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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: New Southern: 5 Stars

Re: “Peninsula Grill

Considered one of the best in town and still going strong. Would put in the same catagory as Husk, Charleston Grill, and McCrady's. Went earlier this year and still on top.

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Posted by JDChas on July 13, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Slightly North of Broad

Frank Lee and his team are so talented. Justin, Trevor, Jason, Stacy and the staff are wonderful. Go there now. Charleston's best!

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Posted by Courtney Tollison Hartness on February 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Oscar's Restaurant

Oscar's has been a main stay in Summerville for 30 years and is consistant in serving great food, providing excellent customer service and affordable prices. It's for sure on my list of favorites!

Posted by Drake Reily on August 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

Husk can be found in a beautifully restored residence on Queen Street. When you walk up to the restaurant, it reminds you of a prohibition-era estate with a beautiful landscaping and an impressive front porch that invites you inside with its Southern hospitality. The interior is very classic and southern, dark wood, with lots of little candles highlighting the architecture and design of the building that once housed residents. I would describe Husk's menu as a very inspired southern comfort food composed of ingredients produced exclusively in the south. Husk is another one of Sean Brock's many successes (you may have heard of McCrady's) and his southern roots and attention to detail are obvious in every part of the experience.

When you first sit down, you are greeted with a sweet grass basket of warm rolls topped with sea salt and benne seeds. The menu at Husk changes daily based on what ingredients are the freshest or what mood Brock is in. Although some of the dishes do show up on a regular basis, expect some surprises if you go more than once. Many of the dishes are pig-centric and all of them have a southern flair. For example, I had the crispy pig ear lettuce wraps which were like nothing I had tried before. For the entrée, I went with the duo of pork which consisted of a perfectly braised pork belly and an equally juicy pork shoulder. In addition to pork, there are plenty of other amazing options to choose from. We also had the wood-fired clams and pan seared sea bass which were both stunning. The quality of the ingredients is obvious and the execution was flawless across our table.

Our server provided just the right level of service - not too overbearing but never let our glasses sit empty. And on that note, if you are a fan of bourbon prepare to be delighted. The array of whiskies available at Husk will blow your mind. Many of them I had never heard of and some I had been dying to try but never seen them available. Husk's wine list has a good range of selections without being overwhelming. However I though the fact that it was organized by soil type was a bit pretentious of them. How many people know what type of wine they like based on the limestone content of the ground in grew in? That aside, our experience here was absolutely top-notch and the food is a great way to try southern food with a splash of elegance.

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Posted by aaronrichard on August 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Peninsula Grill

Consistently the Best. Best Food, Service and Wine. The desserts are fabulous-always. Have never had a bad meal or experience in over 10 years. Not once, wish I could say that about others here but I can't. I travel between my home in NYC and here and can say that this place can match many of the classic dining establishments in NYC and far outshines all the other restaurants here. Others newbies come and go, but this place stays. Must be a reason for that.

Posted by CIACulinaryKid on July 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

I have been to Husk only for lunch so far, but am excited to try them again for dinner and Thanksgiving.
The first time I went to Husk, it was only on recommendation and I must admit I was worried. They change their menu every day, and what if I didn't like it? I've been too entirely too many places claiming to serve southern food, southern style food, or a twist on the south. Well, Husk did NOT disappoint.
Our waiter was amazing. He was hilarious and sweet, he gave his recommendations and was even ballsy enough to say his least favorite dish, which I happened to order. With four people at our table we managed to try almost everything.
The rolls the give you at the beginning are divine. The cocktails are amazing. I must admit that I have no heat tolerance so I can't recommend anything with jalepeno vodka but that Copper Lantern is to die for.
I got tenderloin that was cooked to perfection. I have tried the shrimp and grits which were delicious. These are how grits should be... not some watery mush. Thick and big and yum.
Oatmeal pie for desert, you know you want it.
And if you go on a day with rabbit soup, fear not, and dive in.

PS. Anyone who is scared of pork lard needs not to eat at any place claiming to serve southern food. Come on, we store our bacon grease here!

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Posted by BonjourPrincess on November 17, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar

I have been to a lot of the new restaurants in town, but my wife and I went back to one that we have not been to in a long time. The Swamp Fox in the Francis Marion hotel is a true classic. We took advantage of Restaurant Weeks 3 for $30 menu. WOW were we impressed. We started with fried green tomatoes that were cooked to perfection. The goat cheese and pepper jelly that were paired with the tomato made me want to have it for the whole meal, not just for a starter. Than we moved on to some of the best flounder we have had in a while. It had just the right amount of spicy peach glaze on a crunchy light panko breading. Finally, we finished with the apple tart with amazing caramel sauce. With the food tasting this great and the incredible atmosphere of the Francis Marion hotel and view of the square, not only will we be back, but I think I might just become a regular!

Posted by Mistweaver on September 10, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

The shrimp and grits are the best in Charleston (which means the best anywhere, really). The Cobb salad and the Chicken Ranch salad (a frequent special with fresh corn, fried green tomatoes, chicken, and a home made ranch dressing with a punch) are long-time favorites. Every "vegetable" (sides, really) on the blackboard is fresh, local, home-made and amazing. The fried green tomato BLT rocks. And how does a southern chef make such awesome french fries and huevos rancheros? Oh, and did I mention the fried chicken? The food is always top-notch and consistent. The service is knowledgeable and friendly. And since they've added more enclosed space, the wait is more tolerable (shorter and with cocktails!), the restrooms easier (two instead of one...no line), and they have a bartender cranking out creative southern-based adult beverages. Rock on, Hominy Grill.

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Posted by CantThinkofOne on August 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Carolina's

We loved the food. We had the spring tasting menu. Chef Jill's choices for our 5 course meal. A complete surprise until the food gets to your table. Such a delicious and fun way to taste the cuisine.

Posted by Kari O on July 31, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Anson

It might sound corny, but “Awesome on Anson” is the only way that I can describe this restaurant.

Many people have told me that this was a great place to eat, but I have to admit I was more than surprised at how good it was. Tucked away just shy of the Historical Market district Anson is one of Charleston’s true hidden gems.

We landed there without reservations on a rainy night and were quickly seated. The restaurant is casually elegant, welcoming and has a menu with a variety of both low country favorites and traditional fare. Our server was outstanding throughout our dining experience and quickly attended to our every need. A native Charlestonian she was very knowledgeable about the menu and the items that we asked about. She immediately brought us hot, sliced bread with soft, whipped butter. I was to find out that my husband’s pet peeve is cold, hard butter served with fresh, warm bread. After all these years… who knew? Both were excellent.

I did ask her, “Before we fall in love with an item on the menu, are there any specials?” She did mention one, but it didn’t interest us. We then ordered our first course.

The Crispy Risotto Cake with Serrano ham, a few grilled shrimp and a delicate cream sauce was something that I had never seen before, yet alone thought of cooking. We were to find that the Chef is not only talented, but very creative.

The Crispy Risotto Cake had a tasty crisp shell but was light and airy inside, something that you wouldn’t expect for a risotto, yet alone a fried one… to die for.

My salad – The Fried Oysters & Bibb Lettuce was tossed with a subtle dressing and the oysters were lightly battered and served piping hot. This alone could have been dinner.

As we ordered our dinner I decided for something on the lighter side. When I ordered the Pan Steamed Mussels our server said, “I think we’re out of them, but I’ll check.” Back to the menu I went. Upon her return we found out that they did in fact have them that night. Yeah!

My husband then ordered the Braised Beef Short Ribs, something that he’d decided upon after briefly scanning the menu. “We’re out of those tonight,” our server lamented. She mentioned that “because of Lent we sell out of those quickly on Thursday and Friday nights.” This made me smile. As a kid, “Lent” to me was filled with Friday fish fry’s, tuna, salmon and whatever fish dish my mom could create for what seemed to be an unending period of time. Maybe this season was treated differently in the south???

So after feeling like we were in a Seinfeld episode we asked her if there was anything else that they didn’t have so we had a fighting chance to order dinner. She said that everything else was available.

After a wait that seemed a tad lengthy, but in every way worth it, our entrees were delivered. I did land on the Pan Steamed Mussels that were served with crisp French fries. The mussels were tossed in a light broth of garlic, jalapenos, white wine and parsley. The French fries that accompanied them were crisp, hot and well seasoned. Although actually somewhat full from our appetizers it was a type of meal that you couldn’t stop eating.

The Double Cut Fried Pork Chop was all that and a bag of chips! It was nicely breaded and had a great flavor, but the stars of the plate were without question, the side dishes.

There are many restaurants that are leaping on the Mac ‘n Cheese train. Flavors are added, toppings too. But to me, Mac ‘n Cheese takes me back to when my mom made it years ago. She was a tiny Polish woman who kept things simple and added four basic ingredients – shredded cheddar cheese, milk, butter and elbow macaroni. When I’m sick this is the dish that I ask for. It’s sheer comfort food at its best and “smoked gouda”, “lobster” and/or bacon is not needed. The Mac ‘n Cheese served here mirrors my mom’s and could be the best I’ve tasted since she made it so many years ago.

Not to be out done, Mac ‘n Cheese’s companion was Collard Greens, but not just any collard greens. These had a nice bit of spice to them (red pepper flakes we were told) and were incredibly flavorful. I found myself trying to distract my husband so that I could steal some from him.

As I wrote this I tried to think what restaurant in Charleston we liked more. It’s right up there to us as one of the best of the best. I actually had to use my Roget’s Thesaurus to find enough adjectives to describe our visit. In looking up the word “perfect”, I saw many suggestions, but “flawless” fit the bill perfectly.

Posted by susieg on April 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Hominy Grill

I love Hominy Grill. Yes, it does get packed so plan ahead or get there early. To me, it's always been well worth the food. I'm a breakfast person so this place is FANTASTIC for me.

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Posted by Pepper.Potts on February 17, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Hominy Grill

I can't believe these reviews. The food here is incredible. I've been here for breakfast, which was good but probably a little too hyped up. Fine, let the tourist go here for breakfast...
I went here for dinner for the first time on Monday night and I actually woke up thinking about my food from the night before. It was incredibly delicious. There were four of us and all of our food was delicious, one had shrimp and grits, one had cajun meatloaf and one had trigger fish with cheesy deep fried grits. I had lima beans, mac and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes and corn bread. I could eat these for the rest of my life. Not to mention that we all drooled over the menu and all had a really hard time deciding what to order.
Our waitress was helpful with helping us choose, very friendly and attentive.
I can't wait to come back here for dinner.

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Posted by SarahKate on February 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Poogan's Porch

Poogan's Porch is fabulous! Wonderful atmosphere, great food. We have never had a bad meal and we've been going at least once or twice a year for many years!

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Posted by surfsolar on January 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Re: “High Cotton

Was in for dinner last night, and once again they did not disappoint!!! The pork belly appetizer with apple tart is off the charts!!!! They just expanded their bar and music to trios and a whole new mix of musicians. This place has been around for over 10 years, and there is a very good reason why. It's a must whether you live in Charleston or visiting for a long weekend

Posted by HCGM on December 30, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Husk Restaurant

These stars are for the burger.

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Posted by Guy on December 15, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Anson

We eat at Anson about once a month, usually with company from out of town. If you want traditional Charleston food with some innovations mixed in, this is the place. It has a very professional waitstaff and a very comfortable atmosphere. We have never had a bad meal there and have had many truly outstanding ones. Generally there are several seafood options available including their signature crispy flounder and shrimp and grits. Anson is one of the best, most consistant restaurants in Charleston. Some of the other fine restaurants in Charleston have gotten a little "fru fru" for our tastes, Anson remains solid.

Posted by abacoboat on November 4, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Hucks Lowcountry Table

I ate at Huck's last night for the third time, and I'm always impressed when I go. I usually end up getting one of the specials, because they sound amazing. Last night I had a pretzel crusted bass with match-string potatoes, red cabbage, and this really delicious stone ground mustard sauce. I've tried the pork chop and fried chicken from the regular menu and was very happy with both. Our table also ordered two bottles of wine, since they were 1/2 price (something we definitely appreciated!), and it was one of the best pinot noirs I've had for a very good price. The service is top-notch, and you can't beat the unique cocktails.

To the person from MD who ordered two different things with crabcakes and was disappointed, I question why, when you could have the best crabcakes at home, you would order them when visiting Charleston (even though I find it hard to believe anything would not be good at Huck's).

Posted by Colleen on October 27, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Re: “82 Queen

5 stars. Delicious!

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Posted by Georgiafan on July 26, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Re: “The Glass Onion

NRSF75 -- I happen to love G.O., one of my favorite spots in town actually. I can definitely entertain different opinions about things, but I find a couple parts of your review a little...odd?

Your steak was cooked great, but salty. As were your other sides. OK, I can understand that. I've never had an issue with the amount of salt they use, but that's personal preference. At least your steaks were cooked great, you freely admit.

Your gripe about paying $20+ for "one person" -- that's for a regionally raised, grass-fed steak, with 3 sides (all most likely from local produce too), you mentioned green beans, mashed potatoes, and corn bread. Sounds like a freakin' bargain to me. If you don't value local produce over non-local, maybe it's not worth it, but for those of us that do it's frankly a very fair price.

If you think the corn bread wasn't great, you're freaking dreaming. It's like a moist pound cake, that corn bread. Unbelievable. With honey? Come on, guy.

The "wait staff" does nothing but come by to bring your food, check on you once, and bus your table. It's set up like a diner. What's not to be impressed by? I don't know what you're expecting here?

I personally have NO problem with someone closing a crisper drawer in a fridge with their foot, as long as the foot doesn't touch the food. Your standards here are completely unrealistic. Do you think the kitchen staff's hands are completely disinfected at all times? Or do you think they should put on latex gloves before closing the crisper drawer?

It's a small, local eatery. They hand-write their checks. They don't print them out. I don't see how this is a legitimate gripe even worth mentioning.

Critique over. Sorry I won't see you in there again!

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Posted by ETimmonsP on June 24, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Jacob's Kitchen

The place is great. The location is beautiful and the staff was very friendly. I went for brunch and the food is absolutely fantastic. My friend and I ordered basic brunch goodies and they were great. I don't know how they are cooking the stuff back there but it is so good.. The prices are also very affordable. Judging by the location I thought it would be more expensive but I thought the prices were right.

Posted by -A on June 5, 2010 at 5:57 PM
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