That’s what happens when you stay out until 3 in the morning. Yes, the Shop Tart is kind of bragging, because this sort of thing happens to her, like, never. Something about the Lady M being in town — they were room mates back in the day, when late nights were more common. Anyhow, the evening started innocently enough. The Lady M, the Shop Tart, and their men headed to Inakaya for a friend’s birthday celebration. Inakaya has one of the best seaweed salads the Shop Tart has ever enjoyed — a little spicy, nice and crunchy, and just seaweedy enough.
There is an appetizer on Inakaya’s menu that seems a little out of place. These mussels are baked with cheese and mayo — this recipe must be from a Junior League cookbook, or maybe Tea-Time at the Masters. [Aha! The Shop Tart has just learned that Tea-Time at the Masters is a Junior League cookbook, from Augusta, of course. Anyone who doesn't have a t least a few different Junior League cookbooks is missing out. Columbia's own Putting On The Grits would be a great start to your collection. Charleston Receipts is another good one.] Anyhow, these are delicious.
The habanero roll from the list of specials was pure heaven, fresh and delicious.
Mr. Shop Tart and his wife also split a sashimi plate for two. There was so much fish, they knew they would never be able to finish it. But they did finish it, because each piece of fish was so dang good. The spiced cucumbers and squid under the octopus are not to be missed.
And another view, because this fish deserves extra props.
The lovely Tracie Broom’s red dragon roll was spectacular, with lots of rich tuna and enough fried to make it decadent.
Then the meal was over, and everyone was on a wasabi high…
…so they headed next door to Tsubaki for karaoke. The Shop Tart is too shy, and she has way too much respect for the brave souls who got up to perform to post videos. But she wishes she could, because those peeps were rocking. The Shop Tart cheered them on, fueled by at least one Jell-O shot.
After they finally left the karaoke bar, the ladies headed to Waffle House, the Shop Tart’s first visit to the Five Points location. (By the way, the ladies outlasted the gents, who had gone home hours earlier. Probably wisely.) She was impressed to see local art on the walls.
Also? A choice of heat is always nice.
The steak and eggs were exactly what the Shop Tart needed. (Yes, she had steak and eggs. And hash browns and toast. After all that sushi. The second dinner is probably what saved her the next morning. When in doubt, eat a steak, two eggs, and some sides, and drink as much water as you can stand.) Golly gee, this was good!
So. It’s probably time to settle down and start eating a little better and drinking a little less again (well, just as soon as this leftover brisket mac and cheese from Bone-In Barbecue is all gone). Do you have any big plans for New Year’s Eve? We hear there’s a little party going on downtown…
In today’s post…
- Inakaya, 224 O’Neil Court, 803-699-2626
- Tsubaki Restaurant Lounge, 224 O’Neil Court, 803-736-7474
- Waffle House, Five Points
Happy Shopping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!