pengrillintAsked to choose “their favorite restaurant” in Charleston, Zagat voters picked “Peninsula Grill.” The “downtown restaurant” scored 29 points for food; 28 points for décor and 29 points for service, ratings comparable to New York’s Le Bernardin, where – according to Zagat’s report – its costs $102 more per person to dine. According to an explanatory blurb accompanying the winners’ list, which included the top restaurants from 36 U.S. cities, “this ‘classic dining room’ with ‘loads of Southern charm’ offers ‘gastronomic bliss’ in the form of ‘sublime’ ‘interpretations of Lowcountry classics’ presented with ‘flair’.” Other Southeastern restaurants which finished atop the poll include Cochon Butcher in New Orleans; Etch Restaurant in Nashville and Bacchanalia in Atlanta.