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All Charleston is missing is an actual economy.  I personally know dozens of people that would move there tomorrow if they could find a comparable job.  If I were tech company, I'd put a satellite office there of some kind.  

Also recommended would be one the of walking tours of South of Broad area.  I liked the walking better than the carriage tours because they're more detailed and intimate and you get details of individual houses and churches.  Liked that a lot.  

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On 4/13/2018 at 10:08 AM, Elvis Presto said:

Hello friends,

I can answer all of your Charleston questions.  For dinner if you want the real Charleston style meal go to 82 Queen and get she crab soup.  Leons is a good spot and the fried chicken there is fantastic.  I live here so i avoid places like Poogans porch.  Husk is usually hard to get a reservation unless you book pretty far in advance.  For drinks and looking at hot girls go to Stars bar roof top or Vendue rooftop.  Another cool spot with a sweet courtyard is Blind Tiger Pub.  Lewis bbq is great and Home Team bbq is right next to them.  Home Team is a good spot to drink at and the wings are their best thing.  Also, right near Lewis is a place called Edmunds Oast.  They brew beer and its got a sweet little outdoor seating courtyard.  There are a ton of cocktail bars on Upper King if you like fancy drinks.  Take a trip out to Sullivans island and eat at Poe's Tavern.  

Speaking of 82 Queen, there's a hotel directly next to it called The Elliott House.  Great place to stay and very intimate with a court yard such but their room service comes from 82 Queen.  On the other side of the hotel is Husk so there's that as well.  Highly recommend Elliott House as a play to stay.

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26 minutes ago, Aqua Buddha said:

All Charleston is missing is an actual economy.  I personally know dozens of people that would move there tomorrow if they could find a comparable job.  If I were tech company, I'd put a satellite office there of some kind.  

Also recommended would be one the of walking tours of South of Broad area.  I liked the walking better than the carriage tours because they're more detailed and intimate and you get details of individual houses and churches.  Liked that a lot.  

There are companies moving here.  Volvo and Mercedes are building plants north of Charleston and boeing is here but for the most part there aren't a lot of good jobs.  Lots of lawyers, doctors, port stuff, fishing and food & bev.  My wife works for a defense contractor and there is a decent amount of that going on bc of the naval weapons station.  

Also, there are a ton of yankees here.  Half of ohio and the northeast are moving here.

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28 minutes ago, Elvis Presto said:

There are companies moving here.  Volvo and Mercedes are building plants north of Charleston and boeing is here but for the most part there aren't a lot of good jobs.  Lots of lawyers, doctors, port stuff, fishing and food & bev.  My wife works for a defense contractor and there is a decent amount of that going on bc of the naval weapons station.  

Also, there are a ton of yankees here.  Half of ohio and the northeast are moving here.

Took this picture last fall.  The historical irony did not escape me:

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Fucking trifling Yankees. Three of my freshman roommates were actually from Mass. I still keep up with one of then who lives up here close to me in D.C.

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Sullivan's Island beaches blow, IMHO. Flat and waveless. Folly is awesome. Great beaches and waves. Can and should be surfed. Another not to be missed restaraunt fave of ours is Wild Olive. Some of the best food I've ever eaten and is our #1 followed closely by SNOB as #2. Obstinate Daughter is sister restarunt but we've not been there yet

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Have not seen Halls Chophouse mentioned yet. 

Yes, I know most don’t go to Charleston for a steak but the place has a great vibe and the service is outstanding. 

 

Homimy Grill is worth the hype too. 

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6 hours ago, Hookem2102 said:

Have not seen Halls Chophouse mentioned yet. 

Yes, I know most don’t go to Charleston for a steak but the place has a great vibe and the service is outstanding. 

 

Homimy Grill is worth the hype too. 

Definitely a passable steak.

 

My roommate used to cook at Hominy. I'm surprised that place is still going.

 

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10 hours ago, Hookem2102 said:

Have not seen Halls Chophouse mentioned yet. 

Yes, I know most don’t go to Charleston for a steak but the place has a great vibe and the service is outstanding. 

 

Homimy Grill is worth the hype too. 

Halls may be my fav place to go in town.  I don't usually recommend it for friends visiting bc it's a steakhouse and we've got plenty of those in Texas.  It is a fucking awesome place to eat, drink and see hot women.  

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On the boat to see High Water Fest from the water

 

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Old 97’s and Brandi Carlisle from the water

 

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Cool little cemetery next to a church in historic area

 

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High Water Fest

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Shakey

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Hamilton Leithauser

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Band of Horses ended the festival but I think I only have video of that.

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Sea scallop Po-boy at 167 Raw

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nice pics.  That park music venue on the Cooper is awesome.


Yes, it is. Love how our local friends say it’s pronounced the “Cuppa” River!

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After looking at some of the pics this is on my list to go to for our 10 yr anniversary. How is it to visit in late September?

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1 hour ago, utee05 said:

After looking at some of the pics this is on my list to go to for our 10 yr anniversary. How is it to visit in late September?

Probably best time of year.

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Went last weekend for 1st time and went to the following bars and restaurants:

167 Raw, Husk, Vendu Bar, Blind Tiger. Home Team BBQ, SNOB, Cocktail Club, Palace Hotel, Uptown Social, 82 Queen, Hanks, Prohibition, The Commodore and Hominy Grill.

I’d like to go back soon. 

 

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Well this place is now at the top of the list to go to in late September. Any recs on places to stay? The moja arts festival will be going on the week we plan to go so hotels seem to be more than usual.

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3 hours ago, utee05 said:

Well this place is now at the top of the list to go to in late September. Any recs on places to stay? The moja arts festival will be going on the week we plan to go so hotels seem to be more than usual.

Market Pavilion Hotel or the Spectator.  Very different but can't go wrong with either.

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Booked a last minute trip to Charleston for four days next week for the wife's birthday (still no pics).  Looking forward to it.  It's a way over due trip, we have not been anywhere sans-kids since last summer.  For once, we have no big set plans other then relaxing, eating at some hopefully killer restaurants and drinking all day long.  Going to hit up the Ordinary, Husk, Magnolia, Lewis BBQ, Peninsula grill, Henry's, Blind Tiger.  I'll try to report back details.  

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1 hour ago, PorscheGuy said:

Booked a last minute trip to Charleston for four days next week for the wife's birthday (still no pics).  Looking forward to it.  It's a way over due trip, we have not been anywhere sans-kids since last summer.  For once, we have no big set plans other then relaxing, eating at some hopefully killer restaurants and drinking all day long.  Going to hit up the Ordinary, Husk, Magnolia, Lewis BBQ, Peninsula grill, Henry's, Blind Tiger.  I'll try to report back details.  

You are doing yourself a disservice if you don't make it to Leon's Oyster House. Best fried chicken I've ever had. Go to One Broad in the mornings for your caffeine/breakfast fix.

We are going back in mid-April for High Water Fest again. Cannot wait.

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Charleston was a cool city.  it was almost empty last week, which was nice.  For anyone who is looking at going, HUSK is a absolute must.  I had very very high expectations and it exceeded them in every way.  The food is straight forward, completely "low country"  and phenomenal.  Liked it so much I canceled our reservations somewhere else and went back the following night.  They were fully booked, so we ate at the bar upstairs and they still killed it with their bar menu.  

Peninsula grill was really good too.  Thanks for the rec on the coconut cake, it lived up to the hype too.  

It's nuts to think of all the james beard level chefs packed into that small of a footprint.  

 

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Wife and I booked a trip for June 3-6. Never been before but our other trip got canceled and SC is mostly open for business and visitors.

We are staying at The Restoration and I booked dinner reservations for Magnolias, FIG, and SNOB. I’ve made note of many places in this thread for breakfast, brunch, lunch, day drinking, cocktails, and nightcaps.

Current plan is to rent a car, if for no other reason than to spare us getting in an Uber to/from the airport. I also figure the car would be needed if we decide to spend an afternoon at the beach.

This is subject to change based on COVID-19 trends, but given the relatively low incidence of COVID in both Texas and SC, we are optimistic that pattern will hold and we can check out what sounds like a great city.

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