It's a gorgeous dining room. A real southern feel to it, don't you think? This is the front room of Poogan's Porch Restaurant on Queen Street. It's directly across from the Mills House Hotel. And, oh, the stories that go along with this place!
My story is this. They have the absolute! best biscuits in all of Charleston. Flaky. Buttery. Melt-in-your-mouth biscuits...
My stomach really didn't NEED biscuits last week and I had already ordered a Southern Calabash Sandwich made with Carolina shrimp and blackened green tomato tartar on a toasted baguette....
My lunch was delicious but very filling! The biscuits, though, were the added treat of the afternoon. I wanted to eat another basket of them before my lunch had even arrived. I'll stop for now and you go try them yourself. The biscuits are worth the trip!
The menu is what I always think of traditional-southern fare. Pimento Cheese Fritters. Fried Alligator Salad. Shrimp and Grits. Fried Green Tomatoes. Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Not extremely figure-friendly but sometimes, you have to forget watching your figure and just EAT. The menu made us want to order again just so we could sample other dishes.
The mister ordered a Duck Confit Grilled Cheese. Sourdough bread. Pimento Cheese. Bacon. Duck Confit. Again, not your low-cal kind of lunch but he loved it and we both enjoyed their homemade chips.
It was the perfect start to a great afternoon. We were enthralled with the history of this restaurant. Ghosts are naturally interesting. It was named the Third Most Haunted Place in America by the Travel Channel and it was a filming location for "Champagne Charlie" with Hugh Grant many years ago. All that aside, it's a great lunch stop. The restaurants on Queen Street all have a "reputation" in Charleston. I believe I should try each and every one of them. Hint, hint~Mister!
And, the views out the front window are exceptional. Southern. Front-porch sittin' exceptional.
Yes. The name is funky. How many restaurants are named after the dogs that used to live there and guard the front porch? There is actually a small memorial to Poogan near the front walk. (He died of natural causes in 1979.) But, the food is superb and the atmosphere is definitely "Charleston" and remember, I warned you about the biscuits. Totally addictive! Enjoy!