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Friday, June 4, 2010

East Coast Extravaganza: Dinner 3 - The Peninsula Grill

Our last stop in the amazing, expensive, top quality dinner tour is the Peninsula Grill in Charleston, South Carolina. Now, this place was made famous because of an episode of Throw Down with Bobby Flay. The challenge was based on the legendary coconut cake that the Peninsula Grill and chef serves. I just had to try it.

Course 1: Corn and Lobster Chowder with basil butter and served with bread and butter. Compared to the soup at Butter, this was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn't seasoned quite enough for my liking. That said, it was rich and creamy. It had a good amount of corn and lobster which was great. The basil butter added a great flavor to the mix and was definitely the culinary twist that the chef is known for. The bread was also delicious. It was served in a really cool basket that is traditional to the region and Gullah culture. They are also super expensive. A basket this size prolly cost around $150.

Course 2: Grilled Boneless "Berkshire" Pork Chop with smoked bacon-cheddar grits, collard greens, and shiitake gravy. This was by far the best pork chop I have ever had. It was beautifully charred which gave it a great crunch on the outside. It had a great smokey flavor also. The grits were wonderfully cheesy and had some great bacon. The collard greens were unlike anything I've tasted. They were perfectly wilted, in a nice creamy sauce and just absolutely delectable. Throw the shiitake gravy over it all, and its a recipe for heaven. This traditional southern dish with a culinary twist was basically perfect. I couldn't come up with one critique.

Course 3: Coconut Cake. OH. MY. GOSH. This cake is absolutely amazing. Comprised of 12 layers and weighing 12 lbs, this coconut cake is perfection. A slice of heaven. The 3 day process to make the cake is why it remains so completely moist. The toasted coconut on the side adds a real sophistication to the dish. The pound cake itself is surprisingly light and fluffy. Though, it is definitely a rich and decadent cake. Its no wonder that for an entire cake the chef asks $100. Luckily, you can have one delivered to your door! In my book, it would be absolutely worth it. If you want more information on the cake or on its delivery, here is the link.

This was one of the great dining stops in the trip. The atmosphere was charming and cozy, the food exquisite and elegant, the staff helpful and attentive. An all around great experience.

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