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Lunch and happy hour suggestions for Charleston, SC

I agree about Cru. It's such a great lunch spot that I very rarely go for dinner. Although I wouldn't call it literally quiet...it's always sorta chaotic at lunch if you eat inside. I prefer the porch if the weather cooperates at all. I, too, am not that enthused about HG. I've had good meals there, and fair. I think we can get the southern breakfast thing in so many good places in Asheville that it makes HG not as special.

If I were the OP I would go to Cru and Butcher and Bee for my two lunches.

about 3 hours ago
danna in Southeast

Charlotte

Hey! thanks for all that. somehow I almost missed seeing it. Customshop sounds marvelous. I have wound up agreeing to drive in the morning w a friend rather than going the night before by myself, so I fear I have wasted your time w/ the dinner recommendations.

However at lunch time, I'm all about a great cheese shop and tasting some local beer and pizza. I'll definitely check on the 7th st. market. Thanks!

Oct 15, 2014
danna in Southeast

New Siggi's Ripoff Yogurt

Unless you don't want the extra calories that will, in turn, make you fat, which *is* bad for you.

Oct 10, 2014
danna in Features

Charlotte

Are any of the recommended places in downtown? I may be in Charlotte near the Westin next week. Anything walking distance?

Oct 03, 2014
danna in Southeast

North Charleston > Historic District By Day

I think you'll like EVO. Lively , bar-ish atmosphere with good food. A few tables on the street as well. Get one of their salads.

Oct 01, 2014
danna in Southeast

Can I still eat this rabbit liver?

Thanks all, I'm on my way home to sniff and (hopefully) eat.

Hilarious on the kidneys. My friend recommended planting them under the azaleas. Now I'm going to HAVE to taste them!

Sep 29, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

Can I still eat this rabbit liver?

I thawed the bunny in the fridge on Sat., cooked him last night (in a mustard sauce and served w/ risotto, it was good) but I forgot to cook the liver. It and the kidneys are in my fridge now. If I cook it tonight, is that OK? I seem to recall that organ meat goes off pretty fast.

Thanks!

Sep 29, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

The Optimist and Cakes and Ale Cafe - quick review

Indeed! I satisfied my carb craving at Bluff View Bakery in Chattanooga quite well.

Sep 24, 2014
danna in Atlanta

Relatively new baker - looking for some inspiration

I agree entirely. The only thing I used my scale for is to weigh out chocolate by the oz.

Sep 23, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

A few reviews from Chatanooga

Great weekend in this fun town:

St. John's Meeting place - This was the highlight of the trip. Loved the space and the food was very good. I had the tomato and mozzarella salad and the shrimp roll (like a lobster roll). Also a nice cheese plate w/ memorable truffle honey. Husband had a fine but not really impressive burger w/ great fries. The St. John's sundae was good. Only complaint was our server, friendly but slack. I HATE IT when my courses come at the same time. Cheese plate delivered w/ the salads.

212 Market - We went there for lunch. It wasn't particularly impressive, but it was fine. I had a watermelon salad that was nice. The basket of bread was either toasted or stale. Nice upstairs porch.

Mojo Burrito - I liked this place. We have a restaurant with a similar concept in Brevard called Pescados, but this one had more interesting selections. I particularly liked the texas caviar.

Easy Bistro - I'm torn. I enjoyed several things here, but don't think I would return. I didn't mind paying $6 for the bread selection...until it arrived. The bread was all pretty crappy, and it came with mustard and olives. Odd choice. no olive oil, no butter. My husband's dungenous(sp?) crab salad was probably the best taste of the night. The grilled shrimp that I ordered as a side were decidedly mediocre. It's a dramatic space, but they gave us the table next to the door that leads to Ben and Jerry's. Shouldn't you save that for the last table to arrive?
I did enjoy the opportunity to have 1/2 glass of Orin Swift Mannequin. All in all though, it wasn't quite worth the price and we wished we had gone to Champy's.

Clumpy's ice cream - pretty good, nice back deck, lots of flavor choices.

Bluff view bakery - I walked in and was surrounded by racks of bread. I thought I had gone in the wrong door...or died and gone to heaven. The walnut raisin loaf was addictive, and eaten in its entirety by me in around 24 hours.

Sep 23, 2014
danna in Kentucky & Tennessee

The Optimist and Cakes and Ale Cafe - quick review

The Optimist was fantastic, just what I was hoping for. I love the space; it's a great feel. The husband and I had:

- fried oysters - they gave us maybe a dozen of them, piled on a smear of delicious smokey sauce.

- porgy crudo - tasty and interesting w/ the pickled watermelon, but I wouldn't order it again. BTW, beware the thai chilis in the dish. I don't mind hot pepper, but this came as a surprise on the back of my throat.

- oh, yeah, the delicious little salty rolls

- The head on shrimp served in a small casserole dish, highlight of the meal. the provided hot towels were needed.

- Salad w/ huckleberries and a tasty vinaigrette

- duck fat poached swordfish...oh my, it was moist and delicious and served w/ chanterelles and muscadines. very nice dish.

- salted caramel ice cream. Also very much enjoyed.

For my one night in Atlanta I had dithered between this and Cakes and Ale. We decided to go to Cakes and Ale café and pick up pastry and bread for our continuing trip to Chattanooga where we figured the food scene wouldn't be so exciting. There was zero bread, clueless folks behind the counter, and a small selection of pastry. We bought two filled cookies, a malted chocolate bar cookie, and a Kouign amann. They ranged from OK to sucky. This was a huge disappointment given how fantastic their website makes the baked goods appear.

Sep 23, 2014
danna in Atlanta

Recent Eats in Asheville: Cucina 24, Rhubarb, Storm, Sunny Point Cafe

I agree that's the reasoning, but in doing so the restaurant takes on the responsibility of not sending out under-seasoned food. It irritates me when it becomes clear there is no one in the kitchen with a little plastic spoon...

Sep 15, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Recent Eats in Asheville: Cucina 24, Rhubarb, Storm, Sunny Point Cafe

I've only been to Rhubarb once, and was similarly unimpressed. SO disappointing! The menu looks great, the execution was so-so.

Sep 15, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston restaurants: Need one more!!

fyi, McCrady's is one of my vegetarian-friend's favorite places. I've eaten there with her before when I'm sorry I didn't get the veg plate too. They do a stellar job...or at least they did...it's been maybe 2-3 years since the meal I'm remembering. She also adores FIG. She goes to Cru as well, but I can't remember what she gets there. I'm sad neither you nor your husband can enjoy the shrimp blt!

Sep 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston restaurants: Need one more!!

Italian outside the historic district: Wild Olive and Obstinate Daughter, Tratoria Lucca (historic district, but farther out), Coda del Pesce.

Of course, mcCradys and Cru are both very good.

Take it from me, you were smart to make those reservations. I tried to reserve Obstinate Daughter for 2 weeks out on a Sat. and was totally shut out. shocking. I wound up with a 5:15 at the Ordinary for a Thursday. Charleston did not used to be like that. Waaayyyyy too much national press, apparently!

Sep 08, 2014
danna in Southeast

Asheville, Greenville, SC and Savannah

It's a shame not to eat at the Admiral when in Asheville. In Greenville, Soby's is fine if you aren't expecting much. If you wanted a little fancier, you could look into American Grocery or Northampton Wine Café, or if you're willing to drive north of town, I recommend Restaurant 17.

Sep 04, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston: some unusual suspects

I don't know if this pic is going to work, but they have gorgeous salads at EVO, too.

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Charleston: some unusual suspects

I thought about that idea, dawg. A picnic of cheese and charcuterie and bread eaten down at white point would be fun if a person is getting restaurant fatigue.

fyi, I wasn't overly impressed w/ the bread I picked up from GSC that was made by EVO. I was surprised, maybe just a loaf I didn't care for. The Comte and Ewephoria I bought a few weeks ago were so fabulous...well...I still remember what I bought!

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Food trucks etc in Western North Carolina?

Wowsa! grand larceny in VA and prostitution in SC. thanks for the info.

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast

Food trucks etc in Western North Carolina?

thanks! Alas, I guess lunch is not a priority for beer-related food trucking! ;-)

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast

Charleston: some unusual suspects

Sermet on King doesn't get much press here, but they have great bread, a tasty grilled calamari app, and reasonably priced champagne. I never get anything else there, so if that doesn't sound good to you, I can't vouch for other stuff.

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast

Crab picking

I have actually picked Blue Crab at ...wait for it...Hymans...back in the 90's. People stared. It is an uncommon sight in a restaurant.

Aug 25, 2014
danna in Southeast
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Food trucks etc in Western North Carolina?

Does anybody know if any food trucks are to be found in Brevard or H'ville on Saturday's around lunch time? I can't seem to find any. It's interesting that there are so many in Asheville and none elsewhere.

Also, has anyone been to the BBQ place in the gas station where Haywood crossed 240 in West Asheville?

Anything at all new in Brevard or H'ville? The only thing new I have to report is that the folks who brought you Flat Rock Bakery and West First now have pastry and coffee in the Sycamore cycles space in Brevard. fresh juice and smoothies too. EXCELLENT addition to Brevard!

Aug 22, 2014
danna in Southeast

2 Questions for induction converts

I switched from electric, which I hated from day one due to lack of control and deadly slow heat-up...but with no gas option, the coming of induction made it possible for me to switch. I have been using Le Creuset since I first got a kitchen. It works fine on electric, better on induction. I have always appreciated the possibilities for one-pot cooking...chicken fricassee, osso bucco, etc. I use the LC also for things that need to cook a long time without the danger of my absent mindedness causing a scortch...stuff like apple butter or the long-cooked stone ground grits I made this weekend.

The only LC product I have ever been slightly unhappy with is the LC stockpot I bought to replace my aluminum one. it already has chips in the coating after just a couple of years and I only use it for boiling water and making stock. I still might buy it again, as it was a good deal, but it's not a perfect 10 like my other LC pieces.

Aug 21, 2014
danna in Cookware

2 Questions for induction converts

1. I bought an induction capable non-stick fry pan (mainly for eggs) and a new pasta pot to replace those same items that were not induction friendly. Otherwise I continued to use my all clad stainless and le crueset.

2. Didn't change what I cook at all, but it sure made the cooking a lot more pleasant. I'm curious to to hear how it changed yours.

Aug 18, 2014
danna in Cookware

Peaches are SO wonderful right now...

Agreed! Not that I would turn down a good peach cobbler, but I generally don't like my peaches cooked. I turned down a couple of otherwise gorgeous sounding peach dishes in Charleston last week because the peaches were roasted. blah.

Here's my pet peave: when did all the food mags decide you were supposed to drop peaches in boiling water for a minute, "make an x" and then peel? you don't need to do that! Just get a pairing knife and peel them!

Aug 07, 2014
danna in Home Cooking

Irregardless cafe Raleigh

Wow! I went to Irregardless a few times back in the early/mid 90's and really liked it. I bought the cookbook. I don't really remember it being vegetarian. Anyhow, it certainly has shown some longevity!

Aug 04, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

Thanks for chiming in , Sue!

I'm afraid 5 o'clock doesn't really work. You guys think upstairs at 6:30-7 would be a din? I guess I should just be polite and take the parents elsewhere.

Which begs the questions...where WOULD be quiet? We'll go to Coda on Wed, need a Thurs night destination. I really like Macintosh, but I seem to remember it's a little boisterous. I may just default to FIG.

btw, I paid $25 for a dozen capers blades at FIG in Dec. ouch.

Jul 17, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

What a great article!! Very impressive, thanks for the link.

How interesting that the spot that's making me die of foodie shame for not having enjoyed yet is Charleston's loudest. Also interesting is the information about Coda del Pesce and their sound deadening tiles. One of the best restaurant experiences I've had w/ my parents in years was there last summer. The food was very good, but I wonder if the the quiet (that I didn't even notice) played a large part in everybody being happier?

Jul 15, 2014
danna in Southeast

Noise level at the Ordinary

I'll be in Charleston in a few weeks w the 'rents and I'm dying to go to the Ordinary. But my Mom is very sensitive to loud noise and my Dad has a hearing aid, so lots of background clatter disturbs him as well. Is there any way we could enjoy the Ordinary? Thanks.

Jul 14, 2014
danna in Southeast