Not really, but the Shop Tart wrote about Hunter Gatherer yesterday, and she’s reminiscing about a recent meal at the Kraken today. Why? Because she’s detoxing and all she can do is dream of pub food, really excellent pub food. Tomorrow is the last day. And she’s going to break her fast at sundown, after her nice healthy meal of steamed salmon, quinoa, and roasted squash. Someone (Heeeeeeeeyyyy, Mr. Shop Tart!) brought her a bottle of her favorite bubbly by Ruinart, from the Gourmet Shop. And it just can’t wait until Friday night.
Actually, this will be her first time trying the rose, but she has no doubts about it. She has enjoyed the blanc de blanc twice, once at an absolutely delightful Champagne dinner at the Gourmet Shop (can y’all please do that again?) and once at Baan. The brut rose is sure to be a fun time, and it should pair well with steamed salmon.
But back to the pub, because you can’t drink the fancy stuff every night, or even every year. You can, however, enjoy an excellent meal without breaking the bank. The Shop Tart is in one of those Bunco groups that never really plays Bunco. She feels somewhat responsible, because her introduction of Left Right Center may have been the beginning of the end. Now they don’t even play that, but they still like each other — hooray! — so they meet at restaurants, to hang out, drink, and eat, all without messing up anyone’s kitchen. The other night, they headed to the Kraken. The Shop Tart started with a Bulleit rye Manhattan, which has been kind of her cold weather jam.
Next time, she is so totally trying the lobster grilled cheese, recommended on both Twitter and Facebook. She also really enjoyed her beet, spinach, and goat cheese salad. She was glad Joe Turkaly popped out of the kitchen to recommend the house made blackberry vinaigrette. Such things always sound like they would be too sweet, but this dressing is perfect, with all the flavor of deliciously tart blackberries. Make sure you chop this salad up before you eat it, so you can enjoy all the flavors at once; they complement each other so well.
There are so many dishes at the Kraken the Shop Tart wants to try. Have you been? Can you recommend some favorites? She’s making her way through the menu, but would love suggestions. The gastropub is a stone’s throw from her house, so she’ll be a regular, for sure.
In today’s post…
- The Kraken, 2910 Rosewood Drive, 803-955-7408
- The Gourmet Shop, 724 Saluda Avenue, 803-799-3705
Happy Shopping and don’t forget to tell them you read it on the Shop Tart!