The Macintosh

Although an acclaimed restaurant such as The Macintosh is not the typical antidote to your hangover, what better than a James Beard Awarded restaurant to heal your weekend blues. The Macintosh outdoor patio was everything a hungover person could want and then some. It was clean, there was a gorgeous fern encompassing breezy patio, and greasy menu options. What better place to cure your birthday hangover than The Mac?

The first option that I saw on the menu was a must. Anyone that has spent any time in Quebec knows that poutine is a coveted dish that can be found on any and every corner of the French Canadian streets. I haven’t had it since a few summers ago in Quebec, and it is safe to say there was a huge gaping void from the absence. Poutine is simple: crispy french fries, cheese curds and gravy, and it creates something sensational in your mouth. Something about the salty-squeaky-flavorfulness leaves you wanting more.

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I’ve been hearing about “The Mac” burger by Charlestonians for years and it was time to get a taste of the classic dish. Seems bizarre that the signature dish of renowned chef Jermiah Bacon is a staple that can be found in every American restaurant, but let me tell you, he is doing something right. Heck, the restaurant is named after this burger…or is the other way around? The combination of aged cheddar, Nueske’s bacon, and Pecorino truffle fries did the trick-and it made me feel like a million bucks.
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*Don’t worry, I didn’t eat two dishes of frites, but I am definitely guilty of dabbling in both. 

These Banana Pecan Muffins may seem a bit random, and they are, but sometime you just need to taste a restaurants baked goods to understand the sheer astoundingness of what goes on in the kitchen. These were amazing. They were crispy on the outside and flavorful, warm and doughy on the inside.

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http://www.themacintoshrestaurant.com/

Who I would take as my date: Anyone visiting Charleston, this restaurant serves as a great example of the culinary gems in the city!

Cypress

Back in Charleston and boy does it feel good. There are so many new restaurants and stores that have opened over the past nine months and I am excited to try each and every one of them. Monday night however, I revisited a restaurant I’ve been going to for years; not because of how delicious the food is (it is really delicious) but because of their unbeatable deal. 

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Cypress Monday nights are dedicated to the burger— $5 burger. A restaurant that regularly caters to a crowd wearing blazers and dresses now caters to the same crowd with a few college kids in the mix. I made the tough decision and opted for the Wood Grilled Burger. The highlights of the Wood Grilled Burger were pimento cheese + Cypress’ famous bacon jam. 

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(I apologize for the low quality picture but I had to give you an idea of what kind of burger we’re talking about…a tasty one)

My dinner companion had the tuna burger complete with tempura avocado. 

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This is a deal that Charlestonians can not miss out on. 

http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/cypresshome.asp?catID=20427

Who I would take as my date: College friends

Pitt Street Pharmacy

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.

http://www.pittstreetpharmacy.com/pittstreethome.html

Person I would take as my date: Kids I babysit