The historic location of the Blossom Deli injects vintage charm into an otherwise ordinary sandwich. Located on Quarrier Street in the heart of downtown Charleston, The Blossom Deli serves sandwiches, salads and shakes to the local workforce for lunch each day. At night, the restaurant is transformed with linen tablecloths and an upscale menu to offer one of the nicest dinners in the area. Read our review of the Blossom’s dinner offerings by clicking here.
I am one of those people that can be happy ordering the same thing at a particular restaurant time and time again. After all, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, right? Well, that does get a bit boring and it’s poor form for a restaurant reviewer.
I have eaten the create-your-own sandwich on almost every visit to this establishment. Turkey, provolone, lettuce, and various other toppings on toasted wheat. I have always enjoyed the finished product. Adequate, fresh ingredients on nicely toasted bread.
But today I vowed to try something…anything else.
I must be honest and tell you that I was disappointed with this meal. I am not going to say that I simply “ordered the wrong thing” because all menu items should be worthy of ordering. The execution of this dish fell short of my expectations.
The culprit: toasted focaccia melt made of chicken breast, goat cheese, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts, priced at $9.25.
- There was no way to tell if the focaccia was, in fact, toasted because it was completely soggy. Yes, I knew this would be an open-faced sandwich and was served with a knife. However, the bread was mush. It would have been impossible to pick it up and eat it like a traditional sandwich and was too soggy to need the knife provided. How can this be improved? Why did it happen in the first place? I’m sure we all have our theories.
- No side item came with the melt. A few chips would have been nice, especially given the price tag.
- It was labeled a “melt” but was not melty. This did not bother me, it was simply ironic.
- A generous portion of tender chicken was topped with a generous amount of goat cheese and an equally generous number of sun-dried tomatoes. I thought $9.25 was a steep price, but they really went all out on toppings.
- Our food was served promptly. (Getting a drink refill was another story, but the kitchen was lightning fast – especially given how incredible busy they were. Probably explains the slow refill, though.)
- The good thing about the soggy bread is that I wasn’t tempted to eat it and add all those uneccesary carbohydrates to my body.
If I were to rate Blossom’s lunch solely on this meal, it would be a two. But based on my overall experiences with this restaurant, they receive THREE FORKS from me.Blossom Deli & Soda Fountain 904 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301-2608