Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Low Country Eating

I told partner LCJ about this Chicago restaurant I read about in Saveur magazine, Carriage House, that serves South Carolina low country cuisine.  I've eaten in so many parts of the county but the South Carolina coastal low country is not one of them though I've read about tons. 

LCJ's wife LL and baby M weren't in town because she is at a conference so it was just the two of us.  I was a little concerned that it would be too pricey but we had a really great meal and thought it was a reasonable value for the quality.  The format we were told was designed to be shared with mostly small plates with a few larger, main course sized offerings.  Our waiter suggested that we order two small plates, one main course, and one side to share between the two of us.  I've often found that these suggestions lead to too much food but his was not the case here.  It was just the right amount for the two of us.
Our Small Plates

On the right - sauteed mushrooms on soft eggs & grits with truffle vinaigrette
On the  left - shrimp and grits
Foreground left - cornbread

We loved each of these

Our Main

On the right - a boneless beef short rib on blue cheese grits, creamed Brussels sprouts and red onion jam (yes that's right three of our dishes had grits in them...we actually weren't reading the details particularly closely)
On the left - a gratin of sweet potatoes.  This was the only thing that we just thought was good.

Joe and I give Carriage House two thumbs up


alexis said...

omg, I want to go. Next time.

Lakeview Coffee Joe said...

It was very good! If I had to do it again, I'd drop the sweet potatoes. With the cornbread, which can't be missed, it was a little too much food!

terri said...

Mmm, that all sounds delicious! The beef short rib dish, especially!