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March 21st, 2012

Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGAN’S PORCH

 

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

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My recent travel through the Deep South brought me to the charming Old South town Charleston, the second biggest city of South Carolina.  Charleston is just very pretty.  Surrounded by the Atlantic ocean on three sides, it boasts of historic houses with stunning colonial architecture and century old mansions, separated by cobblestone road, beautiful churches and mature trees decorated by Spanish moss.

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

Historic Mansions in Charleston

I felt like a character (Scarlett to be precise) from Gone with the Wind waiting for Rhett to pick me up in a horse carriage and drive me to my cotton plantation…

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

Charleston Waterside Park

I spent my days there just walking around, enjoying the Southern charm and friendliness that Charleston has to offer.  And the accent! Could there be anything more fun than a South Carolina accent?

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

Spanish Moss

Foodwise I go with Scarlett O’Hara and summarise Charleston with “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”

Southern food is gorgeous and in many ways more exotic to me than South East Asian or many European cuisines.  I have not even heard of the existence of Lowcountry cooking before my stay in the Southern US.  Lowcountry cuisine originates from the coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia.  It is rich in fish and seafood and has its roots in Southern US cooking refined by influences from Caribbean and African cuisines.   Husk in Charleston winning the New Best Restaurant of the Year Award 2011 (read more about it here) has put this traditional and diverse cuisine back on the map and revived the interest in Southern ingredients and recipes.

 

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I started my culinary exploration with breakfast at Poogan’s Porch, located in a beautifully restored Victorian house, which has been serving upmarket Lowcountry cuisine since 1976.

The traditional dining room is perfect for breakfast – an open fire in one corner of the room, high ceilings with large windows and beautiful wood panelling.

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

Poogan's Porch in Charleston

We went with some of the most traditional dish on the menu, which ended in being the most enormous breakfast I was ever served.  This is the kind of food you need before spending your day doing hard physical labour AND skip lunch.  In our modern society this is just results in obesity, which is not surprisingly very prevalent in the Southern States.

Truly addictive were the complementary buttermilk biscuits served with creamy honey butter (both Southern specialities).  These fluffy rolls came fresh from the oven and still warm and smelling divine – I could happily eat these all day every day.

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

Biscuit and Honey Butter

Apart from the overly generous portion which, in Europe, would sate a small family, Poogan’s Porch’s Shrimps and Grits were superb.  Stone-ground grits are a typical Southern breakfast stable of American Indian origin, resembling polenta.  At Poogan’s Porch, the grits were topped with plumb and tender shrimps in a rich and slightly sweet gravy of peppers and onions, topped with crème fresh.

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

Shrimps and Grits

The fried tomatoes were good, although I preferred the ones I had one day later at Husk.

After we just about managed to finish about two-thirds of this breakfast between the two of us, the waitress honestly asked us if we wanted dessert.  DESSERT!?!?! AFTER BREAKFAST ?!?!?  We were stunned.  No question about the American obesity epidemic any more…

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

Fried Green Tomatoes

 

 Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGANS PORCH

Breakfast at Poogan's Porch

Poogan’s Porch is a great choice for Southern breakfast, just don’t plan lunch!

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10 comments to Ute travels: CHARLESTON and a Lowcountry Breakfast at POOGAN’S PORCH

  • Loving your Charlestown posts!

  • Ute

    @ Vintage Macaroon – thanks Debbie!x

  • I love travelling round the deep south, it’s often, even now, more of a culture shock than places that are ostensibly more “exotic” like China or Vietnam. It’s something to do with the familiarity of the landscape and language combined with totally different attitudes and outlook.

    But there is no disputing the quality of the food you can get. Eating wise good restaurants in the deep south go for quality and quantity. I love all the influences apparent in the cooking from Creole and Cajun in Louisiana, to Native American, West African, Spanish and so much more.

  • I lived in California and I visited many American cities, but I’ve never been in the deep South! I love that atmosphere and I love porches, they remind me the old american style!

  • Ute

    @Mr Noodles – me too!!

    @Aaron – I agree, the Deep South is very exotic for a European and re culture shock – I know now what trailer trash is… I’d love to go to Louisiana, this will be my next destination when going to the US.

  • Ute

    @Katia – the porches! they are so lovely, I could see myself sitting there, wasting my days away reading, drinking, meeting friends… *sigh*

  • Sandie

    Great post about Poogan’s Porch, I went there back in about 1984, on the recommendation of a sales assistant in a store where we were buying some t-shirts. She recommended it as the place for “real Charleston food”. Very it nice it was too!

  • Ute

    @Sandie – Thanks, I’m glad you liked the post :) It seems they have maintained their standards for the past 30 years, good for them!

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