3/26/2012 Charleston Food Roundup!

I am going to try and express how good the food was in Charleston. I am a big ole sucker for southern cooking and my waistline proves it, which reminds me that I really need to look into a treadmill. On the way to Charleston we stopped at a Bojangles, a chicken joint, it was ehh… Popeyes is MUCH better in my humble opinion. Bojangles has this….

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So, once we arrived I got dressed in something other than YOGA pants (ha like I do yoga, I should do yoga, but I don’t) we met our friends at a place called “The Blind Tiger” they had a beautiful patio area, and the weather was quite nice. Chad got a beer and I got a glass of Chardonnay.

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Next we went to “The Southend Brewery” and I got a Hefeweizen and a Porter, both were good but I liked the porter much better. Afterwards, we decided to walk to “Husk” which is where our dinner reservations were. When we arrived our table wasn’t quite ready, we were about a half hour early, so it was totally cool. We walked over to the bar, which was in a carriage house next door. Totally cute and quaint with some pretty awesome bartenders. I ordered a Basil Hayden’s Old Fashioned ( my new favorite sipping cocktail ) and Chad had a beer called “Mexican Cake” which was made with Chocolate and Peppers, this was a good beer, a little to sweet for me, after taking a sip of my Old Fashioned, but Chad loved it.

Now on to dinner. This place was flat out amazing, though NOT for the diet conscious. We started out with bread for the table, with butter that had pork fat, so um, it tasted like BACON BUTTER! Does it get better than that? I think NOT. We also had their Skillet of Benton’s Bacon Cornbread, YUP BACON CORNBREAD. Then, Southern Fried Chicken Skins with HUSK Hot Sauce and Collard Green Marmalade … Oh I know, I should have been done by then, but NOPE. I then had, Duo of Heritage Pork from Adam Musick, Smoky Field Peas with Baby Kale and Pot Likker Broth. I didn’t get any pictures of the food this time, due to shoveling it in my mouth faster than I could get pictures of it. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and if y’all find yourself in Charleston, I HIGHLY recommend it, unless you are vegan, then I don’t.

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The next morning we woke up and had a very light breakfast, we weren’t hungry yet oddly enough. We met our friends at one of the old cemeteries.

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We ended up getting reservations to 82 Queen at 1pm, and were lucky enough to get a seat on their lovely patio, once again the weather was great. I promptly ordered a Sweet Tea and a Mint Julep and for lunch I had the BLT Apple Smoked Bacon, Fried Green Tomatoes, Lettuce, White Bread, Carolina Aioli. Chad had the Grilled Barbeque Shrimp and GritsBacon-Scallion Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes. It’s wonderful when something as simple as a BLT knocks your socks off.

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Afterwards we walked and walked…. and walked, pretty much the entire length of the city, from Marion Square where we were parked, to the Battery and back while stopping by the market and walking by the water as well. My feet were killing me, and my cell phone died, so I don’t have as many photos as I wish I had. The plan was to get back to the hotel by 5pm in order for us to grab a quick shower and get ready for dinner. Yes, MORE food.

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Dinner was at Magnolia. We got there about 20 minutes early and met up with our friends at the bar, where once again I enjoyed a Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned. We ordered appetizers of FRIED GREEN TOMATOESwhite cheddar and caramelized onion grits, country ham, and tomato chutney and PAN SEARED SEA SCALLOPSon sweet corn hoe cakes with a caramelized apple and smoked bacon cream sauce, sautéed spinach, and balsamic syrup. Both were ABSOLUTELY fantastic, the scallops were some of the best I have ever had. I ordered the BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN BREASTserved with cracked pepper biscuits, mashed potatoes, collard greens, cream style corn, and sausage herb gravy and Chad had the BOURBON GLAZED PORTERHOUSE PORK CHOPwith an okra and sweet corn fricassee, local black-eyed pea cakes, and a bacon-horseradish pan gravy. We split the SOUTHERN PECAN PIEbourbon caramel sauce, vanilla bean ice cream. Everything was excellent of course I was stuffed to the gills and just wanted to go back to the room.

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Saturday our time was limited as we had the wedding to attend, so we met up with our friends, who may have very well been sick of us by this point at a place called “Closed for Business”. They have quite a list of beers, and some pretty good food, but I was really still just stuffed and I wanted to fit into the dress that I had bought for the wedding so I stuck to a grilled cheese and tomato soup, and a pear cider. Simple, easy, and delicious.

I really enjoyed Charleston and I know my mother would too, so I am going to try and plan a girls weekend for us. It’s got the architecture and history like New Orleans (which I LOVE) but isn’t as crazy as New Orleans. If you get a chance to go… pack up and go!

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