Painting professionally and passionately in the classic manner for over 30 years, John Carroll Doyle was born and raised in historic downtown Charleston. John is unique in that he owns his own gallery at 125 Church Street where he shows his own oil paintings as well as monotypes and paintings by Margaret Petterson. A master at capturing light, Doyle’s works span a surprising range from native wild life and sportfishing scenes to elegant nudes and lusty jazz images. John also maintains a gallery of high quality reproductions on canvas at 57 ½ Broad Street.
Although participating in the Palette and Palate Stroll for the first time, 82 Queen has been providing her guests with a uniquely “Charleston” dining experience for almost a quarter of a century. Nothing compares to the fine dining experience with a focus on gracious Southern hospitality and fresh local cuisine offered by this charming restaurant nestled in Charleston’s historic French Quarter.
In a town renowned for fine restaurants, 82 Queen has not only kept pace with strong competition, it has gained high marks for its unique approach to the menu of one of the nation’s premiere dining destinations. For three consecutive years, 82 Queen was voted “Best City Restaurant” by the readers of Southern Living magazine; 82 Queen also received Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. One of the professionals behind the success of 82 Queen is Executive Chef Brad Jones, a veteran chef of 6 years at 82 Queen. “We put a lot of time and effort into each dish to make it unique,” says Jones.
Chef Jones credits the authenticity of 82 Queen’s Lowcountry cuisine to its home-grown ingredients. “We use a lot of local herbs and vegetables when they’re in season … like okra, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, and mushrooms to showcase our prime cuts of beef and fresh seafood. Our shrimp, crab, grouper, flounder, snapper and black fish are so fresh… they were probably swimming in local waters a day or two before being served at our tables,” concludes Chef Jones.