Hours: Breakfast, Lunch, Weekend Brunch
Karalee Fallert Nielsen’s latest venture, catty-corner from Hampton Park, was intended as a neighborhood go-to (her own neighborhood, in fact) but quickly attracted those far beyond the ’hood. This is no ordinary breakfast, lunch, or dinner spot. The approachable menu is fresh and sophisticated, as is the sleek, sunny, comfy interior. From mushroom and walnut pate, to roasted cauliflower with hazelnuts to housemade ricotta with a depth charge of preserved lemon oil to the daily pasta or daily catch, each bite is an epiphany. Chef John Amato sharpened his skills at FIG and the Foodie Truck. He could easily be Charleston’s next big thing, but instead he shuns the spotlight, focusing on his craft (no music allowed in his kitchen, so as not to distract his staff), and mentoring younger chefs. With provisions to go, special wine dinners, and opportunities for guests to hit up the “secret wine stash” at a discount, this is a place I recommend to anyone for any meal of the day. —Allston McCrady Dish (Winter 2015)
Breakfast begins every morning at 7 a.m. with Aebliskiver (sweet Danish popovers) and other morning treats. Lunch and dinner have a range of choices, from tasty chicken salad sandwich to some avocado toast, this is one of the most charming neighborhood cafes in the city.