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Charleston: Hominy Grill

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Last night, I arrived in Charleston, SC for a little mini-vacation. Getting out of New York was a challenge, to say the least. My original flight was scheduled to leave at 11am, but I didn’t actually get off the ground until probably near 4pm. Between the weather and general incompetence at LGA, there were some major delays. Luckily, I finally arrived! For dinner, we went to the Hominy Grill, which is a local Southern/Soul food style restaurant. The first picture is the boiled peanuts they brought out, a great mix of highbrow and lowbrow with the roses and bubbly. I haven’t had boiled peanuts in forever, but each bite takes me back to summers spent along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach. You can almost smell the ocean when you eat a boiled peanut.

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Here is my meal: fried chicken, cheese grits, and coleslaw. The fried chicken was delicious. Hot, crispy, seasoned just right. The sides I wasn’t as wild about. The grits were good, but they just weren’t as good as my dad makes them. I think that’s a problem you often come across when eating food that you grew up with. On the other hand, the coleslaw was not at all what I was expecting, so it was interesting to try. It was red, very tangy. I would highly recommend the fried chicken, but maybe try out different sides next time.

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Here is the vegetable plate. This one is collard greens, lima beans over rice, cornbread, and other vegetables.

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And the rib plate! Like the chicken, it came with two sides. Here are the lima bean, which were great although a bit salty, and picked vegetables. For dessert, we all shared a lemon cake, but it was eaten too fast for me to get a picture! I was surprised by how much I liked the cake. It was very tart and plenty of moisture, not the dry white cake I was expected. Overall, a good experience, I would recommend it to someone visiting Charleston looking for some old-fashioned Southern Cuisine.

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