These postcard views of Charleston, SC are a huge contrast to the television pictures of horrible flooding in that state this week. Overflowing rivers are rushing toward the coast and more flooding may be coming for Charleston. We can only hope that waters will recede and these streets again will history and beauty for natives and travelers alike.
185 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Of the memories from my recent trip there with friends, one of the happiest was lunch downtown at Magnolias where executive chef Kelly Franz produces food the likes of which I only previously dreamed of.
There were eight of us, and very special thanks to L.P. for treating the lot of us. What an amazing dining experience with good friends. (Friends always make the food taste even better.)
Come on in.
Our table is ready.
We started off with some Blue Crab Bisque for all to share. It disappeared so suddenly, there is no photo.
Here’s Parmesan Crusted Flounder with jasmine rice and creek shrimp pirloo served with sweet corn, tomato and asparagus salad and citrus beurre blanc.
Our knowledgable waiter ably explained pirloo is a low country favorite, similar to rice pilaf, made with vegetables, starch (often rice) and a protein.
I savored each bite of one of the restaurants star offerings: Shellfish over Grits. Large chunks of shrimp and sea scallops were served over perfect creamy grits in a lobster butter sauce topped with frisky crisp fried spinach.
Among the other fine dishes served at our table were Catfish and Charleston Crab Cakes. My wine , so fabulous I drank two glasses, perfectly complemented the food. Perhaps it is understandable that my notes are unreadable.
It’s a busy place. We reluctantly left this magnificent restaurant, feeling satisfied, mouths still full of lingering good tastes.
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Do not miss it when you visit Charleston!