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Best Fancy Restaurant

Charleston

1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373, www.charlestonrestaurant.com

Posted 9/19/2007

We were going to give this category to Saffron before it up and disappeared on us, leaving us brokenhearted and empty-plated. But luckily, we were able to return to the always-open arms of Charleston. Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman's extravagant yet inviting restaurant is still the most reliably pitch-perfect dining experience in the city. The service is always exquisite--helpful but not condescending, attentive and friendly but not intrusive. And the food--well, our mouths are watering just thinking about the shellfish bisque, cornmeal-crusted oysters, fried green tomato sandwich, and whatever else Wolf decides to lend her elegant comfort-food culinary magic to. The small-plates format allows us to sample new additions without forgoing perennial favorites. And Charleston is always there for us, assuming we have the money to spend.

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Other Awards for Best Fancy Restaurant:

Cinghiale, 9/16/2009

Charleston, 9/17/2008

Charleston, 9/20/2006

Petit Louis, 9/21/2005

Corks, 9/22/2004

Charleston, 9/17/2003

All Awards for Charleston:

Best Fancy Restaurant, 9/17/2008

Best Fancy Restaurant, 9/20/2006

Best Fancy Restaurant, 9/17/2003

Best Restaurant for Special Occasions, 9/19/2001

Best Service, 9/13/2000

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