McCrady's [Photo: Neighborhood Dining Group]
It's the last day to vote for the Eater Awards 2012. On Monday, the awards will be handed out to restaurants in Charleston and across the country. Yesterday, y'all voted for Bartender of the Year, and now polls are open now for the final award Stone Cold Stunner, which will be given to the restaurant with the best overall aesthetics.
Here's how it works: Eater editors have selected nominees and Eater readers will vote on a different award each day this week, narrowing the nominees to three finalists. From those three finalists, the Eater editorial team will select a winner. As always, voting irregularities will be strictly policed, and the polls close in 24 hours.
With a yellow interior and serene artwork, Mike Lata's FIG is both elegant and warm. These days, the crew sports chambray shirts (though some of the older gingham ones are still kicking around), which is a very good look.
The dining room inside The Macintosh is expansive, but its dark interior and low lighting (thanks to Edison bulbs and giant chandeliers) keeps it intimate. The staff is always dapper in their dark vests and crisp white shirts.
Tucked down Unity Alley in a historic building is Sean Brock's McCrady's. The feel is a nod to the New South, where the modern and traditional both are represented, and servers are sharp in classic black and white.
Upper King Street newcomer Stars Rooftop and Grill Room quickly became the place to get a drink at sunset, with its huge wooden rooftop deck that overlooks the city. Inside, there's a mix of cozy tables and booths, and the staff is decked out in old-school white jackets.
Two Boroughs Larder has a vibe that's both pared down (their understated "TBL" logo comes to mind) and playful, with their dog Walter adorning the signature koozies. The wall of kitchen and bar provisions is a quirky-cool touch.