You know times are tough when us locals would welcome crowds of tourists. January’s always a slow time, but next month Southeastern Wildlife Expo is the unofficial starting gun for the tourist season. As we wait for the camouflaged crowds, let’s hope that this little writeup in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution gets some of our wealthy neighbors on the road for a little weekend jaunt.

Here’s what authors Lynn and Cele Seldon say about our food scene:

“It’s hard to have a bad restaurant experience in Charleston, but our recommendations (specifically for couples) have to include: Tristan; Fish (fresh local seafood in a quintessential King Street setting); Trattoria Lucca (chef Ken Vedrinski’s new romantic Italian hotspot); longtime Charleston “worth-it” hotel-restaurant splurges at Bob Waggoner’s Charleston Grill, Robert Carter’s Peninsula Grill, or the culinary magic of Marc Collins at Circa 1886; and the varied East Bay options from Maverick Southern Kitchens (High Cotton and Slightly North of Broad) and Hospitality Management Group (Magnolias, Cypress, and Blossom), two local restaurant groups we’ve grown to love.”