For years I have read about Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC and finally had a chance to try it on our last visit in October.
Located in a single house, Hominy Grill feels as though it has been open for generations, But actually this landmark has only been dishing up its simple and delicious fare since 1996. Combining the traditions of the past with the bounty of land and sea, James Beard Award winning chef/owner Robert Stehling lets the Low Country’s unique cultural history and flavors guide his cooking. A little off the beaten path in Harlston Village, Hominy Grill is in an old building with siding that has a mural painted on it to let you know you have come to the right place. As the mural suggests the restaurant is casual and homey. To enter the restaurant you walk past a small courtyard with outdoor seating but with a cool autumn chill in the air we ate inside where it was warm and cozy. Lace curtains and butcher paper on the tables gave the place a rustic charm.
We were warmly greeted by our server who gave us a rundown on the menu and took our drink orders. Bloody Marys seemed to be the drink of choice at our table They were very well made with fresh ingredients and a perfect pairing with the complimentary Boiled Peanuts that we devoured in no time flat. Our appetizer of Fried Chicken with Pickled Vegetables and Pepper Relish was so good that we practically inhaled it. The chicken was juicy, succulent on the inside and the coating was oh so crispy. The richness of the chicken was balanced beautifully with the acetic hit of pickled veggies.
Following that Eve, Steve and I all had the Shrimp and Grits and Brian the Rib and Chicken Combo with Hush Puppies, Black Eyed Peas and Deep Fried Cheese Grits. The food was all so amazing that not a sound could be heard at our table with the exception of constant lip smacking and finger licking! We were all quite full but somehow we managed to find a little room for dessert. And were we ever glad we did.
Brian, who is not a huge fan of chocolate (this from the son of two chocoholic parents) had the Sweet Potato Layer Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream with was light and packed with flavor from the addition of pecans and toasted coconut. And, of course, his chocoholic parents shared the Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Hot Fudge that was everything you could want in a chocolate dessert. The rich, warm, fudgy brownie was the perfect raft for the creamy cold vanilla ice cream and both were anointed with thick bittersweet hot fudge. All in all our entire meal was fabulously delicious and we can’t wait to return for an encore!
207 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403