Summer Eats: East Coast Excitement Episode 1

The school year may be over, but our foodie adventures haven’t ended! Join me, Praveena, on this four part series as we document my gastronomic exploits in Charleston, South Carolina, and Toronto, Ontario! Note that all names have been changed to Pokémon names to ensure privacy.

I was originally headed to Toronto for my mother’s cousin’s wedding, but we decided to go to Charleston first so we could visit my cousin…and his wife and kids. You heard that right, I have a huge family. South Carolina is a part of the American South, home to one of the world’s greatest (and unhealthiest) cuisines: Southern American cuisine. This cuisine is influenced by British, African, and Native American foods, to name a few. It’s usually characterized by fried chicken, cornbread, black-eyed peas, and collard greens. At the Early Bird Diner, we had a different assortment of food instead. The Early Bird Diner was featured on the Food Network show ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives’, which was partly why I wanted to go here.



When we went inside, it was a cacophony of eclectic art and southern accents everywhere. Our seating was a bit packed, but that was because we tried to fit six people in a booth meant for four people.

Shrimp and Grits









Nosepass and Blastoise both got the banana pancakes with strawberry coulis, and they were MASSIVE. My brother Nosepass finished off his stack of three thick pancakes, but Blastoise didn’t have the stamina or the stomach power to finish his. I liked how the bananas weren’t mushed into the batter; instead, slices were placed on the pancakes, allowing for more pure banana flavor. I can’t comment on the coulis though, as my brother decided to douse his stack with a cup full of syrup.

Chicken and Waffles

Wailmer got the chicken and waffles, and it came with honey mustard and syrup. The waffles were okay, but the chicken was supremely crispy and delightful.

Shrimp and Grits

My dad Probopass and I both got the shrimp and grits, but while my shrimp was deep fried and served with pepper jelly, Probopass’ shrimp was sautéed in tomato bacon gravy.

Shrimp and Grits

I really really loved the grits, even though grits are simply a kind of corn porridge. The shrimp wasn’t too rubbery, and the tomato bacon gravy was good. Finally, we tried some fluffy biscuits that came with our meal. These were way better than the ones I made at home, and they were even better dipped in some syrup. Hear that? It’s my blood pressure rising! Thankfully and sadly, I don’t live here, so I wouldn’t have the chance to eat here every day.

Verdict: I LIKE IT. If I came back to Charleston, I would come and eat here again, and try even more items on their menu!

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