March 09, 2011
2 Unity Alley (Downtown)
James Beard Award winner Sean Brock oversees the innovation in this esteemed kitchen where the food is anything but boring.
Under the passionate guidance of Executive Chef Sean Brock and his new Chef de Cuisine Daniel Heinze, McCrady’s gives Charlestonians a prime seat at the world’s dining room table. Want to know where to experience something akin to the world-renowned Noma in Copenhagen? This is your spot. Want to try unusual new ingredients or savor the intense flavors of carefully cultivated heirloom products? This is the place. The tasting menu at McCrady’s will lead you down an exciting new path, one that will surprise you along the way. What could a dish described only as beet, lime, and nasturtium be? Or what about Berkshire pork, heirloom pumpkin, burnt honey, and black truffle? Your guess is as good as ours. There’s no shortage of passion, skill, wit, and whimsy in evidence here. The kitchen — a veritable laboratory where vinegars are aging, meat is curing, and plenty of things are fermenting — continues to blow minds with menu options that change daily. Their creativity is unmatched. Diners are encouraged to pick dishes and craft their own tasting menu (four courses for $65). You can go a la carte, choose a three- or four-course option, or opt for the seven-course chef’s tasting menu. The bar is an attraction in and of itself, with a big list of pre-Prohibition cocktails, a changing menu of amazing bar snacks, stellar wine selections, and a cozy setting. —Stephanie Barna Dish (Summer 2014)
driver15 says... I will have to agree with the new years review we thought we would give the place a try thinking that since it was new years it would be extra special. What an absolute waste of money. Our new years was ruined due to the bland over expensive dinner that we had at McCradys. It is sad when you are sitting at a 7 course dinner at $150 a person and thinking maybe you should have just paid $100 for an open bar and h'ordeuvres elsewhere with more of an atmosphere and live entertainment. ★★★★★
EaterMe says... In a word - inconsistent. I am a local, I have eaten here often. Sometimes its very good (never great) and sometimes its bad (and occasionally very bad). I have really enjoyed the wine and bar food, however, once made up a reason to leave in the middle of dinner it was so bad. Beautiful decor and good service but that's very normal for Charleston. When spending that kind of green I would go to Charleston Grill instead ★★★★★
elam1234 says... McCrady's showcases the best ingredients the lowcountry can provide at the best restaurant in town. It's not cheap, but worth every cent. If you have not been here, go now. ★★★★★
When you think fish and chips, you think big pieces of white cod breaded and fried and then sprinkled with a healthy dose of malt vinegar, right? Perhaps at your neighborhood pub, but at McCrady's, the bar snack menu turns traditional pub fare on its head. We were about halfway through a basket of grouper fritters when we realized that they reminded us of fish and chips. The fluffy little bites of fish get dusted with vinegar powder, which turns into a liquid as soon as it hits your tongue. It doesn't really look like fish and chips, but it tastes like the best fish and chips you ever had in your life.
2009 Best Fish and Chips