Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations


Posted March 6, 2007

The Tar Heel Traveler occasionally takes an out-of-state trip that is worth reporting. Charleston on a warm winter weekend is heavenly. What struck me most about this trip were the wonderful aromas downtown. Some of the best food in America is served up Low Country style in historic Charleston.

As you stroll down Meeting Street toward the market area your sense of smell is massaged by culinary delights. Who can resist the smell of shrimp and grits, she crab soup and lump crab cakes cooking? And the scent of fresh pralines just out of the oven at the Charleston Candy Kitchen will bring you to your knees.

What are your favorite eating places in Charleston? I have a new favorite. It's Anson's near the market. The best she crab soup on the planet! I also really like Carolina's on Exchange Street and Blossom's was excellent for lunch. I wanted to try Hyman's in the 200 block of Meeting Street but the lines were too long. Southern Living magazine recently ranked Hyman's seafood as the best in the Southeast.

I know a lot of you go to Charleston. I can't count the number of times people came up to me and said hello. There is so much to do in the Charleston area. Tomorrow, something a little different.


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  • CarolinaGirlX2 Mar 8, 2007

    I was born in Charleston and love going home. I didn't realize how wonderful the historic district was until many years after I left. My only child was conceived in Charleston when my now x-husband took me there to propose and that makes her just a little sweeter to my heart. Everything about Charleston is great. I am a carolina girl, Gamecock and Tarheel ;-).

  • MikeInApex Mar 7, 2007

    82 Queen also has the BEST Shrimp & Grits. I've tried this dish at many other restaurants in NC/SC but no one comes close!

  • tarbaby Mar 6, 2007

    We go to Charleston a lot. I have to say 82 Queen has the best she-crab soup! Poogan's Porch and "Fast and French" (Gaulart & Maliclet French Cafe) are two favorite lunch places and recently enjoyed for the first time The Baker's Cafe for brunch and Hank's Seafood Restaurant for dinner. I second Bill on Hyman's... it is not worth the hype.

  • kmason910 Mar 6, 2007

    Have not been to Sticky Fingers in Charleston, but have been to the Wilmington location. Excellent ribs, but their wings are best this side of Rub's Smokehouse in Morrisville.

    Last went to Charleston a lifetime ago, but carry fond memories of all the great places that were there back then.

  • mbrock Mar 6, 2007

    just got back from charleston...the charleston place hotel is a great place to stay and to is just one block from king street where my wife loves to shop...a great place to walk in the early morning...what a beautiful city....

  • urbudelar Mar 6, 2007

    Sticky Fingers is the ribs place, right?

  • Fandemonium Mar 6, 2007

    Stikty Fingers is the greatest place in all Charlston! Go heels!

  • urbudelar Mar 6, 2007

    Hey Bill...

    I just read your blog entry about Charleston. I lived there for 5 years right after college, and worked for the FOX afffiliate...

    My favorite restaurant: Anson's

    Anson's is absolutely wonderful, my wife and I make it a point to eat there every time we visit...

    Forget about Hyman's... A tourist trap, and the food isn't that great...

    We used to love Carolina's too, but they switched up the menu and changed head chefs... Also, we used to frequent Tristan alot (we knew the head chef). When he moved on, we stopped going there, it just wasn't the same...

    When you go back consider these: S.N.O.B (Slightly North of Broad) - especially for lunch

    Garibaldi's - crispy flounder

    Rue de Jean - near upper King St. - get the mussels for an app.

    Hominy Grill - breakfast on the weekends!

  • mandyv Mar 6, 2007

    Charleston is one of my favorite cities. It is the place I met my husband, fell in love, got engaged and got married!

    Mine and my husband's first date 7 years ago was at Anson's and it is wonderful.

    My suggestions for eats in downtown Charleston are: Anson's, Carolina's and 82 Queen - which has the BEST She Crab Soup ever! Hyman's is just ok in my opinion for seafood - Hank's is much better. And the desserts at Kaminsky's are wonderful too!

  • no more - no less Mar 6, 2007

    Charleston is our favorite place to visit. We enjoy eating at Poogan's Porch and Hyman's. While we are there we also like to visit Boone Hall Plantation and eat lunch in the Carriage House - they serve great southern food.




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