The glass is definitely half full at Halls Chophouse and I am probably the world's worst optimist. Dark wood. Cozy tables. African Mahogany bar. Candle light. White linens. Knowledgeable servers. Welcoming owners. It was living up to our expectations as soon as we entered.
We chose to celebrate Charleston Restaurant Week at Halls Chophouse on King Street and that was the first great choice of the evening. Celebrating the end of a long week with good friends and great wine was the second choice. I had a wonderful Pinot Grigio but spent time browsing their wine menu. To say that it was expansive is an understatement!
Restaurant Week in the Charleston area is definitely a reason to celebrate. Participating restaurants offer some delicious deals. The mister and I decided to divide and conquer. He began his dinner with the She Crab soup...always a favorite for him.
The other first course was their infamous Halls chopped salad full of celery, tomatoes, black eyed peas, bacon, feta cheese and ranch. It is molded and full of flavor and something I am definitely going to try to reproduce at home. Interesting meets delicious.
We also enjoyed a sliced New York Strip au jus and a beautiful piece of cedar planked salmon with a tangy dill sauce. Both were served with mashed potatoes and fresh carrots and green beans. Need I repeat....tongue happiness??
We weren't only impressed with our dinners. The service was excellent but what really made the evening five-star was the fact that the owners greeted us, welcomed us in and made sure we had everything we could possibly want to make it a great evening. They absolutely understand "great customer service"! We felt like we were visiting family friends. Sweet, huh?
By the time dessert came about, we were both ready for a nap. Instead of snoozing, though, the mister tried some Boozy Bread Pudding and I nibbled some Chocolate Pate with beautiful berries...thicker than pudding but not quite fudge. Needless to say, we were past full by the time we left.
Halls Chophouse is absolutely a Charleston Treasure. One that you need to savor. To relish. To experience. To make time for in your busy schedule. But, make a reservation! They seat 160 and they were packed from the time we arrived until we left. And, I think Billy and Tommy Hall knew everyone who came and went by name.
Thank you to Halls Chophouse for a classy, exquisite evening!