Copyright Caviar & Bananas 2013
Every year, my family takes a road trip to Charleston, SC. My husband and I were married there, in the nearby town of Mt. Pleasant, right across the Cooper River Bridge in an adorable area called I’On. And for the third time, Charleston was named the No. 1 City in the US by Conde Nast Traveler. The city has created a reputation for itself as the place to get married and the place to eat, touting award-winning chefs like Sean Brock’s Husk.
During my recent trip to Charleston, we had lunch at Caviar & Bananas (C&B), a gourmet café that also serves as a mini-market and bakery all rolled into one. There are 2 locations in Charleston – one off 188 Meeting Street and the other (the one we visited — several times) at 51 George Street, in Charleston’s historic downtown area, close to the College of Charleston campus. The atmosphere is wonderful – lots of smiles, college students and the occasional group of tourists. Purchase ready-made food, bakery items, locally made ice cream, popsicles and made-to-order sandwiches/wraps. Whether you want to sit down and enjoy the ambiance or take your food to go, C&B is always very accommodating, with Southern hospitality at its finest.
My family is vegan (on certain days, I am, too, smiles) so we were pleasantly surprised that the options ran the gamut from carnivorous to veggie. We chose a made-to-order creation called the Herbivore: a warm wrap with hummus, corn, peas, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. Delicious! And things got “interesting” with the Herbivore — but you’ll have to read that little tale on my Good Food blog.
Open 7 days a week, Caviar & Bananas’ George Street location’s hours are 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., except Saturday and Sunday, when they open at 8 a.m. (and close at 8 p.m.) for an amazing made-to-order brunch. Try the buttermilk biscuit with either Southern fried chicken or just egg and cheese. Divine!