Restaurant Reviews

Persimmon Cafe

August 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of getting lunch with some of my old work colleagues, Lauren and Laura this week. I’d been wanting to try Persimmon for a while now, and this seemed like a golden opportunity. The space is kind of off-beat–I mean, who would think to put a cafe inside of a laundromat? But for some reason, it works. It really does.

It would never really work the other way around, though.

Although, it would never really work the other way around.

The menu is simple and contains just the right number of choices so as not to leave you overwhelmed. That being said, I still debated what I was going to get for a good 5 minutes before finally opting for the Adult Grilled Cheese (smoke Gouda, green apple, prosciutto & cheddar, $6.75). When you pulled the sandwich apart it was nice and melty and cheesy. I really liked the apple in the sandwich, it added a level of freshness that I never would’ve thought of. My only complaint was that the Gouda could have been melted a little more. But other than that, it was perfect.

Melted cheese is my kryptonite.

Melted cheese is my kryptonite.

For $2.25 extra, you can get a side item and a drink with your sandwich. So obviously I did that.  There were only three choices for a side–carrot ginger coleslaw, pasta salad, or chips. Even though I don’t usually like pasta salad I decided to go with that just to see how it was. And I’m so glad I did, because it was outstanding. I don’t think it was mayo based like some pasta salads, and it had (what I’m pretty sure was) fresh feta cheese. So yummy.

Not-melted cheese is also my kryptonite.

Not-melted cheese is also my kryptonite.

They have a really interesting selection of homemade drinks, like vanilla lemonade, basil limeade, and rosemary lemon tea. I went with the tea, which was surprisingly delicious and unlike anything I’ve ever had before. I wish I knew how to make it at home. It was so good.

I like it when you put stuff into tea to make it taste less like tea.

I like it when you put stuff into tea to make it taste less like tea.

Lauren got the Summertime Ham and Cheese sandwich (peach-ginger marmalade, dijon, ham, and havarti cheese, $6.75). She let me have a bite (how nice!), and I really liked it, which surprised me because ham isn’t usually my favorite. But something about that marmalade just made that sandwich. She also got the combo with the pasta salad, but she got the basil limeade. It was super sweet, but also super delicious.



Laura’s sandwich was my favorite of the three, I think. She got the curry chicken sandwich (red onions, curry chicken salad, and golden raisins, $7.50). I’m a sucker for curry chicken, so that’s probably why I liked this one the best. I’d probably get that again if I went back.

Mo' curry, mo' better.

Mo’ curry, mo’ better.

I can’t wait to go back. I really want to try the vanilla lemonade and their selection of custards (burnt marshmallow and Nutella, anyone??). I highly recommend you check this place out if you haven’t already.

It almost makes me want to start going to the laundromat... almost.

It almost makes me want to start going to the laundromat… almost.

Persimmon Cafe
226 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC

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