Hi, I'm planning a business trip to Charleston in late February, and was wondering if y'all could help me select a restaurant or two (or five or six...).
First off you should know that one in our party is a vegetarian. But we are looking for perhaps a nice upscale meal in the downtown area only. I've been to Charleston a few times, so I'm a little familiar. I've eaten at the Oak (fantastic-- but again you don't take a veggie to somewhere famous for their steaks) and Magnolia (also very good), but am looking to try something new. Our budget is perhaps $50 a plate, but a great meal we don't mind paying more.
And maybe if y'all could suggest one midprice dinner place as well, where it won't break the bank ($20 per person maybe?).
We'll also be eating lunch in downtown, so a point in the right direction would be appreciated. We don't need a fancy lunch spot, just someplace with good food and we're not picky about where-- other than we want it to be downtown and don't want to eat at a chain.
We'd also like to avoid the usual tourist traps, so probably not Hyman's Seafood. We're looking to get a local flavor of Charleston and don't want to stand in line for mass-produced food. A good Southern cooking place or barbecue (our veggie will just have to deal with it) is a must for at least one of these meals.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.