Saturday, November 6, 2010

Zia Taqueria (James Island)

I'm obsessed about this place to be absolutely honest with you. Living on the opposite side of town does not stop me from experiencing this marvelous place. Zia Taqueria is one of the best tex mex restaurants in Charleston. I would even venture to say it's one of more ethnic places to eat in Charleston. I can only tolerate the Southern influenced cuisines so much. All menu items are fantastic, but just to talk about two...
Carnitas Tortas (fresh baked telera bread, sliced open and toasted, layer of black beans, caramelized onions, crisp lettuce, tomato, avocado, and cilantro jalapeƱo spread, served with roasted corn on the cob).
Carnitas Tortas
Also, please please do NOT miss the Portabello Quesadillas.

I cannot boast enough of Chef Kevin Grant's passion in creating delicious, authentic food from fresh ingredients. The steps that he takes, the extra mile that he goes, can be tasted in his dishes. 
The bad: The drive I have to make, from my house, because I have a Zia craving. 
The good: Fresh, authentic ingredients make up perfection.  Could this place actually become habit forming, like an addiction? 
The conclusion: Yes, it is one of the best, authentic tex mex restaurants in Charleston. Have it for lunch, have it for dinner, go after the movie (next door is the Terrace). Oh, and don't forget the Palapa Mas! Thank you so much, Chef've made my mouth happy:) 

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Sprout (Mt. Pleasant)

Vegan-raw. Alive in my mouth! I have a full respect and appreciation for this stuff, believing that I would probably be healthier eating a raw vegan diet. The Sprout, in Mt. Pleasant, where Ecco Fitness is, is the only place that I know of in Charleston serving mostly raw vegan cuisine. The restaurant looks more like a grab and go type of place, with various shakes and pre-made meals. Well, how would you need to sit and wait for your meal, when it doesn't have to be cooked. I had The Sprout Burger (served on a sprouted Ezekiel bun with fresh greens, tomato, onion, and sprouts) with an addition of Raw Cashew Cheese)
I was big time hungry and doubted that I would be full after eating these vegetables. But I was so wrong! It was hardy and filling. And the vegetables made me feel so good...physically. Was it power of suggestion? But look at the colors in this burger! How could it NOT be good?
The bad: My body is addicted to junk right now. Yes, butters, oils, fries, beef, diet coke, and I feel toxic. So, my cravings at the time were not so raw-vegetable-ly.
The good: The service was wonderful! The people there were very knowledgeable and exceptionally friendly. The restaurant not only has food and shakes, it has detox programs. And, I honestly felt fantastic after eating the burger.
In Conclusion: Don't knock it until you try it. I would love to try more on their menu....and will do I detox. Thank you, Sprout! 

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