Monthly Archives: February 2010

Top Fish – Week One: Fresh Seafood Company

Week One of our quest to for the best fish sandwich in Charleston finds us at Capitol Market.  Word on the street is, the Big Fish Sandwich at the Fresh Seafood Company is one of the biggest and freshest available around these parts. 

The results of our tests are as follows:

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A Fabulous Meal on the Hill

Susan says…

If you have not wound your way up Bridge Road for dinner under the red awning, you must put it at the top of your to-do list.  I have had some great dishes.  I have had some great meals.  But this one… this one begs me to wax poetic.

We have reviewed South Hills Market and Café and I have written an open (love) letter to Chef Richard Arbaugh.  The more I eat there, the more I love it.  The combination of cozy atmosphere, friendly and attentive service, gorgeous white dinnerware, fantastic flavor combinations and artistic presentation is like nothing else in our area.  (In fact, in my opinion, SHMC outshines the meal I recently enjoyed at the Greenbrier’s Main Dining Room.)

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Introducing Top Fish

During Lent, the Fork You Crew will be doing our darndest to find the Top Fish Sandwich in Charleston.  We will post a short review each Thursday of a local fish sandwich.  Each sandwich will be judged using a strict set of criteria.  We will post each reviewer’s score, along with an overall score.

To get things started, here are excerpts of fish sandwiches from past reviews.  Click on the restaurant name to go to the full post. 

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A Review of Food and Wine Magazine – because I didn’t want to know anything about “Enami”

this picture is in no way associated with Food and Wine magazine, it is simply something I (Ron) googled.

Hello Ladies and Gents, and I do use those terms loosely.  

(Is now a good time to mention this is Ron?)

Yes, there’s a lull in the Fork You halls these days… too cold to go out and eat.  Yes, that task requires one of us to actually get off our bums to be the sacrificial lamb to go get the Fork You Mini Van and drive everyone to someplace to eat in order to express our culinary credibility to you our readers who are wasting your boss’ time by reading this. 

(wow – run on sentence there, wasn’t it?) 

Because our country has the greatest postal service in the world, I am able to bring you this fabulous piece of “Literary Gold”    

(this observation coming from someone who has never been across the Mississippi, has been to Canada, and the most foreign place he’s ever been was – Boone County WV)   

I originally posted this on my own personal blog  the other day, but because we’re starved for content here also in these troubling times, I decided to cross pollenate.  Spread my seed (or “disease”, choose your term). 

The other day the Fork You Mansion was delivered the March edition of Food and Wine Magazine….  here is my (Ron’s) review.  Please note that I pick up in the middle as the Fork You audience really doesn’t need to hear about my traumatizing knee injury  and brilliant description of it:   

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Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Umami

Susan says…

What do seaweed, breast milk and walnuts have in common?  You guessed it!  They all contain umami.  (I know, the title kind of gave it away.)

Umami (pronounced  ōō-mä’mē) is a Japanese word meaning “delicious”, “savory”, or “flavor”.  This label was given by umami’s discoverer, Professor Kikunae Ikeda, in 1909. 

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Fast Food Burger: The Sequel – Wendy’s Bacon Deluxe!!

Ron says…

Like James Cameron working for a decade on the movie Avatar, I have been working on my next signature post.  Remember the last one?

Well like a Hollywood blockbuster, I’ll follow the same format for success and keep beating it like a dead horse and see if with this post I can generate the same response.

So, several months ago, you may have recalled seeing the attached video:

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Beautiful Atmosphere but Disappointing Entrees – Aubrey’s Yorkshire Pub and Eatery

Aubrey's table setting - nice napkin folding!

Tracey says…

This was my first trip to Aubrey’s.  My first impression, as we circled the block for the 4th time all the while hearing “DESTINATION” from the GPS voice, was that it is difficult to find.  It really is tucked away in a little corner.  When we (finally) arrived and went in, I was impressed with the interior.  It is so cozy.  And I mean cozy.  It’s a tiny little place.  The dining room was very pretty, with upholstered blue 1940’s-ish booths all along the walls and a large S-shaped booth configuration in the middle with round tables.  I don’t know if it was decorated for the holidays or if it is their normal decor, but there were pretty white lighted tree branches everywhere too.  The atmosphere was, as I may have mentioned, very cozy.

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