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Hominy Grill

How can I possibly not go somewhere where they serve something called the Charleston nasty biscuit? It is a piece of fried chicken and cheddar cheese sandwiched between a big fluffy biscuit drenched in sausage gravy.

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Hominy Grill has been featured on plenty of food TV shows – people rave about the shrimp and grits and, of course, the famous biscuit. To be honest, after two days of vacation eating, I was getting kind of full, so I was happy I was able to convince Wendy to share the biscuit ($9.5) with me – that and a side of grits ($3) completed our breakfast. The grits were good - creamy and cheesy, but nowhere comparable to Husk’s grits from the previous night.

Everyone enjoyed their breakfast. The prices were affordable and the service was friendly. Definitely make Hominy Grill a stop if you are in town.

http://hominygrill.com/

Crab Shack, Folly Island

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Monday's weather was sunny and 70 degrees – a nice charge from the cold rain. So we decided to take a drive to Folly Island, one of Charlston's outer beach islands. We had lunch al fresco at the Crab Shack and Wendy and I shared a Charleston steamer basket ($30). It had snow crab, oysters, shrimp, potatoes and corn, simply steamed and seasoned. I've never shucked oysters before, so this was an adventure in eating. I'm pleased to report I managed not to stab myself with the knife, but it took a long time to find the sweet spot on each of the oysters. I think from now on I'll let someone else do the shucking for me. The seafood was tender and flavorful; there’s nothing I like more than eating seafood in the sunshine.

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http://crabshacks.com/

Rooftop at the Vendue

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Most of the girls left on Monday, so by the evening there was only Allison and I left. We decide to go to the Vendue, one of the city’s famous rooftop bars. The view was lovely - you could see the sun setting over the buildings in the horizon.

Southend Brewery

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It started getting chilly so then we move to the brewery across the street.
Drinking on an empty stomach is never good plan for me so I had an order of onion hush puppies ($3.5). They were crispy and a perfect bar snack.

http://southendbrewery.com/

Jim ‘n Nick’s BBQ

I sincerely thought we were done eating (and drinking), but by 9pm, we couldn’t resist the siren song of BBQ just around the corner.

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We shared a combo plate of pulled pork, Buffalo wings and beef brisket. It came 2 sides – we opted for mac & cheese and fried green tomatoes, as well as 2 cheese biscuits.

The brisket was the best, tender and a decent amount of fat. The pulled pork should have been smokier and the wings were perfunctory. I enjoyed the mac & cheese more than the tomatoes, which needed salt. I was offended by the “biscuits” which were more mini-muffins than biscuits.

http://www.jimnnicks.com

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