March 07, 2012
82 Queen St. (Downtown)
Lunch (Mon.-Sat.), Dinner (daily), and Sun. Brunch
Local ingredients and Southern hospitality in a historic setting. Voted Best She-Crab Soup by CP readers.
82 Queen, a downtown bastion of Lowcountry staples like shrimp and grits and Frogmore stew, has steadily been building a menu of forward-thinking dishes. Now with new Executive Chef Nick Ingram at the helm, they plan to continue down that path. Of course, the classics remain. Locals and visitors alike continue to head to the Queen for fried green tomatoes, crab cakes, and Lowcountry chicken bog. But don’t let tradition prevent you from trying the Niman Ranch osso bucco served with saffron grits. —Sam Spence Dish (Winter 2015)
TR says... Went during restaurant week. They did the dumb thing of cutting corners because it was less expensive. I won't be back. typical of Charleston. ★★★★★
danadominata says... My bf and I dined at 82 Queen last night. We had never been and decided that Restaurant Week was the perfect opportunity to try this restaurant. We had drinks at the bar before our table time, the bar is almost publike and pleasant. We had dinner in the "Queen's Garden" which was romantic, comfortable, and like an enchanted nook that was completely unexpected. The food was stellar. The Roasted Pepper and Corn Bisque was creamy and full of flavor, the Burrata was creamy, the orange tomatoes firm and sweet/tart, and the wine reduction was different and delicious (and I am so glad it was not another balsamic reduction). The short rib was mammoth-sized, but succulent and it shredded at the instant the fork touched it, the cheerwine bbq sauce was delightful and the wreckfish was meaty, juicy and satisfying. The biggest surprise came from the bacon caramel sauce that was served with the creamiest, most chocolately cheesecake I have ever tasted. Our server Mark was friendly and attentive and we had a wonderful time as well as a delicious meal. ★★★★★
Georgiafan says... 5 stars. Delicious! ★★★★★
When the City Paper contacted Jason Ryan for an interview about his book Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs, and asked about a good place to meet, the answer came easily for the one-time State reporter: 82 Queen. And with good reason. The so-called gentlemen smugglers Ryan writes about not only made the Lowcountry their base of operations, the bar at 82 Queen was their go-to spot to chill out in Chucktown. And while those one-time outlaws have since moved on — many were thrown in the pokey, some have died, and others have given up a life of crime — 82 Queen remains.