Along stretches of green roads through suburban neighborhoods, I found myself at Pitt Street Pharmacy. It’s old-school charm dates back to 1938.
It’s easy to close my eyes and imagine my hair in a side-pony with a hoop skirt. And nothing goes better with a side pony than a cherry coke.
The decor is classic, you feel as if you are starring in Grease and a member of the T Birds would sweep you off your feet at any moment.
Their menu contains the bare essentials: grilled cheese, hot dogs and a variety of salad sandwiches. Milkshakes are a must.
Person I would take as my date: Kids I babysit
He didn’t always know me so well. It was my freshman year when he asked me on a dinner date, a date to Outback Steakhouse. How do I, a fine dining seeker, olive connoisseur and gourmand respond to a question of that kind? I regretfully decline. Luckily, he got it. It is now my junior year and he now has the ability to know just what kind of place is “my type”.
We stopped by The Grocery at 1:30pm, just in time to catch their weekend brunch. The minimalist design mocks the interior of a fancy grocery store, hence the name. Jars line counter spaces and give credence to the name. It has a masculine feel, with wood tables and visible piping.
An essential for brunch: Fresh squeezed OJ.
The menu offers choices such as: Quail and French Toast, Shrimp and Grits, Green Eggs and Ham, to an Oyster Sandwich. We opted for Huevos en Cazuela and Cornbread French Toast.
Huevos en Cazuela (chorizo, potatoes, two soft poached eggs, manchego, pickled green tomato salsa verde)
Cornbread French Toast (cornmeal brioche, peach and bourbon syrup, spiced pecans)
Person I would take as my date: A business client
You know the feeling when you find something really good that’s not well known? That’s kinda how I felt about Charleston before I came to school here. With the canopies of Spanish Moss trees, brick sidewalks, blue skies and it’s perpetual charm. I was reminded of that feeling today, when I pulled off Maybank Highway with my two friends to enjoy some southern comfort food.
The drive to JB’s Smokeshack is scenic, a perfect peek at what the Lowcountry has to offer with its high grasses and visions of blue water. Upon arrival, you step onto a gravel parking lot and make your way towards the haven. You walk in, hand the cashier $9 for an all-you-can-eat buffet and take in the sight of red and white checkered plastic table cloths, famous country singer’s framed autographs singing (pun intended) JB’s praises. Their testimony to how good it is was put to the test, and the singers were right.
Take a cup full of ice off the counter. Fill it up with Sweet Tea. Grab a plate, and go down the buffet line. They have everything from collard greens, mac & cheese, green beans, corn fritters, fried chicken, okra, to a special meat of the day. The food is wonderfully flavorful and just makes the recipes seem “famous” and as if the recipe had been passed down for generations. It doesn’t stop there, you can go back for seconds…just don’t forget to get a new plate.
While enjoying a meal and listening to pop country music, make sure you indulge in their homemade sauces. Also, don’t forget to go back for dessert.
JB’s Smokehouse is a gem. You truly feel as if it’s an escape from the peninsula to get some quality southern cuisine.
Person I would take as my date: My dad