This was the view from our hotel in Charleston, S.C. last week. And while it is a beautiful view indeed, memories of the boats and water are in strong competition with memories of the food I ate while I was there.
Charleston is a food city, there’s no doubt about it.
The most upscale meal we had was at Oak Steakhouse in downtown Charleston, which is housed in a historic former bank building on Exchange Street. Oak is run by Brett McKee, the same chef who headlined the Puttin’ on the Dog event at Roanoke Country Club not long ago.
My husband drew the line at letting me bring my camera inside the steakhouse, but I can still picture the meal in my mind: tender, rich oysters Rockefeller, a perfect filet, lobster and shrimp macaroni and cheese and the best brussels sprouts I’ve ever had. They were roasted with applewood smoked bacon and sugar. I must have that recipe.
The best seafood house in Charleston, however, is slightly less beautiful on the outside than the Oak Steakhouse. It’s called The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene, and it’s difficult to find if you aren’t looking for it. Check out the picture (at left) and you’ll see that it’s no wonder The Wreck is one of Charleston’s best-kept secrets.
I found recommendations for The Wreck on the boards at Chow.com, and I will never take another vacation to an unfamiliar city without checking Chow first.
When we checked into our hotel, I asked the clerk: “Isn’t The Wreck near here?”
He replied: “How did you know about The Wreck? We don’t tell tourists about it.”
At that moment, I knew I was onto something.
The Wreck is housed in a tiny, nondescript building on Shem Creek. There are no signs. As you can see, the view from the inside is quite a bit more becoming (and not just because my wonderful hubby is in the picture.)
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