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Charleston before the Bridge Run

Yet another Charleston thread, I know, sorry ;-) I'll be specific!

We need pasta on Friday night. Do not want to do Al Di La (repeat and wrong side of town).

Doesn't HAVE to be Italian, but I guess that's the best bet.
Staying on IOP, prefer Daniel Island, Mt. Pleasant, but downtown is OK. No farther please.
I just checked EVO and they don't do pasta, rats.
I now know Sienna is closed, and my friend prefers not to repeat Tratorria Lucca.
Same friend had a couple of bad experiences at Bacco lately and nixes that as well.

What ideas do you have for us?

We'll be at FIG as usual on Saturday ;-) Thanks!

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  1. Pane e Vino maybe? It's downtown, and I haven't been, but I've heard from someone that I trust that it's pretty good.

    1. I usually seem to get some sort of pasta at Mustard Seed either as an app or main course. I'd bet they might even do one to your liking and your needs if you call ahead.

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      1. re: birgator

        My friend suggested Mustard Seed and I thought the menu looked good...but it's gotten slammed on this board lately. I'm a little concerned....what say you?

        1. re: danna

          It's been a few months since I was there last, so possible it may have changed. But I think you're referring to the James Island location review not too long ago, not the Mt. Pleasant one. Perhaps others will weigh in with more recent experiences. I

      2. Hi Danna!

        I have been to Pane e Vino, and enjoyed it a lot. it is a small restaurant with a courtyard for outdoor dining and the bar is also outside. The only bad part of the evening was waiting close to an hour for our table, and we did have a reservation. I don't remember what I had, but my fiance had pasta with duck that was fabulous. We also started with the charcuterie platter, and that was also good.

        I have friends that like Sette in Mt. Pleasant, but I've never been.

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        1. re: lizzy

          Hi everybody,

          I do NOT understand the slamming of the Seed. I've been there so much-it's my go-to when I'm feeling weeny- and never had a bad experience. But then again I am neither a blowhard nor a snob.

          I've been to Sette a lot too and, danna, I think you might like it . Many great pasta dishes to choose from, but everything will be packed so be aware.

          The other place that would probably be less crowded would be Crave. It's in the same shopping center on the connector as the Pig and Target. Look at the menu online and see what you think.

          You run, I'll be in my little Mt P home rooting for you :)

          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            As usual, you guys are full of great ideas. I checked the Pane y Vino menu and it looks very good. Lots of rules...but good. what is the obsession w/ no cheese on certain dishes? Fine, fine, we get it, you don't have to grate parmesan on everything, but geez...chill out ;-) I'll check Sette and Carve , too.

            Yeah, I think the review of mustard seed I'm thinking of was in the wrong place. See, i know just enough about Charleston to be dangerous.

            It's so nice to have several choices so I can lay the possibilities before my friends and know i'll still be happy whatever they choose.

            1. re: danna

              The Mustard Seed in Summerville is no shining star either. I don't get the "craze".

              The MtP location seems to get good reviews.

              I have to admit...Garibaldi's downtown is one of our favorites. Mainly for the shrimp & fried risotto appetizer...best app in town (except for the grilled calamari at the Oak)

        2. danna, as a runner with about twenty marathons under my belt, let me just say that carb loading stuff is more old wives tale. Really a couple of beers and you are set.

          That said, downtown will be a madhouse the weekend of the run. Really packed and miserable.

          My suggestion would be just to head over to Poes for a burger and a couple of beers.

          That's where we'll be:)

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          1. re: BlueHerons

            That's right. We have 40,000 extra people in town that weekend.

            If you want to skip the carbo load go to Atlanticville on Sullivans, since you're on IOP anyway.

            1. re: BlueHerons

              My veg-head hostess didn't like the looks of the menu at Pane e Vino (DAMMIT!) so I think we're going to the Mustard Seed after all.

              I can't tell if you're kidding or not, but I have read a few anti-carb-loading articles, and I think it's just part of the trendy anti-carb BS. You absolutely CAN increase your stores of glycogen by loading carbs in the days before an event...and I know it from experience. (you can also make yourself a little sick by over-eating the night before too...no matter what food group you choose!)

              JayL, I've always liked Garibaldi's too for the crispy flounder. and have you had the grilled calamari at Sermet? Is oak's similar?

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                Also, if you want to meet up I can give you my address and you can park at my house if you want to. It's near the starting line.

            2. Danna, consider going to Muse downtown. It's pan-Mediterranean, rather than strictly Italian, but has lots of pasta dishes. Their duck and pork belly appetizers are also great if you like dishes with a sweet touch. I also like their "shrimp and grits" (grilled local shrimp with polenta) better than most of the many other versions of SAG I've tried. I've never had a bad meal at Muse, but there are a few caveats: their longtime chef just departed and service can be a tad slow, so not a good place to eat if you are in a hurry. If you've never been to Muse, the atmosphere alone is worth a visit. The bar and dining area sprawl across two floors and several rooms of a charming single house.


              Chiming in on Mustard Seed in Mt. Pleasant. My wife and I have been regular customers over the years, but I do believe their food has slipped a tad over the last year or so. Not sure why.

              1. Well...they aren't taking ressies at Mustard Seed or Sette. My friend made reservations at Il Cortile de Re. I haven't been there in years but useds to really enjoy it. Still good?

                And...we are leaving town bright and early on Sunday am, too early for brunch. 8 ish, I suppose. Anything fab to pick up on the way from IOP to the interstate? I doubt it. So...where in downtown would you recommend we load up on breads and pastries on Saturday for in-car nibbling on the way home? thanks!

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                1. re: danna

                  They never take reservations at those places. We go regularly to Il Cortile del Re and it's still great.

                  You could stop by Whole Foods on your way out. They have an excellent bakery section and good coffee too. You can try Bake down on East Bay, but I bet everybody in the world will be there that morning.

                  1. re: Sue in Mt P

                    thanks sue, you're always so much help. Good tip on WF...the bakery section at the WF in Greenville is completely lame, but I should have figured that the one in Chas would be better. I know the WF in Madison , WI has a great bakery section and I've always wondered why Greenville's is crappy.

                    Oh, and that is SO nice of you to offer parking at your place. Fortunately, we have a non-running spouse in the crowd, so he's on drop-off/pick-up duty. Quite the luxury...having to catch a shuttle bus back is a little less fun ;-)

                    1. re: danna

                      Re baked goods, you could stop by Saffron on East Bay. I love their almond croissants and their chocolate ones, too. There's also Village Bakery in the Old Village in Mt. Pleasant--they are mostly a dessert place but I think they will have breakfast items if you get there early enough. There are also a couple of chocolatiers in Mt. Pleasant now, but I haven't been to either one yet.

                      Thinking outside the box, consider swinging by Fuschia Tea Emporium downtown and getting some of their scones to go. If you dine in, they serve them warm with the whole nine yards--Kerry Gold Irish butter, clotted cream, and jam. I'm not sure if you get the same accoutrements with a take-out order, but I've noticed quite a few customers asking for to-go orders to take with them. (BTW, this is the best place for afternoon tea in Charleston now--it does require an advance reservation so they can prepare the pastries.)

                      If you are feeling really adventurous, you might look into taking a detour off of I-26 on your way home and swining by Brazillian Bakery Pao in Goose Creek. I'm not sure if/when they are open Sunday, so you'd want to call in advance. Full disclosure: the one time I tried to visit in person, they were closed. But I've had lots of their bread and pastries as my in-laws are some of their best customers. In fact, they will sometimes call my father-in-law to let him know when a fresh batch of something delicious is coming out of the oven. I have no idea the names of any of the baked goods I've eaten from there, but they are always intriguing, consistently good, and sometimes even sublime.

                2. What about Mondo's Delite on Folly Road? I've really enjoyed the meals I've had there.

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                  1. re: anne7134

                    I've heard about Mondo's and I NEED to get over there to check it out! But I think it's out of the way.

                    The Village Bakery is owned by the same guy that owns the Seed. It's not open on Sundays :( We like to stop by there after walks to ruin what we just did!

                    Saffron is a great idea too. They have a HUGE selection. Good luck. Let us know how you do.