Another day in Charleston, another splendid meal set in a gorgeous and historic house. This is the life…
Our first meal of the day took us to Poogan’s Porch for a proper Lowcountry brunch, which I admit resembles a Lowcountry dinner, but with noticeably more poached eggs.
Opened in 1976 and set in a grand 19th century Victorian home, Poogan’s Porch is one of Charleston’s oldest restaurants. The restaurant is named after a dog named Poogan, the pet pooch of the building’s former owners before it was converted to a restaurant.
Chef and managing partner Daniel Doyle has been in the kitchen since 2007. Like all of the best restaurants in town, Poogan’s prides itself on sourcing proteins and produce locally from Charleston and its surrounding areas.
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Now that doughnuts are finally having their moment in the spotlight, I’m making sure to cram in as many as possible whether at home or away. High on my list of Charleston haunts to hit was Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts, the premier purveyor of fancy doughnuts in town.
Allison Smith, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Charleston, opened the shop in 2011 and makes twelve different varieties daily using as many local ingredients as possible. In fact, many of the herbs and berries found in her doughnuts are grown in the garden right behind the shop.
The Astronomer and I made sure to set our alarm clocks this morning because these babies have been known to sell out well before the shop’s advertised closing time of 3 PM.
The first doughnut we sampled, a classic raised ring with a spot-on raspberry glaze ($1.99), made us smile from ear to ear. The texture of the dough was definitely good, but it was the tart and bright glaze that made this doughnut one to remember.
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With just 40 hours in Portland, my girlfriends and I managed to cram in 10 solid dining destinations without a hitch. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, we filled our drizzly days with savories, sweets, and seemingly everything in between. Not to mention lots of walking to balance everything all out, or so we hoped.
While Bakeshop, Blue Star, Pok Pok, Nong’s Khao Man Gai, and Salt & Straw delighted me most this trip, these five spots had their charms as well: Pine State Biscuits, Olympic Provisions, Le Pigeon, Nuvrei, and Tasty n Alder. The best of the rest—PDX style:
Pine State Biscuits
Pine State Biscuits launched their kitchen at the Portland Farmers Market in 2006. Even with a brick and mortar location on Belmont Avenue, which opened in 2008, the trio behind the operation continues to lug their stoves to the farmers market each Saturday to feed the hoards of hungry fans.
We dug into “The Reggie,” a fried chicken, bacon, and cheese situation, topped with a whole lot of gravy.
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Voodoo might make Portland’s most famous doughnuts, but Blue Star fries its finest!
As soon as we pulled ourselves out of bed on our first morning in Portland, my travelmates and I made a beeline for Micah & Katie Camden’s doughnut shop. Awash in natural light and staffed by friendly folks, Blue Star was every bit as splendid as I had been told.
The doughnuts here are made from scratch throughout the day using a classic French brioche recipe and well-sourced ingredients. Head pastry chef Stephanie Donlan brings together bread flour from Shepherds Grain, cage-free eggs from Stiebrs Farms, whole milk from Sunshine Dairy, and European-style butter from Larsen’s Creamery for her recipe. The fruits used in the fillings and glazes are organic, while the oil is made from rice.
Blue Star’s uncompromising craft, commitment, and care makes for some really, really amazing doughnuts.
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