Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Restaurant Reviews: Eating through Charleston, Day 2

Here are our eats from our second day in Charleston (the one we spent walking around the Historic District).

Husk (Yelp, Website): We had lunch at Husk, and it was simply phenomenal. So tasty. We also ordered fruit shrubs which were interesting! And our server seemed like a very nice Southern boy. I'm glad we loved our food here, and I'm glad I didn't let that snotty girl at our hotel sway us from canceling here completely. Highly recommended.

Front sign

The restaurant exterior

Buttermilk Rolls with Benne Seeds, Smoked Bourbon Sea Salt, Honey Butter

Cheddar Pimento on Grilled Crostini, Pickle Relish, Crispy Country Ham: this was SUPER filling. I think it would have worked better with thinner slices of toast and a thinner application of cheese. Tasty, though.

Kentuckyaki Glazed Pig’s Ear Lettuce Wraps with Marinated Cucumber and Red Onion, Benne: This was fantastic. I could eat this all day long.

Carolina Heritage Pork, Carolina Gold Rice, Field Peas, Heirloom Kale, Pan Jus: Wow. WOW. This was incredible. The porkiness was amazing. I had to steal more than 2 bites of this from Cory. The best pork I've ever had, and I loved the crisp crust for textural interest. Wow.

Shrimp and Grits, spicy sweet potato broth, heirloom pumpkin, roasted mushrooms, arugula, bacon: WOW. My first time having shrimp and grits, and I think this is a pretty non-traditional style, but woahhhh. It was incredible. I could eat this every day for the rest of my life. So gorgeous and amazing to eat.

The Macintosh (Yelp, Website): After that enormous lunch, we tried our best to work it off so we could have a nice dinner at the Macintosh. Unfortunately, we were pretty stuffed, so we stuck to some appetizers-as-small plates. I was worried this place would be too "hip" for us (based on the pics on Yelp), but they played music from our teenage years, so I think we are just the age group they are targeting! Good to great food; I wish we had the stomach space to try more things. Would recommend!


Sitting from one of the front booths, near the bar

Nice looking bar!

Housemade Ricotta Gnudi, Chorizo, English Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Aged Sherry Vinegar: Nice, but not breathtakingly good.

Bibb Lettuce salad with beets, goat cheese, and buttermilk dressing: A nice little salad, but I would have preferred a crisper leaf.

Pickled Shrimp special with radishes. WOW, these were phenomenal! I'm glad we took our server's recommendation to try this (thanks, Brooke!), because we wouldn't have ordered it ourselves. Supremely tasty. Would love to eat this again.

Here are a few shots from our walk back along King St...

Yep, we went back to Jeni's for more ice cream. This time, salty caramel and darkest chocolate. Awesome.

I'd say Day 2 was also a culinary success!!

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