May 26, 2015

Charleston: Artisan Meat Share, Edmund's Oast, The Obstinate Daugter, Minero

I spent a long weekend in one of my favorite cities and ate and drank my share. I suppose it has to do with the fact that I'm on vacation when I'm there, but Charleston is like my Lake Wobegon, every experience there is above average. This is especially true when it comes to food. Our first stop in town on this trip was at Craig Deihl's new shop, Artisan Meat Share. Deihl is like a meat whisperer, he works magic with cured meats. AMS is a small deli-type shop with a large take-out business and a dozen small tables for eating on-site.
Pate melt. Creamy, silky, pate topped with swiss, pickled bitter greens and mayo on buttered and grilled challah. Beautiful stuff.
"Bun mi" with smoked ham, pate, pickled veggies and mayo. Somewhere between a banh mi and a bun, but clearly also somewhere awesome.
I pretty much went nuts over Edmund's Oast the very first time I visited last year. Having been there three times over the past year, I'm running out of superlatives for it. I love the place. The pickled shrimp on rye, a mainstay on the menu since opening, is just brilliant. I don't know why it works so well, but it does. Pickled shrimp, with fennel, carrot, radish, red onion, dill...and a creamy aioli on a warm piece of rye toast. It's freaking heaven, this dish. Ah, anyway, it's good. Go try it.
Made a return visit to The Obstinate Daughter on sleepy Sullivan's Island, a quick 20 minute ride from downtown Charleston. The OD is a another new favorite that seems to be getting stronger with each visit. Above is a perfect spring "salad" of peas and favas with prosciutto and Parmesan.
Also from the OD, chicken with farro and fried brussel sprouts and black truffle. Strong dish.
Saturday night we fought the crowds and got an early table at Sean Brock's newest Charleston venture, Minero. It's a taco shop, really, but like all of Brock's restaurants, Minero over-delivers due in part to the thoughtfulness behind the design, food, and execution. Good news for Atlanta people as there will be a Minero outpost at Ponce City Market this fall. We tried a few items, including five different tacos. They were all great in their own way. Not worth picking favorites but the charcoaled chicken, green chorizo, and carnitas were all certainly memorable.
Fun chip service with something akin to a Mexican-themed oven mitt used to hold the hot chips. Fun, and brilliant, as the chips stay warmer than when served in a traditional basket. The chips come with three salsas, a red-ancho based, green tomatillo, and a peanut-mole. While I don't have a picture, the star of the meal, aside from the tacos, were the charcoal grilled chicken wings. Holy crap, some great wings. The wait staff tosses the wings with Valentina-to order, tableside when your hot wings come out from the kitchen. Great touch. Great wings.
Cool custom tables at Minero feature drawers at each seat where you find your utensils. It's hard to not eat really well in Charleston. I'm ready to go back. Until next time.

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