Essentially America



It’s hard to choose when there are so many options.

You can go Southern in name and cuisine at Blossom (www.blossomcha­ and Magnolias (www. magnoliasc­, both on East Bay Street – or at Rutledge Avenue’s Hominy (www.hominygril­, with its James Beard Award-winning chef; go for seafood at one of two King Street favourites: Beard Award-nominated The Ordinary (www.eattheordi­ or atmospheri­c The Darling Oyster Bar (; test out the AAA Four Diamond credential­s of Circa 1886 on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion (; enjoy regional produce, including seafood, in Cannon Street’s The Grocery (www. thegrocery­ or drop by King Street’s newish

Parcel 32, set in a revitalise­d 1837 townhouse ( However, two of my favourites are farther afield –

Purlieu (www.purlieucha­, a friendly neighbourh­ood bistro, is on Fishburne Street north of the bridge leading to the James River Road plantation­s; and then there’s

Middleton Place Restaurant, which is tucked into a corner of its namesake plantation (www. middletonp­

 ??  ?? The signature Bloody Mary at the Darling Oyster Bar
The signature Bloody Mary at the Darling Oyster Bar

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