5 days in Charleston with Bama hoops week before last. Game times worked great for some dining.
Raw 167-excellent oysters and a lovely shrimp and scallop ceviche. Small restaurant. People start lining up at 10:30 am. No reservations...so go early if you're going to go.
39 Rue de Jean- French bistro-very good lunch of escargot; mussels aioli. Very good. Good service.
The Ordinary-Excellent oysters (Malpeques); Baked oysters with fennel butter and parmesan, flounder tartare with horseradish, lemon and trout roe. All very good. Great service and cocktails.
Slightly North of Broad (aka SNOB)-Great service and cocktails. Clams in roasted garlic parmesan broth, parsley and grilled baguette; shrimp & grits with house sausage, country ham, tomatoes, garlic, green onions, Geechi Boy grits. All very good. And the best peppermint ice cream I've ever had.
The Establishment-Excellent service and cocktails- also loved the room. Food was excellent too. Oysters,celery root and black truffle bisque; Housemade spaghetti with peekytoe crab, melted leeks, lemon. Excellent. Also a dessert sundae with chocolate and caramel sauce, pretzel praline crunch
Babas on Cannon-owned by Frank Stitt's daughter. Just went for coffee and lemon meringue pound cake. The other bakery items looked very tempting. Short tapas menu for the afternoon evening.
Le Farfalle-Excellent service and cocktails. Also loved the atmosphere and the food. Grilled octopus with roasted tomatoes, pickled eggplant, Fett'unta; Linguine with littleneck clams, white wine, garlic and parsley (really, really good pasta and fat, perfectly cooked clams); Housemade limoncello, Fiore de Latte gelato, lemon sorbetto.
The only failure was McCrady's. Went for the tasting menu with premium wine pairing. How about a corked white burgundy with one course. When I pointed it out to the sommelier, he threw his 'assistant' under the bus as being the one who opened that bottle . Nothing really exciting food-wise. Also took the supplement for mediocre white truffle. And a beef course that was tough and chewy. Left $444 lighter and disappointed.