Friday, February 24, 2017

Charleston Edition: Adventures Bar & Grill

AdventuresAs soon as I saw a ~new~ restaurant on Charleston's Restaurant Week list, I was like a moth to a flame. Adventures Bar & Grill just opened a few months ago and already committed to participating in the annual weeklong event. Stoked.

AdventuresThe biggest draw for Adventures Bar & Grill is that it's literally atop a mountain, so the views are amazing and you can see from one end of town to the other. It was dark, but I tried my best to help capture the views facing toward the Capitol.

AdventuresThe biggest drawback is that the restaurant is within a gated community, meaning you need to know the passcode to enter the gate. You can simply call the restaurant for this code, but my friend already had the inside scoop, so no worries there.

AdventuresThe gate opens back toward the car, which was odd, so make sure you don't pull up too close. And, then we began the ascent. You wind up this mountain before seeing the restaurant, which is set off by its giant windows and nice outdoor space. Too bad it was chilly this evening. When we entered, they were crazy busy. We had reservations but had to wait for a bit -- which, really, is a good problem to have for a new restaurant. Glad to see they're getting lots of business.

AdventuresTheir restaurant week menu offered some tasty options influenced by Greek and Mediterranean flavors; I went with deep-fried goat cheese, Maryland lump crab cakes with remoulade sauce, brussel sprouts and croquette potatoes, and pistachio stuffed baklava.

AdventuresOur server was a bit flustered, but I was pretty excited once the deep-fried goat cheese came out. This giant ball housed creamy, delicious goat cheese, and it was sprinkled with powdered sugar and honey. I loved the sweet and creamy. The pita chips were nice and crisp. This was a good appetizer, if not a bit heavy. Very tasty.

AdventuresMy entree of crab cakes was pretty good. Just a touch dry, but it had some good flavor. That sauce was crucial; a bit more could've helped with the dryness. I've never had brussel sprouts shredded in this way, and the potatoes were just fine. A little more seasoning would've made them perfect. Not bad, not bad.

AdventuresThe dessert was the least exciting part. Served on a small plastic plate, it was dry and just not very exciting. Drizzle that ish in honey or something.

Overall, not a bad addition to the Charleston food scene. I'd be curious to see what's on their regular menu and stop back at a time when maybe they aren't so busy. I gather that a lot of folks had a similar idea as I did. New restaurant? Restaurant Week? Perfect time to try it out at a decent price point. Either way, especially for being so new, they did a good job on a crazy busy evening.

Grade: B
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