There's an old Southern saying about "country come to city." This is one case where the city has come to country. The Peninsula Grill, in the also-recommended Planters Inn, manages to be quaint, historic, hip, and just a wee bit pricier than it perhaps should be -- all at the same time. There's a cramped but convivial bar near the entrance that has introduced goodly numbers of prowling singles, and a warm, dimly lit interior that's romantic, proudly Southern, and posh. The menu changes frequently. You might start with a platter that's artfully arranged with three different preparations of lobster: as ravioli, tempura, and sautéed. This might be followed with bourbon grilled jumbo shrimp with Low Country hoppin' John and lobster-basil hush puppies. A full array of steaks, chops, and seafood can be prepared any way you like. Even the New York Times and Bon Appetit magazine have praised "the ultimate coconut cake," based on a recipe from the chef's grandmother.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010