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Quote of the Week 2/19/18: Food Brings People Together

February 19, 2018

So this weekend, I celebrated my first ever Chinese New Year in DC with friends, fun, and lots of dumplings. I feel like I have so much more appreciation for Chinese culture since my trip to Beijing last year, so it was really fun to relive some of that in a little way.

Any excuse to travel is a good excuse!

This week’s quote comes from Chef Eddie Huang and it made me giggle, so I hope you enjoy!

Soup dumplings, sitcoms, one-night stands–good ones leave you wanting more.
— Eddie Huang

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week 2/12/18: Singles Awareness Week

February 12, 2018

Happy Monday, friends and followers. This week contains my least favorite holiday of the year, Valentine’s Day. Even when I was in relationships, it was always my least favorite holiday because it always felt so contrived and lame. In college, we even made a black heart cake as a form of protest.

Delicious, delicious protest.

This year, I thought I’d go with a fun quote (rather than a bitter one, because who wants to read that?? Not you, I’m assuming). It comes from author Elizabeth Gilbert, and it pretty much summarizes me: in a serious relationship with food.

“I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert

Restaurant Reviews

Little Jack’s Tavern

February 9, 2018

So I read the same article that you probably read, calling Little Jack’s burger one of the best in the US and I’m here to tell you: The hype is real! They love the burger so much, in fact, that you can order it as an appetizer, an entree, or dessert, because it’s on all 3 menus!

I opted for the appetizer size of the Single Tavern Burger (American cheese, tavern sauce, sesame bun, $8) because I was told that the bun-to-meat ratio was better with a single than a double. I’ve eaten a lot of burgers in my life, so it would be hard to definitively say whether or not this was the best, but it was damn good.

The bun-to-meat ratio is very important.

We also split an order of Garlic & Herb Fries (sauce gribiche, $7), because you can’t order a burger without fries! The herbs were very strong on these fries, and it took me a few bites before I got used to the strong flavors. It was a lot of flavor on their own.

Although it takes a lot for me to *not* eat potatoes.

We also tried an order of the Baked Egg (celery root cream, peas, prosciutto, crusty bread, $12), and let me tell you: what a revelation! The sauce was fantastic (I think it would be amaaaazing over some pasta), and the soft cooked egg was so rich and decadent, it felt almost sinful. My one complaint is that they really need to give you more bread (or the option to have it over pasta, because dayum).

Seriously, give me this sauce on everything.

On a previous visit at lunch, I tried the Jack’s Chopped Salad with shrimp (kale, romaine, lots of vegetables, pickled onion, avocado ranch, $13. Add chicken $5, add shrimp $6 and crab $9). The salad was super fresh and really was packed full of veggies. The dressing was delicious and I loved it with the shrimp. What I didn’t love is that this salad cost me over $22 with tax and tip.

Then again, any salad that costs more than “free” is too expensive, IMO.

All in all, I’ve really enjoyed the food at Little Jack’s. The burger and the baked egg are the 2 “must-try” items on the menu. Have you tried it? Let me know what you think!

 

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week 2/5/18: National Call-In-Sick Day

February 5, 2018

Boy oh boy, how about that Super Bowl last night? I was pulling for the Eagles, so I quite enjoyed how the game ended, although TBH I was way more concerned with the quality of the commercials than the actual football. I absolutely loved the Tide Commercials, the Mountain Dew/Doritos mash up, and the Alexa commercial. Was really underwhelmed by JT’s performance (except Mirror, which is one of my all-time favorite songs). All in all, my favorite part of last night was probably my guacamole.

Now that’s a super bowl, if you ask me.

In honor of today being National Call-In-Sick Day, I thought I’d post a quote inspired by my favorite hangover food, Indian food (specifically paneer tikka masala). I know it’s a weird thing to crave when you’re hungover, but it always makes me feel slightly more like a human afterward. What’s your favorite hangover food?

“I don’t know about you, he said, but I could murder a curry.”
— Terry Pratchett

Charleston Restaurant News Events

Where to Watch The Super Bowl in Charleston

January 31, 2018

Ahh, the Super Bowl. America’s favorite buffalo-wing-related-holiday. A chance to officially break those resolutions you’ve been desperately trying to cling to for the past few weeks. Well, let me tell ya: it ain’t no thang but a chicken wang.

Here’s where you can go in Charleston to get your football and chicken wing fix:

Downtown

The Alley

5pm – 11pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Guests can play Squares game for a chance to win Alley house cash (cost: $5 donation to the College of Charleston Cougar Club)
  • $12 buckets
  • 24 wings for $24
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Philly Cheeseteak
  • $3 Sam Adams Seasonal and Yuengling

Bay St Biergarten

6pm-11pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Sports fans can watch the game indoors or outdoors
  • $6 Team Specialty Drinks: The Invincible, or Patriot’s Punch
  • $4 Craft Beer: Sam Adams Boston Lager and Victory Brewing pints
  • Wing Platter (dine in or take out):
    • 50 wings for $50
    • 100 wings for $85

The Brick

6pm-11pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Food Specials: Philly Cheesesteak (shaved ribeye, fried onions, and brick cheese) and New England Clam Strips (1/2 lb of fried clam strips served with old bay Tarter sauce and lemon)
  • $10 bud light pitchers
  • $12 select beer bottle buckets
  • $4 liquors: William Wolf (all flavors), Bacardi (Raspberry, Pineapple, Limon), Southern Comfort 80, Shellback Spiced Rum, Bushmills Reddish
  • $4 beers: Guinness 200th Anniversary, White Claw Grapefruit
  • $3 beers: Benediktiner Hell (16 oz cans), Wolf Pup Session IPA

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.

11 am – 10 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Items Available to Go:
    • Special Super Bowl Party Platter: 20 whole wings for $20, 40 whole wings for $35, and 100 whole wings for $80
    • $2 off select 4 packs
    • Something Extra Cold, Blond Ale, 7.4% ABV, 32 oz. Crowlers for $5
    • Must place wing order Thursday, February 1 by 3p.m
  • All (6) TVs dedicated to showing the game
  • Happy Hour prices all day
  • Brunch until 5:00 p.m.
  • Special Bar Snack Menu starting at 5:00 p.m.:
    • Boiled Peanuts
    • Nachos
    • Wings

Fatty’s Beer Works

4 pm – 10 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Mike Bastin of Chucktown Smokin’ Gringos to serve his Southern Style “Award Winning” BBQ with a “Kick”
  • Beer & BBQ pairings

JohnKing Grill & Bar

6 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • $4 Bacardi Specials
  • $4 Patriots blue and Eagles green shots
  • 5 big screens at the upstairs bar, 6 downstairs

King Street Public House

6 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • 23 HD TVs
  • $10 tall boy buckets
  • $12 domestic buckets
  • $12 pitchers

Le Farfalle

5 pm – 10 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • 12-foot projector screen in the main dining room
  • Sports bar-themed menu
  • Buckets of beer

Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub

6:30 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge.

  • Eagles and Patriots-themed cocktails
  • “Brady Sandwich” pork belly reuben
  • Eagles Nest Nachos

James Island

Famulari’s Brewpub

11 am – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • Offering a tailgate special for Delivery / Take Out:
  • 18 in one topping NY style pizza and 10 wings $20.99
  • Add Crowler starting at $8
  • Preorder at https://www.famspizza.com

Garage 75

6:30 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • 1/2 rack of ribs and 2 sides for $14.75
  • $14 Budweiser / Bud Light buckets

O’Brion’s Pub & Grille

4 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • $2 beers
  • $3 liquors
  • $6 food specials
  • $3 mimosas and Bloody Marys from 12 – 4 pm
  • Chance to win a $500 Yeti cooler
  • $300 Firefly Cornhole table up for grabs
  • Free raffle and prizes

Johns Island

Krazy Owls

4 pm – 11 pm
$15 advance tickets, $20 day of

  • $0.75 wings during the game
  • All you can eat oysters, 4 pm until they run out
  • Happy Hour from 4 pm – 8 pm

Mount Pleasant

The Dinghy

6 pm

  • Rumored to be giving away free Sloppy Joes during the game

Locals Sushi Bar

6 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge

  • Chance to win a cruise for 2
  • Giveaways at halftime

Mainland Container Co. Kitchen & Bar

5 pm – 11 pm
$120 for a couple

  • Domestic Beer, House Liquors, House Wine included in ticket price
  • Food Buffet – include pulled pork BBQ, wings, grilled sausage with peppers & onions, meatballs, macaroni & cheese, slaw, vegetable plate & assorted chips & dips
  • Chance to win prizes!

McCann’s Irish Pub

5 pm – 11 pm
Open to the public. No cover charge

  • $5 Dixie Southern Vodka, Chicken Cock Whiskey, Endless Summer Rum
  • $6 specialty cocktails
  • Prize drawings at half time and end-of-game

North Charleston

Buffalo Wild Wings

Open to the public, no cover charge

  • $2 domestic tall drafts
  • Two for $10 shareable snacks
  • $10 buckets of 5 select domestics
  • $15 buckets of 5 select imports
  • Giveaways

Chill-n-Grill

4 pm
$10 general admission

  • Free major prize giveaway every quarter – table, concert tickets, 50″ flat screen HD TV
  • $1 cans of beer
  • wing platters

Summerville

Famulari’s (Azalea & Oakbrook)

11 am – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • Offering a tailgate special for Delivery / Take Out:
  • 18 in one topping NY style pizza and 10 wings $20.99
  • Preorder at https://www.famspizza.com

West Ashley

Back 9 Pub

2 pm
$10 all-you-can-eat oysters

  • $10 all-you-can-eat-oysters

Famulari’s

11 am – 11 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • Offering a tailgate special for Delivery / Take Out:
  • 18 in one topping NY style pizza and 10 wings $20.99
  • Preorder at https://www.famspizza.com

Frothy Beard

6 pm – 9 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge
.

  • $25 – 64oz Pitcher of beer and 12 wings Applies to:
    • Tides Hominy
    • Creekside
    • Dunkleweizen
    • Matlese Falcon
    • Andale
    • Walhallaweisse
    • Holy Water
  • *$30 for other beers, excludes BA beers.

Mellow Mushroom

5 pm – 11 pm
$40 for general admission; $60 for VIP

  • All you can eat and drink
  • Game shown on the big screen
  • Ice luge
  • halftime Justin Timberlake dance party
  • Photo booth

Pearlz Little Oyster Bar

2 pm – 5 pm
$19 for all-you-can-eat oysters

  • Pregame oyster roast, all-you-can-eat for $19
  • Drink specials from Palmetto Brewery and Firefly Distillery

The Roost

6 pm
Open to the public, no cover charge

  • Team-themed ice luges

I’ll update as I get more info! Please message me if you’d like to be included on this list. 

 

Restaurant Reviews

The Gin Joint

January 26, 2018

After the announcement that The Gin Joint had been bought by longtime bartender James Bolt, I was worried that the old Gin Joint I knew and loved would become unrecognizable (kind of like what’s happening to Blue Rose Cafe right now). But my fears have been proven completely unfounded. The Gin Joint has maintained its commitment to handmade cocktails and delicious food in a way that’s still familiar (but even better than it used to be).

gin-joint-boomerang from Sydney Gallimore on Vimeo.

My first visit to the new version of The Gin Joint was in December when they transformed into the Christmas bar “Miracle.” Lala and her husband Matt were in town, and whilst giving Matt a tour of downtown Charleston (his first visit!) we decided to rest our feet and give some cocktails a try.

Christmas bars, like theme parties, are my favorite.

There were Christmas lights ev. ery. where. and it was super festive, with all the staff in cute costumes and a special Christmas-themed cocktail menu.

Mo lights, mo betta’

Being a lover of gin, I of course opted to try the aptly named Fa La La La La La La La La (Gin, aquavit, hazelnut liqueur, cardamom, vanilla, lemon, egg white, club soda, $14), which was as much fun to order as it was to drink. It was a perfect balance of tart and sweet, and I found myself with a happy little buzz after just 1 cocktail.

Christmas + cocktails… what could be better?!

Lala ordered the Run Run Rudolph (blanco tequila, coffee liqueur, iced hot chocolate, Mexican spices, $14). It was very sweet, and perfect for those of you who like liquor with their coffee / hot cocoa. I’m not usually a fan, but I enjoyed this.

Lala makes such a good hand model.

We also paired our drinks with their Pimento Cheese (House Made Lavash, Quick Pickles, $6), as Matt hadn’t tried pimento cheese before (something which I find incredibly hard to believe). Their version was very cheese-heavy, but lacked some of the depth and sharpness I come to expect from pimento cheese. The quick pickles were crispy and sweet.

But all cheese is good cheese.

Most recently, I attended for a #TastemakersCHS dinner, where we were able to try a number of cocktails and some of the new bar snacks on the menu. I started with the Fortune Cat (Tom Cat Gin, ginger, sesame, caramel, lemon, $12), which will come as no surprise to anyone who knows how much I love cats. The drink was gorgeous to look at (in fact, my drink was stolen for multiple people to photograph at the table before I was able to even taste it). It was nice and refreshing with a nice level of tartness from the ginger + lemon.

It’s extra appropriate because last time I went to a fortune teller, all she saw for me was cats, too.

To pair with the cocktails, we also tried some of their charcuterie, which comes as part of the Chef’s Snack Board (You Pick Three Cheeses, Chef’s Selection of Meats, Grilled Bread, House Made Jam, House, Spiced Nuts, $32). I saw salami on the board and was immediately happy, as it’s my favorite cured meat. If you have a few friends, this is a great deal and perfect for an after work snack!

Charcuterie is bae.

Also part of the chef’s snack board, we were able to try a sampling of their cheeses (although they brought us all 4 instead of the 3 you’re limited to in the snack board). The options were black & bleu, Flory’s truckle, Mountaineer, and Rockets Robiola (which all sounded like names of Harry Potter dragons IMO). My favorite was the black and bleu, because as a blue cheese, it was super creamy and not as pungent as you usually find.

Actually, cheese boards are bae.

Additionally, they also brought out the House Made Soft Pretzels (Sriracha Cheese Sauce, Maldon’s Sea Salt, $8). I love soft pretzels, and these were no exception. They were nice and fluffy and glutinous, and I really enjoyed the sriracha cheese sauce.

Ok, wait… maybe soft pretzels are bae?! WHY ARE ALL MY BAES FOOD

For my second cocktail, I opted to do the Bartender’s Choice ($12), where you pick 2 adjectives from a predetermined list and the bartender makes you a custom drink based on your choices. I went for “refreshing” and “vegetal” and ended up with this cucumber and gin cocktail that is my new favorite drink. It’s just a shame I don’t actually know what’s in it.

“S” for Sydney… right?!

Our final bar snack was the Cola-Braised Ham Slider (Mornay, Brown’s Court Benne Seed Bun, $9) which were probably my favorite snack of the night. I don’t usually like ham, but the ham in these sliders was super thick (more like a slab of pork) and had just a touch of sweetness from the cola. The mornay sauce was nice and creamy, and altogether, this slider was perfection.

Miguel also makes a good hand model.

Before we left, they also gave us one of their signature desserts, a housemade Old Fashioned Lollipop (Whiskey, Angostura Bitters, Orange Zest, $1.50). It didn’t really taste like an old fashioned to me, but it was still really yummy!

It also made me feel 12 years old.

If you haven’t been to The Gin Joint lately, you need to give them a try! The improvements they’ve made have been fantastic, and they’re really in a league above when it comes to handmade cocktails (did I mention that they make their own ice? They use the same 300lb blocks of ice that ice sculptors use and cut it down for each cocktail). They have a lot more than just gin (except there’s no vodka, so don’t bother asking), and if you come in with an open mind, you’re likely to leave with a new favorite drink!

Also, they’ve started serving brunch, too!

The Gin Joint
182 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-6111

The Gin Joint Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week 1/22/18: Ciabatta Be Kidding Me

January 22, 2018

Another weekend in the books. I can’t believe how quickly January has flown by. I skipped up to Greenville for the weekend to see one of my best friends and celebrate a belated Christmas party with our closest family friends. There was enough food for an army, and we played a lot of hilarious games that kept us laughing til the wee hours of the night. I’m heading to DC this week to visit more friends and to celebrate Restaurant Week (which I’m the most excited for tbh…sorry La).

I’m dedicating this week’s quote to all of you still sticking to your New Years Resolutions or attempting to do Whole30.

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”
― James Beard

Charleston, SC Restaurant Reviews

Minero

January 19, 2018

Update: 1/18/2018

So I recently returned to Minero to take advantage of their happy hour, which is fantabulous, btw. It’s available every Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. I love that it starts earlier than most happy hours, because that means you truly get to take advantage of their great specials, like $2 tequila shots, $3 PBR pints or bourbon shots, or (my personal fave), $2 off their house margarita.

Thanks for letting me feature this photo, Cookin’ With Booze!

But the specials also extend to food, which (let’s face it) is the main reason I go to Minero (or any Sean Brock restaurant). My personal favorite dish is the guacamole, which is only $5 during happy hour! I am obsessed with Minero’s guac. It’s so fresh and light and simple (scroll down to my original review and you’lI see that my feelings haven’t changed over the years).

Just inject it directly into my veins.

Another option I can’t get enough of is the Queso Ranchero, which closely resembles the queso dip you get at your typically Mexican restaurant (as opposed to the queso fundido, which is also delicious, but not on their happy hour menu… scroll down for more info on that). It’s ooey, gooey, and perfect for dipping your chips into. This is also just $5 at happy hour, and if you like cheese dip, you absolutely have to order it.

In queso you’re in doubt… order the queso.

Another favorite on the happy hour menu is the carnitas sliders (also just $5 at happy hour). They’re a perfect snack that you can demolish in just 2 or 3 bites. The pork is nice and smoky and practically melts in your mouth. The addition of pickled red onion adds a hint of tang which is balanced out by the creamy molé aioli. The benne seeds sprinkled on top tie them into Charleston perfectly

Molé all day!

If you haven’t been to Minero for happy hour recently, be sure to give it a try!

Original Article Published On 10/10/2014

I’ve been waiting for Minero to open for what feels like my whole life. From the minute I heard that my culinary obsession, Chef Sean Brock, was opening a Mexican restaurant, I knew that was a place I was going to enjoy.

Be still my corazon!

Be still my corazon!

So when I got word that last Friday would be Minero’s official first day, I grabbed Lily and Sheena and forced them to wait 45 minutes for a table in order to try and be one of the first people to try it out. Considering all the hype around the opening, I was surprised the wait was only 45 minutes. While we were sitting outside patiently (and by that I mean “the opposite of patiently”), an older gentleman (who looked not unlike a retired sea captain) who’d just finished his meal stopped to tell us that “it’s defintiely worth the wait. And order el Satánico! Blended!” So when it was finally our turn to be invited in, that was the first thing we did.

As well as the Titán and Dragón Rojo

As well as the Titán and Dragón Rojo

The space is super cool and very inviting. I’m obsessed with the exposed brick, soft lighting, and general earthy feel of the whole place. It’s a little narrow, but the ambiance was spot on for a Friday night dinner. While I was trying to figure out what to order, I noticed Chef Brock walk past our table and let out an audible, involuntary gasp. My hero! In the flesh! Right there! I’m embarrassed that I acted like a 12-year old fan girl, but honestly no one was surprised.

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The menu is relatively short, which I think is a good thing because I was already having a hard enough time deciding on an entree. To start, we ordered the guacamole ($8), which was topped with radish, mexican chili powder, and plenty of cilantro. It was super flavorful and fresh, but a bit on the small side. The tortilla chips were perfect and served in a warm mitten (I don’t know what to call it) and were seasoned well enough to be delicious all on their own. And they better be since he sampled over 40 kinds of corn to perfect them.

guaca-guaca-guaca, mole mole mole. A dip! A dip, dip!

guaca-guaca-guaca, mole mole mole. A dip! A dip, dip!

We also ordered the queso fundido ($9), which is the opposite of the kind of queso that immediately springs to mind (thanks, Moe’s. You’ve ruined me forever). It’s thick and melty and made with smokey roasted poblano, spicy chorizo and meant to be eaten with soft corn tortillas, rather than crispy chips. It was delicious and I think we polished it off mere minutes after it was brought to our table.

You can't go wrong with melted cheese, though, really.

You can’t go wrong with melted cheese, though, really.

Because we had trouble deciding which tacos to order (despite there only being 6 varieties on their menu), we decided to each order 2 and share them so we could get an idea of how each one tasted. Lily picked the fried whiting (pickled green tomato tartar, cabbage, red onion, $4) and the pork carnitas taco (confit, jowl, chicharron, salsa verde ,chilmole, $3.5). They were both delicious, fresh, and flavorful, although if I had to pick a favorite of the two, the carnitas would win hands down.

I don't know if I've ever met a taco I didn't like...

I don’t know if I’ve ever met a taco I didn’t like…

Sheena opted for the grilled steak taco (charred onions and peppers, queso fresco, garlic-amarillo, $4), and the tacos al pastor (marinated and grilled pork, pineapple, avocado, $3.5). The tacos al pastor were awesome with the pineapple, giving a tart and savory flavor to the spiced meat. The steak tacos, though, were out of this world. They were so full of flavor and the meat was tender and juicy…

Dat steak though...

Dat steak though…

I got the final two options, the chargrilled chicken taco (mango, cotija, lime pickled red onion, pasilla de Oaxaca, $3) and the green chorizo taco with potatoes and grilled onions ($4). The chicken tacos had a nice smokey taste from the chargrilling and were very good. However, the chorizo tacos made me stop and close my eyes, chewing slowly so as to really savor the flavor. Each of us had the same reaction. If you’re debating, I definitely recommend the green chorizo taco over all the others.

I'm glad I tried the chicken taco first, or else I would've been super disappointed.

I’m glad I tried the chicken taco first, or else I would’ve been super disappointed.

After our taco feast, we were still a little peckish, so we decided to try the Hotdog confit and deli ham torta (avocado, tomato and chipotle mayo, $9.5), because we were way too intrigued to not try a confit hot dog. I’m so glad we did. The sandwich was huge, but it was unlike anything I’ve ever had. It was topped with some kind of shredded greens (cabbage, I think?), which gave an extra hint of freshness to the salty pork.

Do you see how big this sandwich is??

Do you see how big this sandwich is??

Basically, I want to live in this restaurant. The prices were really reasonable for everything and the quality was top-notch. The service was absolutely awesome, some of the best I’ve ever had. I left feeling like I was best friends with our server by the time we left. In fact, let’s just put a little plaque under table 13 that says “Reserved For The Queen.”

Or just add my name to the sign, that works, too.

Or just add my name to the sign, that works, too.

Minero
155 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 789-2241

Minero Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Quote of the Week

Quote of the Week 1/15/18: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

January 15, 2018

I’ve always hated that saying “have your cake and eat it, too” I think I heard somewhere that it’s actually backwards, and the real phrase is supposed to be “eat your cake and have it, too” which makes way more sense. But as someone who doesn’t really like cake, it’s still kind of a lame phrase IMO.

Which is why I love this week’s quote, which comes from author Brandi Bates. It’s a little sassy and it centers around food, so it’s basically me.

 “All those other girls are cake…I’m Crème brûlée…Tiramisu, if you will. Just a few notches above.”
— Brandi L. Bates

Restaurant Reviews

Le Farfalle

January 12, 2018

Being half Italian (I know I don’t look it, but trust me, it’s there), I am pretty particular when it comes to Italian food, so despite having heard great things about Le Farfalle when it first opened, I was still skeptical. However, after having eaten there more times than I care to admit now, I can happily say that Le Farfalle is definitely one of the best Italian restaurants in Charleston.

Let’s start with the appetizers. All the apps I’ve had have been delicious. My favorite is probably the Ceci in Umido (Umbrian-style stewed chickpeas, preserved lemon, Aleppo Pepper, baguette, $9), which is essentially like an Italian hummus. The olive oil (which is amazing on its own, btw) mixed with the chickpea spread is light and bright and savory with just a little bit of bite from the Aleppo pepper. I order it pretty much every time I go.

I have been known to lick the bowl.

I also love the Whipped Ricotta (Honey, Black pepper, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Baguette, $10)… even typing that sentence makes my mouth water. It’s super creamy with just a little sweetness from the honey to balance out the creamy saltiness of the ricotta. It’s so light and refreshing, you forget you’re basically just eating straight cheese.

I have also been known to lick this bowl.

Also, if you love bread, you absolutely cannot miss the Warm Rosemary Focaccia ($6). If I baked bread, this is the only bread I’d ever bake. Plus it comes with their red sauce, their awesome olive oil, and the whipped ricotta I was bragging about earlier (sans honey).

If this bread came in a bowl, you bet I’d lick that, too.

Also if you’re there during happy hour (or apertivo hour, as they call it), I really enjoyed the Fried Mozzarella Sticks ($5), which are simple and just like you remembered them as a kid, but better. I think it’s because their marinara sauce is so much better than what you find elsewhere. Either way, it’s delicious.

Then again, I am just an adult toddler, so it makes sense.

For entrees, I’m absolutely in love with all of their pastas. I tend to opt for the Fusilli Lunghi (black pepper, pecorino romano, $15), which is their version of cacio e pepe. It’s really buttery and cheesy, and a definite crowd pleaser.

The butter at bottom of this bowl, I did not lick. 

I was also a big fan of the Fried Chicken Piccata (mustard greens, potato puree, lemon-caper sauce, $24), which is battered instead of breaded, so it comes out looking like fish & chips. It threw me a bit when we ordered it, and I usually don’t care for battered foods, but this dish was actually delicious! The batter was still light enough that it didn’t overpower the chicken, and the lemon-caper sauce is the perfect balance of tart and creamy. The potato puree and mustard greens really weren’t anything special, but the chicken was good enough that I was able to overlook that.

Piccata dish you like and we’ll split it.

For dessert, I really love their Olive Oil Cake (Olive Oil-Basil Gelato, Candied Almonds, Macerated Blackberries, $8), which sounds weird but isn’t. It’s kind of like a less sweet pound cake with creamy gelato and delicious berries. I like that it isn’t too sweet (most of the sweetness comes from the berries, actually), which was a nice way to end the meal.

(provided by the restaurant… I’m still working on my photography skills).

If you’re thirsty, like I usually am when I go out, I recommend the Swizzle Negroni (Plantation 3 Star Rum, Carpano Bianco, Coconut-Washed Galliano L’Aperitivo, Pineapple, Lime, $11), which tastes like summertime in a glass. It’s very tropical and ice cold (literally overflowing with ice), and if you close your eyes when you drink it, you can pretend you’re in the Caribbean.

Then again, I usually close my eyes and pretend I’m somewhere else.

All in all, if you like Italian food, you should definitely consider giving Le Farfalle a try!

But come hungry!

Le Farfalle
15 Beaufain Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-212-0920

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