Charleston Edition: 1010 Bridge

By Candace Nelson - 8:52 PM

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1010 Bridge is a brand new restaurant in Charleston that is making headlines and pleasing palates in just the few short days its been open.

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This local restaurant takes the place of the beloved South Hills Market & Cafe, which shuttered earlier this year after then-Chef and owner Rich Arbaugh headed south to explore other opportunities.

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1010 Bridge opened under the leadership of longtime Bridge Road Bistro servers Aaron and Marie Clark, along with Chef Paul Smith.

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The space is beautiful. Subway tile. Wooden accents. Tons of green plants. And hints of their signature beet icon.

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Servers were all wearing masks, and my temperature - as well as my dining partners Alex and Emily - was taken.

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Let's start first with cocktails! My friend Todd helps bartend here, so I asked for some recommendations. I ended up with the Bootleg Lemonade: vodka, fresh-squeezed lemon and cucumber mint water. So refreshing and exactly what I was wanting on this particular day.

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Next? A bread basket of course. A few freshly baked pieces of bread and a butter with - I think - pork fat? Just super flavorful and made for an absolutely delicious, buttery bite.

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Then - my appetizer was "Brie Beignets with Yesteryear Provisions Seasonal Jelly." This jelly is made by the owner, Marie, and changes frequently! Even though I got powdered sugar EVERYWHERE, I loved this fluffy bite with creamy brie inside. The sweet and savory is key to my heart.

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And, before I forget, our server was absolutely phenomenal. I know these little details because Jenni took the time to explain when I asked questions. She gracefully weaved in and out, refilling glasses, making sure we were taken care of, without interrupting conversation. I can't say enough amazing things. For example, I asked if she was able to try all the dishes (yes! Props to the chefs) and what some of her favorites were. She shared many, and Alex ended up ordering the Mexican Style Shrimp "Cocktail" - with grilled cornbread, heirloom tomato pico, avocado and shaved radish.

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Now for the main course: Cast Iron Seared "1010 Cut." Jenni explained to me this specific cut, which is very tender. It was seasoned to perfection, just touched with the lightly sweet cabernet reduction and bringing in that umami layer with truffled foie gras-shallot butter. My. God. But wait! There's more! Crispy, charred brussel sprouts and a super creamy lobster mac & cheese. It's like someone made this dish with me in mind.

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Moving onto dessert, I went with the Chocolate Silk Tart that has graham cracker crust and burnt marshmallow. Like a grown up s'more. Silky smooth with crumble and a light dollop of marshmallow. Perfect. I was too stuffed and enamored to remember to take a photo. However, I snapped this shot of the Lemon Semifreddo Ice Box Terrine with wild blueberry compote, cornmeal-oat crumble and lavender honey. That was my second choice.

This is one of the best meals I've had in recent memory. Think farm-to-table meets global indulgences. Quickly rising to one of my absolute favorites in Charleston.

Grade: A

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