We just posted the Call for Papers for the 2013 Charleston Conference so the timing couldn’t be better for this New York Times “Southern Exposure” article by Charleston culinary experts Matt and Ted Lee.
Matt and Ted highlight six trendy, must visit restaurants starting with James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock’s acclaimed eatery Husk. Located in a restored Victorian house on Queen Street that once housed the Gibbes Art Museum school, this restaurant offers a unique fusion that “exults in Southern ingredients.” Next on the list is the Grocery, which opened in a former furniture factory on Cannon Street two years ago featuring “the requisite Southern revival staples.” Continuing the tour is Two Boroughs Larder which opened its doors in 2011 and has a menu that spans “the globe from Korea to Mexico to Taiwan but remains grounded in the Southern foodscape.” Those of you who think that no trip to Charleston is complete without sampling the great seafood may want to make reservations at the Ordinary “a seafood temple in a limestone Art Deco bank building” at 544 King St. Anyone looking for a less formal dining experience with a “Middle Eastern” touch may want to take a trip off the beaten path north on the peninsula to the “bakery and craft-sandwich spot Butcher & Bee in the shadow of the crosstown overpass.” And if you crave “dead-on Asian dishes like Japanese cabbage pancake okonomiyaki and lamb and pork jiaozit” the Xiao Bao Biscuit might be the place for you.
Obviously, we just scratched the surface of this article. Matt and Ted go into far more detail in singing the praises of these eateries so you will want to read the entire piece as part of your conference preparation.
And those of you who want to get in the mood before arriving here in November may want to try a few recipes from Matt’s and Ted’s excellent cookbooks:
- The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen
- The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook: Stories and Recipes for Southerners and Would-be Southerners
- The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.