I ate at Early Girl for the last time on Saturday. I have given the place 3 trys because it gets such good reviews, not only here, but in the food media. Also because we walked by and my husband saw blueberry pancakes on the specials board...he had a craving.
So, at noon sharp they told us the wait would be 30 minutes. It turned out to be 55 minutes. I would never have waited that long if they had been honest about it.
I decided to give EG the chance to shine, so I ordered off the specials board. Sauteed grouper, curried carrot salad, white beans w/ ham. I also got a side order of biscuit.
The biscuit is OK and the jam from Imladris is outstanding.
The grouper was lightly battered before sauteeing, it made it a little greasy. The sauce was boring. I give them credit , it was a fresh piece of fish and not overcooked, if you could overlook the greasy flour exterior. The carrot salad was the same as Wade's in Spartanburg, except w/ some curry powder mixed in. so-so. I know white beans are a comfort food, and maybe bland isn't the worst thing they could be, but they didn't have any interesting flavor, and the bit of ham I tried to eat was so gristle-y I had to spit it out.
Worse, my husband's pancakes were hard and dry. I suspect they had been cooked WELL in advance, and merely heated a bit before plating. Horribly disappointing. The pork sausage he ordered along side was fair, but nowhere near as good as what they serve at Sunny Point.
It's Sunny Point from now on for us.
Also, the City market has started! Husband had some sort of egg-wrap breakfast from the food truck there, it's surprisingly good. A new pie vendor was there, we had strawberry rhubarb, blueberry and pecan. very good. Lamb chops and poussin from...does East Fork sound right? the lady with the adorable junior salesman?...anyhow, her lamb is spectacular.
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