Thursday, June 13, 2013

Charleston Day 1

More travel posts to come. A and I spent a little over a week in the US, visiting Charleston, Savannah, and Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill. There were some real highlights on this trip, and of course we ate very very well.

We arrived in Charleston on a Saturday evening and headed straight out to meet some friends who happened to be there at the same time. Hominy Grill (207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403) was a recommendation from one of AG's friends, who is a native of Charleston (Charlestonite? Charlestonian? Whatever.) After ebullient greetings, we sat down to stuff ourselves silly. Shared starters included Fried Green Tomatoes with ranch dressing, Okra & Shrimp Beignets with salsa & cilantro-lime sour cream and Jalapeno Hushpuppies with sorghum butter. The beignets were my favorites, followed closely by the fried green tomatoes. For mains, I chose some lowcountry dish called pine bark stew (or something like that, it's not on the menu any more) - it was full of seafood and just what I wanted after all the fried starters. A dove straight into a Big Nasty Biscuit (pictured above) with fried chicken breast, cheddar cheese and sausage gravy. He liked it, but you'll have to wait a few more posts to see the chicken cheddar biscuit of his dreams (and mine). And then of course, the dessert menu was so enticing that we ended up with pecan pie, red velvet cake, buttermilk pie AND a chocolate pudding. We all agreed the red velvet cake won, but there was a lot of disagreement about what should be second place. Let's just say it was all pretty damn top notch. Good start to a holiday, for sure.

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