Review Category : Lunch Bunch

The lunch bunch enjoys salads and sandwiches at Groucho’s Deli

By Kim Harding

The Lunch Bunch has been looking forward to returning to Groucho’s Deli.  It is one of our favorite spots to get together, and it turns out we weren’t the only ones.  The place was packed when we went last Friday.

Elizabeth took Patrick’s recommendation for the Mid East Special — a fat sub roll filled with lean pastrami, bologna, salami and cheese with an oil and vinegar dressing, served hot. Although it usually comes with Provolone cheese, Patrick suggested Muenster instead. Elizabeth, who frequents the Groucho’s in Charleston, also had to order a side of Formula “45” — their famous herb blend of spicy Russian and Thousand Island.

From the extensive salad menu, April chose My Wife’s Salad Bowl because it has a funny name, and our sever said it’s a popular item. The salad included healthy stuff like lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, as well as piles of fresh ham, turkey, bacon and big chunks of diced cheese. Tossed with her choice of ranch dressing, this hearty salad made for a super tasty lunch.

I enjoyed the roast beef sandwich, which I dipped in the Formula “45” sauce.  It’s not typically served that way, but I just can’t pass up that amazing sauce.  Sometimes I even get it to go so that I can dunk my midnight snack in it!  In my opinion, that stuff is a must have.

Nikki tried the Low Fat Chicken Critter that comes with grilled marinated chicken breast covered with herb slaw and Formula 95 sauce on a soft, seeded roll. She said the sandwich was great, and she also really liked the side of grain mustard and pretzels.

For dessert, we all shared the salted caramel brownie with a pretzel crust, and it was an awesome way to end our meal.

Groucho’s Deli in Beaufort is located at 81 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29907. Call 843-524-4545 for takeout and catering or visit www.grouchos.com.  The original restaurant was started by Harold “Groucho” Miller in Columbia in 1941, and has been beloved by USC students and graduates for generations. The popularity of the specialty sandwiches, sauces, salads and original recipes led to the expansion of the store in recent years across S.C., Georgia and N.C., and local franchise owner Patrick Ragsdale said his is the 27th location.

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Herban Marketplace offers an organic punch to lunch

Owner Greta Lynne and Chef Anya Chase believe in progress over perfection

By Wendy Nilsen PollitzerLunch Bunch-Herban Marketplace Logo

The Lunch Bunch had the pleasure of dining at Herban Marketplace, located at 1211 Newcastle Street in the former location of SuZara’s. Herban Marketplace is Beaufort’s premier all-organic and all-natural grocery store that is now serving lunch.

While the initial store concept was to be a juice and smoothie bar, owner Greta Lynne realized early on that much more was needed in the Beaufort area to satisfy the growing interest in organic foods and natural, eco-friendly products. She was, in fact, driving out of town on a regular basis herself to purchase organic produce and groceries.

After this epiphany, Greta decided to expand the original idea from smoothie bar to “marketplace” where organic produce and products would take center stage in a hip, upbeat and friendly atmosphere.

And now, with the location change that included a commercial kitchen, Greta had the opportunity to expand her services and offer lunch. She hired Anya Chase, and together, they are creating a place to help Beaufortonians on a path to better health.Anya is currently experimenting with a menu and offering organic soups, salads, wraps, sandwiches and more Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-2pm. She created a special Lunch Bunch-Chef Anya Chase and Owner, Great Lynnemenu just for the Lunch Bunch, and we were beyond impressed with her culinary talent. Maura Connelly assisted with serving and promptly brought an interesting appetizer to the table…watermelon radishes. They had a unique flavor that combined a fresh twist of the sweetened summertime favorite with the crisp texture of the edible root. They didn’t last long on the table.

We were then given a choice between two soups: a chicken and dumpling and lentil.  Both were exceptional and gave us just enough nutrients and satisfaction to yearn for more. Maura then served each of us a trio of salads: a cumin and lime black bean salad; a cauliflower couscous prepared with purple cabbage, carrots, dried cranberries and walnuts topped with turmeric dressing; and a chickpea salad accented with dried cranberries and walnuts with a dairy free vegenaise dressing. Each of us in this week’s Lunch Bunch had a favorite, so it’s safe to say that all of the salads were exceptional.

Greta and Maura then brought out a tray of two types of sandwiches: the Smokey Beet Reuben prepared with Alderwood Smoked Salt, homemade Thousand Island dressing, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut; and the Sweet Potato Wrap filled with a sweet potato mash that included chipotle hummus, roasted red peppers, and shredded carrots wrapped in a Lavash flatbread. Both entrees were delectable, and we were equally impressed with the different selections. I personally love beets, so the Reuben was my favorite. Deb, on the other hand, loves sweet potatoes; so we disagreed on our preferred sandwich. Regardless of your taste, you won’t be disappointed.  We finished our healthy meal with a pomegranate non-dairy ice cream dessert, which was accompanied with an almond cookie. Talk about a punch to lunch! It cleansed the palette and put a calming finishing touch on an energizing lunch.

The high nutrient, low calorie meal was incomparable to anything I’ve had in Beaufort. Greta and Anya both believe in clean food and appreciate healthy progress over perfection. Greta refers to her customers as “seekers,” those searching for a healthy alternative. She wants to answer the community’s needs and provide for her holistic patrons. With the inclusion of lunch, Herban Marketplace’s “seekers” can now experiment with delicious healthy alternatives without having to prepare the meals themselves. Whether they’ve been engaging in an organic lifestyle for some time, or just trying it out, Anya’s preparations will inspire you to live better by eating better. Thank you Greta, Anya and Maura for helping us learn more about organic living. I was truly inspired.

Herban Marketplace is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information about their products, classes and daily lunch menus, please call (843) 379-5550 or visit them at www.herbanmarketplace.com.

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Lunch Bunch gets treated at The Carolina Tavern

By Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Lunch Bunch, a group formed almost five years ago with staff members of The Island News. I started the column as a vehicle to showcase area restaurants and remind Beaufortonians to eat local.  It’s been a favorite among our readers, and I’d like to personally thank owners, servers, and patrons for their enthusiasm for the column.Lunch Bunch-Logo

On Thursday, Larry Fries, owner of The Carolina Tavern, hosted the Lunch Bunch for a taste of his menu of southern staples.  Formerly Carolina Wings, a national franchise, The Carolina Tavern is now locally owned and operated as an independent restaurant. Located at 1714 Ribaut Road in Port Royal, the restaurant is one of three Carolina Taverns in the state. The other two are in Greenwood and Murrell’s Inlet.

Recently, the restaurant was featured on a show called, The Dish, a local culinary entertainment show that highlights restaurants and filmed in front of a live television audience at the WJBF-TV Channel 6 studios based in Augusta, GA.

The Dish, hosted by TV personality Ana Christina, showcased two of Carolina Tavern’s favorite entrees-The Big Pig and their famous ribs. Lucky for the Lunch Bunch, we sampled both.

Monae was our charming server and started us off with Pretzel dippers and the sampler, complete with fried pickles, zucchini, mushrooms and mozzarella sticks. The pretzel dippers were tasty and unique, topped with more than the typical salt additive. Carolina Tavern dresses their hot pretzels with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese, and our group devoured them. Hope Falls, the layout designer for The Island News commented on the fried mushrooms, “The breading is almost like eating a funnel cake at the fair…yummy!”

Elizabeth ordered the peel and eat shrimp, which included a trip to the fresh and appetizing salad bar. She was pleased with her selection and it was the perfect amount of food to keep her satiated while engaging in her annual January cleanse.

Nikki and her husband, Bubba, ordered the two items featured on The Dish, the Big Pig and the ribs. The Big Pig is a sandwich of pulled pork, applewood smoked bacon, baked ham, smoked sausage and cheddar cheese on a potato roll. The full rack of ribs were slow cooked and sauced to perfection. The couple was delighted with both of their selections. In fact, they agreed that the Big Pig Pig and the ribs were best representative of Carolina Tavern.

Hope Falls, as I described earlier as the new layout designer for The Island News, is also a recent Clemson graduate. Welcome to the paper Hope! Hope ordered the Tavern Salad, a dinner salad topped with turkey, ham and bacon. Hope also asked for grilled shrimp instead, giving her greens a little coastal Carolina accent.

I opted for the beer can chicken, a favorite home dish I like to prepare. But I normally use a Bud Light or even a Coca-Cola…when I’m out of beer and repurpose the entrée to be called a soda can chicken.  So I was very interested when I saw that Carolina Tavern’s specialty was marinated in Guinness and slow baked to a golden brown crust. It was simply delicious!!

The Carolina Tavern is still a favorite spot to watch your favorite sports team. Big screen TV’s are everywhere. In any given location in the restaurant, you’re able to watch 3 or 4 games at a time. And, it will be THE spot to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

Thank you to Larry and his wife, Stephanie Fries, for hosting this week’s Lunch Bunch. It was a treat, and we can’t wait to come back. For more information about The Carolina Tavern, please call (843) 379-5959 or visit www.thecarolinatavern.com.

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Enjoying Southern charm and warmth at Southern Graces Bistro

By Kim Harding

Dining at Southern Graces Bistro, located inside the historic Beaufort Inn, is like stepping back in time and enjoying your grandmother’s comforting, home cooking.

Bethany Hewitt and her husband Christopher take pride in creating each dish themselves, so everything on the menu is delicious.  The starters were all so tempting that we decided we needed to sample each and every one!  Although they were all amazing, our favorite was the fried green tomatoes served with sweet corn sauce, Applewood smoked bacon & braised red cabbage.  It is a MUST HAVE.

Nikki decided to go all out and order the Southern Fried Chicken.  A magnificent display of this classic southern food, served with fresh corn and whipped potatoes.  Three large pieces of chicken… the diet will have to wait!

Elizabeth recently started her annual cleanse diet, so she opted for the healthy, yet scrumptious BBQ Glazed Roasted Salmon served with  sautéed green beans and whipped potatoes. Definitely a healthy choice, but not lacking on flavor.

I always order the shrimp and sweet potatoes grits, but on this cold and rainy day I couldn’t pass up the pot roast.  Comfort food at its best, braised in red wine and served with carrots over mashed potatoes and gravy.  Melt in your mouth delicious.  I honestly can’t tell you if I like the shrimp and grits or the pot roast better.  You will just have to visit more than once to try all of these amazing dishes!

We were all so stuffed that we couldn’t even imagine ordering dessert.  But Chef Christopher would have no part of that.  He sent out a small serving of chocolate for each of us… and there wasn’t a trace of it left when we finished. It didn’t matter how full we were, we had to make room!

Be sure to call ahead before your visit to Southern Graces Bistro. They have special January Winter Dinners and are offering a 4-course fixed price menu for $25 per person each Thursday, Friday, and & Saturday night and the menu will change each weekend through the end of January.  They are open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner Thursday through Saturday 5pm until 8:30 p.m. They also offer a Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday Afternoon Tea from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (reservations for Saturday Tea need to be made 24 hours in advance). For more information, please call, (843) 379-0555.

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The big, bold, beautiful Southern dishes are the bomb at Burlap

By Pamela Brownstein

Despite the construction that temporarily mars the parking lot and entrance to Burlap on Boundary Street, the restaurant remains a respite from the

Wonton wings

Wonton wings

weary everyday routine with its cheery and clever decor, friendly staff and absolutely outstanding food.

The Lunch Bunch enjoyed some tasty little muffins with fresh marmalade, as well as homemade biscuits at the start of our meal. We drank our tea and water from Mason jars, and admired the color palate on the walls, as well as the light fixtures, which are also made from Mason jars.

Deviled egg trio

Deviled egg trio

Next, we shared The Deviled Egg Trio, featuring classic deviled eggs topped with fresh crab and bacon; and the Wonton Wings — roasted shredded chicken, wrapped and fried and served with buffalo sauce and bleu cheese drizzle — which are incredible.

Elizabeth enjoyed her Blue Pecan Chop Salad made with diced grilled chicken, pecans, apples, cucumbers, blue cheese, and romaine tossed in SC Honey Balsamic dressing and topped with fried onions.

Nikki also really liked her salad, the Belle, with its savory mix of fresh spinach, grilled chicken, dried cranberries, grapes, apples, red onions in a SC Honey Vinaigrette, topped with a ball of pecan-coated goat cheese.

The presentation of Irene’s Shrimp & Grits was beautiful, and also mouth-watering, with sauteed shrimp, ham and cream sauce over grits. We all sampled this version of the classic Southern dish, and agreed it was amazing.

I tried the Turkey Burger, and it was ridiculously good. The juicy burger was topped with basil pesto, lettuce, tomato, and a giant slab of Gouda cheese on a brioche bun. The portion was huge, and after stuffing my face with all the starters, I brought half of it home to my husband who agreed it was delicious.

We also all shared a heaping plate of smoked meatloaf with whipped potatoes and green beans, and it was awesome.

Shrimp and grits

Shrimp and grits

Owners Chris and Bethany Hewitt offer a fabulous selection of salads, burgers and Southern-inspired entrees that appeal to a variety of palates.

Burlap is located at 2001 Boundary Street, Beaufort, on the side of the Quality Inn, and is open for lunch and dinner. Call 843-379-2288.

Turkey burger with gouda cheese and a side of homemade fries.

Turkey burger with gouda cheese and a side of homemade fries.

 

 

 

 

Belle Salad

Belle Salad

 

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From breads to salads to seafood to dessert, it is all magnificent at Magnolia Cafe

By Pamela Brownstein

On a chilly afternoon, it’s always comforting to meet your friends at a cozy cafe and indulge in fabulous appetizers, excellent entrees, maybe a little champagne, a perfectly made latte, and top it off with heavenly desserts. This perfect scenario can be found at Beaufort’s own Magnolia Cafe.

Chicken salad on a bed of greens

Chicken salad on a bed of greens

Husband and wife owners Evangaline and Dana Jing should be commended for their focus on local ingredients and homemade baked goods and friendly service and beautiful presentations.

The Lunch Bunch started with three amazing appetizers: Shrimp salad made with local shrimp; Hummus with fresh pita; and a divine Smoked Salmon cream cheese with homemade bread.

Kim loved her chicken salad over a bed of greens with her favorite homemade poppy seed dressing on the side.

I ordered the Lump Crab Cake and it was so fresh and delicious.

Magnolia Bakery Cafe and Garden Gift Gallery is located at 703 Congress Street, Beaufort. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 843-524-1961 or visit www.magnoliacafebeaufort.com.

Shrimp salad made with local shrimp appetizer.

Shrimp salad made with local shrimp appetizer.

Smoked salmon cream cheese with fresh bread

Smoked salmon cream cheese with fresh bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hummus with homemade pita wedges

Hummus with homemade pita wedges

Tomato Florentine Soup with Ham and Cheese Strata

Tomato Florentine Soup with Ham and Cheese Strata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lump crab cake

Lump crab cake

A lovely little vanilla latte

A lovely little vanilla latte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Same great quality ingredients and service at the new location of City Java

By Pamela Brownstein

The qualities that make the original City Java & News on Carteret Street a success — good coffee, homemade

Roasted turkey breast sandwich

Roasted turkey breast sandwich

ingredients, a sleek decor, talented staff and a friendly atmosphere — are replicated at the new City Java location on Ribaut Road, at the former home of Carolina Dog & Deli across from Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Coconut curry chicken soup

Coconut curry chicken soup

We started by sharing bowls of the Curry Coconut Chicken Soup of the Day. I am not usually a big soup lover, but the flavors in this bowl were so fabulous and enticing, I had to remind myself I was sharing with Nikki otherwise I would have spooned up the whole thing. Especially with this colder weather, I can’t think of a better item to order to warm your belly and please your taste buds.

The lunch menu offers yummy soups, salads, sandwiches and sides, and it’s hard to choose because — as The Lunch Bunch learned — they are all delicious.

Kim called dibbs on the Grilled Bacon and Goat Cheese sandwich with housemade date relish on whole grain bread. The melted goat cheese and salty bacon combo was rich and heavenly.

I ordered the Smoked Salmon and Beet Salad — mixed greens, lentils, goat cheese, hot smoked salmon and roasted beets with homemade sherry vinaigrette dressing. The warm chunks of smoked salmon made every bite sing; this salad was so amazing. I truly think I could eat it every day and be happy.

Elizabeth also loved her Roasted Seasonal Root Vegetable Salad topped with pumpkin seeds, housemade ricotta cheese and carrot vinaigrette dressing. It looked so colorful and delicious on the plate, and she said it was great.

Roasted seasonal root vegetable salad

Roasted seasonal root vegetable salad

Nikki tried the Roasted Turkey Breast sandwich made with Gouda, mango chutney, lettuce, tomato and onion. She really liked it, and she also really liked her side of chips (she ate them all).

Irene’s Korean Braised Pork sandwich was recommended by our friendly server. It comes hot-pressed with housemade kimchi on Portuguese bread.

Owner Matt McAlhaney said plans are in the works for a pickup window.

The new City Java is located at 968 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC, 29902. It is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; lunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Sunday brunch will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 843-470-JAVA.

Korean Braised Pork Sandwich

Korean Braised Pork Sandwich

 

Smoked salmon and beet salad

Smoked salmon and beet salad

 

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Awesome seafood and an amazing view are all together at Albergotti Grill

By Pamela Brownstein

Although Albergotti Grill is located inside a hotel, it should not be reserved just for out-of-towners. The fresh seafood entrees combined with a gorgeous view of Albergotti Creek make this an attractive spot even for locals.

Food and Beverage Manager and Chef Hank Yaden treated The Lunch Bunch to a sampling of his favorite creations.

Scallops Florentine

Scallops Florentine

Our meal began with large bowls of Lowcountry She Crab Soup, which was absolutely divine, with real lumps of crab.

Irene really enjoyed the Scallops Florentine with large, pan-seared scallops served with asparagus and an addicting sauce.

The Shrimp and Grits impressed Nikki — a big deal for a true Southern girl — with their unique flavor.

Elizabeth said she loved the perfectly cooked filet mignon topped with roasted shallots, which added a whole other dimension of flavor.

We agreed that the giant piece of North Carolina swordfish topped with caper butter was excellent — so fresh and flaky.

I couldn’t get enough of the seasonal roasted vegetables that were served as a side with several dishes. I also thought the Chicken Albergotti was awesome — a giant bowl of fettuccine with a sun-dried tomato sauce and topped with strips of grilled chicken, how can you go wrong?

Shrimp and grits

Shrimp and grits

Although we were all so full by the end of our delicious meal, once we saw the amazing Carolina Peach Crisp dessert topped with vanilla ice cream, it was impossible to resist. We all split it and it was so warm and peachy.

Chef Yaden said they will be rolling out a new menu within the month, keeping some favorites but introducing some exciting new dishes. Plans are also in the works to renovate and update the restaurant, starting at the beginning of next year. Even though big changes are coming, I recommend a visit today, it is worth it for a great dining experience.

Albergotti Grill is located in the Holiday Inn & Suites, 2225 Boundary Street, Beaufort. The restaurant is open for breakfast from 6 to 10:30 a.m., and for dinner Monday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Happy Hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Call 843-379-3100.

Chicken Albergotti

Chicken Albergotti

 

Crab-stuffed shrimp with grilled veggies

Crab-stuffed shrimp with grilled veggies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swordfish with caper butter and a side of grilled veggies and potatoes

Swordfish with caper butter and a side of grilled veggies and potatoes

 

Carolina peach crisp dessert

Carolina peach crisp dessert

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bar area at Albergotti Grill, located inside Holiday Inn & Suites on Boundary Street.

The bar area at Albergotti Grill, located inside Holiday Inn & Suites on Boundary Street.

 

The outdoor patio and beautiful view of the marsh and waterway.

The outdoor patio and beautiful view of the marsh and waterway.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fabulous homemade food will have you begging for more at Moondoggies Cafe

By Pamela Brownstein

Just off Paris Avenue, Moondoggies Cafe & Grill sits nestled among tall trees and Spanish moss in downtown Port Royal. The fabulous food, fun decor and friendly service represent the best of what a local restaurant should be. Owners Jeff and Dawn Harris continue to create outstanding dishes and, as they say, it’s where great American food meets Southern hospitality. Whether for lunch or dinner, Moondoggies is an experience that should not be missed.

Roasted red pepper artichoke bake with tortilla chips.

Roasted red pepper artichoke bake with tortilla chips.

The Lunch Bunch ordered a variety of appetizers because they are all so good. The coconut fried shrimp is excellent, and the fried pickle chips are so addicting, even for someone like me who doesn’t usually like pickles. But our favorite was the Roasted Red Pepper Artichoke Bake served with crispy tortilla chips.

For the main meal, Irene had the lump crab cakes served with hush puppies, remoulade sauce and asparagus spears. There’s a reason the crab cakes are a house specialty because they are super.

Kim Turner tried the Beef on Weck sandwich — thin-sliced roast beef dipped in savory hot au jus and piled high on a Kummelweck roll.

April and Kim Newton both ordered the fajitas special really liked it.

Fried coconut shrimp appetizer

Fried coconut shrimp appetizer

I ate every bite of my Mahi Mahi sandwich, grilled to perfection on a Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, onion and homemade tartar sauce. My side of pimento mac n’ cheese was also yummy.

Elizabeth loved her hearty salad made with mixed greens and tomatoes and her choice of grilled strip steak and Bleu cheese crumbles.

The desserts are homemade daily and can vary, but they are all so scrumptious, so save room. We sampled Chocolate Bread Pudding, a piece of Peanut Butter Pie, Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecake and Banana Pudding — which we all agreed was a must-have.

Moondoggies Cafe & Grill is located at 10th Street and Paris Avenue, downtown Port Royal, SC. It is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner 5 to 9 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. Call 843-522-1222 or like them on Facebook.

 

Lump crab cakes with hush puppies and asparagus spears.

Lump crab cakes with hush puppies and asparagus spears.

 

Salad with greens, tomatoes and bleu cheese crumbles and topped with grilled steak strips.

Salad with greens, tomatoes and bleu cheese crumbles and topped with grilled steak strips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beef on Weck

Beef on Weck

 

Grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich with pimento mac n' cheese

Grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich with pimento mac n’ cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade banana pudding

Homemade banana pudding

 

 

 

 

 

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From schnitzel to sauerbraten, it’s German food with a twist at Great Gardens Cafe

By Pamela Brownstein

With a large selection of homemade German dishes, Great Gardens Cafe serves up fabulous food that’s hard to find elsewhere in Beaufort. The owners are proud of their diverse cuisine, and diners feel welcome as soon as they walk into the restaurant with its open layout and intimate atmosphere. Located just off Trask Parkway, Great Gardens’ outside seating area provides a breathtaking view of the marsh and waterways beyond.

Brat sampler appetizer

Brat sampler appetizer

The Lunch Bunch started with the Shrimp Cakes and Brat Sampler appetizers. The two shrimp cakes were so fresh, while the Brat Sampler featured knockwurst, bratwurst and curry wurst, which was so yummy; we ate them all.

When the main course was presented, all the dishes looked so colorful and savory on the table together.

Nikki really loved the Sauerbraten — beef roast long marinated in red wine and herb blend, and slow simmered until fork tender. She also declared the sauteed brussels sprouts as an excellent side.

Nikki’s sweetie, Bubba, who can sometimes be a picky eater, was a big fan of the German meatloaf.

Irene tried the Jaeger Schnitzel entree which is a thin, breaded pan fried meat topped with creamy mushroom

Sauerbraten entree with brussels sprouts and side salad

Sauerbraten entree with brussels sprouts and side salad

sauce.

After much deliberation, Elizabeth settled on the Cordon Bleu Schnitzel, which was recommended as the chef’s special. She chose the veal cutlet, thin, breaded and pan fried and broiled under ham and Gruyere cheese. It was a large portion size, and also very delicious.

I ordered the Chicken Spinach Club that had a juicy sauteed chicken breast with broiled, melted Mozzarella on bed of baby spinach, tomato and bacon served on a Kaiser roll. This sandwich was exceptionally tasty, I highly recommend it.

Just as we all agreed we were so full, our friendly server surprised us with two decadent desserts. The crepes were filled with white chocolate mousse and drizzled with homemade caramel. But my absolute favorite was the chocolate cake with Nutella — a chocolate lover’s dream.

Great Gardens Cafe is located at 3669 Trask Parkway, Beaufort. It is open for lunch and dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and for breakfast and brunch on Sunday. Call 843-521-1900.

Jaeger Schnitzel

Jaeger Schnitzel

Cordon Bleu Schnitzel with red cabbage side

Cordon Bleu Schnitzel with red cabbage side

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Spinach Club with side of Kartoffelpuffer

Chicken Spinach Club with side of Kartoffelpuffer

Chocolate cake with whip cream filling and Nutella

Chocolate cake with whip cream filling and Nutella

 

 

 

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