With the warming weather of Spring upon us, we got the itch to do a little traveling. After tossing around a few ideas, we decided to keep to a couple familiar places that are close to our hearts. Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia (about an hour and a half apart). The first leg of the trip was designed to primarily try Edmund’s Oast. A James Beard nominated restaurant for Best New Restaurant. We soon found out why they are receiving so much attention. But before that, we had a few stops at some popular watering holes.
First on the list when we got into town was Prohibition. A lot of the Charleston bars have a similar, retro, almost speakeasy feel to them and Prohibition is no exception. We sipped on refreshing cocktails that were a perfect welcome to town! For a late afternoon snack, we had the Duck Gravy Fries. Oh my! Richness and perfection. We almost had to go take a nap after this! But it was worth it.
Next up were carefully hand-crafted sips from Proof.
I should note here that we visited a number of other outstanding spots like Leon’s Oyster Shop, Husk, and had an amazing time sitting at the bar at the Gin Joint which as far as we’re concerned should be a must-visit when in Charleston. However, those spots we only had our iPhones so we aren’t running those on the blog. Check out @KnoxFoodie on social media for a recap of those.
Edmund’s Oast is a pleasantly vibrant atmosphere. Maybe even ‘loud’. Not a bad thing. They have an excellent charcuterie program as well as crafting their own beers which are excellent and I’m sure will be winning awards in the upcoming season. Happily, we were seated at the chef’s table overlooking the active kitchen. If you enjoy watching what’s going on, these are great seats to ask for. Our server explained the dishes and beverages to us with lots of detail and a great attitude.
Our Edmund’s Oast experience began with a tasty, but slightly smoky Pea Soup. Along with that, we ordered a couple of Edmund Oast’s own brews.
Our first course was a delicious selection of cured charcuterie (they also offer a fresh charcuterie board and cheese board) with salami, serryano ham, and a spicy Korean sausage.
On to the mains…Mrs. Knox Foodie had a delicious, moist Triggerfish with Cabbage… but the winner was the Pickled Shrimp. Now, not everyone has had the pleasure of pickled shrimp. But it’s a Low Country favorite. This is one of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten. The crusty fresh bread is slathered with a rich aioli and selection of veggies, including fennel, are pickled with the shrimp and fresh dill tops it all off. Rich, acidic, filling and a punch in the face of flavor.
The following day before heading to Savannah, we had lunch at Leon’s Oyster Shop for a delicious lunch. And then walked just down the road to for an educational tour of Highwire Distilling to see, and taste the production of some of the best distilled spirits being produced today. We walked away with a bottle of Tequilla flavored Rum (it’s good, just trust us!). This is a great tour and tasting if you’re in Charleston and want a little downtime. Just next door to Highwire is Butcher & Bee, another fine place and highly recommended for brunch.
The next day, we were on the way to Savannah. Stay tuned….