Don't let the renovations and construction in progress at the Mills House Hotel deter you. Their lovely restaurant, the Barbadoes Room, is still open. I dined there for lunch yesterday, and it is still a quiet, plush oasis from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. I stopped by for a break from shopping and a museum visit (The Gibbs has a fabulous exhibit of Civil War photography, but more on that at mavierecommence.blogspot later today).
The Barbadoes Room, at the Mills House, located on the corner of Meeting and Queen, serves the local lunch crowd from the Four Corners to the Market, and tourists lucky enough to discover this comfy little gem. I ordered my "usual", She Crab Soup with sherried cream. It is, far and away, the best she-crab soup in Charleston. Creamy, rich and redolent with sherry, it is served with two corn muffins and creamy butter. The corn muffins are sweet, moist and perfect crumbled into the soup. I ate and enjoyed every bite. The price is right, too. Where else can you fill up on the finest Lowcountry soup for just $8.00, including tax??
The only disappointing note to my luncheon was the fact that The Barbadoes Room no longer serves their wonderful peach iced tea. Why? I have no idea, but perhaps if we ask them nicely, they will bring it back!