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Permalink 09:27:22 pm, Categories: $ Value Priced  

Cibos Pizza and Bistro - James Island SC

Cibos Pizza - Charleston SC
Alicia's Review - Very Good:Cibo's Bistro and Pizzaria - Jams Island, SC

Cibo's Bistro and Pizzaria
608 Harbor View Rd
James Island, SC 29412
(843) 762-2003

Cibo's is a little, unassuming, dare I say "hole in the wall" on James Island that I would have driven right by had my good friend not taken me there one night. Thank goodness she did because I love it! Our server was a darling, young high school student with a strong, Southern accent who chewed gum throughout our meal. I say that with affection because it was part of the charm of our "Southern Italian" meal and she was so cute.

The portions are huge here - you could literally spend $10-$15 with drinks, leave full, and take home enough leftovers to eat at home for a number of days. We had a hard time deciding because of all the great options so we got a couple things and shared. The Lasagna ($6.25 for a small, $8.99 for a large - I would hate to see the large because the small was gargantuan for me) comes with fresh baked garlic bread and a "small" house or Caesar salad (the salad was a meal in and of itself). You can make your salad Greek for only $1 more, which my friend did and it was wonderful! It was topped with lots of purple onion, olives, fresh cucumbers and a good portion of feta cheese. The Lasagna was delicious, cooked perfectly, with lots of cheese, just the way I like it. It re-heated well at home, too.

It was very difficult to choose a pizza as they have so many great options. You can get a gourmet slice of all their pizzas for $2.99, a medium is $13.95 and a large is $14.95. Order a large and take home the leftovers - it re-heats well at home, just as the Lasagna does.

Our server suggested The Folly, a pizza topped with marinated chicken, onions, mushrooms and roasted red peppers. It is one of their best sellers and we were appreciative of the recommendation because, as I said, they have so many great options. I am not always fond of chicken on top of my pizza and I was very pleasantly surprised -- it was delicious!! One thing I really liked about it was that it had a pesto base rather than tomato base so it gave the pizza a wonderful flavor with the chicken and vegetables. The other bases they have are ricotta, garlic oil, BBQ and, of course, traditional tomato.

This is a great, local's place to go any night of the week or just to swing by and pick up a huge, inexpensive, delicious meal on the way home from work when you don't feel like cooking -- for at least two nights!


Permalink 10:15:40 pm, Categories: $$ Moderately Priced  

Rue de Jean - French Restaurant - Charleston SC

39 Rue de Jean  - Restaurant - Charleston SC
Alicia's Review - Excellent:Rue de Jean Restaurant downtown Charleston review

39 Rue de Jean
39 John St.
Charleston, SC 29403

Rue de Jean Menu

Rue de Jean Wine List

Laura (my best friend visiting from California) and I ate at Rue de Jean on her first night in town and we were not disappointed. Our waiter, Hy, was delightful and helpful in guiding us with our dinner choices.

As we perused the menu, we sipped icy cold Grey Goose martinis. We decided to share everything so we could try a few different things.

We started with the Roasted Beet and Butternut Squash Salad ($7.95) served with frisee lettuce and hazelnut vinaigrette and the Truffle Potato Soup ($5.50). I love beets and my friend prefers squash so it was a great choice and a lovely mix of flavors and enough salad to feel as though we got our greens in. The Truffle Potato Soup is divine, a smooth, velvety potato puree incorporated with chive crème fraiche and truffle oil.

For our entrees, we had a delicious NY Steak Au Poivres with frites ($24.95) as well as one of their evening specials, Mahi Mahi. The steak was cooked to perfection and was juicy, flavorful, and combined wonderfully with the homemade frites. The Mahi Mahi was wrapped in an absolutely delicious and delightfully salty piece of bacon, which gave a wonderful flavor to the perfectly cooked fish.

We struck up a conversation with the couple next to us, who said that the Filet Roquefort was to die for so if you like the flavor of a strong blue cheese, it sounds like this would be a great meal to try. I am looking forward to going back soon and trying it myself!

Permalink 09:56:20 pm, Categories: $$$ Expensive  

Blossom Restaurant - Downtown Charleston SC

Blossom Restaurant in Charleston South Carolina
Alicia's Review - Wonderful:Cypress Restaurant downtown Charleston review

171 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Blossom Restaurant's Menu

Blossom Restaurant's Wine List

My best friend and I stopped into Blossom for an afternoon cocktail and snack on Monday afternoon and did we ever pick a good spot for that! I cannot wait to eat at Blossom again and I can’t wait to try to make the Fried Green Tomato BLT at home, although I am not sure I will be able to replicate the deliciousness of their version.

I will start with the cocktails as I always love to talk about cocktails, almost as much as I like to talk about food. I had a Palmetto Amber, always a great beer. My friend had the Peach Bellini and raved about it so much that I tried a tiny sip and was tempted to stay for another round so I could have one all for myself. It was fresh and delicious like a chilled peach, slightly sweet but not sugary.

We ordered the Fried Green Tomato BLT and side of soup (soup and sandwich plate $12) thinking it would be a regular sized sandwich served on whole wheat with mayonnaise. Boy, were we in for a treat when our meal arrived.

The sandwich was petite with a wonderfully, big flavor. I was expecting regular bread but instead, they use very thin pieces of toasted cornbread and, rather than mayonnaise, a pimento spread which gave the sandwich a spicy kick. The bacon was crispy and flavorful. I think I could have eaten four of these sandwiches and trust me, I was tempted to stay and do so! It typically comes with a cucumber gazpacho but it was a chilly day and our waiter, Reid, offered to switch it out for a cup of sweet corn and blue crab chowder so we did that instead. It was a delicious snack and one I would highly recommend.

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