Yup, here I am mid-vacay week in the Holy grail city of food. With a semi-report, and request for suggestions/modifications of my next few days.
Screwed up my dinner rez at Husk and will go for lunch on Monday. (I did see Bill Murray up close and personal, making a dinner reservation.)
FIG was superb. The suckling pig dish will convert vegetarians to the very deeply satisfying pleasure of pork. (I hardly ever eat meat. But I'm doin' it all in pig heaven here in the South!) And a sorghum cake with strawberry rhubarb ice cream atop pecans with a caramel sauce?? Amazing, revelatory, has me jonesing for sorghum syrup.
Macintosh was pretty darn good, yup with pressed pork on a corn salad of some sort which was delicious, but it is LOUD in there! I'm so past any thought that it is a pleasure to scream at dinner.
Obstinate Daughter post-beach Sullivan's Island was very, very delicious -- oysters with mignionette, flatbread with bean puree and chowder oh and carrot fig cake and fine espresso. A more casual stop. And LOUD music.
Best coffee so far: Kudu. They are so chill and serving up some excellent caffeine and they are so very nice about it.
I am a baker and also fat, so I am particular about desserts and feel adamant that they should be worth their calories.
Superb donuts at Glazed.
Sugar had some very excellent cupcakes.
Excellent pastries and coffee at WIldflower with pretty little side garden.
NO to Kaminsky's (waste of calories pastry-wise, I didn't try drinking them).
Hominy Grill knocked my socks off with shrimp etouffee special with scrambled eggs and a biscuit for breakfast(!) special, and my first ever hummingbird cake which is by itself a reason for living. First thing back home at work I'm a gonna toss the carrots (cake) and make a cake with pineapple and bananas and pecan and slather it with cream cheese frosting.
They sure do know their way around the sugar bowl in Charleston! I just may have to return to Hominy Grill to make some progress on their dessert menu. They have a mini-cookbook too which the waitress showed me. (They sell it. Everyplace seems to be selling their own branded merch.)
Sorghum & Salt -- I wanted to like it, and the chef is doing imaginative, creative things but I didn't really. The chairs are uncomfortable for this large-butt, the place is beyond shabby-chic and on the far side toward grungy and service is awful. And I didn't like the gnocchi. Which is a crime unto itself.
So here's my homestretch food plan on which I welcome suggested modifications:
Darling Oyster Bar -- Sat night dinner
Butcher & Bee -- Sun night dinner
Husk -- Monday lunch
Slightly North of Broad -- Monday dinner.
Do I need to substitute one for Ordinary, Anson, Peninsula Grill (that coconut cake I hear), or Pearlz Oyster? I love me some good seafood!
I have more bakeries to explore (it's my professional duty now you see. . . ):
Browns Court Bakery
Cristophe French pastry