Charleston Area Dining
Posted by eemilla on September 29, 2013
Much to my delight I had better dining options in the Charleston area than I had anticipated. After Savannah, my expectations were pretty low, and I had some meals that were truly memorable. Below I’ve given my quick thoughts.
Wasabai came into our sites after wondering around the College of Charleston’s Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and some of the King Street and East Bay Street shops. The basil rolls were tasty as were the standard veg sushi offerings of cuke and avocado makis, and all of the portions were fine. My vegetarian pad thai tasted less than vegetarian, and our service was a bit slow. The restaurant overall is a bit dingy, and it just doesn’t look like it belongs in a busy downtown area (more like a strip mall that has lost its anchor store). However, it does have a good selection of draft beer.
One night my honey joined a large contingent of my family to eat at The Wreck, LB and I decided to try Mustard Seed (which my honey and I had failed to check out last time we were in Mt Pleasant). The service was exceedingly fast in all regards, but the food was not anything to write home about. Both of our pasta dishes were super cheesy with generous portions and low cost. The pecan pie in the dessert case looked as if it might be a science experiment, and the key lime pie was not to my liking with its sweetness. However, the price was very reasonable if you are looking for vegetarian pasta dishes with lots of cheese.
For a weekday lunch LB and I found Lana Restaurant & Bar in the cute Radcliffeborough area; it reminded me of the Virginia Highlands of Atlanta and Montford of Asheville. We shared some french fries and a wonderfully delicious puttanesca pasta, and our service was fine. The portions and prices were in line with each other, and the atmosphere is upscale casual.
Puree Organic is right beside Mustard Seed in Mount Pleasant, and it was a much better food experience. The service was considerably slower (from taking the order to bringing the check) than Mustard Seed even though there are far fewer seats in Puree. However, the food was leaps and bounds better. The prices are overall higher, but they are in line with the quality increase. The portions were generous, and they have kid sized smoothies on their kids menu in addition to the usual kids menu suspects of quesadillas, nut butter and fruit, and fried protein strips. I loved my seitan chimichurry wrap, and my honey’s veggie bahn mi was also delicious.
My favorite drink deal was at Bacco; I enjoyed a huge $6 Tanqueray up with a twist, and I was rather tempted to have another. The mixed olive appetizer was a hit with LB even though my husband and I grew tired of pitting olives. My eggplant dish was just a bit less than both LB’s pizza and my honey’s sandwich combined, and it did not warrant the cost in either quality or quantity. The pre-meal bread and the pizza crust were great. Our service was fine, and overall the food was okay.
Triangle Char and Bar was selected for proximity to our current location and a decent number of vegetarian selections. Our food was fine even if the menu descriptions oversold it; the hummus beat the caprese salad by a mile. The table was sticky and the open windows allowed flies unfettered access to one’s food. Our service was prompt and attentive. It is a bar, but one of the family friendly sort.
My mom wanted to visit Fort Moultrie, and Taco Mamacita was right on the way. Some other members of our party had recommended it although they seemed to favor another place at Folly Beach. The service was slow, and the drinks were expensive and weak. The food was fine, with the best value being the guacamole and salsa bowl appetizers.