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FIG, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Tel: 843 805 5900
The name stands for Food Is Good, and nightly crowds at this hip local hot spot can attest to that statement. Rich but unfussy dishes are prepared with fresh organic produce and farm-raised meats. Chef Mike Lata focuses on seasonal ingredients for the daily menu, like a dessert of blueberry peach crisp studded with roasted pecans served with a custardy lemon ice cream. A stable of favorites are always on offer as well; the Wagyu bistro steak dripping with herbed butter is not for the fainthearted. The bar scene is lively on weekends, when the kitchen stays open until midnight.
Open Mondays through Thursdays 6 to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 6 pm to 12 am.
Magnolia's, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Tel: 843 577 7771
Magnolia's is a perfect lunchtime break when you find yourself on the tourist-heavy expanse of Bay Street. Chef Donald Barickman's cuisine has been dubbed "Uptown Down South," which seems to mean refined Southern classics served with a white-linen sensibility and a dollop of good humor on the side. His classic "Three Little Pigs" is a trio of slow-cooked barbecue pork sliders on house-baked buns with a spicy-and-sweet coleslaw on the side. The rich chive-spiked blue crab bisque is worthy of a visit all by itself.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 11:30 am to 10 pm, Sundays 11 am to 3:45 pm.
Bowens Island Seafood, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina 29412
Tel: 843 795 2757
The menu at Bowensa local institution near Folly Beachcouldn't be simpler: fried seafood year-round and fire-roasted oysters when the chill hits the Lowcountry salt marshes. The local favorite had the ultimate roller-coaster year in 2006, when owner Robert Barber accepted a James Beard award as an American culinary classic, and the old cinder-block structure that housed the restaurant caught fire and burned to the ground. The temporary digsessentially a huge screened-in boathousemake for magical evenings in warmer weather. (A full-scale renovation of the main building is expected to be completed in the spring of 2009.) Get a beer and hang out on the docks anytime around sunset and watch water-skiers skim by as shrimp boats chug along the dockside canal. Until they rebuild the old dining space, the waterfront work-around will do just fine.
Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 5 to 10 pm.
Lower King Street, South Carolina
King Street is like tofuit takes on the flavor of whatever neighborhood it's soaking in. Where it touches the College of Charleston, the businesses serve the drinking and late-night-eating needs of the student body. Storefronts along the tourist-heavy downtown area are mostly mall staples like Talbot's, Williams-Sonoma, and Banana Republic. But get to the homey stretch between Clifford and Broad, and you'll see remnants of the old, genteel Charleston reflected in a long string of independently owned antique stores and galleries. A'Riga IV stocks antique objets d'art like decorative brass saddle ornaments, 18th-century porcelain cameos, and even a colorfully painted Italian apothecary jar dated 1690. Head down the street a bit to George C. Birlant for English silver, crystal, and china from the 18th and 19th centuries. For more wearable art, head to Ben Silver, which has kept local dandies looking sharp since 1929. The shop is known for exquisite tailoring, brass buttons, and regimental striped ties; its tradition of sending a welcome gift to incoming presidents has netted many thank-you notes from Commanders in Chief from Truman forward.
A'Riga IV open Mondays through Saturdays 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Geo. C. Birlant & Company open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 5:30 pm.
Ben Silver Chalreston open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm, Sundays 12 to 5 pm.
See + Do
Historic Homes and Sites, South Carolina
Charleston's gorgeous antebellum homes make it one of the most well-preserved cities in the Deep South. It's easy to see them on foot and various companies offer guided walking tours, including Charleston Strolls (843-766-2080; www.charlestonstrolls.com). Or go house hopping via horse-drawn carriage operated by Old South Carriage Company (14 Anson St., 843-723-9712; www.oldsouthcarriagetours.com).
Can't-miss homes include the Nathaniel Russell House (51 Meeting St.; 843-724-8481; www.historiccharleston.org). Built in 1808, this townhouse mansion, with its three-story free-flying spiral staircase, is one of the finest neoclassical dwellings in the district. The Aiken-Rhett House, a Charleston double-house, has survived unaltered since 1858 and includes an art gallery and a marble staircase with mahogany railings (48 Elizabeth St.; 843-723-1159; www.historiccharleston.org). Located in the original walled portion of the city, the Heyward Washington House is the former home of Thomas Heyward, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and was also the setting for author Dubose Heyward's Porgy (87 Church St.; 843-722-2996; www.charlestonmuseum.org).
West of town, the Ashley River Historic District is a 13-mile national scenic highway featuring 53 historical sites including Magnolia Plantation (www.magnoliaplantation.com), Drayton Hall (www.draytonhall.org), and Middleton Place (www.middletonplace.org), which is also a hotel and restaurant.
For a taste of haunted Charleston, Bulldog Tours (40 North Market St.; 843-722-8687; www.bulldogtours.com) runs twice-nightly jaunts through city graveyards, spooky houses, and dungeons.
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South Carolina Aquarium, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Tel: 843 720 1990
More than 10,000 types of low-country critters, including loggerhead turtles the size of a car, pythons, alligators, and sharks, call this huge aquarium home. Watch them through the three huge "windows" of the massive, two-story, 300,000-gallon tank. One measures 17-by-28-feet high, the tallest in any aquarium ever built. There's also a huge Touch Tank with slippery sea urchins and horseshoe crabs ready for grabbing. Two-thirds of the aquarium is built over the Cooper River, with decks for viewing dolphins and ships in Charleston Harbor.
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Beaches in Charleston, South Carolina
Less than 20 minutes from downtown are two popular public beaches: Folly Beach (Ashley Avenue) and Isle of Palms (14th Avenue). Both are run by the Charleston County Parks Commission (843 795 4386; www.ccprc.com ) and have 600 feet of beachfront, lifeguards, snack bars, restrooms, outdoor showers, and umbrella and chair rental. Entry fee: $5 per car.
Sullivan's Island (1610 Middle St.; 843 883 3198; www.sullivansisland-sc.com ), a barrier island north of Charleston harbor, has a three-mile-long beach and modern-day lighthouse. There's also Fort Moultrie, a significant monument of coastal defense built in 1809. Watch where you park; police dole out tickets for cars blocking driveways in this hoity-toity enclave.
In The Mood For Love
Routine is the death of desire. We're not sure who said that (fine, we'll take credit), but it was a truism in the Ozzie & Harriet generation, and it's doubly so today. As work blurs far beyond the 9-to-5 hours and into you and your mate's "alone" time, there might only be one answer: Get outta town. Contrary to popular belief, travel for the sake of spicing things up doesn't require fussy French food, whirlpool tubs, or overly precious B&Bs. Depending on your mood—and your marriage—a tango lesson in Buenos Aires (pictured), a ski trip to Quebec, or a night out in Prague might be what the doctor ordered. So, remember: Sometimes love hurts. Figure out what's ailing your relationship, and then take our cure—a Valentine's Day trip sure to put you back into the hot zone.
In the summer months, as the mercury goes up-up-up, we all think about the joys of jumping into the water. But there are those of us who think about what's jumping around in the water, toofish and clams and all sorts of succulent shellfish. Lucky for us, summer also happens to be when the lobster shacks of New England throw open their weathered doors, when Chesapeake crabbers mix up their secret spice blends, when salmon smokers are lighted all over the Pacific Northwest. Let's face it: Nothing says summer like a sweet fried clam with a spritz of lemon, or a fish taco doused with guacamole and salsa, or a pile of freshly shucked lobster meat on a soft split bun. Get out your crackersand your flippersfor our tour of the summer's best seafood spots.
Published July 2007
To read more about Jane and Michael Stern's favorite spots to eat, visit roadfood.com.
Great American Beach Towns
Enough with your fancy remote beaches. The Maldives? St. Tropez? With the economy what it is, we'll be lucky to get to the next state on a $73 tank of gas. We want close. We want old-fashioned. We want a town where we can park the car, drag a beach chair and a book to the sand, and then shuffle down the boardwalk in our flip-flops for fried clams and an icy-cold can of beer: a place with fireworks, friendly locals, and sticky scoop shops. So we dug up 11 great American seaside escapes, from classic fun-in-the-sun California to New England colonial charm. Because when it comes to precious summer weekends in the sun, there's no place like home.
Published June 2008