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Cru Cafe
18 Pinckney St.
Charleston, SC 29401

The two of us and Mary's friend Xander went to delightful Cru Café in Charleston upon advice from our very helpful concierge at the John Rutledge.

Located in a small house near the historic market, it has about a dozen tables and is reportedly always packed so reservations are a must.

Executive Chef and owner John Zucker is a Cordon Bleu graduate and trained with Wolfgang Puck at Spago in Las Vegas. His menu is eclectic - what he calls gourmet comfort food. Lunch consists of a variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups while dinner adds pasta, beef, poultry, and seafood entrees.

Prices are incredibly reasonable for this caliber of cuisine with all the sandwiches under $10 and the most of the dinner entrees hovering within a buck or two of $20.

Sitting in a blessedly nicely air conditioned old house, we had a sweet and tart cold cucumber soup, creamy four cheese mac n' cheese, a shrimp BLT with thick strips of bacon, chimichangas with two salsas and a Black Forest ham sandwich on a well dressed baguette. We were thoroughly pleased with all of it, and Xander, who was brought up in a family of serious cooks, intends to return and soon seeing as how he lives there now and all. We wish we would go with him.

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