Tucked away on the grounds of the Middleton Place Plantation  is the romantic and Middleton Place Restaurant (843/556-6020, www.middletonplace.org , lunch daily 11 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner Tues.–Thurs. 6–8 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 6–9 p.m., Sun. 6–8 p.m., $15–25). Theirs is a respectful take on traditional plantation fare like hoppin’ John, gumbo, she-crab soup, and collards. The special annual Thanksgiving buffet is a real treat.
Reservations are required for dinner. A nice plus is being able to wander the gorgeous landscaped gardens before dusk if you arrive at 5:30 p.m. or later with a dinner reservation.