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Saint Johns Cafe - John's Island, SC
St Johns Island Cafe
My best friend was in town for a visit so I had an excuse to do lots of eating out last week and I have some fabulous new favorites.
We had a wonderful brunch at St. John’s Café on Sunday morning. We arrived just before the church crowds but, even still, this is a popular place and we had to wait a couple of minutes for our table. We all wanted to have the same “entrée” so we decided to start off with an “appetizer” of raisin French Toast, served with an apple, cinnamon whipped butter as well as regular butter. It was light, fluffy, sweet – but not too - and delicious.
We followed up the French Toast with Crab Cakes Eggs Benedict. It was delightful. The crab cake was fresh, the hollandaise wonderful. My eggs were cooked perfectly, although my friends were a little overcooked. Our waitress was having a rough morning so we didn’t ask her to take them back and we had plenty of food so I am not sure she even made it to the second egg anyway.
Because my best friend was in town and we did our fair share of “celebrating” her time here, I wanted to have a Bloody Mary with my brunch but they don’t serve adult beverages on Sunday so if you like to have a Mimosa or Bloody Mary with your brunch, try St. John’s Café on Saturday instead. During the warmer months, you can sit outside on the patio, which is a pretty setting.
Oh, I almost forgot. We had a star sighting while there…as we were leaving, we spotted Richard Davis from Flip This House having brunch with a small group. I am not much for getting excited about stars but A&E is my favorite station and I love Flip This House so it was kind of fun to see him having brunch at St. John’s Café.
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39 Rue de Jean
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!
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Rachael was raised and born here in Charleston South Carolina. As a native, mother, wife to her devoted husband David, and local real estate agent, Rachael gives you a glimpse into the heart of what is going on here.
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