Saturday, May 28, 2011

"Toasted" in Charleston SC

Toast is a well known and popular restaurant in Charleston.   As a matter of fact, Trip Advisor at ranks Toast #1 in Charleston vs. all other restaurants!  Of course, Trip Advisor arrives at its rankings via popular vote…i.e., reviews via the Internet by the public.

We didn’t get it…#1??  Perhaps it’s because we didn’t go to Toast for breakfast?  As per the menu, that does seem to be a major part of their business…served all day long!

This is the front of Toast as per a photo I pulled off the Internet… When we arrived for a late lunch, the restaurant wasn’t that busy, especially as compared to Jestine’s Kitchen or Hyman’s Seafood and Hyman’s Deli just down the street.  There were lines at all three of those restaurants and Toast was almost empty. 

FYI…Looking back and trying to reconcile our OK lunch entrees vs. the number 1 ranking on Trip Advisor, the breakfast menu is really extensive and it includes some great sounding possibilities.  How about an Irish Omelet…eggs, corned beef hash and Swiss…or, Eggs Meeting Street, a fried green tomato topped with a crab cake, poached egg and low country remoulade sauce.  If those dishes don’t do it for you, how about the Charleston Surf and Turf…marinated grilled ribeye and poached eggs smothered in grilled shrimp and onions on an English muffin.  Alternatively, there is the Lowcountry Eye Opener…shrimp etouffee served with creamy Carolina stone ground grits, topped with a fried green tomato.  Maybe we had a mundane lunch and missed the classy gourmet breakfast…

Laurie ordered the Chicken Salad Sandwich…homemade chicken salad with raisins, cashews and fried onions on her choice of breads…in this case it was a croissant.  The chicken salad sandwich was OK but not great.  The croissant was nice but the soup didn’t have much flavor.

Perhaps the Bottomless Mimosas, offered for $10.00 with any entrée, would have made everything more tasty… Service was poor to middling at best.  Our server was inattentive and, while the restaurant wasn’t very busy, they still managed to get our order wrong. 

I ordered the Shrimp Po-Boy…fried shrimp with lettuce, tomato and Cajun mayonnaise with a side of garlic mashed potatoes.  Not much garlic in the potatoes and not much flavor in the Po-Boy… I was pretty depressed.  I’d been really looking forward to a top notch shrimp Po-Boy!

For another taste of “Toast”, we split a slice of the Key Lime Pie.  It was the real thing…made with key limes…a little tart and the best thing we had to eat at Toast.

The next time that we get back to Charleston, we’ll have breakfast at Toast.  That’s the only way that we will be able to truly pass judgement on this popular spot.  It did occur to me that this slightly funky place is probably a big draw for the younger crowd… They are also the computer savy/web crazed portion of the population that is more likely to go on the World Wide Web and vote for a place that they really like…
Toast is located at 155 Meeting Street in Charleston South Carolina.  Phone: 843-534-0043.  Website: 

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