Restaurant Week kicked off here in Charleston, SC and it is pretty much the happiest time of the year. First of all, Charleston is a top rate city that is constantly voted as the most beautiful city in the US, the friendliest, and one of the bests for visits. The fact that we have everything from beaches, to plantations, and other historic architecture, to restaurants that rival the cuisine in even the largest cities doesn’t hurt with those ranking. (Heck even Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively just snuck here to get married, because my town is fabulous! Can I get an AMEN?!)
This is an amazing time to visit though because in Charleston we do it right! It might be called restaurant week, but that is just because Charleston Restaurant Twelve Days didn’t have the same ring to it. Plus, it happens twice a year- in the fall and spring. Close to a 100 restaurants participate all offering different three course price fixed meals (from $20-$40 depending on the level of the classiness of the joint).
This is also a time of year where I put my healthy eating, drop 10 goal, on hold for a second and relish the fact that I moved to live in a city I am abso-freaking-lutely in wild, crazy love with. (Don’t worry I did have super healthy breakfasts and lunches and am still working out, I didn’t fall totally off the bandwagon, a foot just slipped out into some of the most fabulous food my amazing city has to offer.)
My first Charleston Restaurant Week adventure was to 82 Queen with my parents. (Who offered to buy, score! Turns out 30 = Not too old for free food!)
Dinner outside in their beautiful courtyard and my $7 ring too class it up!
The weather cooperated amazingly, only night it has felt a bit like fall all week. (w/the dadmo)
I love this city! – Beautiful old courtyards, gorgeous greenery, and sparkly lights make my heart swoon!
First, we were treated to homemade garlic, chive biscuits.
Then my appetizer came – Eggplant fries drizzled in local honey.
Holy crud these were amazing and so fabulously lightly fried!
For dinner I had the BBQ, bacon, shrimp and grits, but I had to try a few bites of my mom’s jambalaya too. You know just for quality control.
Dessert was key lime pie with a graham cracker crust that was divine.
Note the fact that I was so excited I forgot to take a picture until my mom reminder me I was being a bad blogger.
since one night out wasn’t enough (and since I didn’t pay it didn’t count, right?) I met T to walk and we quickly changed clothes in the Whole Foods bathroom like the classy ladies were are before meeting C at Graze for our dinner reservation. I was excited about this because I had never been there before and Charleston Restaurant Week is the perfect excuse to try new places, cheaper!
Conversation with mom:
M: Where are you girls going tonight?
M: Graze? Like…
A: (cutting her off) Like I will be eating so much a big fat cow would be jealous of my GRAZING abilities!
…. and I did:)
Then T suggested instead of us each choosing a different dessert we just have them bring out all three and share so we could try them all. Have I mentioned that my crazy, ridiculous all consuming love for my city is still a second to the level of fabulousness my friends and family bring to my life.
Apple tart, raspberry cheesecake, molten lava cake….. Heaven
Peace, love, and Restaurant Week.
Does your city have a restaurant week?
Have you ever been to Charleston? Have I made you want to come yet?
(If you do I will hook you up with tons of local tips. Love this town!)