Greetings, TCofC readers. As many of you know, we are in full swing of Charleston Restaurant Week, that delicious time of year where Charlestonians gorge themselves on food from restaurants at which we might not normally eat. My picks for the Top 5 best looking menus:
1. Circa 1886
One of my favorite restaurants in the city, I cannot say enough about how much they kill it during restaurant week. This menu in particular looks truly stellar.
Myself and MC will be going there on the 15th. There will be pictures of items consumed. Are you excited? I’m excited. Let’s all be excited.
2. The Grocery
Another fabulously strong contender in “underrated restaurants”, The Grocery has recently been one of those dark horse candidates that does exceptionally well with locals. I have had nothing (knock on wood) but rave reviews from guests I’ve sent up there and every meal I’ve had up there has been thoroughly delicious.
Seriously, people, they have dessert items that include both churros (!) and “a big s’more”. I adore that Chef Kevin doesn’t take himself too seriously and it shows on his menu. Also, pork shoulder confit with kale, sunchokes, and ::gasp:: turnips?! It’s like I died and ascended to a heaven where they serve only winter vegetables.
I understand this is fairly controversial as they’re not as authentic as other Vietnamese restaurants in the area but I cannot pry myself away from their beef pho on a cold day. Though it lacks tripe, it is so comforting and delicious with siracha and a touch of soy. Which I have a picture of, by the way.
In addition, Courtney at the bar is really on top of her game. Big fan of hers! I digress. Thank you, adult onset ADD.
It’s such a great idea for them to offer three courses for $20 as it’s not that much more than what a lot of their dishes cost regularly. I hope that they do full portions as this would really be a deal for anyone deciding to take advantage of trying multiple dishes from their already gorgeous menu.
4. Stars Grill Room
Another new dark horse contender, but I must say that every time I’ve eaten there for dinner it has been delicious. I went on their 4th day open against my better judgement (the tribe had spoken and wanted to go) and it very nearly blew me away. Easily one of the best parts about the evening was the vegetables. They grill them with some sort of Asian hot pepper that almost drove my tastebuds insane. I had never had anything like it before and continue to crave it until I can consume them again. Luckily, veggies are in no short supply on their Restaurant Week menu.
I’ve said before that I’m not the world’s largest dessert person so in that same vein let’s talk about the s’mores pie for a second. Patty is also not a huge s’mores OR chocolate fan and girlfriend damn near annihilated that whole piece of delicious pie when we ordered it during our first trip there. The most perfect pie crust: light, buttery, flaky, but with enough structural integrity to hold together melty chocolate and marshmallow. Divine and silky. Do yourself a favor and just order it.
5. The Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course
Just in case you thought I only recommended restaurants on the peninsula, think again! HAHA! The Atlantic Room offers unbelievable views of the 18th green on the Ocean Course, an absolutely gorgeous view even for the non-golf set. Oh did I mention that their menu looks fabulous as well?
That flounder alone could probably get me to make the hour-plus trek from my apartment downtown. That short rib doesn’t sound too shabby either. Ok y’all, now that we’re sharing and all: I haven’t been to the Atlantic Room yet. Woe is me. Cue sad trombone. Don’t bag on me too much, I do legitimately want to go! It’s normally so hard to justify making a 70 mile round trip drive just to have dinner but seriously this sounds SO GOOD I might just have to bite the bullet and go for it.
For those of you looking for the full list of menus for Charleston Restaurant Week, I’ve provided the link to their main site here.
Happy eating and have a safe and happy weekend, y’all!