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Jan 18, 2012 01:12 PM

Charleston Restaurant Week Round 3: Anson

I know, I know. I am seriously taking one for the team.

I had never been to Anson's before last night (hanging head in shame). I have been to its sister in Savannah, Olde Pink House, numerous times, love it, so I have no excuse. Now it's one of my favorites in a really crowded group.

The space is homey but elegant with an interesting painting of a dog looking at a cactus hanging from a string on the stairway. We're all still trying to figure it out. I didn't see any cheese straws on the bar, which was a nice touch at OPH. No matter.

For starters, I got Shrimp and Grits. My friend got Sweet Potato Soup. We both love both, so of course, we shared and were both very impressed. Sweet Potato Soup is special and best left to little embellishment. The cream and spicy pecans on top were just enough.

I love shrimp and grits. I've had the dish all over and never get tired of it. This one, however, is my new favorite. The addition of some smoky bacon made me, again, want to lick the plate. But I was in polite company.

For entrees I got catfish, my friend got pork cutlets on grits. The catfish came on top of braised collards and dirty rice. The fish was pan fried, but not breaded. It was meltingly good, as were the collards and rice. Such a simple combination, but it really was outstanding. The pork "cutlets" were small slices with mushrooms on top of those same Anson grits. We agreed both were winners.

Desserts were Chocolate Gooey Cake (in honor of our friend Paula Deen, who I guess can't eat it anymore) and Maple Cake with Sweet Potato ice cream. Please don't make me try to describe these. I'm worn out. My friend, who Knows These Things, pronounced the Maple Cake as one of the best desserts she's ever had. And the Gooey cake was as gooey as I had hoped.

Anson's is just next to the horse carriage barn, so when we left we enjoyed the walk back to the car. Dog could not get her nose off my shoes when I got home.

I am now taking a break. Any questions?

Anson Restaurant
12 Anson St, Charleston, SC 29401

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  1. Thanks for your great reviews (they always are, of course) of two places I've now added to the sometimes tired repertoire. Both Anson and Tristan get little mention here, and it sounds like they should be getting more attention!

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    1. re: birgator

      Hey, birgator! Thanks.

      It's so easy to just go to the same places all the time. But we are lucky to have such choices, right?When you go let me know what you think.

    2. Where did you sit in Anson? We were in one of the booths and the lighting was so bad it gave me a headache.

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      1. re: cubert

        We were in a booth with a lamp on the table. I didn't get a headache lol, but then again, put shrimp and grits in front of me and all else fades away.

        1. re: Sue in Mt P

          So...we ran down to Charleston on Friday night, a race to the sun that made us feel quite hedonistic. (Greenville had pouring rain on Sat). That means we got to catch the end of restaurant week and picked trattoria lucca. 1st crudo of scallops, 2nd skate and sweet and sour pork, 3rd poussin, 4th apple thing for dessrt. Husband had a really good spinach salad and an olive and tomato pasta that was quite nice.

          As to your lighting comments lighting was very low at TL, such that husband moved over to my side of the table for a while for slightly better lighting and for me to read the stuff he couldn't (my presbyopia is 10 years behind his). Apparently the waiter noticed our intent reading of the menu and took it as a sign of illiteracy instead of blindness. It was funny. He came over and explained what most of the words meant ;-)