I had the keychain that let you skip the crowd back in the day. I might still have it around somewhere. I didn't know they have a locals card now too!
I get so tired of people saying "don't go to Hyman's, it's a tourist trap." I gave five step-on trolley tours in one day back in January and the people on the bus (LOL) kept saying that a server at so-and-so told us not to go there.
After the second tour I flat out told the third through fifth that I grew up here and I love Charleston and Hyman's is a great restaurant. If you are looking for fancy frou-frou foodie food then you might try elsewhere, chances are good you'll be happy with your dining experience most anywhere in Charleston.
If you are looking for good seafood in a non-pretentious, non-gentrified restaurant where the owners walk around and check on you (TBonz is good at this too, BTW), then Hyman's is the place to go.
Once a few years back, I lunched at Hyman's with friends and the boiled peanuts needed just a few more minutes of boiling and soaking. I told Eli and he promptly thanked me and brought a bowl of peanuts from a different pot. He said, "I appreciate you telling me, we want everyone to have the best experience here and a lot of our customers have never tasted a boiled peanut. We want their first taste to be perfect." -- note this is not an exact quote but it's pretty close, my mind remembers details.
BZ to Hyman's!
PS: I'm sorry they got sued but tip pooling sucks. I remember waiting on tables and having to share/pool tips and it upset me since tips are a reflection on how good YOU the server works. Having to pool tips with Joe Bagadonuts who rarely refills waters or teas and puts his thumb in the plate of grits is not fair. And to share with the back of the house staff never made sense to me. I'd tip the person who helped keep my tables clean and ready for the next diners myself, based on how well they did their job and kept my tips coming in!
Can't wait to read your write ups!
I was a member of the CSO's Decomposing Composers Society long ago. I hope they fill the slots but $35/mo is kinda steep. The parties must be spectacular.
I giggled reading this, and I needed that after days of covering the Wounded Warrior Games, let me tell you.
I have to admit the only reason I watch this show is because of your articles. There's gotta be a way to get you some kick-backs for this.
We all know this isn't real and the majority of these people aren't Charlestonians, much less, South Carolinians! But it's been fun to watch alongside your posts. I hope they let you keep this up next season! (That's what she/he said!)
I am so glad to read this. I haven't watched this show as I'm unclear on what channel it airs, but then I've been trying to win HGTV houses for years and only recently discovered their channel number.
Keep it up and I will never have to figure out when or where Southern Charm airs. And oh gosh, I didn't realize Southern Charm shortened is SC. That makes me sad.
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