M’s Guide To Charleston

 

M’s Guide to Charleston

This is not comprehensive by any means, but is more our personal take on the loveliest of American cities.

Where to stay:

 

The Charming Inns Group of Bed + Breakfast Style Lodgings is where we send our friends.

 

As well as:

Where to Eat:

Michael Lynn Adams Paintings are often inspired by his great kitchen

 

We have a number of haunts we frequent for dining.Charlestontruly has become one of the best places to eat in the world…so here are our favorites:

McCrady’s: But eat in the bar. Have the most wonderful Makers Mark mint Julep you ever had, get rid of those aches from the cobbles and snuggle deep into the banquettes as you truly are now in the South as it is today: sophisticated, friendly and delicious. http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/

Husk: All the fuss truly earned! It is just grand. Pick up and lick your plate (don’t dribble on your jacket) this is great food, great service, superb wines…oh and the mixologist does wonderful things withRyewhiskey.  http://www.huskrestaurant.com/

Trattatoria Lucca: This place over in Elliot’s Borough is home to food good enough to make you weep with joy. If you ask nicely the chef Ken Vedrinski does custom menus (set your heart free) … http://luccacharleston.com/ Tell him we sent you!

FultonFive: After the Holy Trinity of Must eats there is our favorite place in the entire city. The menu is filled with home made pastas, lovely comforting concoctions, served in aNew Orleansstyle romantic atmosphere of only 15 tables.  http://www.fultonfive.net/

La Fourchette: Blink! You are inParis! And they have sweet breads! And duck! And the pate! http://lafourchettecharleston.com/

Fish: True to its name +  hip + sublime http://www.fishrestaurantcharleston.com/

Grill 225 is the only place in town to have truly 100% prime well-aged steaks http://www.grill225.com/

Now for further down the food chain:

For High Tea you can’t beat The Thorough Bred Club in TheCharlestonPlace Hotel http://www.charlestonplace.com/web/ocha/thoroughbred_club.jsp

The Blind Tiger’s mussels in Guinness with a side of French fries in the court yard define the pub lunch and they have live blues at night http://www.blindtigercharleston.com/

And more lunch: We linger over at 39 Rue De Jean http://www.39ruedejean.com/, Hominy Grill hominygrill.com/Cached as well as

Blossom’s side courtyard is a lovely place to lunch

http://magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/blossomHome.asp?catID=20406

Gaulart + Maliclet aka Fast French for Thursday night Fondue is perfect for dates + groups of friends

Five Loaves in Elliott Borough community table is a great way to meet people + the food is excellent supper fare http://www.fastandfrench.org/G&M/G&M_index.html

Pearlz has the best deals on Oysters at Happy Hour http://http://www.pearlzoysterbar.com/

Picnics from Caviar + Bananas are truly the answer to any ones prayers http://http://www.caviarandbananas.com

Macaroon’s Brioche is worth the wait http://www.macaroonboutique.com

For big breakfasts we head to Saffron for their Omelets http://www.saffroncafeandbakery.com/ or to the Bull Street Market up on King bullstreetgourmetandmarket.com for great croissants and excellent soups

Halls Chop House has an amazing Sunday Gospel brunch www.hallschophouse.com

If I’m looking for a fabulous coffee house I head to Hope + Union(just simply the best coffee in town) http://www.hopeandunioncoffee.com

Belmont’s cocktails are fun + swanky

The Gin Joint’s pre prohibition libations are worth the fuss theginjoint.com

The roof bar at the Pavilion has the best views in the city and is quite elegant

http://www.marketpavilion.com/index.cfm?page=pavilion

Mi Pomodori has amazing pizza with home grown tomatoes in their sauce + they deliver! miapomodori.com

What to do between meals you have any time left:

We recommend the following galleries (besides M of course)

Ann Long

Sylvan

Helena Fox

Coleman Fine Art

Ingram

John C Doyle

Robert Lang

Wells

Horton Hayes

Ella Richardson

Charleston Renaissance Gallery

http://www.frenchquarterarts.com/   and http://www.charlestonfineartdealersassociation.com will give you an easy way to locate them

www.charlestontours.net can help you find

A Carriage ride through the battery + French Quarter is a must do

Obviously visits to theSlaveMarketMuseum+ the Gibbes Museum of Fine Art + Customs House are in order

The Saturday morning Farmers Market at Francis Marion Park is fun

The walking house + garden tours of theBatteryare just fascinating

There are several boat tours ofCharlestonHarbor

Plantations to visit: Drayton, Magnolia, Middleton

The Aquarium

And boats for rent in Shem Creek to head out around theBarrierIslands

And a day at the beach on Sullivan’s Island or Surfing out aFollyBeach

World Class Golf + Tennis

And fabulous sailing + deep sea fishing

And of course, an afternoon nap…

M’s Guide toCharleston

This is not comprehensive by any means, but is more our personal take on the loveliest of American cities.

Where to stay:

The Charming Inns Group of Bed + Breakfast Style Lodgings http://www.charminginns.com is where we send our friends

As well as the Charleston Place Hotel http://www.charlestonplace.com the Market Place Pavilion http://www.marketpavilion.com/  but all the inns listed on the 5 star alliance web site (http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/290/north-america/united-states-south/charleston-sc0 are perfect venues for visiting the city.

The Inn Two Meeting Street http://www.twomeetingstreet.com/ in theBatteryis also just wonderful.

Where to Eat:

We have a number of haunts we frequent for dining.Charlestontruly has become one of the best places to eat in the world…so here are our favorites:

McCrady’s: But eat in the bar. Have the most wonderful Makers Mark mint Julep you ever had, get rid of those aches from the cobbles and snuggle deep into the banquettes as you truly are now in the South as it is today: sophisticated, friendly and delicious. http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/

Husk: All the fuss truly earned! It is just grand. Pick up and lick your plate (don’t dribble on your jacket) this is great food, great service, superb wines…oh and the mixologist does wonderful things withRyewhiskey.  http://www.huskrestaurant.com/

Trattatoria Lucca: This place over in Elliot’s Borough is home to food good enough to make you weep with joy. If you ask nicely the chef Ken Vedrinski does custom menus (set your heart free) … http://luccacharleston.com/ Tell him we sent you!

FultonFive: After the Holy Trinity of Must eats there is our favorite place in the entire city. The menu is filled with home made pastas, lovely comforting concoctions, served in aNew Orleansstyle romantic atmosphere of only 15 tables.  http://www.fultonfive.net/

La Fourchette: Blink! You are inParis! And they have sweet breads! And duck! And the pate! http://lafourchettecharleston.com/

Fish: True to its name +  hip + sublime http://www.fishrestaurantcharleston.com/

Grill 225 is the only place in town to have truly 100% prime well-aged steaks http://www.grill225.com/

Now for further down the food chain:

For High Tea you can’t beat The Thorough Bred Club in TheCharlestonPlace Hotel http://www.charlestonplace.com/web/ocha/thoroughbred_club.jsp

The Blind Tiger’s mussels in Guinness with a side of French fries in the court yard define the pub lunch and they have live blues at night http://www.blindtigercharleston.com/

And more lunch: We linger over at 39 Rue De Jean http://www.39ruedejean.com/, Hominy Grill hominygrill.com/Cached as well as

Blossom’s side courtyard is a lovely place to lunch

http://magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/blossomHome.asp?catID=20406

Gaulart + Maliclet aka Fast French for Thursday night Fondue is perfect for dates + groups of friends

Five Loaves in Elliott Borough community table is a great way to meet people + the food is excellent supper fare http://www.fastandfrench.org/G&M/G&M_index.html

Pearlz has the best deals on Oysters at Happy Hour http://http://www.pearlzoysterbar.com/

Picnics from Caviar + Bananas are truly the answer to any ones prayers http://http://www.caviarandbananas.com

Macaroon’s Brioche is worth the wait http://www.macaroonboutique.com

For big breakfasts we head to Saffron for their Omelets http://www.saffroncafeandbakery.com/ or to the Bull Street Market up on King bullstreetgourmetandmarket.com for great croissants and excellent soups

Halls Chop House has an amazing Sunday Gospel brunch www.hallschophouse.com

If I’m looking for a fabulous coffee house I head to Hope + Union(just simply the best coffee in town) http://www.hopeandunioncoffee.com

Belmont’s cocktails are fun + swanky

The Gin Joint’s pre prohibition libations are worth the fuss theginjoint.com

The roof bar at the Pavilion has the best views in the city and is quite elegant

http://www.marketpavilion.com/index.cfm?page=pavilion

Mi Pomodori has amazing pizza with home grown tomatoes in their sauce + they deliver! miapomodori.com

What to do between meals you have any time left:

We recommend the following galleries (besides M of course)

Ann Long

Sylvan

Helena Fox

Coleman Fine Art

Ingram

John C Doyle

Robert Lang

Wells

Horton Hayes

Ella Richardson

Charleston Renaissance Gallery

http://www.frenchquarterarts.com/   and http://www.charlestonfineartdealersassociation.com will give you an easy way to locate them

www.charlestontours.net can help you find

A Carriage ride through the battery + French Quarter is a must do

Obviously visits to theSlaveMarketMuseum+ the Gibbes Museum of Fine Art + Customs House are in order

The Saturday morning Farmers Market at Francis Marion Park is fun

The walking house + garden tours of theBatteryare just fascinating

There are several boat tours ofCharlestonHarbor

Plantations to visit: Drayton, Magnolia, Middleton

The Aquarium

And boats for rent in Shem Creek to head out around theBarrierIslands

And a day at the beach on Sullivan’s Island or Surfing out aFollyBeach

World Class Golf + Tennis

And fabulous sailing + deep sea fishing

And of course, an afternoon nap…

This is not comprehensive by any means, but is more our personal take on the loveliest of American cities.

Where to stay:

The Charming Inns Group of Bed + Breakfast Style Lodgings http://www.charminginns.com is where we send our friends

As well as the Charleston Place Hotel http://www.charlestonplace.com the Market Place Pavilion http://www.marketpavilion.com/  but all the inns listed on the 5 star alliance web site (http://www.fivestaralliance.com/luxury-hotels/290/north-america/united-states-south/charleston-sc0 are perfect venues for visiting the city.

The Inn Two Meeting Street http://www.twomeetingstreet.com/ in theBatteryis also just wonderful.

Where to Eat:

We have a number of haunts we frequent for dining.Charleston truly has become one of the best places to eat in the world…so here are our favorites:

McCrady’s: But eat in the bar. Have the most wonderful Makers Mark mint Julep you ever had, get rid of those aches from the cobbles and snuggle deep into the banquettes as you truly are now in the South as it is today: sophisticated, friendly and delicious. http://www.mccradysrestaurant.com/

Husk: All the fuss truly earned! It is just grand. Pick up and lick your plate (don’t dribble on your jacket) this is great food, great service, superb wines…oh and the mixologist does wonderful things withRyewhiskey.  http://www.huskrestaurant.com/

Trattatoria Lucca: This place over in Elliot’s Borough is home to food good enough to make you weep with joy. If you ask nicely the chef Ken Vedrinski does custom menus (set your heart free) … http://luccacharleston.com/ Tell him we sent you!

FultonFive: After the Holy Trinity of Must eats there is our favorite place in the entire city. The menu is filled with home made pastas, lovely comforting concoctions, served in aNew Orleansstyle romantic atmosphere of only 15 tables.  http://www.fultonfive.net/

La Fourchette: Blink! You are inParis! And they have sweet breads! And duck! And the pate! http://lafourchettecharleston.com/

Fish: True to its name +  hip + sublime http://www.fishrestaurantcharleston.com/

Grill 225 is the only place in town to have truly 100% prime well-aged steaks http://www.grill225.com/

Now for further down the food chain:

For High Tea you can’t beat The Thorough Bred Club in TheCharlestonPlace Hotel http://www.charlestonplace.com/web/ocha/thoroughbred_club.jsp

The Blind Tiger’s mussels in Guinness with a side of French fries in the court yard define the pub lunch and they have live blues at night http://www.blindtigercharleston.com/

And more lunch: We linger over at 39 Rue De Jean http://www.39ruedejean.com/, Hominy Grill hominygrill.com/Cached as well as

Blossom’s side courtyard is a lovely place to lunch

http://magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/blossomHome.asp?catID=20406

Gaulart + Maliclet aka Fast French for Thursday night Fondue is perfect for dates + groups of friends

Five Loaves in Elliott Borough community table is a great way to meet people + the food is excellent supper fare http://www.fastandfrench.org/G&M/G&M_index.html

Pearlz has the best deals on Oysters at Happy Hour http://http://www.pearlzoysterbar.com/

Picnics from Caviar + Bananas are truly the answer to any ones prayers http://http://www.caviarandbananas.com

Macaroon’s Brioche is worth the wait http://www.macaroonboutique.com

For big breakfasts we head to Saffron for their Omelets http://www.saffroncafeandbakery.com/ or to the Bull Street Market up on King bullstreetgourmetandmarket.com for great croissants and excellent soups

Halls Chop House has an amazing Sunday Gospel brunch www.hallschophouse.com

If I’m looking for a fabulous coffee house I head to Hope + Union(just simply the best coffee in town) http://www.hopeandunioncoffee.com

Belmont’s cocktails are fun + swanky

The Gin Joint’s pre prohibition libations are worth the fuss theginjoint.com

The roof bar at the Pavilion has the best views in the city and is quite elegant

http://www.marketpavilion.com/index.cfm?page=pavilion

Mi Pomodori has amazing pizza with home grown tomatoes in their sauce + they deliver! miapomodori.com

What to do between meals you have any time left:

We recommend the following galleries (besides M of course)

Ann Long

Sylvan

Helena Fox

Coleman Fine Art

Ingram

John C Doyle

Robert Lang

Wells

Horton Hayes

Ella Richardson

Charleston Renaissance Gallery

http://www.frenchquarterarts.com/   and http://www.charlestonfineartdealersassociation.com will give you an easy way to locate them

www.charlestontours.net can help you find

A Carriage ride through the battery + French Quarter is a must do

Obviously visits to theSlaveMarketMuseum+ the Gibbes Museum of Fine Art + Customs House are in order

The Saturday morning Farmers Market at Francis Marion Park is fun

The walking house + garden tours of theBatteryare just fascinating

There are several boat tours ofCharlestonHarbor

Plantations to visit: Drayton, Magnolia, Middleton

The Aquarium

And boats for rent in Shem Creek to head out around theBarrierIslands

And a day at the beach on Sullivan’s Island or Surfing out aFollyBeach

World Class Golf + Tennis

And fabulous sailing + deep sea fishing

And of course, an afternoon nap…

Tired trying to find parking in Charleston? Tired of getting lost? Take the CARTA! The CARTA provides free downtown transportation via trolley. It is a fast, fun, and convenient way of getting to all your favorite venues, restaurants, and galleries whether you are visitor or a local!

http://www.ridecarta.com/shared/docs/589/cart%20system%20map_effec_1008.pdf

Tired of feeding the meter? Park in one of the many conveniently located parking garages. The closest to M Gallery is at the corner of East Bay and Prioleau!

http://www.charlestoncity.info/shared/docs/0/parking_garage_locations_city2.pdf

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