The 18th Dish of the 2010's

More good food in more places

By Robert F. Moss

So, this week for the Charleston City Paper I told the story as I saw it of the last decade in Charleston cuisine, and I did it via 17 dishes. But, there was actually an 18th dish in the original draft—just ran out of room to use it. So here it is: one of the EIGHTEEN dishes that defined a decade of Charleston dining:

CPH Classic Burger at Coleman Public House
If the Coleman Public House were a new restaurant opening today, its offering would be run-of-the-mill: 16 taps of high gravity and craft beers, hand cut fries tossed with truffle oil and parmesan, flat bread pizzas topped with sopressata and arugula

In May 2010, though, it was a noteworthy new arrival. The CPH Classic Burger—a half-pound patty of house-ground sirloin topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a big soft bun—was a delight to discover in a suburban storefront. It was just one example of the larger trend of craft beer and better-than-average food marching over the bridges and out into the neighborhoods of West Ashley, James Island, and Mount Pleasant.

About the Author

Robert F. Moss

Robert F. Moss is the Contributing Barbecue Editor for Southern Living magazine, Restaurant Critic for the Post & Courier, and the author of numerous books on Southern food and drink, including The Lost Southern Chefs, Barbecue: The History of an American Institution, Southern Spirits: 400 Years of Drinking in the American South, and Barbecue Lovers: The Carolinas. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.