite to stroll down. The Battery is a MUST. Definitely hit up the farmer's market in Marion Square on Saturday - great local artists will be there. If you continue down Upper King, you will find some funky art galleries. Also, there are plenty of great places for cocktails on Upper King - The Belmont, Proof, The Macintosh, and the Cocktail Club. Before your dinner at Magnolia's, I would suggest taking in sunset and some cocktails from Vendue Inn Rooftop. Fleet Landing would be great for brunch and it is right on the water.

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  29. Charleston never ceases to amaze and delight, even if it involves repeat restaurants and activities. My favorite house is the Nathanial Russell house, but none of them really disappoint. Be sure to stop at the churches, and walk through the grave yards. They are beautiful, in their own way. It is interesting to visit St. Michael's, and read some of the engraved name plates on pews. The city is so full of history. There are also wonderful art galleries. We discovered many artists, and often brought a little of Charleston home in a painting. I might skip the carriage tours, if time is limited. You never know which route they will take, or how good the guide will really be. We prefer to do our own walking tours, so we can stop whenever we see something interesting, or catch a closer look at unbelievable gardens and wrought iron gates. It also allows us to really enjoy the cuisine without as much guilt. My favorite restaurants are Anson's and 82 Queen. As others suggested, I would choose 82 Queen over Poogan's Porch. Magnolia is wonderful. Its sister restaurant, Cypress, is also good for lunch. McCrady's was wildly popular before Husk opened, and I would still recommend it. I usually go to SNOB for lunch, and love it! 39 Rue de Jean is also great. It is closer to the other end of King Street, which is becoming home to many of the newer restaurants and shops. I am often there in February, when restaurants may be less crowded. We do our own restaurant crawl -- drinks and appetizers one place, dinner at a second, and dessert and after dinner drinks at a third. It is a way to experience a little more in a short period of time. If there is a minimum charge, or no seating, appetizers or dessert can often be served at the bar. Or, get dessert to go and eat it under the stars, overlooking the water. Be warned that cobblestone streets and some shoes make for difficult walking, especially when wine is involved! I find it actually easy to get up early and jog/walk to The Battery, just because of the surroundings. You cannot have a bad time in Charleston, as long as there is not a hurricane. It has changed drastically since we first started vacationing at Kiawah and Charleston many years ago, but it is still one of my favorite destinations. Have a wonderful time!

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  30. Hi mamma!

    If you wanted to throw caution to the wind, one of the BEST date nights of my life was a reservation-free appetizer tour of 5 Charleston restaurants - a little bite and a cocktail or glass of vino at each. We loosely based our route on: http://www.southernliving.com/travel/south-east/bite-size-charleston-00400000039800/

    I'd recommend Bin 152 for a glass of wine and some cheese, and Caviar & Bananas for early morning coffee & light breakfast - it's conveniently located right off King St where all the good shopping is. Think of it as a local Dean & Deluca.

    Have such an amazing time!

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  31. I've never commented but am always entertained by your posts. I live in Charleston and have some thoughts. The farmers market in Marion Square on Saturday morning (right on king st from your hotel) is always fun. There are crepes and coffee for breakfast Go early because it gets super crowded by 10/1030. You can pop into Blue Bicycle books on King, Its a used book store that always has books on local subjects. I love the college campus and it's only a block over from King. I second the recommendation for Gin Joint, particularly a drink called a basil smash. Bin 152 at 152 King is great for a late night glass of wine. The owners are super friendly and will always make good recommendations, I could eat dinner just from their bread and cheese. Squeeze and Speakeasy were my favorite bars but they burned down last month. I echo the suggestion of the bar at Husk for afternoon drink and snack. It's a beautiful place to walk. I love church street south of broad street. My husband is a minister at a church on meeting street, and I am awed every Sunday by how beautiful this city is. On a clear day in the spring charleston can be so beautiful it hurts my eyes. Have a wonderful time.

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  32. Charleston! That's so close to me. Give my favorite city a big 'ol hi from me. And you have so many suggestions that I'll bow out. Except to say, for sure check out the Market and the Battery. Must sees.

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