Our next stop was High Cotton which is the sister restaurant to one of our favorites dinners on our last trip at SNOB or Slightly North of Broad. Here is where we strayed a bit out of our comfort zone, or at least mine. We had octopus and a french pork dish called tete de cochon. Both were interesting... We sat at the bar next to a Chatty Cathy local and a couple on their honeymoon and it was great to exchange different things to do in Charleston.
Our third stop was McCrady's which offers a fine dining menu but also a bar snack menu. We went the deep-fried route here and got the duck rillettes and the grouper fritters. We learned that rillettes is a way to cook meat that is basically, salted, slow cooked, shredded and then formed into a paste. At McCrady's it is then breaded and deep fried. I had this drink called the French 75 with champagne, gin and lemon. I'm not a gin lover, but the bartender said I would like it and I did, it was crisp and refreshing. The bartender, Jason gets an A++ from us. He couldn't have been more accomodating and full of information about the city. The locals we had talked to up by this point had all said that McCrady's was the coolest bar in the city and we have to agree.