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A Child's Guide to Charleston

Charleston Chews:
The best breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots, according to Lucy

Hominy Grill (207 Rutledge Ave.; 843/937-0930) has amazing cheese grits— they sound gross but are sooooo good. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (1491 Savannah Hwy.; 843/763-4439)—they're in most grocery stores, but I get them from the actual bakery, a few miles outside of town, when the HOT DOUGHNUTS NOW sign is lit.

Blossom Café (171 E. Bay St.; 843/722-9200) is just up the street from Waterfront Park. I love the pastas. Sharky's Pizza (306 King St.; 843/722-7200) is where my friends and I take shopping breaks on King Street. Over the years, customers have doodled and carved their names—and bad words—on the tables, benches, and walls. (Moms don't like this so much.) We always get the same thing: the four-cheese pizza. Vickery's Bar & Grill (15 Beaufain St.; 843/577-5300), just a block from King, has spicy Cuban dishes and really good burgers. Dunleavy's (2213 Middle St., Sullivan's Island; 843/883-9646), an Irish pub, is my favorite hangout on Sullivan's. I love their Buffalo wings. After school they give free sodas to kids. When I go in, they say, "Hi, Lucy, you want a Sprite, right?"

Hank's (10 Hayne St.; 843/723-3474; family of four $160), downtown, is your spot for seafood, because it's nice but not fancy, with a pretty mural of fish and crabs. The room is loud and crazy, but the waiters wear white jackets (even if they're girls). Juanita Greenburg's Nacho Royale (439 King St.; 843/723-6224; family of four $30) has great chicken quesadillas. There are colored lights everywhere, and if it's warm you can eat outside in the garden. The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene (106 Haddrell St., Mount Pleasant; 843/884-0052; family of four $85) on Shem Creek, five miles from downtown, has the best fried shrimp, and you get bowls of hot boiled peanuts (mushy raw peanuts cooked in salty water) while you look at the menu. I love boiled peanuts—and I do not like regular peanuts.


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