All it takes is a single visit to Historic Charleston, South Carolina to fall in love with the romance and allure of her old South beauty and sophistication. World class shopping, award winning hotels and restaurants, celebrity weddings, relaxing strolls down quiet alleys to admire exquisite gardens and romantic carriage rides under Spanish moss laden live oak trees await your visit. I am blessed and fortunate to call the Lowcountry home with Charleston and her charm a short drive away.
Several months ago I published an expose on Barbados and the Caribbean Nation’s influence on the development of Charleston so it was only natural that while perusing the list of restaurants participating in the 30 dollar category during Charleston Restaurant Week I was attracted to the Barbados Room at The Mills House Hotel for today’s feature From The Land of Palm Trees.
The Mills House Hotel has been named by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine to the Gold List of the World’s Best Hotels, and the awards don’t end there. Frommer’s Charleston Guide has tabbed The Mills House as Charleston’s Best Historic Hotel, and with good cause. This old auberge with her classy and inviting lobbies beckons one deeper into the bowels of this classic Charleston landmark. The Mills House Hotel has a connection to the storied history of Charleston, maybe the subject of another post in the near future.
There is something very southern and distinctly Charleston about dining at the Barbados Room, from the time you enter the dining room through the arched entrance you will encounter elegance and history as you are transported to your happy place and your taste buds are treated to a decadent Charleston dining experience.
For my CRW visit to The Barbados Room, I will choose the Pan Seared Crab Cake, complimented with a crispy grit cake, heirloom tomato relish and a spicy chipotle remoulade. This appetizer course will prepare me for the main course, it was a hard choice but I am going to work on a little surf and turf theme here by going with the Pimento Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon served with seasonal local veggies and pan jus.
If I save some room for my sweet tooth, and you know I will, my plate will be graced with an exquisitely prepared Barbados Bread Pudding with Chantilly Crème & Fresh Strawberries. Yummm!!! Sounds good, No?
A distinguished and classic dining experience in one of South Carolinas best restaurants in a city known for culinary excellence, try the Barbados Room at The Mills House Hotel, you can thank me later.
By the way, while you are forming your game plan for Charleston Restaurant Week, don’t forget to vote in the Charleston City Paper Best of Charleston Poll (click here to vote). If you are so inclined, please remember From The Land of Palm Trees in the best local interest blog category.