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Indaco Adds Sunday Brunch to Tasty “Dixie-talian” Menu

The burgeoning bunch of downtown Charleston restaurants serving brunch, especially on smokin’ hot Upper King Street, just got one restaurant bigger, and in my opinion, that much better. Indaco, popular for its sexy, sophisticated bar and dinner scene, added brunch to its menu line-up and kicked off last Sunday with a whopping 120 covers on the very first day.

The menu, co-created by Executive Chef Michael Perez and newly promoted Chef de Cuisine Andy McLeod, stays true to the restaurant’s self-described Dixie-talian roots, or as McLeod aptly describes it, “a broad use of local ingredients with an Italian spin.” Not surprisingly, the menu weaves a series of pizzas (both sweet and savory) from their celebrated wood-burning oven, egg sandwiches, pasta, and classic Italian “primi” courses such as an exquisite sounding Bombolini made with a Meyer lemon marmalata and lemon crema, smoked pork rilettes, and a prosciutto plate with Honey Crisp apples, honey and Parmesan cheese.

Here are some of my favorites:

Light and luscious, "Milk and Honey" showcases Indaco's impossibly creamy and smooth housemade whipped ricotta and crunchy granola with sweet, garden-fresh fruit. A bit of honey sweetens the deal to Sunday morning perfection.

Light and luscious, “Milk and Honey” showcases Indaco’s impossibly creamy and smooth housemade whipped ricotta and crunchy granola with sweet, garden-fresh fruit. A bit of honey sweetens the deal to Sunday morning perfection.

Nutella lovers will revel in the warm stuff drizzled over caramelized bananas and toasted nuts on Indaco's impeccable pizza crust.

Nutella lovers will revel in the warm stuff drizzled over caramelized bananas and toasted nuts on Indaco’s impeccable pizza crust.

Save room for the pasta, whatever you do. The Mezzaluna is a riff on shrimp and grits, with the tenderest housemade noodles prepared with corn/pasta flour, grouper sausage, and Shem Creek harvested shrimp swimming in a ham stock broth. Exquisite!

Save room for the pasta!The Mezzaluna is a riff on shrimp and grits, with the tenderest housemade noodles prepared with corn/pasta flour, grouper sausage, and Shem Creek harvested shrimp swimming in a ham stock broth. Exquisite!

While sophisticated, the space is also children-friendly, particularly the large, outdoor patio. Management anticipates adding live music to the entertainment mix in the coming weeks, once the brunch crowd has settled in. Bottomless Bellinis prepared with peach, a splash of pomegranate and Prosecco or a Mark it 8, Dude adult beverage featuring a blend of vodka, Borghetti, a cereal infused cream (last week it was cinnamon crunch!) and a pinch of cinnamon, will certainly suit Charleston’s vast apres church, libation-imbibing crowd.

Reservations recommended.

Indaco

526 King Street, downtown Charleston, 29403

843-727-1228

indacocharleston.com

Sunday brunch hours – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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Francophile Alert!

A very authentic taste of France has arrived in Charleston. Chez Nous is authentic, charming and delicious. And, she joins a gaggle of tasty new French enterprises in town.

A recent sampling from Chez Nous' menu, which changes daily - swordfish in a tomato, garlic and saffron sauce with fresh min.

A recent sampling from Chez Nous’ menu, which changes daily – swordfish in a tomato, garlic and saffron sauce with fresh mint.

Bon appetit!

 

 

 

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Something for Everyone at Middleton Place

For all the years I’ve lived in Charleston, Middleton Place’s allure has only gotten stronger. The restaurant is better than ever and the unparalleled views lovely. The grounds are loaded with things to do and see, including the oldest landscaped gardens in this country, and visits with the heritage breeds that occupy the stable yard. Read more about this magical place in my recent post on charleston.thepermanenttourist.com:

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/magical-middleton/

Leroy the Goat at Middleton Place is playful and productive with milk used to make soap and other goods sold on the plantation.

Leroy the Goat at Middleton Place is playful and productive with milk used to make soap and other goods sold on the plantation. He even jumped for joy when he heard my goat “bleet” imitation.

Food is delicious here, too.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Some More Cheese Please and Sandwiches, Too

I can never get enough delicious cheese or bread, and when I know I need my fill, I head directly to goat.sheep.cow. Situated in the heart of downtown on quiet Church Street off of Broad, it’s a slice of heaven. They also make memorable sandwiches daily fresh from what’s in stock at the store. Here’s a link to a blog I posted about it a few days ago on charleston.thepermanenttourist.com .

http://charleston.thepermanenttourist.com/goat-sheep-cows-sandwich-and-cheese-stampede/

Enjoy and please do stop by. You’ll be happy you did. Just try and get there by 11 a.m. for a sandwich!

Goat Sheep Cow's sandwiches are made fresh, daily in limited quality from the store's delicious stock and EVO's fresh baguettes.

Goat Sheep Cow’s sandwiches are made fresh, daily in limited quality from the store’s delicious stock and EVO’s fresh baguettes.

Bon appetit!

 

 

 

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