I learned years ago that the meaning of ‘snob’ was ‘one who knows whom their betters are”. But when we recently took a short trip to Charleston, South Carolina, we lunched at S.N.O.B. (which stands for Slightly North of Broad), which is a wonderful, casual restaurant in historic Charleston. There, you can dine in or al fresco. When we arrived at lunchtime, the place was very busy, and we did not have reservations, but they kindly seated us anyway. We ate at one of the few outside tables on a weekday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
The establishment is charming, brimming with Southern hospitality. The waitress was friendly and most accommodating. This is a local landmark restaurant and, as we ate, many people who came out from the restaurant (and even passing tourists) were taking photos of the outside of the restaurant, the sign, which led us to believe that they were just as enchanted as we were with this local gem.
When in Rome… so I had Shrimp and Grits for the first time! This dish consists of shrimp, country ham, house sausage, tomatoes, green onions, garlic and marsh hen mill yellow grits which I loved! Although I had never eaten grits before, I found this entire meal to be delightful. I started with Butternut Squash Bisque, pecan crumble and crème fraiche, which was excellent. Jon began with Steamed Local Clams. His main dish was Pan Fried Chicken Livers (Jon loves liver and this dish delivered), marsh hen mill grits, caramelized onions jus and pepper relish.
We shared a side of fantastic Braised Collard Greens. I think I will have to add them to my regular vegetable staples. I am going to have to make them myself, as they are not on the menus of restaurants in our area. Jon devoured Crème Brulée, his dessert.
All I can say is, “Don’t miss S.N.O.B. when in Charleston!” We dined in several causal spots while we were there, and this one stands out. When we return to Charleston (which we loved!) we will definitely go back to S.N.O.B.!
192 E Bay St, Charleston, SC