Cannon Green ~ Taco Tuesday

When I was searching for Happy Hours to visit in Charleston, I discovered it was Taco Tuesday at Cannon Green.  I had already had a remarkable experience with their brunch, so I decided to try the restaurant again.  Upon arriving, I discovered the type of taco available varies from week to week.  Both a meat and a vegetarian option are always available.  This week the meat was roasted chicken with radishes and lime on a homemade corn tortilla and the vegetarian option had the same toppings but used lima beans and field peas instead of chicken.  I chose to order the vegetarian option.  I expected the taco to be good, but I did not expect it to be as good as it was!  The beans and peas were not the typical mushy foods I associated with Sunday dinner at my grandparents.  They were firm, well-flavored, and offered good textural difference compared to the radishes and the tortilla.  I ordered guacamole to complete my meal.  It came out served in the cutest terra cotta pot with a little bag of chips.  The chips were warm, and dare I say the guacamole was comparable to any I have ever ordered in a Mexican restaurant.  It had a lovely citrus kick and the cilantro added to the flavor, it did not take over the dish.  Additionally, I ordered their cocktail The Tickler, which was absolutely delicious! Not too sweet, not too sour, and a little salty!  The bartender gave me a Plinko token as I was leaving which I “played” at the hostess counter and won a $4 beer and a shot for my next visit!

 

Want to visit?  Here’s the link- http://cannongreencharleston.com

Hyman’s Seafood Co.

On my very first night in Charleston, SC, I ate at Hyman’s Seafood Co. which is a huge restaurant when you consider it’s prime placement on Meeting Street!  The restaurant consisted of at least four large rooms on the second floor and the family owns two additional stores taking residence on the first floor. The waiter brought out hushpuppies for the table to share and we ordered their well-known appetizer the Carolina Delight. The hushpuppies were good, completely different than what I am used to because they used sweet cornbread to make them.  The Carolina Delight was very creamy and rich.  It consisted of grits cakes topped with shrimp and a cream sauce.  I ordered from the “pick two” option and got their Shrimp’n’Grits and a Broiled Flounder Filet with a side of Steamed Broccoli.  The Shrimp’n’Grits were filling and had a unique cream sauce, the same sauce as what was used on the Carolina Delight.  I am personally more of a fan of the spicy, red sauces that I’ve typically seen, but it was still really good!  The fish was broiled fish and the broccoli was broiled broccoli, nothing interesting to report.

 

Want to visit?  Here’s the link- http://hymanseafood.com

Cannon Green

I immediately fell in love with this trendy restaurant the moment I saw its photos online.  I’m a crazy plant lady and apparently these people are as well! The restaurant screams sophistication, the furniture is perfectly coordinated with the space, the vaulted ceilings and large windows give it size and depth.  I truly appreciated how all the tables were far enough apart that I didn’t feel like I was invading my neighbors space.  The waiter brought out their cheddar biscuits, possibly scones, and some orange infused butter, the two paired very well and I was impressed with the creativity.  I ordered a carafe of Grapefruit Mimosas and a cup of coffee.  The mimosas were fantastic, not too sweet, but not too sour and perfectly bubbly.  The coffee was thick and rich, almost savory, so, I asked the waiter where they purchased and he told me Black Tap Coffee, Heavyweight blend.  I promptly bought some upon leaving the restaurant.  I ordered their Tuna Poke, again searching for a bowl to rival what I bought at Union Market in D.C. and again I was disappointed.  Not that it was bad, it was absolutely delicious but it just did not compare.  This bowl consisted of an avocado whip on the bottom that had remarkably good flavor, sometimes the good, bland flavor of plain avocado if over-appreciated.  I am glad the chef spiced it up.  The tuna was fresh, and I don’t think it had been marinated.  Cubed cucumbers and (possibly/probably) jicama were tossed with the tuna to provide a crisp texture.  Though I am not completely sure if jicama was the mystery crunchy cube, assuming it was jicama then its a twist on poke that has not made it completely from Hawaii to the mainland yet.  Though from some research I do see that Polynesians brought jicama to Hawaii, so it is not unfathomable to believe that it is a common addition to traditional poke. Finally we ordered their Matcha Gelato, which is seasonal.  It reminded me of when Anne Hathaway takes a giant bite of the frozen ice cream on the Princess Diaries. It was delightfully fresh and the flavor was mild, but lets be honest I was expecting it to look and taste like Bluebell.

 

Want to visit?  Here’s the link- http://cannongreencharleston.com

Blossom

Blossom was a wonderful dinner choice. Thankfully, I made a reservation because the restaurant was evidently very busy.  I ordered the Tune Poke because I feel as if I will be eternally searching for the replica of the poke bowl I bought regularly from a store in the Union Market in D.C. This bowl was not a horrific letdown, it was generally really good, not as good as the one in D.C., but good all the same.  The tuna was fresh and had been marinated in a dark dressing, I’m assuming soy sauce based.  It was served with fresh cucumber and seaweed salad, which is absolutely my favorite type of salad because it is full of vitamins! The dish was served on a leaf of bibb lettuce, which I ate…it might have possibly been the garnish.

 

Want to visit?  Here’s the link- https://blossomcharleston.com

Vincent Chicco’s

My stop here actually came by accident, I was attempting to try Coast Bar and Grill but the wait was an hour and a half.  So I began walking down the cute alley, pasts some live musicians, and into this almost overwhelmingly fancy Italian restaurant.  The kind where the waiter insists on pouring the wine for you and the menu is all in Italian.  I ordered the Bruschetta for an appetizer and the Caprese Salad for my meal.  The bruschetta was on fabulous focaccia bread and had a pleasantly strong garlic twang, not so potent that it knocked my socks off, but it definitely had my attention, I really liked how raw tomatoes were served as the garnish. I ate them, they probably thought that was weird.  My Caprese was obviously of very high quality with fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, marinated cherry tomatoes, and whipped ricotta.  My complaint, which I imagine very few people have, is that there was too much cheese.  I ended up pulling off about three of the centimeter thick, tomato-width round slices to make the cheese-tomato ratio more to my liking.

 

Want to visit?  Here’s the link- http://www.holycityhospitality.com/vincent-chiccos/

Roadside Seafood

For lunch on the second day I went to a restaurant that appeared to be a dive at first glance called Roadside Seafood!  I walked in and immediately saw the beautiful fish decorations made from driftwood they have prominently displayed on the wall.  I decided to order their Shrimp Po’boy.  They had numerous articles from local papers and magazines posted remarking about how they restaurant has great fried shrimp! Sure enough, the bread was crunchy, the shrimp were fresh and not over-breaded, but what stole the show for me were the fried green tomatoes which provided a break in flavor from all the fried and bready things.

 

Want to visit?  Here’s the link- http://www.roadsideseafood.com