I plan to start writing about restaurants. For now, we just tried and enjoyed our new neighborhood restaurant The Grocery, on Cannon Street just off King Street, and I am working on descriptions of my two favorite locals, Monza and Five Loaves.

I do not plan to rate restaurants, just to describe the ones I like. I am working on the principle that “if you do not have anything nice to say …”. At least until some place really  goes down the wrong way.

My reports so far:

I hope to soon get to some of my other favourites, like:

In Charleston:

  • Five Loaves, at the corner of Coming and Cannon Streets: so close to home and affordable, it is a temptation to never cook for myself.
  • Coast (Seafood): down an alley from John St., near King St. Good seafood in a casual style, and without busting the budget.
  • Basil Thai, King Street at Anne St., across from the new home of PURE Theatre, my favourite live entertainment in Charleston. But if you do not like noise, dine early.
  • Carolina’s (“Asian-Southern” style … but not visited lately).
  • Slighty North of Broad (SNOB) on Meeting Street.


  • Ali Baba Mediterranean Food, 920 Houston Northcutt Blvd.,
    Mt Pleasant, near Harris Teeter: best falafel I know of, and other delights.
  • Rasika (Indian), E Street NW Washington DC.
  • Sushi Taro, 1503 17th Street NW, Washington, DC (not to be confused with the one in Mount Pleasant, where I have never been). Not far from the Japanese Embassy: enough said.

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