Tuesday, July 22

Odds and Ends ~ Trip Notes


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.
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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.

13 comments:

Jay Simser said...

I took my nephew with me to Charleston one year when the NEA meetings were in Atlanta. We both loved it. And there is a great Masonic connection there also. BTW I used to work with the Rainbow Girls and I am also a Scorpio. thanks for the comment on my blog. I love your flower arrangements.

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I've been in Charleston only once, for a poetry therapy conference. I really loved it and hope to return some day. I guess I forgot you grew up there.

Thinking of you.

John Roberts said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog. Your stories and pictures are very interesting! I'll be back again soon.

CAROLYN said...

Judy, I'm catching up! So glad you got to meet your relatives. That one moment with that lady could have been uncomfy, but glad you were humored by it ;)

My hubby likes the Blossom too. I think he eats lunch there often. We both enjoy the Tidewater or Olive Garden when in Chas. I used to love the Fifth Quarter.. is it still there? Oh, and the seafood place that burned down, then they reopened it on a barge... but it may not be there now.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Good picks on restaurants. I like the Blossom for lunch, although I haven't eaten there in years (don't get downtown much). I love the rolls at Tidewater, too.

Beverly said...

Oh that food sounds yummy...fried catfish! Your daughter is indeed lucky. I'd never win anything. Sounds like fun.

Betty said...

Those drug store lunch counters were great. They really turned out some good sandwiches!

Star said...

Let me rub her head! I am blown away by he previoius 50 years post. Meeting in Morrocco. How cool is that. Though the ainted turkey . not so much. And 50 years? Piece of cake. I only have 15 to go

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Lots of yummy sounding places, Judy....And it sure sounds like you are having a lovely time revisiting favorite places...
One wonders why that place with the Listing Seats---why they don't redo them...It wouldn't take away from the Authenticity...Sometimes I don't understand the thinking of Restaurants, at all!

JeanMac said...

Yum, I love posts about food!

Kay Dennison said...

Sounds like a great trip -- Charleston is lovely!

Jennifer said...

Blossom Deli remains my number one favorite place in all of Charleston to eat. Yum. And yum. Still the best milkshakes in the world.

Remember Lawry's?

BreadBox said...

I've been so remiss at keeping up with blogs that I hadn't realized that you were going --- or I'd have recommended another great place to eat: it's actually in Mount Pleasant, and it is where the *locals* choose to eat:-) It's called "The Mustard Seed", and its one of my all-time favourite restaurants anywhere....

N.