Charleston Journals

A Few Days in Charming Charleston

A December 1998 trip to Charleston by stevewall

Quote: A trip to this wonderful, preserved city that included a Gullah tour.

Jestine's Kitchen

Restaurant | "Jestin's"

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We had an early dinner at a local eatery. We both had fried green tomatoes and cucumbers in vinegar. Susan had meat loaf with macaroni and cheese and green beans. I had collard greens and rice with Pecan Whiting, a fish. For dessert, it was Coca-Cola cake and coconut cream pie! Everything was great!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

Jestine's Kitchen
251 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 722-7224

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Before the tour, we had a quick light lunch at that featured local city and seascapes done in bold watercolor brush strokes. Charming French accordion music was on the stereo. It is a tiny hole-in-the-wall place frequented by locals, many of whom grab a quick take-out. I had a great bowl of lobster bisque. Susan had havarti cheese with a roll, grapes and melon.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

Coffee Gallery of Contemporary Art
King Street
Charleston, South Carolina

82 Queen

Restaurant

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We had a wonderful dinner. The grounds include three 18th-century townhouses, two inside bars (one full-service and one just for shots), a partly glassed-in romantic gazebo and outdoor tables for dining. I had she-crab soup and a bouillabaisse of shrimp, fish and oysters. Susan had she-crab soup and bourbon sauce shrimp over very creamy grits. For dessert, I had pecan pie and peach bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream. Susan had a cranberry/apple/pear pie with brown sugar crust. [$72] in 1998

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

82 Queen
82 Queen St
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
+1 843 723 7591

Middleton Place Restaurant

Restaurant | "Middleton Plantation"

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We had a wonderful lunch here. South of here is the only American Tea Plantation and we had American Classic Tea. I had shrimp gumbo with andolia sausage, lima beans, okra, with carrots along with corn in a red sauce on a bed of rice plus collard greens and cornbread. Susan had fried chicken, corn pudding and collard greens and cornbread. [$22] in 1998

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 22, 2004

Middleton Place Restaurant
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 556-6020

Unique Gullah Culture Tour

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Tuesday, December 22, 1998 Charleston, SC Sunny, as all the previous days have been, with perfect temperatures in the high 60's and 70's with no humidity to speak of. This morning we toured the Joseph Manigault House at 350 Meeting Street, built in 1803. It is a wonderful example of the graceful Adam style. It was designed by the gentleman-architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph. Among the intriguing features of the restored house are a cantilevered stairway in the entrance hall and a Gate Temple in the garden. The collection of American, English and French period furniture was outstanding. At 1pm, we met Mr. Brown, who gave us a Gullah tour. 843/556-0664. Gullah i...Read More
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Wednesday, December 23, 1998 Charleston, SC Walked south down Meeting, then over to Church and south down it past St. Peter's and the French Huguenot church, cemeteries. Saw many examples of "simple" houses, rectories, etc. Later we walked the same area with the Tea Tour guide. We then met our tour guide a block a way in the garden atrium of a B&B on King and covered every street that we had just walked! We have been so impressed with all the floral decorations on iron fences, stair railings, doors and inside on tables, fireplace mantels and elsewhere. Most all of the gardens have red ribbons and restrained tasteful strings of mini-lights. Our tour guide was o...Read More

Two Plantations

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We visited two fine plantations. The first was Drayton Hall. The National Trust, a private organization that we joined, owns it. This surely was one of the highlights of the trip. The guide we had was marvelous. A French family was along on our tour. The building was never modernized, and occupied until 1960. We then went to Middleton Plantation, which was destroyed by the Northern troops on February 22, 1865, so there was no "big house" to see. The Middletons had restored one of the side buildings in 1869, and we toured that as well as the stable buildings. The main house is now in ruins. We had a wonderful lunch there. South of here is the only American Tea Plantation an...Read More