While we were in Charleston, we ate at two of my favorite places, The Blossom Dairy and the Tidewater Grill. Blossom Deli, as it is now called, retains the art deco flavor it had when it opened in the 30's. I remember going there with my mother after shopping, although Scott's Drug Store (scroll down the page) was our favorite place to grab a sandwich and a soda, if we were not shopping in The Diamond when we got hungry.
Blossom Deli has some interesting offerings; my choice was scallops served over a bed of baby greens, with a raspberry vinaigrette (I think). The portions are large and everything was flavorful. I wouldn't run back there for dinner, though. The booths are small and while they may have felt substantial in the 30's and 40's, they now lack the original firmness. I sat there all evening, listing to one side, since it was nearly impossible to sit up straight. If we go back there, I'll try it for lunch and sit at a table.
Tidewater Grill is a far better story. I have eaten there probably twenty times over the last 12-15 years or so, and it has been consistently good, no matter what I order. This time I had catfish, a frequent meal for me. It was exquisite, and yes, I know that fried fish is not exactly healthy for me. Their rolls are an experience in themselves; always served hot and always tasty. One of my dinner companions told me that they are made from pizza dough. I could eat a barrel-full of them!
This time we didn't get to eat at my other favorite place in Charleston, the Bridge Road Bistro. I'm hoping to get there in August, when I go back for my 50th high school reunion.
I am also hoping to have time to go back to the Tri-State Casino. I never win much, if any, but Miss Kenju is another story - having won $1k last year and $600 this time (all for the use of a $10 bill!) I don't know what it is with that girl, but all she has to do is insert a bill into the one-armed bandit and out comes money!!! Wisely, she tucks it into her pockets and doesn't lose it all by continuing to play. Mr. kenju says she has an angel on her shoulder. I am inclined to agree.