Charleston Journals

Sleeping and Eating in Charleston

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A November 2007 trip to Charleston by vampirefan

Waiting to be called.  Photo, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: We headed back to Charleston for Thanksgiving and this is covers the basics: eating and sleeping.

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs.

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Waiting to be called.  Photo, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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When choosing a place to eat on our first night in town I picked Jack’s for 2 reasons. First I wanted a place close to our hotel as I knew we would be tired after driving and would want a place to grab a quick bite and then head back to the hotel to prepare for the next day’s activities. Secondly I picked Jack’s because Alton Brown did. John and I are huge Food Network junkies and we love Alton Brown and Good Eats. Last year when he did his summer show, Feasting on Asphalt , he dined at Jack’s. Ok 7 miles from the hotel, casual dress, and Alton liked it…so it was added to our itinerary. We finally arrived at the hotel, quickly unpacked the car, changed clothes, and hopped i...Read More

The Wreck

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Always a line Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Note to self. Next time you go to a place recommend by a Food Network celebrity other than Rachael Ray, take a camcorder and have John to pretend he is filming you. Tell them you are from IGOUGO’s travel daily show and you’re here to do a segment on their restaurant. That may be the only way to get good food. The correct name of this eatery is the Wreck of the Richard and Charlene. It is so named for an abandoned fishing trawler that set on Shem Creek next door to where the restaurant is now housed. September 21, 1989 unleashed a Category IV hurricane on the Charleston area and was so powerful it picked up the moored vessel and promptly sat where the building now stands where it sa...Read More

The Hominy Grill.

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Rachael Ray loved it! Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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We had originally stopped by here on our way back the previous day from Cypress Gardens but discovered on weekends the restaurant only serves brunch and we had just missed it. So we decided to come back the next day before hitting the aquarium. The grill is a legend in Charleston and has been serving locals, tourists, and celebrities alike since 1996. They are housed in a darling 1897 3-story dwelling and the first floor originally served as a barber shop. Take note of the barber shop polls still on the door frame. Chef Robert Stehling and his crew serve up some low country and southern favorites to the hordes of foodies who flock this out of the way local. When we arrived ther...Read More

Melvin's BBQ

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John going inside Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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After touring the Mepkin Abby and Cypress Gardens, we were starving. We had stopped by the Hominy Grill only to discover they were already closed for the day. Since we don’t always have the best luck with our first dining choices, I always make a mental note of restaurants I see while out and about and I remembered seeing Melvin’s on our first night when we stopped by the grocery store. Since we were starving I suggested Melvin’s and off we went. Melvin’s has been serving their family BBQ to locals since 1939 when Joseph Jacob Bessinger invented his golden sauce. The family now has their third Chief Pit-master with Joseph’s grandson, Melvin David Bessinger. They do use the correct method o...Read More

Thanksgiving Buffet at Middleton Place

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What a beautiful place to celebrate Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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When I was looking around on the events calendar for the Charleston CVB I noticed the brunch at Middleton Place. I had been waiting to go there anyway and it sounded like a fun way to spend Thanksgiving. We arrived at the marvelous mansion about 3 hours before our lunch reservations. The price for the buffet does include admission to the grounds and house so do take advantage of it. We checked in at the tent placed in front of where the buffet was served, collected our tickets, and took off touring. This 1741 mansion was the home of Henry Middleton who was president of the First Continental Congress and his family. It stayed in the family for four generations of Middleton’s includi...Read More

Red Roof Inn-Mt. Pleasant

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The standard budget/modest hotel room Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Last minute travel plans left us without a hotel over Thanksgiving. Since we had stayed here before I checked the rates and availability and there was room and the rates were outstanding, so Red Roof it was. When we arrived we checked in with April and it was a breeze. April was a doll and made sure to tell us about the buffet at Patriots Point and offered us a discount coupon for Sticky Fingers. We knew we wouldn’t be going so we declined but she told us to come back if we changed our minds. Our room was on the ground floor. We had two rooms and we were located near each other. Our room had two double beds, a side chair, a desk, and a dresser. We paid extra and had a fridge/mi...Read More