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Casual restaurants please

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Casual restaurants please

Visiting Charleston for the first time next month. Just been looking at TA`s list of favourite restaurants and (for once) I`m not getting much help. The problem is that we don`t do "fine dining". We just want good food (preferably local) in a casual, laid back atmosphere. Also needs to be within walking distance of our hotel, Best Western King Charles Inn, so that we can enjoy a glass of wine or two.

Any suggestions welcome.

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1. Re: Casual restaurants please

What do you mean by casual? If you mean you don't want to dress up, that is not a problem. Most of the downtown restaurants do not require jackets, etc. A nice pair of khaki pants and a polo style shirt is about as dressy as you will need. Even "nice" jeans are fine, as long as they are not excessively faded, torn, etc.

These restaurants downtown specialize in using locally grown products and have many "traditional" lowcountry dishes with a bit of a modern twist.

Edited: 10:55 am, September 29, 2012
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2. Re: Casual restaurants please

Jestine's, Dixie Supply, Virginia's on King are all great. If you can drive out to the burbs you have lots of options: Mustard Seed, Page's Okra Grill, Seewee, Glass Onion, JB's Smokestack all fit that criteria too.

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3. Re: Casual restaurants please

"Fine Dining", in Charleston, just means "fine food"....it doesn't mean coat and ties. Afterall, a lot of the people who go to those restaurants are tourists without that kind of clothing.

You should be OK anywhere.

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4. Re: Casual restaurants please

If price is more of a concern than dressing up, the area you will want to walk to for value meals is the College Of Charleston area. (close to the Calhoun and King intersection). There are a lot of pizza places, sandwich shops, Asian restaurants, barbecue (Jim N Nick's is a good one on King St) and "Mexican" (but don't take that literally in the case of Juanita Greenberg's) It's very casual and very tasty and you can get local shrimp on your Nachos. That's my favorite dish there. Tons of choices! Go and enjoy!

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5. Re: Casual restaurants please

Breakfast is really good at Toast, (bottomless Mimosas all day), Jestine's,

Five Guys Burgers, Eat a Pita, The Market shopping district has little sandwich shops and bakeries. There are so many restaurants on King and Meeting it's hard to choose. Check out Restaurant.com for some discounts on downtown restaurants, will save you quite a bit. As someone posted, if you want to leave downtown and go across the bridge to Mt. Pleasant, Page's Okra Grill is great and reasonable. You could visit the Shem Creek area on the way which is interesting with the shrimp boats and boardwalk. Lots of restaurants there also. Good place to have a few drinks and an appetizer at Vickery's or Red's. You're just a few mile from the ocean also so head on down to Isle of Palms. I

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6. Re: Casual restaurants please

How's the new Bull St. business going?

Cardiff, United...
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7. Re: Casual restaurants please

Thanks for this.

Do you helpful folk think I should make dinner reservations before we leave England? (don`t really want to, as it limits our choices, but hubby gets a bit twitchy if he has to wait for more than 30 minutes!)

We won`t be there over a weekend if that make a difference to your answer.

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8. Re: Casual restaurants please

Restaurants in the historic district are always busy on October weekends. If you've found a restaurant that really interests you, it cannot hurt to make a reservation. You can cancel if you change your mind.

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9. Re: Casual restaurants please

So - not busy during the week then? Trouble is, so many of the restaurants interest me. I`m spoiled for choice now!

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10. Re: Casual restaurants please

We can advise you better if you let us know your top picks.

Friday and Saturday nights are popular "going out" nights, but any evening can be crowded in Charleston. For a few restaurants, reservations are always advisable, any day of the week. Some other restaurants (usually the ultra-casual places) do not take reservations other than for large groups.