Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Getting Your Fill of Restaurant Week ; Event Draws out Curiosity of Traditional Eaters

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Getting Your Fill of Restaurant Week ; Event Draws out Curiosity of Traditional Eaters

Article excerpt

Like most people, I like food. Probably a little too much if my waistline is any indication. (I know, I know. Im working on it). I like the aroma certain foods create when theyre simmering on the stove, and the way textures and flavors mix as I chew.

Food is also known to bring families together, and thats no different in my own family where birthdays, holidays and even small milestones are celebrated with a delicious meal.

That said, I dont consider myself a foodie. I dont prowl Zomato the website that allows users to select restaurants based on cuisine, price and location to find the source of my next meal. I dont quite know the difference in quinoa and rice and Ive never had kale.

I couldnt care less how a meal is plated, as long as it tastes good and hits the spot.

Meat and potatoes suit this country girl just fine.

Its not that Im afraid to broaden my horizons I just know what I like. As a creature of habit, patronizing the same chain restaurants and ordering the same things off the menu is sort of comforting for me.

I know what fried chicken is and what it tastes like. Its supremely hard to mess up a baked potato. The little basket of soft, fresh-out-of-the-oven bread is the ultimate precursor to any meal.

So when Charleston rolled out Restaurant Week in 2014 where diners can choose from a fixed three-course menu for $30 per meal I didnt really pay attention.

As someone who has lived, visited and worked in and around Charleston my entire life, I was aware of places such as Bluegrass Kitchen, Pies & Pints and Bridge Road Bistro, though I had never visited.

Other restaurants on the list didnt pique our interest, so my husband and I stayed home.

It didnt help that the 2014 water crisis meant no one was using tap water and people were wary of eating in restaurants even after the do-not-use ban was lifted.

But as my Twitter feed filled up with photos of gorgeous, mouth- watering apps, entrees and desserts, I knew our decision to stick with what we knew meant we were missing out.

By the time Restaurant Week 2015 rolled around, we were eagerly awaiting the list of participating restaurants. …

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