This weekend I took a road trip for a family reunion in North Carolina. On the way we stopped to visit my best friend in Charleston, SC. After staying up until the wee hours of the morning and sleeping only a couple of hours, we ventured to historic Charleston for lunch at Poogan’s Porch. This lovely house, built in 1888 has been serving patrons since 1976. We were seated in what was probably a parlor at one time, with floor to ceiling windows open wide to allow in the cool breeze. With so many choices on the menu, mom and I decided to share the fried green tomatoes, mac & cheese, and shrimp and grits.
The tomatoes were sweet and tender. The mac & cheese made with gouda cheese, country ham, and shallots could become my new favorite comfort food. The shrimp and grits were so completely different from what I have always imagined. With peppers, onions, sausage, and blue crab gravy, it reminded me of jambalaya.
After lunch, we drove around, ogling the beautiful old houses and I could feel a new story blooming within me. I can see that I will need to spend a few weeks soaking up the atmosphere in this wonderfully historic city for another installment of the Coastal Chronicles.