Farm Fresh Eats at Herd Provisions

Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood of Wagner Terrace in downtown Charleston is a brand new bistro-style restaurant called Herd Provisions. Herd Provisions was formerly operated solely as a food truck, being known for their burgers made with meat fresh from the owner’s farm in Virginia called Leaping Waters. After opening a brick-and-mortar, they still are known for those burgers, but also have a much more extensive menu.

I took my mom out on a mother/daughter date to Herd because I had been dying to go check it out and conveniently, she lives in the Wagner Terrace neighborhood. I had tried a burger from their food truck before, but was eager to see what else they had to offer. Upon walking into the restaurant, I was immediately in awe of how rustic and beautifully laid out the restaurant was. It was elegant, but at the same time I didn’t feel like I was under-dressed in my movie-going attire. We were able to find seats immediately at the bar, where we were very warmly greeted by the bartender. There is a great selection of draft beers, so we each opted for a local draft beer, which were both delicious. Since I had already tried one of their burgers, we both decided to try some of their vegetarian options. We ordered their brussels sprouts, their rotisserie cauliflower, and their eggplant schnitzel.

The brussels sprouts are cooked in a black garlic shoyu and are served in a small bowl. They were crispy, crunchy and had hints of sweet and tangy flavors. If french fries could be made into something healthy, this would be it. We were pretty blown away by how delicious and addicting these were!

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The rotisserie cauliflower was definitely a highlight. The large partial head of cauliflower was carefully placed on top of an English pea beurre spread, which was cold and had slight hints of citrus flavor. The cauliflower itself was perfectly crunchy and had all the right spices mixed in with it.

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We both agreed that the stand-out dish was the eggplant schnitzel. Cooked just like your average schnitzel (minus the meat), the dish couldn’t have pleased our taste buds more. The fried eggplant was placed in a large bowl of a light, creamy and tangy sauce and was served with small chunks of cooked cabbage. What I loved most about this dish was that the breading on the eggplant was full of so many different flavors. It was also very lightly fried, making it seem not so heavy.  The cooked cabbage was soft and delicate and seemed to melt right in our mouths.

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Price-wise, your best bet for a great deal on food at Herd is to go for happy hour. Our entrees were priced in the $17-$20 range, though the brussels only cost us $5 for a side. During happy hour, you can enjoy the HERD Burger and a beer for just $10, drink specials, and snacks, such as pimento cheese for less than $10. I definitely plan to return to Herd for happy hour in the near future.

We both agreed that Herd might quickly become our new favorite neighborhood hang- out spot. They are even planning to open up an outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant, where they plan to have live music, a fun spot for adults to get their drink on and the kids to get their run on. With outstanding food, great service, and a classy, yet laid-back atmosphere, you really can’t go wrong with Herd Provisions.

Herd Provisions is open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner. They offer happy hour food specials from 3-5pm and happy hour drink specials from 4-6pm. They also have a butcher shop in the front of the restaurant, which is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11am-7pm.

Family-Style Dinner at the Porch on Market

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a birthday, bachelorette party, or baby shower than at a large table talking and laughing through a multi-course meal. The Porch on Market is a brand new event venue, where everything is served family style at a fixed price. I had the opportunity to try their Lowcountry Boil dinner with a bunch of fellow bloggers.

Of course, appetizers came first, which consisted of tuna wontons. The tuna was so delicate and very carefully placed on top of a crispy, thin cracker. The delicate texture of the tuna, paired with the slight crunchiness from the cracker made for the perfect combo.

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Next, we moved on to our second course, which consisted of cornbread and salad. The cornbread was sweet, gritty, and light, truly encompassing every taste and texture  of your grandmother’s southern cornbread. The salad was composed of a variety of different vegetables and I opted for a balsamic vinaigrette to top it with. It made me feel slightly less guilty for all the cornbread I was indulging in!IMG_20190721_220301_315

Our third course was our main course, lowcountry boil! I’m a big fan of lowcountry boil, mainly because potatoes and corn are two of my favorite things. I’m not a huge lover of shrimp, and I tend to pick them out. However, the shrimp in this lowcountry boil simply blew me away with how tender and full of flavor it was. I probably ate more shrimp than I ever have in one seating at this dinner! The corn was cooked to a perfect tender texture, making it easy to bite into and savor each bite. The slight spicy flavors that were mixed in with the lowcountry boil really gave it the extra kick it needed to make me want to come back the next day for more.

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We finished our meal with a southern dessert classic – banana pudding. Not only do I love lowcountry boil, but banana pudding is also up there with one of my favorite desserts. There really is no better way to finish off a classic southern meal than with this dessert. I felt that The Porch did a great job of providing the perfect ratio of pudding to crushed vanilla wafers and whipped cream on top. I loved it so much that I asked for a to-go box and took about 3 bowls of it home (we can keep that on the DL though).

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The Porch not only offers Lowcountry Boil dinners, but they also offer shrimp boils, shrimp and grit dinners, old school family dinners, BBQ dinners, surf and turf dinners. pork rib dinners, lobster bake dinners, and oyster roast dinners. All of the dinners are multi-course with your choices of sides and a dessert. Each person pays a fixed price for their meal. With all the food you get and being able to enjoy it family style, the price is great. The lowcountry boil dinner is the cheapest option, costing just $29 per person, which includes the lowcountry boil, a mixed green salad and a dessert. Whatever occasion you may be looking to celebrate, this is a great place to enjoy it.

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Taco Tuesday at Mainland Container Co.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, we are big fans of Taco Tuesday. This week my friend, Michelle and I decided to check out a fun hidden gem in Mt. Pleasant called Mainland Container Co. This is a restaurant that is comprised of an indoor restaurant and an outdoor bar that also has tables you can sit at scattered around the bar. It’s the perfect place to go after a long day at work, take a load off, and sip on a pina colada or a cold craft beer.

Mainland Container Co offers happy hour specials every night of the week, as well as daily food specials. On Tuesdays they have a deal on tacos that consists of 2 fish or chicken tacos for $8. They also have a great selection of $5 appetizers during happy hour. We both opted for the fish tacos, as well as hush puppies for an appetizer. The hush puppies had just the right amount of crunch on the outside and soft texture and sweet corn flavor on the inside. The only thing about the hush puppies that we were not fans of were that they were smothered in a very sweet pepper jelly, that seemed to make them a bit too sweet. We felt that it took away from the natural sweet flavor of the corn on the inside.

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The tacos were quite delicious. The fish had just a hint of spicy flavor and was delicate and flaky. The tacos were also comprised of a sweet slaw, radishes, and and avocado-chipotle cream sauce. The combination was perfect and provided a great medley of sweet and spicy flavors with a good amount of chewy and crunchy textures from the slaw and chunks of flavorful fish.

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Mainland Container Co is a great place to go to feel like you are being transported to a tropical island, as you are surrounded by beautiful trees and are right near the ocean. It’s also very casual, so there’s no need to dress up when dining here. If you go on a weekend, you may even be lucky enough to catch some live music! With a chill vibe, great prices, and great food, you really can’t go wrong at Mainland Container Co.

Happy hour at Mainland Container Co is from 4-7pm, Monday-Friday.

Italian on the Cheap at Indaco

It can be easily assumed that having a meal at a restaurant on upper king street is not going to be cheap. Many of the restaurants are more upscale and charge at least $12 for a single cocktail. However, what many do not realize is that you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to enjoy food on upper King Street, as long as you go at the right time.

We recently decided to pay a visit to Indaco for happy hour, where we discovered that as long as you sit at the bar, you can get appetizers for as little as $5 and whole pizzas at half price. They also have specials on drinks, with a glass of wine costing just $6 and Peroni’s costing $4. We tried the fried artichokes off their appetizer menu, as well as the mushroom pizza. The fried artichokes are topped with a walnut-anchovy vinaigrette and Parmesan cheese. We absolutely loved the crunchy texture of the artichokes and the walnut-anchovy vinaigrette provided the perfect amount of salty and nutty flavor, which really took the dish up a notch.

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The mushroom pizza is topped with maitake mushrooms, prosciutto di parma, red onions, mozzarella and fontina cheese. We absolutely loved the sharp and tangy flavors of the two kinds of cheeses melded together, as well as their thick and creamy textures. The prosciutto enhanced the pizza by providing more salty flavor. One of our favorite things about the pizza was the crust. It was chewy, soft and crisp, and also had just the right amount of thickness. If any kid were to not eat the crust of their pizza, it definitely shouldn’t be the crust on Indaco’s pizza.

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The mushroom pizza normally costs $19, but we got it for just $9.50. I can’t think of a better deal on a gourmet pizza than that! We even had leftovers to take home. If you’re looking for a great spot for an Italian date night, look no further than happy hour at Indaco. Be sure to arrive on the earlier side though, because the bar seats fill up fast!

 

Happy hour at Indaco occurs Monday-Friday from 5-7pm, at the bar only.

Affordable, Global Cuisine at Mpishi

Last month, Daniel Island acquired a fabulous new addition to their flourishing culinary scene. Mpishi is now open and is serving up delectable pastries for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and family style dinners every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at a fixed price. I visited Mpishi for dinner and found this restaurant to not only be delicious but also a great bang for your buck, especially for dinner.

Mpishi is owned by a man named Andy Clay, who also is the head chef of the restaurant and his wife, Allie Clay who is the pastry chef. This restaurant is unique because it doesn’t serve just one specific cuisine. Andy Clay has had 25 years of experience in global cooking, giving him the ability to serve up multiple types of cuisines in his restaurant. For breakfast, the restaurant serves things such as pastries, greek yogurt and granola, waffles, pancakes and nutella french toast, with most items priced at $10 or less. For lunch, they offer things like a grilled mac and cheese sandwich, veggie wraps and other sandwiches, being priced at just $12 or less (they come with fries too!). Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they offer a family-style dinner service that has a different theme each night. Typically they do a burger night, a Thai night, and an Indian night. I went with my grandmother on burger night and we feasted on a variety of dishes that only cost us $16 each!

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Since, I am not a huge meat-eater, I opted for their southwest black bean veggie burger (they have regular burgers for meat-eaters too). The burger came with a large salad, a bowl of mac and cheese, as well as a bowl of thick-cut french fries. It was the perfect amount of food for two people. The burger was seasoned well and the salad had the perfect mix of greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, nuts and seeds and was topped with a delicious sweet and tangy balsamic dressing. The fries were lightly fried and crisp and the mac and cheese was almost comparable to my mom’s homemade mac and cheese. It wasn’t completely smothered in cheese so much that you couldn’t feel the smooth texture of the noodles, but still maintained a great tangy flavor. We left the restaurant with full bellies and the satisfaction of only paying $16 each for all the food we got. I even had leftovers that I took home with me!

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If you are looking to go out for dinner with a large group of people, I would definitely suggest hitting up Mpishi for dinner on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening. It’s a great way to feel like you’re at a dinner party, without having to do all the cooking. The restaurant is open Wednesday through Friday from 6:30am-2:30pm and reopens for dinner on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8:30pm. They are open on Sundays as well from 8:30am-2:30pm.

Spirited Brunchin’

Last weekend I attended an event organized by the Post and Courier called the Spirited Brunch. This was the third year of this event, but it was my first time getting the opportunity to experience it. It’s safe to say I was not disappointed. One of my favorite things about Charleston is that it really encompasses its nickname, “The Holy City”. I love that instead of skyscrapers, the city is dotted with church steeples and that all the churches encompass a wide variety of faith traditions. This event was not only a great opportunity to taste a wide variety of food, but also was an opportunity to see inside churches most people wouldn’t think to step foot in otherwise.

The first church I went to was Trinity Methodist Church. Here, I sampled wedding pound cake, as well as small powdered sugar dusted almond cookies. Both were light, simple and delicious and would have paired delightfully well with a cup of tea. There were a few women standing outside the church offering brief histories of the church, as well as quick tours. I loved how welcoming everyone at this church was. It was a great way to kick off my tour.

Next, I ventured over to the College of Charleston Alumni center, where they had people from a couple different churches gathered at different tables, offering up food unique to their faith traditions. I sampled falafel, hummus, rice, and samosas from the Central Mosque, as well as chocolates from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mt. Pleasant. The samosas were crispy on the outside, and rich and flavorful on the inside. The chocolates seemed to just melt right in my mouth and were the perfect sweet finish.

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I then walked over to Grace Cathedral, which was offering up samples of homemade Charleston chewies, pimiento cheese sandwiches, and brownies. You really can’t go wrong with a Charleston chewie or a pimento cheese sandwich. This church did a great job of featuring staples of Charleston food tradition and the flavor did not disappoint. The Charleston chewies were sweet and had the perfect amount of crunch from the small bits of almonds inside of them. The sandwiches were perfectly soft to the bite and full of tangy flavor.

My next stop was over to St. John’s Lutheran Church, which was offering up a plethora of snack items. They had Charleston chewies, as well as chocolate chip cookie bars, bite size pecan pies, pimento cheese sandwiches, shrimp salad sandwiches, as well as fruit and cheese on a stick! I loved the wide variety of food this church was offering. My favorite things of all the things I tried here were the bite-size pecan pies and the fruit and cheese on a stick. They were simple, yet delicious all at the same time. Everyone at this church was extremely welcoming as well and more than willing to take you on a tour of the church.

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I didn’t have to travel far to the next church, as it was just a few doors down from St. John’s! This church was the Unitarian Church. Here, I got to sample some very unique things, consisting of Thomas Jefferson’s deviled eggs and Abigail Adams’ apple pan dowdie. I felt that the deviled eggs had a very strong mustard-like flavor that I was not a huge fan of, however the apple pan dowdie had a very unique spiced apple flavor, which I loved. I found it really neat to be tasting food from recipes of such important historical figures! This church was also displaying images of its restoration process, which I found to be quite interesting.

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Finally, I headed over to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Here, they were offering up samples of their famous okra soup, as well as Irish soda bread. I loved how thick and chunky the okra soup was and that the Irish soda bread was soft and chewy, but not to sweet either. It paired quite well with the soup. I had heard great things about this okra soup and I would say that it definitely lived up to its hype.

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If you’ve never experienced the Spirited Brunch before I would definitely suggest checking it out next year. It’s FREE and you get to have the opportunity to experience all the different faith traditions that Charleston encompasses, as well as snack along the way. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon in Charleston, and I look forward to doing this tour in many years to come.

 

 

Support Local, Buy Local!

If you weren’t aware, April marks the official beginning of Farmers Market season in Charleston! The Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market had its opening day at the very beginning of the month and many others have opened back up since then. April is also known as “Eat Local Month”, deemed by the lovely people at Lowcountry Local First. This organization encourages people to shift at least $10 of their grocery budget towards eating local during the whole month of April. We loved the idea of this and wanted to show our readers how we are eating local this month. We also wanted to show our readers that its possible to eat local on a budget.

We kicked off Eat Local Month by attending the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market. Here we found a wide variety of fresh tomatoes, corn-on-the-cob, cucumbers, squash, and fresh strawberries! We also picked up a jar of homemade ketchup, made with strawberries and dates for just $6. We found a lot of stands at the market selling homemade pre-made meals for just $10 or less that would feed at least 2 people or just 1 person for multiple days. There was live music and food vendors as well, making for the most perfect afternoon at the market.

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We continued through Eat Local Month by supporting Lowcountry Street Grocery’s Community Supported Grocery program. You might remember our interview with LSG’s founder, Lindsey Barrow a couple months ago, but we’ll give you a bit of a refresher. Lowcountry Street Grocery is in fact a mobile grocery store (yes, its on a bus!) that offers fresh local produce and other local goods at an affordable price. They strive to accommodate the people with decreased access to healthy foods, and therefore travel mostly to lower income neighborhoods, though you can often find them at a few locations downtown or at some farmers markets. The best way to access their offerings however is through their weekly CSG (Community Supported Grocery) program. You can sign up for a whole month or just opt-in at the beginning of every week. A single bundle is just $30 (what I opted for!) and gives you a substantial amount of fresh fruits and veggies that will most likely get you through a whole week. Sometimes they even throw in a recipe in case you aren’t sure what to do with your bag of local goodies. What really takes the cake is that they will personally deliver your CSG bundle if you’re not too far away, or you can pick it up yourself at Munkle Brewery…maybe even enjoy a beer while you’re at it!

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Supporting local is SUPER important because it not only is good for you, but it also helps local farmers and businesses thrive and stay in business. Additionally, you will find that food bought locally tastes a whole lot better than food that has traveled from many miles away. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. In fact, I found that I’ve spent less than I normally would in a typical grocery store, because I’m not spending money on snacks that aren’t even locally made.IMG_3093

We hope that this post influences you to head to your nearest farmers market and stock up on all the fresh fruits and veggies you can. We also hope that it encourages you to start shifting more of your grocery shopping spending to local farmers and businesses. We want to continue to show our readers ways to buy local, while still staying on your grocery budget, so stay tuned for more tips and tricks!

 

Farmers Market Locations and Hours:

  • Charleston Farmers Market (Marion Square) – Saturdays, 8am-2pm
  • Folly Beach Farmers Market – Mondays, 4pm-8pm
  • Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market – Tuesdays, 3:30pm-7pm
  • West Ashley Farmers Market – Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm
  • Sullivan’s Island Farmers Market – Thursdays, 4pm-7pm

Elegant, Yet Simple European Eats at Babas on Cannon

To continue with our ethnic food exploration in the new restaurants recently opened in downtown Charleston, we decided to go check out Babas on Cannon. Babas has labeled themselves as “an old world cafe serving classic espresso and a fine apero”. After our delicious Spanish meal at Malagon, we couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to be transported to Europe once again. We were pleased to find that Babas did a wonderful job of creating that experience for us.

Babas offers a daytime menu Tuesday-Saturday from 7am-3pm, which consists of a variety of reasonably priced breakfast items, pastries, baguette sandwiches, salads, and a “very tall quiche”. They also have an evening menu, which is offered on those same days from 5pm-10pm, and consists of a selection of small plates, as well as a brioche grilled cheese and fried chickpea panisse. Ashley and I opted to try out their lunch options, but definitely plan to come back for breakfast and dinner, as we were not disappointed.

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Last summer I took a two week trip though several European countries, and one of the highlights of all the things I ate were baguette sandwiches. They could be found on carts on the street and at almost every cafe I walked into. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to try the baguette sandwiches at Babas. I opted for their creamy chevre, roasted carrot, and dill pesto baguette($8), which was served with a small herb salad. I loved the strong dill flavor of the pesto mixed with the creaminess of the chevre. The roasted carrots also had a slight citrus flavor. The bread was quite soft, which I liked, as it made it easy to bite into.

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Ashley opted for the “very tall quiche”, also served with a small herb salad ($7), which was filled with roasted tomato, gruyere, and carmelized onion. We loved how creamy this quiche was, as well as the tangy flavor that the cheese and roasted tomato mixed together provided. The crust was slightly sweet and perfectly soft to the bite. It definitely was a melt-in-your-mouth kind of dish.

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For drinks, I ordered a latte and Ashley ordered an iced coffee, both made with homemade peanut milk. Of all the nut milks on the market right now, I’m surprised peanut milk hasn’t made an outbreak yet, because let me tell you, this milk made my latte taste like dessert! I drink a lot of almond milk, but feel that I never get a strong almond taste in the milk. The peanut flavor in this milk was quite pungent however, making my drink taste essentially like a peanut butter latte. I wasn’t complaining.

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Babas is unique in that yes, it is a restaurant that serves classic European dishes, but it is strictly a counter service restaurant. We enjoyed this aspect of the restaurant, as it is nice to know that people can walk into the restaurant at any time and order something quick, on-the-go, or sit down for a bite to eat. The restaurant also has all their pastries and sandwiches on display, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Babas does a great job of emanating a classic European style restaurant, so much that you feel as though you are walking into a very elegant cafe.

As for pricing, we found this cafe to be pretty affordable for a fancy European cafe. Both our meals were less than $10 (minus the coffee), which is a pretty great deal considering they both came with side salads. Most of their pastries are priced at just $3, while salads being the more expensive option, cost $10 or a few dollars more. If you’re looking for a simple, yet classic (and delicious) European meal, Babas on Cannon is the place to go!

Transport to Spain at Malagon Mercado Y Taperia

In the span of the past few weeks, there’s been quite a few restaurant openings in the downtown area. We were particularly excited about the opening of Malagon Mercado Y Taperia on Spring Street and couldn’t wait to go try it out! I visited Spain a few years ago and ate a lot of really great food and the only food I have found that can closely compare to the food I had there is the paella at Barsa. I was eager to find out how much closer I could get to true Spanish cuisine at Malagon.

Upon walking into the restaurant, I immediately felt like I had been transported back to one of the really cute cafes that I visited in Spain. There is meat hanging from the ceiling at the bar, as well as freshly baked breads on the counter for purchase. The walls are filled with different kinds of Spanish crackers, wine, nuts, chocolates, and other treats, all for purchase as well. Among all of this are elegant tables set for two, four or more. The whole restaurant space is quite small, which is why it is best to make a reservation before going.

Though Malagon is a small restaurant, the menu is quite extensive. There is a snack selection, a charcuterie selection, a small and large tapas selection, a seafood selection, a meat selection, a vegetable dish selection, and a dessert selection. We decided to choose from the small tapas selection and the vegetable dish selection for our meal. We started off with the “Sobrasada con queso” ($10), which consists of two toasted slices of freshly baked bread, topped with goat cheese and soft chunks of Mallorcan chorizo, finished with a drizzle of honey. This dish was fantastic. The goat cheese was tangy and creamy, the chorizo offered a slight spicy flavor and seemed to just melt right in our mouths. The honey offered the perfect sweet finishing flavor.

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Next, we tried the “Patatas arrugadas con moho picon”($8), which are wrinkled potatoes served with cilantro and paprika sauces. We thought the potatoes tasted like an average roasted potato, but pairing them with the sauces definitely took them up a notch. The cilantro sauce seemed to have the perfect pairings of cilantro and spicy flavor and the paprika sauce was savory with strong hints of garlic. I wouldn’t have complained if they let us take home huge jars of these sauces.

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Finally, we tried out the “Setas a la parilla”($13), which are grilled king trumpet mushrooms with garlic and almonds. They were soft and chewy and filled with lots of excellent flavor. The nutty flavor of the almonds complimented the dish quite well. I sometimes forgot that I was eating mushrooms while eating these!

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We split our bill and each ended up spending $20 each, which is more than I would usually intend to spend on a meal. However, the food here is pretty high quality and I would say there is a pretty close comparison to the food I had in Spain (though I’m still a sucker for Barsa’s paella). It’s also worth noting that it would be possible to spend less than $20 on food at this restaurant, as there are various items on the menu that cost less than $10. Malagon does a great job of recreating an authentic Spanish restaurant experience, and with that along with the high quality food, I would say the price is not too shabby.

Happy Hour at Ms. Roses Fine Food & Cocktails

Recently we took our foodie adventures out to Ms. Roses in West Ashley where we partook in some fabulous happy hour specials! Ms. Roses is better known for their brunch items, but we heard they had some great happy hour deals, so we decided to go indulge in the evening instead. With items being priced at less than $7, you really can’t pass it up!

Happy hour at Ms. Roses includes items such as pulled-pork sliders ($6), a jalapeno-cheddar pretzel ($7), chicken wings ($6), baked artichoke and spinach dip ($6), and smoked brisket sliders ($7). Their house red and white wines are only $4, firefly cocktails are $5, and bubbles are $6.50. They also have some reasonably priced appetizer options on their regular dinner menu, with multiple things being priced between $7 and $9. For food, we opted for the jalapeno-cheddar pretzel, the baked artichoke and spinach dip, and one thing off the appetizer menu, which was the caprese flatbread ($8).

We started with the baked artichoke and spinach dip which was super creamy and tangy, but almost too creamy that it seemed to lack in texture. I love a good artichoke and spinach dip, but also like to be able to taste the textures and flavors of the artichoke and spinach. This dip was essentially a bowl of a very green cheese dip. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed with this dish. The pita bread did pair well with the dip and was perfectly warm and soft.

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Next, we moved on to the caprese flatbread, which was topped with spinach and basil pesto, house mozzarella, and roasted tomato. This dish was definitely more full of flavor. The roasted tomato sauce had a rich spicy and sweet flavor, which was complimented well with the slight garlic flavor from the spinach and basil pesto. However, we felt that the flatbread could have been more crispy, as it was so soft that we couldn’t hold it in our hands without the cheese almost falling off! Its safe to say though that the flavor definitely won us over with this dish, as we inhaled the flatbread in what seemed like less than 10 minutes.

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Finally, we tried the jalapeno-cheddar pretzel (not pictured). This was the most unique of all the dishes we tried. This was essentially a huge soft pretzel that was stuffed with jalapeno-cheddar cheese and was served with mustard butter and sweet chili beer cheese. My favorite thing about this dish was biting into the pretzel and having a spicy cheese flavor ooze into my mouth. The sweet chili beer cheese and mustard butter paired quite well with the pretzel as well. The beer cheese had a good combination of sweet, spicy and tangy flavors and the mustard butter was perfectly smooth and creamy. I love a dish that hits a lot of flavor notes, and this dish did just that.

I would definitely suggest visiting Ms. Roses for happy hour if you’re looking for a decent affordable meal out, but if you’re looking for slightly better quality food, I would suggest checking out their brunch, as it consists of a lot of southern classics, such as shrimp and grits and biscuits and gravy. Just know that you’ll be spending a few extra dollars for those dishes.

 

Happy hour at Ms. Roses Fine Food and Cocktails is from 4-7, Monday-Saturday.