Friday, September 9, 2011

Cypress - Charleston, SC - Restaurant week Day 3

This will be our last day of Restaurant Week.  Tomorrow we are heading off to Alaska for an extended vacation.  Check back to the blog for the details of our 30 day trip to Alaska and Washington State!

Anyway, we intentionally picked ringers for RW and Cypress did not disappoint.  We only had three days, so why risk a bad meal?  These guys have always been a solid Top Five in our book, and, since we're members of the Artisan Meat Share, we knew the Charcuterie Plate would be good.  One of the best parts of the meal were the large portion sizes.  Some restaurants will skimp on size to make up for the price (though none that we reviewed did.)  Cypress actually went the other way with generous portion sizes.  They also made two of their daily specials available for the RW menu (Cypress does a 3 course Prix Fixe menu every day for $39 anyway, so this is nothing new to them.)

WE knew we were in the right place when we saw David and Jaime from Coast Brewing sitting down for a meal.  Have I mentioned I love that brewery!

Anyway, onto the food:

I started with, of course, the Charcuterie.  It came with a Tuscan Beef Salami, Mortadello Dogs, House cured Ham and Pastrami and one other sausage I can't remember (no pen for notes - stupid, stupid, stupid.)  The mustard was a good complement, but not necessary for most of the meats since they had a great flavor of their own.  The pickled beans, okra and cucumbers were extremely sharp and delicious.  4.25

Kari had the Butter Lettuce Salad with Bacon Jam - Everything's better with Bacon!!!  The Blue Cheese Dressing was delicious!  4.0

For an entree, Kari had the Keegan-Filion Farm Chicken Confit.  The skin was as crispy and delicious as ever chicken skin was, and the meat was tender and juicy.  Kari thinks this might be the best entree of RW, but I'm not sure I agree - though it's close.  On a side note, if you haven't read my blog post Stop the Insanity! please do so now.  I'll wait.  Waiting, waiting, waiting, sleeping, sleeping, okay!  Now that you understand the importance of Farm Fresh Eggs, when I can't find someone with chickens in their backyard, I get eggs from Keegan-Filion at the Summerville Farmer's Market on Saturdays.  4.98

I had the Duo of Beef.  An amazing combination of homemade Bratwurst on Sauerkraut and Potatoes alongside Beef Brisket with Tomato BBQ sauce and Pickled Vegetables.  The Brisket was perfect with nothing else, and the Bratwurst was excellent.  4.0
Desert was the Apple Fennel Spongecake for Kari.  It came with Apple Buttermilk Ice Cream and Apple Fennel Broth.  3.5

I had the Cheesecake with Peach Preserves and Pecan Brittle.  the Brittle was to die for and the entire combination melded perfectly!  4.5

Overall a great meal, attentive service (though I could have used more food explanations.)  One nitpick is that we got there early and the restaurant wasn't busy yet.  The hostesses were chit-chatting a little loudly.  Not a real big deal, but I have to be upfront here.

A great meal!  Cypress is a solid choice for a sure-to-be-good meal.  The bar is excellent and the atmosphere great!  If you love home cured meats - check this place and the Artisan Meat Share out.  Chef Diehl knows what he's doing!

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