By Pamela Brownstein
After 11 years in the Old Bay Market Place on Bay Street, Marketplace News recently moved to a new, nearby location on the corner of Bay and Charles streets.
It was there that the Lunch Bunch met last week and savored the plentiful options offered at the sandwich and ice cream cafe.
Owner Tae S. Holmes recommended either the egg or chicken salad. Elizabeth had the egg salad on wheat and really liked it, while Nikki approved of the chicken salad sandwich. She said it had a good crunch to it.
Elizabeth’s sister Genny, visiting from Charleston, tried the Craven Street Cucumber made with cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, mashed avocado and oil and vinegar on wheat. All of the orders can be customized, so she chose to add turkey to her sandwich, and thought it was excellent.
April chose a healthy grilled chicken salad, while her daughter Alexis had a tuna salad sandwich.
Buck ordered the grilled chicken teriyaki house special that came with homemade fried rice and a side salad. Tae said the yummy plate is her own original recipe.
I went on a total calorie fest and it was worth it with the Charles Street R.T.B. on wheat. Made with roast beef, turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato, the ranch dressing was a tasty addition. With a bag of Cheetos and a fountain drink, it was a super satisfying meal.
The cafe proudly serves more than 20 flavors of Bluebell ice cream, a perfect treat to enjoy on summer afternoons.
We couldn’t resist dessert. Elizabeth and April had low-fat smoothies, peach and peach-strawberry, respectively, and they were so fresh and delightful, not too sweet. I tried a cup of one of their most popular flavors — chocolate peanut butter — and it was sinfully delicious.
Buck ordered a classic banana split that looked almost too scrumptious to eat with the scoops of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream, nuts and cherries. (Don’t worry, he did eat it!)
They have a kids menu as well as a big selection of drinks and chips. The cafe also provides public wireless Internet access, so it’s a great place to take your laptop and stay connected during your lunch break.
The Marketplace News is located at 209 Charles St., and is open everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Catering is available. Call 843-470-0188 for take-out or visit www.themarketplacenews.com.