Last weekend was a big one for me and my friend, Virginia. After I finished the Save the Light half marathon with a big PR (personal record), I checked my phone and saw the text message from the Hilton Head Island marathon. Not only did she set a PR- she also qualified for Boston!
I’m not a marathon girl, but Virginia has put in tons of training miles and done all the little things (nutrition, stretching, recovery) to BQ. She needed a 3:40 to qualify and ran a 3:38. You know it’s serious when you run 16 miles the day after Christmas.
On Monday, we headed downtown to Poogan’s Porch to celebrate. Last week was Rollback Week at Poogan’s Porch, so the entrée and appetizer prices were “rolled back” to the 1970s. Normally, Poogan’s is out of my house-poor budget, so I was excited to try a new-to-me restaurant while saving money.
Getting a reservation during rollback week is tricky because all the locals know about it and that’s when everyone goes, but it was worth it. I would recommend Poogan’s Porch for anyone looking for a nice dinner in Charleston.
We arrived just before 5:15 (reservation time) and parked at the garage just across the street. One big bonus of Poogan’s is convenient parking with a $6 lot next door and two garages on Queen Street. We were promptly seated and our orders taken.
I had the sweet tea glazed salmon with asparagus and risotto. The salmon was cooked perfectly, melted in my mouth, and the sweet tea glaze wasn’t super sweet, but complimented the salmon and asparagus well. Sweet tea is a way of life in the South, and Poogan’s did a good job incorporating that flavor into the salmon/asparagus/risotto dish that is standard at so many restaurants.
The portion was just the right size, and while I didn’t leave hungry, I didn’t have a food-induced coma.
Virginia had the pork ribs and mac and cheese, and a side of fried green tomatoes. The biscuits with honey butter were another star of the night.
The service was pretty good too. I’m sure they wanted to turn tables quickly since the restaurant was sold out, but the biscuits came out ASAP and the appetizer and entrees did too. Everything was timed right, and that made Poogan’s a great experience (it’s awkward to get your entrée when you have only taken two bites of your appetizer). Still, we didn’t feel rushed out of the restaurant, either.
It was Stella’s big night too in her little black bib at the fancy restaurant. She enjoyed the biscuits and the mac and cheese.
Although it was Rollback Week, the dinner was pretty special. Sometimes during special weeks, service can be iffy. The staff knows that people (like me!) who usually don’t go to fancy restaurants will, and sometimes those people don’t treat servers well. I try to treat the servers better when I get a deal or coupon because some people trying to save money skimp, which isn’t right for the servers as people and makes couponers look bad. Even with 1970s prices, tip on a 2015 level because servers have 2015 bills.
When we left Poogan’s Porch, we headed to Kaminsky’s, the go-to place for desserts in Charleston. It was a chilly Monday night and drizzling rain, so downtown was pretty dead and so was Kaminsky’s. It’s located on Market Street, and they have a pretty good happy hour with $5 dessert drinks and half price wine.
We split a brownie sundae and it was more than enough for all of us. I can’t imagine someone eating the entire brownie sundae alone.
It was a really fun night and we had a great time celebrating. We succeeded at recouping all calories burned running over the weekend, and it was a nice way to start a busy week.