|Dining updates for Piccolo Spoleto|
Concerts, plays, art shows, performance art - Hoorah! Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto have begun, with theater-goers and concert attendees working up an appetite for more than Charleston culture. So, while dashing between performances, plan to sample the culinary gold of the Lowcountry. Most of the restaurants I have reviewed on my blog are still thriving and worth a visit but a few, alas, have closed or are no longer what they once were. I've also added four new mini-reviews.
Restaurants that have closed, and will be sadly missed:
P.I.E. Bake Shoppe
The Smith Street Bull Street Gourmet, but the King Street location of Bull Street Gourmet is thriving.
New favorites to try:
Poogan's Smokehouse - Located in the space vacated by Social, P's Smokehouse excels at Lowcountry comfort food: barbecue, cast iron skillet cornbread, and collards. Their bar makes the best mint juleps in town.
Lewis Barbecue - Delightful atmosphere, with dining inside or out and a full bar with bar menu. Their pulled pork and brisket is moist and flavorful, and especially good when paired with the creamy lemon slaw.
Carmella's Wine and Dessert Bar - I have been eyeing this delightful dessert/wine/coffee bar for some time and was recently charmed down to my socks by their Italian Rum Cake.
Worth skipping dessert elsewhere and finishing your evening at Carmella's, or better still, skip dinner altogether and just eat dessert!
Twenty Six Devine - Full English tea. Need I say more?
Reservations required, as this lovely tea room prepares just enough to share with those who plan ahead.
Restaurants that Charleston E. Diner can no longer recommend:
Poogan's Porch - (Hoped the quality would improve with the new chef in 2016, but sadly it did not.)
3 Matadors Taquileria - (same menu, poor quality)