FRESH FLAVORS + ELEGANCE = DINING PERFECTION

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Palmetto Café at Belmond Charleston Place

Located on Meeting Street downtown, this elegant spot serves up innovative American cuisine using fresh local ingredients and a nice selection of wines. Highlights of our visit beyond the delicious food included outstanding, gracious service, and an artistic ambience surrounding us in a cushion of luxury.

The food:

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Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with pickled corn salad, lobster sauce, and diced lobster. Note the large dice, really chunks, oh, so luscious.

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Crab Salad with avocado and golden tomato vinaigrette.

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Shrimp Tacos

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Flavored Butters served with a basket presenting a variety of interesting bread choices of varied textures, all perfectly matched to the type of bread; a tender dinner roll and thin crisp lavash were two of my favorites.

Desserts were way above the norm. A rhubarb pastry with ice cream was wildly wonderful in all respects.

This was our group’s first lunch in Charleston, and a fitting preview of the great food served in this up and coming restaurant city. My wine was excellent. Everyone was delighted with the food. In short, we loved the place. My three words are scrumptious, elegant, graceful. Sincere thanks to waiter, hostess, and manager who all saw to our comfort and well-being and of course to a kitchen producing taste with a capital T.

Based on my experiences, Charleston really is a city of friendly and gracious hospitality. Most of the people we met during our almost week there were helpful, friendly and kind.

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www.charlestonplace.com or google the Palmetto Café in Charleston, SC.

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