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Charleston, South Carolina
July 11, 2008
by smmmarti guide
April 9, 2002
Stepping into McCrady’s, set in one of the country’s oldest existing taverns built in 1778, you know you are in for a treat. The romantic ambiance is one that can’t be reproduced by purely modern means; it requires this bit of surprising detail that only comes from techniques and finishes used ages ago. A warm fireplace lights the first room and cozy niches provide the comfort a great dining experience deserves.
We were taken into the back room, not quite as sensual as the first, yet still wonderfully inviting, and were seated immediately. Our server, well-trained and attentive, seeming as delighted with the food as everyone else who dines here. He made recommendations and described the dishes in detail, making the choices somehow all the more difficult to settle on.
There was no doubt we’d be having the touted yellowtail tuna tartare to start, always a favorite dish for us. This one was sublime. This one was worth making a trip to Charleston. This would go down in the annuls as one of the best ever with its perfect balance of flavors and ingredients that enhanced the tuna perfectly without overpowering.
The coffee rubbed tenderloin was another highly memorable presentation. The coffee coating gave a deep chocolate appearance to the meat, as if it’d been grilled but the medium rare finish extended to the very edges of the cut. The waiter explained that the meats at
McCrady’s are never grilled, but pan-seared to retain the moisture and flavor and allow for more precise cooking. If this is the result, I shall never grill a steak on an open flame again! A veal special proved to be another outstanding choice, though it would be hard to top the excellent flavors of the coffee-rubbed filet.
Though perfectly satisfied with our meal thus far, we still had room for desserts since the portions are determined so as not to leave a bite behind. Happy as magnolias in bloom, we lingered while sipping the balance of our exquisite Rhone, indulging ourselves once again in the waiter’s favorites, the Brown Butter Almond Cake with Poached Pears and Lavendar Ice Cream and the Bananas Foster Cake. Which one would I have next time? Both!
Don’t go to Charleston and miss McCrady’s. If you dine here, you will remember the flavors, ambiance and experience for a long, long time to come.
From journal Charleston Charms