Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back.

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2011/04/02 11:18:36 (permalink)

Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back.

Family taking a road trip to Charleston Next week.  No rush on the ride out.  Stops recommended along the way?  Augusta, GA?  Columbia SC?  Thanks in advance.
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    Re:Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back. 2011/04/02 12:23:34 (permalink)
    Hey JB, I used to live in Charleston, so can recommend some great places in town. One is Jestine's Kitchen on Meeting Street near downtown Charleston. Southern comfort food at its best. If there's a line out the door, it's worth the wait. Or try The Mustard Seed (3 locations; just Google it); delicious, not-that-expensive lunches and dinners. Mostly locals (not touristy). I'm not a fan of Southern (mustard-based sauce) barbeque, but Sticky Fingers has tomato-based sauces and is probably #3 on my list of great BBQ places (after The Rendezvous in Memphis and Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ in Orlando). Enjoy the trip!
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    Re:Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back. 2011/04/02 16:20:48 (permalink)
    One place to consider, in Augusta, is Sconyers.  Here is a link:               www.sconyersbar-b-que.com   
     
    My late next door neighbor always visited Sconyers when he visited Augusta - his hometown.
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    Re:Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back. 2011/04/03 13:59:58 (permalink)
    I wasn't really thrilled with Sconyers myself, although the hash and rice was very good.  In Columbia, I definitely recommend Pawley's Front Porch, which was awesome.
     
    I'd like to visit both cities again, and for longer, soon.  Looks like plenty of good eating that my wife and I have yet to find.
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    Re:Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back. 2011/04/03 14:02:35 (permalink)
    Milt

    One place to consider, in Augusta, is Sconyers.  Here is a link:              

    My late next door neighbor always visited Sconyers when he visited Augusta - his hometown.


    looks liket hey are Th- sat,  so that is a possibility for the way back.  
    Thanks
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    Re:Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back. 2011/04/03 14:03:48 (permalink)
    I have a friend that writes a blog 'eatitatlanta' he commutes fromColumbia and loves that place.  "Pawley's" is on my list for the trip out,
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    Re:Atlanta to Charleston, SC and back. 2011/04/03 21:47:50 (permalink)
    jfk if you're looking for a quick stop off the interstate and you like Mexican, I eat at Taqueria Jalisco (612 St. Andrews Rd, Columbia) at least once a week, for like the last five years now.  Get guacamole, sopa de pollo, and something with shrimp in it (I like the quesadilla).  They have agua de jamaica and horchata and a great dessert called bionicos.  I just love them.  Their salsa has been a teensy bit off lately, but this is an amazingly consistent place.
     
    Any Rush's Hamburgers will make you very happy--get a chili cheeseburger and a shake.  Zesto's in Triangle City (West Columbia) is the best place for fried chicken, and they just expanded their dining room and parking lot once again.  Rush's is fine at any location, but Zesto's really is not.  
     
    If you are looking for something schmancy, I would recommend either Hunter Gatherer near the USC campus or a brand new place I just tried, the 116 Espresso and Wine Bar on State St in West Columbia.  We went with some work colleagues a few weeks back and found ourselves wiping plates with our fingers to get every last little bit.  We had what was advertised as a cioppino but in a creamy sauce, but it didn't matter because it was gone in a few minutes anyway.  They have a warm blue cheese dip that was crazy good, and there was a pizza that I didn't get that I now miss.  The desserts were out of this world, and several of my companions got their specialty bloody Marys and were making serious noises over those.  
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