Sometimes you just need a night out. And Edmund's Oast was a perfect solution, thanks to my in-the-know and fellow food-lover sister-in-law Jamie, who recently invited us to join her and her husband Drew in trying out this new Chucktown hotspot.
Open since mid-February, this new upscale gastro-brew pub is strategically located in an up-and-coming, industrial-turned-creative neighborhood located just north of historical downtown Charleston on Morrison Street, and is the newest offering from the guys behind the beloved Charleston Beer Exchange, Scott Shor and Rich Carley. Its housed in an pre-existing warehouse that was renovated to create a what I would call a modern take on a traditional Bavarian beer hall (thanks to Charleston architect Dan Sweeney of Stumphouse Architect + Design), thus making for a warm and welcoming environment in which to cozy up with loved ones, sample a few beers, and dig into the culinary offerings. In addition to their full dining room (with both traditional tables and communal dining areas) and bar, Edmund's Oast also features a spacious outdoor patio and dining area which made me instantly fantasize about relaxed summer nights.
After happily appreciating the interiors, it was time to focus on some serious eating. Note: Edmund's Oast is famous for its beer variety, not to mention its creative cocktail offerings and wine lists that could garner their own separate blog post. However as a prego-diner, this was not my focus. I was here for the food. But I will mention that the tap menu comprised of 40+ brews was quite impressive (peanut butter and jelly beer, anyone?), made easy to choose from with the list mounted on the wall above the bar (see left).
So, back to the food. The totally "localvore" menu is comprised of seasonal offerings, cheeses and charcuterie, structured into "snacks", small plates, and large plates. My recommendations: the pickled shrimp lands at the top of my list and was a total sleeper-hit with a clever combination of tangy (pickled veggies and shrimp, radishes, fennel), creamy (on top of garlic aioli) and savory (all pilled onto fresh local rye bread). The ricotta plate featuring fresh, house-made ricotta alongside charred bread, cauliflower and broccoli was pure heaven and struck a nerve with this cheese-lover. Next up is the lamb meatballs, perfecting the balance between being comfortingly hearty and refreshingly light. I'm definitely coming back to have the pickled shrimp again and to try the bacon and egg cheeseburger, the fries (cooked in duck fat I suspect, judging by their smell that was wafting over from the next table over) and some of the "snacks".
But the true joy of the evening was getting to spend it with such great company, swapping stories amongst each other on pregnancy, babies, relationships, and the everyday funny, light-hearted occurrences that make life so sweet. Edmund's Oast, thanks for providing a great place for us to gather over exceptional food and drink. Prost!