Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Charleston, South Carolina - 03/20/12

We toured the old section of Charleston, South Carolina today. Charleston is a beautiful city full of old southern charm and hospitality. It is also very tourist friendly. It offers free trolley service throughout the historic downtown section and very reasonable parking. We parked in a parking garage across the street from the Visitor Center for about five hours and paid $5.00 for parking.

We topped off our visit with a late lunch at Hyman's Seafood Restaurant, established in 1895.

It is owned and operated by the fourth generation of Hyman’s. The owners, Eli Hyman and Brad Gena are very attentive to their customers. They personally visit each table to solicit their diners comments on the quality of the service and the meal preparation. The walls are lined with plates signed by Hollywood celebrities. Each table has four metal nameplates with the name of the celebrity that had a meal at that table. Any celebrity or sports figure you can think of most likely had a meal at Hyman’s. What a meal! We started with their Carolina Seafood appetizer, which consisted of a crab cake topped with scallops, bacon bits, and cheese and smothered with a rich creamy sauce. Our main entrĂ©e was grilled grouper stuffed with a crab cake mixture. We opted to walk, rather than take the free trolley back to the parking garage!

We returned to our campsite in Edisto Beach State Park, and those pesky mosquitoes, at 7:30 p.m. This is our last night here and we will be glad to be rid of mosquitoes at our next destination.

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