My last night in Oklahoma was absolutely fantastic. Scarlett and Alex did not take me to any more restaurants. Instead we spent time together at their home, hanging out, talking, and enjoying the last little bit of time I had left. We sat in lounge chairs on their back porch, and enjoyed the wonderful Oklahoma weather. Alex was not very happy to be outside when there was a perfectly good house with AC, but he stayed for a while. After dinner, and several mixed drinks and a bottle of wine later, Scarlett jumped up out of her lounge chair. As she ran inside excitedly she says, “I have something to share with you, and you must write about it in a blog!” I sat there thinking, “What on earth is she about to show me?” When she came back outside she had a bottle of Broke Ass wine, and the biggest container of Cheese Balls I have ever seen. You see Scarlett loves wine and cheese, but she also loves to budget. Wine can be expensive all on it’s on, and when trying to pair it with a nice cheese it can be costly. So Scarlett came up with what she calls Redneck Wine and Cheese. Now, you may be thinking this can not be good. Trust me I was thinking the same thing, but it is actually perfect! She chose the perfect wine, a nice red blend. I am not sure how this would taste with a sweeter wine, I personally do not care for eating cheese with sweet wines, but the red blend was perfect! The Utz Cheese Balls combined with the wine was just like sitting there at a fancy dinner party drinking wine and eating cheese. Only redneck style. Barefoot and lounging it on the back porch. Trust me when I say if you like wine and cheese you must try this at least once!
This foodie had a great time in Oklahoma. I am sad to be saying goodbye. Scarlett and Alex thank you guys for everything, I can not wait to see you in July! Be prepared to be shown the best of the Low Country. Home sweet home I go!
For my last stop, Scarlett and Alex took me to Red Rock Bakery & Deli. Red Rock is located at 910 N. Boomer, Stillwater, OK 74075. Red Rock Bakery & Deli only has one location, but you can find Red Rock’s donuts at many of the OnCue Express stations in Stillwater. Red Rock is known for their freshly baked breads, and I must say they are rather delicious. Scarlett told me that due to COVID-19 Red Rock had taken out a lot of their dine in seating to create distance. But usually when you walk in there is a large table that sits in the middle of the restaurant completely full of freshly baked homemade breads and specialty homemade sweet breads. Red Rock makes three homemade breads; White, Wheat, and Multi Grain. They also make many different homemade sweet breads; Lemon Blueberry, Almond Poppy Seed, Cinnamon, Banana Nut, Pumpkin (seasonal), Pull-A-Part Loaf, and Cobblestone. Each day Red Rock bakes all their made from scratch goods first thing in the morning to provide the people with the best and freshest foods. As you walk into Red Rock you can smell that sweet intoxicating fresh baked bread smell that makes you gain five pounds immediately! It is utterly satisfying. You walk up to the counter and order, fix your coffee or drink, then have a seat. Alex was lucky this bright beautiful sunshine filled morning, because there is no outdoor seating so once again we sat in the AC that he loves so much.
While waiting for our food I sipped on my coffee, which I found to be so smooth and delightful I had to know where the coffee came from. After doing some research, Alex found they get their coffee beans from Henderson Coffee. Henderson Coffee is an Oklahoma coffee roaster located in Muskogee and was established in 1923. I found myself wishing they had bags of Henderson Coffee to purchase, because it was so good! If you are ever looking for just a good cup of coffee, you should definitely stop by and grab a cup from Red Rock. For breakfast I chose to try one of the Breakfast Bowls with sausage. The breakfast bowls are served with your choice of meat or veggie, scrambled eggs, and queso cheese. It is also Keto friendly! In all honesty, the breakfast bowl was not my favorite. The eggs were over cooked, but the queso cheese was fantastic! I always enjoy a good breakfast bowl, but most have cheddar cheese or sometimes a mixed cheese blend. Having that perfectly melted, creamy, and slightly spicy queso in the breakfast bowl, is genius and all around better! Scarlett and Alex both ordered the Jalapeno Sausage Roll. If you don’t like jalapeno they do have a regular sausage option. I must say Red Rock does a wonderful job with their sausage rolls. They take this large piece of jalapeno sausage, wrap it in cheese, encase it with freshly made dough, and then bake it to perfection. I love everything about the Jalapeno Sausage Roll. The bread is sweet, fresh, and soft. The sausage is juicy and tender, with that impeccable jalapeno flavor. Then add the cheese, AHHH my mouth is watering just thinking about it all over again! Wonder if they will deliver to SC? After some hearty breakfast, it was time for something sweet. Scarlett and I chose to split one of Red Rock’s Cinnamon Rolls. Their Cinnamon Rolls are huge, and perfect to split! It was hard not to eat the entire cinnamon roll though, but I refrained and shared. It was rich, and creamy with a center that was warm and gooey. Perfection! After eating entirely too much for breakfast, I decided to grab few things to take home to my husband and son. A loaf of Red Rocks Lemon Blueberry sweet bread for John, and a Cinnamon Roll for West. I also grabbed a loaf of their Wheat bread for me! I don’t even know if West tasted the cinnamon roll he ate it so fast! John and I have both enjoyed the Lemon Blueberry sweet bread. It is the most moist sweet bread I have ever had in my life! Literally all you have to do is pick the bread up in its packaging and you can feel how moist it is! The blueberries you can tell are fresh, and the bread is not over the top with the lemon. I love it! With their Wheat Bread I have made breakfast sandwiches, garlic toast, and french toast. All were fantastic! Their homemade breads are definitely worth trying, I really hope to try their Whole Grain bread and their Banana Nut sweet bread next time!
This foodie is very happy that her last experience in Oklahoma was a great one! Scarlett and Alex you guys sure do know where all the good spots are!
After eating Nooki for lunch, I did not think it was possible to get any more excited about food. Boy was I wrong! Scarlett and Alex decided to order delivery from a Stillwater favorite for dinner. The Hideaway, located at 230 S Knoblock, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074, is the original of all the Hideaway locations. The Hideaway was founded in 1957, and was originally called the Campus Hideaway. According to The Hideaway’s web page, “Richard Dermer got a job as a delivery driver his freshman year at OSU, and three years later, at age 20 he and Marti Dermer bought it so they could pay for college.”(theoriginalhideaway.squarespace.com) After purchasing the Campus Hideaway they decided to change the name to The Hideaway. Richard and Marti Dermer take pride in growing their businesses and employing OSU students to help them get through college. I love eating at places that have deep roots and a good history, and The Hideaway has just that. I did not actually get to go into The Hideaway because we got delivery, but from looking at their website I truly missed out. The decor of The Hideaway is unique to say the least. I am not going to spoil it for you though, you will have to go check it out for yourself. I will give you a hint. Kites!
Pizza is not always the easiest to review. Everyone has their own opinion on what type of pizza they enjoy. I, personally, like a thinner crust and big slices. Some may like deep dish Chicago style, others like Domino’s or Pizza Hut. Not saying saying Domino’s or Pizza Hut is terrible, but they are not great pizza. So what makes pizza great? I say it’s the flavor and texture of the crust, the sauce, and the topping to dough ratio. The Hideaway is making what I believe to be great pizza! First of all, the crust is nice and crispy with just that perfect amount of butter teasing your taste buds. It is not a thick crust, and it is not a super thin crust either. It is the perfect crust. I can eat multiy slices and not get overly full from all the bread. The sauce is bursting with fresh tomato flavor! It contains just the right amount of season that compliments the pizza rather than over power it. It also has a slightly sweet after taste that is absolutely delightful. The cheese is executed perfectly! It’s a lot of cheese, but when you bite in and pull away it doesn’t take all the toppings off your pizza. This means they cook it at the perfect temperature and do not over melt the cheese. How they do the toppings is my favorite part about this pizza. All the toppings, no matter what you get, is perfectly chopped into tiny pieces, and then evenly distributed over the entire pizza. This is a home run! I loathe when I order pizza and some pieces don’t even have the mushrooms or chicken on it! You have to order “extra” mushrooms or “extra” chicken, which cost more. Sometimes even with “extra” you still get pieces missing toppings, but not when you get pizza at The Hideaway! Lastly the topping to dough ratio is ideal. There is more topping than breading, but not so much that the pizza has to be folded like a taco. This pizza is AWESOME!
If you are ever near Stillwater The Hideaway is a must try! There are also seven in Tulsa Oklahoma, eight in Oklahoma City, one in Bartlesville Oklahoma, and three about to be four in Arizona. Don’t forget though if your anywhere other than Stillwater look for Hideaway, there is only one “The” Hideaway. Thank you Scarlett and Alex for treating me to such an amazing pizza!
After a wonderful nights rest, Scarlett and Alex took me to a Stillwater original for lunch. Nooki only has one location located at 405 S Washington Street, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74074. When you walk into Nooki you get this modern fresh earthy feel. They have large community tables, booths that outline the entire dinning area, and stool seating right at the windows. There are succulents that sit sparingly throughout the dining area, as well as large succulent wall planters covering an entire section of the dinning wall. The yellow chairs that decorate some of the tables are a perfect touch to the modern decor. At Nooki you order at the counter, take a number, then find a seat. There is no outdoor seating so Alex was very happy to be enjoying the AC while we dined in!
Nooki has a wonderful sushi menu, but they also serve signature poke bowls and sushi burritos. After some debating, we decided on Sushi. We ordered five rolls to split three ways. The Yummy Roll, Dragon Roll, King Crab Roll, Peanut Roll, and the Spicy Salmon Roll, were our assortment of choices. The Yummy Roll and Dragon Roll are hands down my two favorites! The Yummy Roll is a combination of eel, crab meat, jalapeno, and creamed cheese perfectly rolled and topped with salmon and avocado. As you bite into this sensational roll you taste and savor the creamy textures of cream cheese and avocado, a hint of salmon, a slight kick of spice from the crisp jalapeno, and the delectable tender eel and crab meat. We were suppose to be sharing the rolls, but secretly I wanted to run away with this one! The Dragon Roll contains shrimp tempura and cucumber, then topped with avocado, eel, and shredded crab meat. This was a large roll to bite, but worth stuffing your face with. No matter how ridiculous I looked/felt! With each piece you get this amazing crunch from the perfectly fried shrimp tempura, an overwhelming flavor of rich mayo from one of the sauces that is drizzled over the top, a delightful taste of sweet cucumber, a smooth texture of avocado, and the slightly cooked juicy eel. Wow, mind blown! The King Crab Roll, though not in my personal top two, is a very close second. Scarlett mentioned this was one of her favorites. She really loved that the entire roll was fried! The King Crab is a roll stuffed with crab salad and cream cheese, then rolled up and deep fried. When biting into this roll, you taste fried cream cheese with just the right amount of crab salad. Simple, tasteful, yummylicious! The Peanut Roll is one of the vegetarian rolls Nooki offers. It is filled with honey roasted peanuts and avocado. I did not know if I was going to like it, but it was very good. I really loved the fresh taste of the avocado and the honey roasted peanuts combined together! I hope to try some more of their vegetarian options next time. Scarlett and Alex have friends who are vegetarians, and the Peanut Roll is their personal favorite. Last but not least, the Spicy Salmon Roll. I have to say this was not my favorite roll, but I am also one who likes a lot of different flavors and textures when it comes to sushi. The Spicy Salmon Roll is salmon and cucumber rolled up and topped with green onion. The salmon was tender with a kick, and then you get just that little crunch from the cucumber. A solid, well done, fresh tasting Spicy Salmon Roll.
This foodie loves Nooki’s sushi! I do believe I may have to fly to Stillwater for a visit with Scarlett and Alex, and Nooki! If you are ever near Stillwater this place is a must try!
If you read my blog or follow me on social media, then you know my blog is all about food in the LowCountry of South Carolina. This week however, I got the opportunity to travel to Oklahoma to visit my sister Scarlett and my brother-in-law Alex. My sister said, “Do a traveling blog Hannah, it would be awesome!”, so that is exactly what I did. Scarlett and Alex took me to all these amazing places and I am very excited to share them all with you!
After an exhausting flight from Charleston to Dallas to Oklahoma City, Scarlett and I landed with our stomachs rumbling for some good food. Alex picked us up from the Oklahoma City airport and took us straight to this amazing little burger joint called The Garage. The Garage is located at 1024 W I-240 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73139. There are sixteen locations in Oklahoma, two in Arkansas, one in Missouri, and one in Nebraska. Walking into The Garage you immediately get an authentic vintage feel with a bit of modern charm. There are license plates hanging on the wall, old vintage signs scattered about, and 50’s style silver and red booths. Lingering in the air is the smell of juicy burgers and french fries. You walk up and order your food, then take a number to your seat of choice. Personally, I love being outdoors on beautiful days and so does my sister Scarlett. Not so much Alex, but he was out numbered! So we went straight for the patio. After sitting down I began to look around and noticed that the servers and bartenders attire was unique and perfect for the place. They wore gray button up mechanic shirts with a pocket. I loved the atmosphere, and now I was ready for some food! While we waited, I did some research about how The Garage was started. According to their website eatatthegarage.com, “The Garage was created when three men sat down one day and decided to come up with the best tasting hamburgers and fresh-cut fries in town.” Well this Foodie believes they did just that!
The Garage has a wonderful variety of burgers, tacos, salads, and a few other items like their Fork and Knife Dog or Fish and Chips. They are most commonly known for their burgers, so that is what I tried. Actually to be honest, I tried three. Yes, that’s right I tried three! The Big G, The Grilled Jalapeno Bacon Cheeser, and The Kitchen Sink are the three burgers I indulged myself on, and let me just say it was more than worth it. The Big G definitely lives up to it’s name. It is a two patty burger with one patty cooked fried onion style, topped with pickles, onions, and a slice of american cheese, then smeared with ketchup and mayo. This burger had a great flavor and I loved the uniqueness of the fried onion style patty that brought this double cheeseburger to a whole other level. The Grilled Jalapeno Bacon Cheeser is a delightful burger with garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion, freshly grilled jalapenos, bacon, and american cheese. This burger at first seemed like it was going to be just a normal jalapeno burger with a fancy name, but The Garage added their garlic aioli and grilled jalapenos (“grilled” being the operative word here) and knocked a typical burger out of the park! Simple adds can really make all the difference. Now, I have saved the best for last! The Kitchen Sink is the best burger I have had in a long time! This burger is typically served on a beef patty like all their burgers, but I switched it up and got them to do a turkey patty for this one. I love this place because you can swap your protein for turkey, bison, or the impossible burger. The Kitchen Sink is topped with swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, sweet jalapeno relish, garlic aioli, BBQ sauce, and a fried onion ring. This mouth watering sensation had me diving into every bite! I try really hard not to have a usual at any restaurant, but honestly I don’t think I could refrain from ordering this one time and time again.
As far as sides go you must try the hand cut fries! The garage has many different ways they serve their fries, and I would love to try all of them, but I had three burgers I didn’t need but one fry! When I saw they had Garlic Parm Truffle Fries I knew I had to try them. I am a huge truffle fry fan, and The Garage did me proud. If you have never had truffle fries you should go right now and try some, seriously go right now, your life is not complete until you have had truffle fries! Fries fried in truffle oil and topped with Parmesan, oh what genius thought of this I would love to meet them! I have tried truffle fries at many different places and though these are not my number one they are my second favorite, which is saying a lot. When you get an order of truffle fries from The Garage make sure to ask for a side of BBQ aioli and garlic aioli, trust me you wont regret the dip choice. I did also try the pork rinds, which I did not care for. They seemed a bit stale. Maybe it was just an unfortunate batch. I will say this, I did love the season on them. I am not sure what the season was, but it was a little spicy and had a really good flavor.
This foodie is definitely impressed! If you are ever close to one of the many Garage restaurants you should definitely give it a try. Great atmosphere, great people, and great food! Thank you Scarlett and Alex for the recommendation.
During this time of quarantine due to COVID-19, I have discovered a glimmering ray of sunshine called Apple Spice. Apple Spice has many locations all over the U.S., including two (about to be three) in South Carolina. At 6185 Rivers Avenue, Suite M North Charleston, SC 29406 you will find the Apple Spice I have come to know and love. Apple Spice is a box lunch delivery and catering company that has been around since 1988. Now don’t let “catering” or “delivery” deter you from getting a lunch for one or even two people. You can absolutely order a single box and go pick it up!
Each Apple Spice box is perfectly packaged with your meal choice, a pickle, a bag of chips or your choice of side, a cookie, and a York peppermint patty. It also comes with a packet of mayo, mustard, and a cutlery set with a napkin. It has everything you need! I have had many catered lunches/box lunches since the start of COVID-19 and none have been so neatly and perfectly packaged like Apple Spice. To me presentation means a lot, and Apple Spice has truly out done the competition. Just as a side note this box is $9.99 and it is called the Classic Box Lunch, but there is also a Deluxe Box Lunch for $10.99 and an Executive Box Lunch for $12.99, with each upgrade you get a little something extra.
Apple Spice has an amazing menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups that will have you ordering time and time again. So far I have two favorite sandwiches, and one favorite wrap. Yes I have eaten here that much! My number one sandwich choice is the Manhattan Roast Beef. This heavenly sandwich is made on a 13-grain bread that is so fresh and soft it will stick to your teeth. The lean roast beef is so tender and delicious it will have your mouth watering. It is perfectly layered with lettuce and topped with a spread of cream cheese. Yes, I said cream cheese! Then, to make it even more appetizing, they serve it with a side of BBQ sauce for dipping. I do not generally eat roast beef sandwiches (too much meat not enough good flavor) and definitely not as a first choice, but this sandwich is my first and number one choice. Apple Spice made it that good! My second favorite sandwich is the Cashew Chicken Sandwich. This scrumptious sandwich is served on sourdough bread, which is so good you will want to take home an entire loaf. The cashew chicken mixture itself is a juicy perfectly seasoned chicken breast shredded and mixed with mayo, sweet celery, and onions. Then layered with lettuce and topped with cashews. Now I have always been a chicken salad fan, but this cashew chicken has taken chicken salad to the next level and won! As far as my favorite wrap goes, it is the Turkey and Swiss all the way. You can also get it as a sandwich, I have personally had it both ways, both are delicious but the wrap rocks my taste buds just a smidgen more. The Turkey and Swiss wrap is served in a tomato basil wrap and filled with delicious oven roasted turkey, swiss cheese, and lettuce. Then on the side, they give you their signature honey mustard sauce that is to die for. Apple Spice makes such simple but tasty sandwiches and wraps and then they give you this mind blowing side of dipping sauce that when combined with the sandwich or wrap makes your taste buds go bonkers for more.
Apple Spice has many different side options for your meal, including; chips, carrot chips, pasta salad, potato salad, frogeye salad, and fresh fruit. I highly recommend trying the potato salad. Now I will be honest I have tried potato salad at least hundred times if not more in my lifetime, and I am not a fan. With onions, without onions, more mayo, extra mustard, warm, or cold, doesn’t matter I have tried it enough to know it is not my favorite. However, I am so thankful for the day my Apple Spice box came with potato salad and I actually decided to give it a try. Apple Spice does not make the traditional potato salad. Their potato salad contains freshly cut and cooked potatoes, sour cream, bacon, and scallions. All mixed together to make the perfect potato salad. Honestly all Southerners should take a note from Apple Spice and make potato salad this way always!
This foodie is all about Apple Spice! Now go grab some box lunches and have a picnic, or tell your boss to have them cater the next meeting or function! You will not regret it!
If you are looking for a one of a kind brunch spot, look no further my friends. Located at 547 King Street Charleston, SC is the famous Prohibition, where you come for the food and you stay for the brilliantly created cocktails. As you step into the front door you quickly realize why this place is called prohibition. It’s like stepping back into the 20’s. As you make your way into the restaurant you notice the bourbon barrel ceilings, and wood walls. The feeling of the 20’s soon comes to light as you see the vintage art work and clothing style of the workers uniforms. Jazz music playing live on stage fills the air, and the smell of charred wings tickles your nose. The beautiful wooden tables are adorned with unique mismatched chairs, and set with cloth napkins, silverware, and mason jar glasses. After being seated make sure to take your time on your food choice, for this place does not hold back on deliciousness, and then ask your server for the full drink menu, trust me you are going to want it!
The brunch drink menu is wonderful! It has all the picture perfect brunch drinks with an inspired flare from Beverage Director Jim McCourt. Your classic Bloody Mary, a Mimosa, and even a Breakfast Milk Punch that consist of a cinnamon toast crunch infused bourbon, dark rum, milk, and nutmeg. And that is just the beginning. But If you want to take a walk on the wild side for brunch ask for the full drink menu. I am a bourbon girl so my recommendations here are one sided, but the 547 Manhattan and the Bacon Maple Old Fashioned are remarkable. The 547 Manhattan is a a tasteful blend of Templeton rye, Noilly Prat Rouge, Grand Marnier, Angostura, and a single Amarena cherry that is smooth with every sip, where as the Maple Bacon Old Fashioned is a flawless combination of bacon infused Makers Mark, maple syrup, Angostura, Scrappys orange, and citrus zest that will have you feeling like your living in the 20’s. To diversify myself slightly I tried the Gran Rosta Coffee, which was an impeccable choice for dessert after my meal. This creative cocktail consist of Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, coffee, Demerara, fresh whipped cream, and topped with popcorn powder. This foodie went for the food and stayed for the drinks.
Prohibition offers a lunch, brunch, and dinner menu. However; my favorite, is brunch. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and they always have a band playing live music. The brunch menu is short and sweet, but holds some of Chef Greg Garrison’s best work in my opinion. I personally have several all time favorite dishes, that I would highly recommend, and we will start with the the Crispy Chicken Melt. This delightful, perfectly encrusted, juicy, fried chicken sandwich will have your taste buds in a down right frenzy with each bite. It is served on toast with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and a smoked 1000 island dressing that will have you licking your plate clean. It is traditionally served with french fries, but I substitute for their crisp and sweet fresh fruit, which is perfect for brunch. Now if burgers are more your thing, you are in luck, because the Brunch Burger is also one of my favorites and definitely worth a try. The Brunch Burger is a grass-fed Angus beef patty, topped with a fried green tomato, crispy bacon, chili-garlic hollandaise, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg sunny side up. Make sure to have your napkin close because this big boy gets messy quick but you will love every bit of it. Choose whatever side you want with this burger, but if you ask me you should get the bacon home fries. These hand cut cubed fries are a foodgasm that you are not going to regret. Masterfully cooked and seasoned and topped with bacon, I wish I knew how to make these myself. Dip them in the egg running off your burger and you are sure to be in food heaven. Lastly, and an absolute must try, are the Charred Wings. The Charred Wings are rubbed down in a Memphis dry rub and sweet vinegar, then cooked to absolute perfection. The wings are then placed so eloquently on a board that is drizzled with Gorgonzola ranch and a carrot-chile emulsion and topped with fresh parsley. With every bite your eyes will be in the back of your head these wings are so good. This foodie will definitely be going back to Prohibition and you should too!
If you are looking for the best deli around, you can now stop searching. East Bay Deli has been voted number one deli in Charleston since 2004, and now I know why. There are a total of six East Bay Deli’s in the Charleston area and three in the Columbia area. But for me I visited the place where it all began, East Bay Deli located at 334 East Bay Street in downtown Charleston.
Upon walking in I noticed the aromas of fresh bread and deli meat overwhelming my nose. I love the smell of fresh bread, it is one of the most satisfying and intoxicating smells imaginable. Upon regaining consciousness from my sense of smell being overwhelmed with deliciousness, I noticed the unique décor East Bay Deli had going on. It was like Charleston diner in the 50’s, but with a bit of millennial flair. Slick coated black and white checkered flooring throughout the entire deli, and vintage Coca-Cola signs on the walls. Hootie and the Blowfish concert poster, a Marilyn Monroe portrait, and even an old Theater Guild poster. My most favorite art work is the large mural of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge that covers an entire wall upon entering the deli. At the end of the mural on the right hand side is a Megalodon tooth that was found in the cooper river. There is tons of seating that includes; large modern communal style tables, booths, and traditional two and four seater tables. There is also a dog friendly patio seating on the back side of the building that is prefect for our Charleston warm weather. The music that plays so slightly in the background is a delightful assortment of 50’s music, all the best hits. As you make your way to the counter to order you will see the very large menu directly above you, the writing is slightly small so I grabbed one of the convenient to go menus to help out. You place your order with one of the welcoming team members East Bay Deli has then you take a number and choose a table. Now sit back and relax and wait for your order, or grab your plate and head to the salad bar.
Now you may think I would recommend one of the many, many delicious sandwiches that East Bay Deli has to offer, but I am actually highly recommending the salad bar. The Charleston Deli dip and the Patty Melt are my favorite sandwiches here, but the salad bar is why I go. I have never come across a more masterful salad bar in my entire life. There are three different choices of leafy greens; mixed greens, romaine, and spinach. After being extremely excited about my choices of greens I move on only to find myself even more conflicted by the amount of toppings I have to choose from. Its the best thing I could have ever imagined. Mozzarella cheese, blue cheese crumbles, cheddar cheese, pears, pickled okra, cherry peppers, bell peppers, tomato, edamame, boiled eggs, bacon, peperoni, ham bits, chicken salad, tuna salad, garbanzo beans, the list goes on and on. Then to the dressings, you have your traditional ranch, and thousand island type dressings, but then you also have sesame oriental, poppy seed, and a raspberry vinaigrette that is out of this world. East Bay Deli has brought their salad bar game to the table and dominated! All the greens and toppings are FRESH, and yes I put “fresh” in all caps because it tastes like you took a bowl outside and fixed your salad straight from your grandmas vegetable garden. This foodie loves her some East Bay Deli salad bar!
So if you ever are in the Charleston or Columbia area you know where you need to go! East Bay Deli also delivers if you can’t make it out as well as caters. You can order by phone or app. So there is no excuse not to try it at least once, but I am telling you that’s all it takes and you will be hooked!
Down in the heart of the Lowcountry, located at 215 Meeting Street Charleston SC, is Hyman’s Seafood. Hyman’s has been in this location for 126 years! Hyman’s started out in 1890 as a wholesale dry goods store, but in 1987 Hyman’s became Hyman’s Seafood. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners, Brad Gena on my last visit. He came to our table and thanked us for coming in that night, he was genuinely excited to know we were repeating guests, and he gave my son a $2 coupon to get a scoop of ice cream from the general store down stairs. Any restaurant where an owner personally goes to each table, is a place where I want to be a regular. Hyman’s Seafood is an amazing restaurant with some of the best food you can eat, and a staff that will make you feel like your apart of the Hyman’s family.
As you stand outside waiting on a table, you are actually in luck because they let you try one of their amazing hushpuppies! The hushpuppies come with all dinners or as an appetizer (if you want an entire basket of these delicious morsels of goodness). I have never liked hushpuppies until I had them from Hyman’s. They are perfectly fried with a hint of sweetness and a light subtle taste of butter. They are perfection! After your name is called because your table is ready, you walk through the restaurant and see a large array of celebrity photos covering the walls. Some signed, some not. But each one of those celebrities, I found out, has eaten at Hyman’s Seafood. When you get to your table you will see small placards at each seat that have the name of a celebrity that has sat right where you are sitting. This was my favorite part. I love a restaurant with a uniqueness about it and Hyman’s Seafood definitely has that. I got to sit at the same place where Sinbad had sat! Another neat little add, was what is located in the center of each table. Different colored cards that contain anything from inspirational quotes to things women say vs. what it means (I gave this one to my 10 year old son and said he needed to keep it for when he starts dating). My favorite card was actually the card that had 40 things to know about having a great marriage. I, myself just got married about two years ago and the advice on the card was actually really good advice so I saved it. The card now sits on my nightstand and I read it every morning. (You are allowed to take the cards BTW)
Now on to what everyone I am sure wants to know, THE FOOD! The food here is amazing!I have been to Hyman’s Seafood three times now and tried something different every time, and I was never disappointed. My two favorite appetizers are the Fried Pickles and the Carolina Delight! The fried pickles are like none I have ever had. Most restaurants buy the big jars of dill pickle chips and fry them, but here they take those whole mini pickles chop them into fat slices and fry them up! Best fried pickles I have ever had hands down. Now the Carolina Delight is actually a fried grit cake and you can top it with your choice shrimp, salmon, or salmon croquette. The waitress told us it’s their version of shrimp and grits taken up a level. I personally got mine with shrimp, and it was to die for! Now for entrees, so hard to decide what to recommend here because so many things are good. Personally I love the Build your own Platter. There are so many mix and match options, and you can do a choose two or choose three, I love it. First I usually always go with fish. You get a choice of three different kinds at Hyman’s Seafood, not just one, but three! And the three fish options are located all over the restaurant on dry erase boards. (The Catfish has been my favorite so far!) Next I either go shrimp or oysters. Both are fantastic! Now the shrimp you can do Regular, BBQ, or Buffalo which is really cool and all three ways are delicious. So far the Buffalo is my favorite, but I do love their cocktail sauce so I got them Regular this last time. The oysters are seriously amazing and its always such a tough choice between them or shrimp. Now for the third choice (because I do the choose three) I get the crab cake topped with remoulade. I love crab cakes and sometimes they are hit or miss, but Hyman’s Seafood has perfected the crab cake and it is definitely a must try! Their northern style crab cake is a moist fried cake full of fresh lump crap meat that will have your mouth watering with every bite. If you don’t want the crab cake as a meal, but still want to try it, you can always do it as an appetizer. So once you have made your choices you also get to choose how you want it all cooked; fried, broiled, cajun, light cajun, sauteed, steamed, scampi, dry broiled, or bourbon glazed. Wow, mind blown! I love all the options and it just makes me want to keep going back to try it all different ways! Now for sides. The french fries are huge thick cut fries and are perfectly seasoned, you can also get them Cajun style which I highly recommend. The other side I love is the fried okra. I don’t know what batter they use to fry the okra in but I wish I had the recipe. I could continue to go on and on about the food at Hyman’s Seafood, but I will not, I gave my recommendation and now you should go try it!
After you eat, pay the bill, and tip your waitress well, you walk toward the exit. You will quickly notice upon exiting that the exit is the general store. Now I know my blog is all about food, but I will say this. You must try the salt scrubs. They have so many delicious smells, and the scrubs are amazing! I personally own several of them and they make your body feel so clean and moisturized. Just try it yourself at one of the many sample sinks.