Located just off the market, Anson’s is a sexy and romantic restaurant with hardwood floors, dark walls, chandeliers, crisp white table linens and sparkling taand pimento cheese.ware. beloved by locals and tourists alike, it is a must stop for your trip to Charleston

Start with a drink at the handsome oak bar and sample one of their interesting martinis. Downstairs ask for a booth, upstairs a table by the fireplace or overlooking the street.

This is low country cooking at its finest. While not a huge fan of grits, as they say, “when in Rome” so had to try the signature appetizer, shrimp & grits, a delicious concoction of shrimp, roasted tomatoes, bacon, shrimp stock and house ground grits. Gave me a whole new perspective on this southern staple. Also tried the She Crap Soup laced with sherry and the Fried Green tomatoes with bacon jam

For entrees, I some wonderful Southern Fried Chicken with grilled street corn and a fall off the bone Braised Pork Shank with creamy polenta.

There’s a lot to like about this wine list with about 60 white wines, a third under $40 and about 16 by the glass. 16 of 70 reds are priced under $50 with about 10 by the glass. As always we wanted try something new and our server suggested a Albarino, Burgan from Spain, a delicious and crisp white at $34. The list is almost evenly divided between California on the one side and a mix of French, Spanish, Australia and Italian on the other.

ROMANTIC QUOTIENT-High in a booth or next to the fireplace.

For fresh and local, there is no better choice than Charleston’s beloved Anson.” ~Gourmet Magazine Restaurant Guide

“The most romantic restaurant in Charleston … it is also the city’s best example of high class Lowcountry cooking.” ~Wine Spectator Magazine

USA Today – “For dining, the talk of the town is Anson”