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Road Trip 2013 – Charleston & Beyond

October 6, 2013

Ah, Charleston. One of the finest cities in the south.

This city was not new to us, but after visiting the year prior we just had to make a trip back. Within the past handful of years Charleston has become the food mecca of the south, and I would challenge anyone to argue that. Charleston has become what I can only hope one day Nashville will also be.

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On our last trip we hit up the well known spots like Husk, McCradys and FIG so this time we wanted to check out some of the rest of what the city had to offer.  So, without further ado…

TWO BOROUGHS LARDER

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Two Boroughs Larder is a combo neighbordhood market and delicious restaurant. As a market they source an aray of locally made home products and grocery items. Jack Rudy cocktail mixes (and if you havent tried the Tonic, get in your car right now and go buy some), local pasta, eggs, meats, candles, totes, jars, water bottles and on and on. While it may be a pretty expensive little neighborhood market, its a great place to pick up a little something of Charleston to take home.

But the food, oh my the food. We could have probably eaten here our entire stay – and given that we only went for lunch we still made a pretty solid dent in the menu. The chalkboard hanging near the door brags about all the local and regional farms their source from, and that care comes through in their food.

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Fried Quail: Berbere, Pickled Apricot, Butter Crumbs, Herbs

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Pork Neck Sandwich: Fried Egg, Sambal, Pickled Carrot, Aioli, Herbs

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Veal Sweetbreads: Escarole, Tofu, Carrot, Quail Egg

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Bowl-o-Noodle: Pork Confit, Soft Egg, Pork Broth, House Noodles

A quick word to the wise – when planning your visit to the Lader, keep in mind they are closed Sunday and Monday – so plan accordingly! You will be sad if you missed it.

THE BAR at HUSK

Being that Nashville is now blessed with its own Husk outpost, we didn’t repeat a dinner here. However, we did pop in for a visit to the bar. The  bar at Husk is in a separate little building on the grounds of the main restaurant – and is the perfect place to pop in for a drink before or after dinner.

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In addition to some delicious whiskey’s (we asked where they were hiding the Pappy, but the bartender slyly changed the subject) and some great cocktails (including one called the Dream Weaver which was basically an alcoholic gazpacho) – they do have some bar snacks you can order. One such snack was a big ol’ leg of cured pork, which they ever so thinly sliced off and served on a charred barrel stave. A perfect American take on a Spanish tradition.

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HANK’S SEAFOOD

Given its costal status, seafood is a big part of the food spread in Charleston. You will find oysters on many a menu and delicious fish about anywhere you go – but if you are looking for a full blown seafood dinner, Hank’s would be my recommendation. Word on the street was that the other major well known seafood house in the city serves frozen fish from who knows where, but Hank’s gets it in fresh every day.

She crab soup is a very popular item in this part of the country, and I have to say that the bowl I had at Hank’s was the best I have ever tasted. In addition to the soup we went for a sampling of various small plates and appetizer, all of which were fantastic. Pardon the dark grainy photos, but you get the idea.

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Ceviche: Selection of Fish and Shellfish, Marinated in Lime Juice

w/ Cilantro, Jalapeno, Onion and Garlic with Jicama and Tomato

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Shellfish Cocktail w/ Lobster, Shrimp & Lump Crab in an Herbed Tomato Remoulade Sauce

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Fried Sweetbreads (do you sense a theme?) w/ a corn relish and pickled okra

THE ORDINARY

The Ordinary is a beautiful seafood restaurant set in an old bank on King Street. Recently a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant of 2013 they are a self described “Fancy Seafood, Oyster Hall, Tavern, Meeting Place”. The oysters are plentiful and deicious and one of their signature dishes, the seafood tower, is quite a site to behold.

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Pickled Shrimp w/ a selection of local vegetables

Full disclosure. This dish was so delicious we ordered it twice. Twice. Perfectly pickled shrimp with both pickled and fresh vegetables. Everything about it was perfectly tart and delicious.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad

SGT WHITE’S RESTAURANT  – Beaufort, SC

Post Charleston exploration we took a drive through Beaufort while on our way down to Savannah. It was a great little detour into a small waterside community – and finally a chance to get some authentic down home Southern cooking. Yelp did not lead us astray in our stop at Sgt White’s. Landing somewhere between bbq and meat & three it was everything we could have hoped for.

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Slow cooked ribs w/ butter beans, greens & cornbread. A true Southern feast

And last but certainly not least, I’ll leave you with some beyond adorable puppies that were just born at the AirBNB house we were staying at.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2013 5:30 pm

    Saving all of this for our return trip to Charleston. Such a wonderful city with almost too many options for good eats!

    • October 6, 2013 5:32 pm

      You are so right, too many options! But I cant say it enough – visit the Larder! When are you guys going? Do you have an official trip on the books?

      • October 6, 2013 6:10 pm

        Nothing on the calendar just yet, but it’s definitely in the top 5 of places we want to revisit. And The Larder looks like it’d be my favorite of this list!

  2. October 14, 2013 4:31 pm

    It’s been forever since I’ve been to Charleston (okay, almost 20 years). I need to go back!

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