The Daily Meal

12 August 2013

Tonight's Episode: Seeing Stars

A Ft Sumter Julep, a play on the classic mint julep using peach, sipped on while enjoying panoramic views of Charleston. Is there any better way to wait on your table to become available?

Stars Restaurant Rooftop & Grill Room provides the only 360 degree views in the city, but though you may come for the views and drinks, stay for the food. When you first walk into the swanky King Street restaurant you are greeted by an overlarge wine-tap bar (yes...wine tap....I said that, just go with it) and a beautiful dim dining room. In the rear of the room is the open kitchen featuring the famed custom built "Grates of Hell" grill for which the "Grill Room" moniker is derived. 


The Chef at Stars, Nathan Thurston, won The Girl and I over a few years ago during Taste of Charleston, when he was the Chef at the Ocean Room at the Sanctuary. Eschewing the pulled pork that seemed to be the required dish, he served up a pate melt sandwich (get it? Patty melt, pate melt) that, three years later, I still remember. So, when he announced his new restaurant, we were both very excited.


Wood-grilled mushroom bruschetta with seasonal greens, goat feta, and a truffle vinaigrette ($9.25) would probably not have been our first choice of an appetizer, but based on Chef's recommendation we went with it. Boy were we glad. If I had not already won The Girl to the glory of mushrooms, this dish would have done it. The glorious mushrooms with the salty cool feta and slight sharp acidity of the vinaigrette provides this dish perfect balance.


The Plancha seared jumbo lump crab cake with spring bean and pea salad, shaved radish, and ginger vinaigrette ($13.95) was a good-not-great dish. The crab cake itself was tasty and buttery but slightly underseasoned. The bean and pea salad underneath was amazing, and I would gladly eat another bowl of it. Together, the dish lacked cohesiveness, but that didn't stop us from cleaning the plate


This dish is where I fail as a food writer. The Girl and I both loved it. It involved a fish. And Brussels sprouts. Specials, always write them down #ProTip. 


The favorite of our apps was the most playful, Bacon tater tots ($7.50). Served with a black pepper-buttermilk dressing, these fun little balls of baconny nostalgia were crispy, hot, and what middle school tater tots become when the go to graduate school.


Let me tell you a secret about The Girl. In many ways her preferred diet is that of a middle class Southern man in the 1960s. Meat. Sexy red meat. And grits. She doesn't really need more than that. So the Grill Room Steak ($27.50) with angus shoulder tenderloin, black truffle grits, braised mushrooms, sugar snap peas, and baby arugula may be one of her dream dishes. This isn't an overly imaginative dish, but it doesn't need to be. This is classic comfort food done to fine-dining standards. Perfect sear on the steak, temperature dead on, well seasoned grits, and sexy mushrooms. 


Then we get to my dish....and some sweet sweet sticky food love. Black Garlic Baby Back Ribs ($25.50) with smashed & fried potato salad and a crisp vegetable slaw. The potato salad was a fun take on the classic side, but these ribs were the star. The bones just slide right out leaving beautifully glazed succulent meat. I wanted to pick these up and let the sauce dribble down my fingers but The Girl gave me that "Oh no you don't mister" look. Fork tender and beyond delicious!


There was a dessert menu, but we didn't make it that far. TOO many apps. Next time....oh next time.

You want to make your girl happy? After dinner head back upstairs for drinks on the roof, under the stars, and enjoy the cool breeze and stunning views.

The Scores:
Ambiance: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Food: 8.5/10
Value: 3.5/5

Overall: 20/25 A beautiful dining room, amazing rooftop bar and fantastic food make this a must-try restaurant. 
Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room on Urbanspoon

No comments:

Post a Comment

Labels

Charleston dinning (26) Charleston Restaurants (19) Best Restaurants in Charleston (10) Charleston (9) Best of Charleston (8) Charleston Fine dinning (7) Tristan (6) BBQ (3) Charleston Wine + Food Festival (3) Sean Brock (3) The Green Door (3) The Lot (3) Angel Oak (2) Anson (2) Anson restaurant (2) Bacon (2) Big John's Tavern (2) Charleston Bars (2) Charleston Food Trucks (2) Charleston Wine and Food Festival (2) Chef Bacon (2) Garden and Gun (2) Guerilla cuisine (2) Hugh Acheson (2) Husk (2) Husk Restaurant (2) James Island restaurants (2) Jeremiah Bacon (2) John's Island Restaurants (2) King Street Restaurants (2) Nate Whiting (2) Oak steakhouse (2) Perfectly Franks (2) Sandwiches (2) Stars Rooftop (2) Sweetbreads (2) The 'Wich Doctor (2) Two Boroughs Larder (2) 'Cesca (1) 200 Beer club (1) 5 & 10 (1) Andrew Zimmerman (1) Angel Oak Restaurant (1) Angel Oak Tree (1) Athens Dinning (1) Athens Restaurants (1) AutoBanh (1) BORAGó (1) Bacon and Pear pizza (1) Bar Marco (1) Beaufort Dinning (1) Beaufort restaurants (1) Beets recipe (1) Best Restaurants in Chile (1) Best Restaurants in Santiago (1) BlackJack BBQ (1) Border Springs (1) Bourbon (1) Bourbon Ribs (1) Bourbon Sorghum Glazed Rib Recipe (1) Bread and Butter pickles (1) Breakfast Recipes (1) Brunch (1) Brunch Recipes (1) Bulleit Bourbon (1) CHSWFF (1) Callie's Charleston Biscuits (1) Caribbean restaurants (1) Carolina's (1) Charleston BBQ (1) Charleston Breakfast (1) Charleston Culinary Tours (1) Charleston Mixology (1) Charleston Spas (1) Charleston Thai (1) Charleston Vietnamese (1) Chase After A Cure (1) Chaîne des Rôtisseurs (1) Chef Alex Lira (1) Chef Collins (1) Chef Jamilka Borges (1) Chef Marc Collins (1) Chef Sean Brock (1) Chicago dinning (1) Chicago restaurant (1) Chicken recipe (1) Chile (1) Chile Restaurants (1) Chuck Hughes (1) Circa 1886 (1) Co Restaurant (1) Coda del Pesce (1) Cook it Raw (1) Cook it Raw Charleston (1) Cook it Raw Charleston 2013 (1) Cork (1) Crab Mac n cheese (1) Crab and pancetta mac n cheese (1) Crab mac and cheese (1) Croque Madame (1) Croque Madame Muffin (1) DC Food (1) DC Restaurants (1) David Chang (1) Diners Drive-ins and Dives (1) Dinners Drive ins and Dives (1) DishCrawl Charleston (1) Downtown Chalreston (1) Eater (1) Egg Recipes (1) Fat Hen (1) Fat and Juicy (1) Fine Dinning Associations (1) Firefly Moonshine (1) Folly beach (1) Folly beach restaurants (1) Food Truck (1) Food Trucks (1) Fuel (1) Fuel Restaurant (1) Garde Manger (1) George Mendes (1) Good Eats (1) Grill 225 (1) Ground Turkey (1) Ground Turkey Tacos (1) Guerrilla Dinner (1) Guy Fieri (1) HCG recipe (1) Heart (1) Heart Woodfire Grill (1) Heirloom Book Company (1) High Cotton (1) High Wire (1) High Wire Distillery (1) Hot 11 (1) Hot dogs (1) Jamaican restaurant (1) James Beard (1) John T Edge (1) John's Island (1) Josh Keeler (1) Kaminsky's. Charleston Dinning (1) Kitchen 208 (1) Last Supper (1) Liquor (1) Lowcountry Bistro (1) Mac and cheese (1) Mac n cheese (1) Magnus Nilsson (1) Manchester Farms Quail (1) Mango Salsa (1) Mango Salsa recipe (1) Mango-Avocado Salsa recipe (1) Mellow Mushroom (1) Mellow Mushroom Charleston (1) Michael Ruhlman (1) Mock Tacos (1) Montreal (1) Montreal Restaurants (1) Mornay Sauce (1) North Charleston restaurants (1) O Paprico (1) Occidental DC (1) Occidental Grill Seafood (1) Pittsburgh (1) Pittsburgh Food (1) Pittsburgh Restaurants (1) Pizza (1) Pizza recipe (1) Porto Restaurants (1) Portugese restaurants (1) Republic Reign (1) Rib Recipe (1) Ribs (1) Rigs Pigs and Swigs (1) Robert Irvine (1) Robert Irvine's Eat (1) Roti Rolls (1) Ruhlman's 20 (1) Runaway Bay Restaurant (1) Ryan Condon (1) Santiago Restaurants (1) Scott's BBQ (1) Sepia (1) Shrimp fried rice (1) Smoky Oak Taproom (1) Sorghum (1) South American Restaurants (1) Southern Cuisine (1) Southern Foodways Alliance (1) Southern Soul BBQ (1) Stars Restaurant Rooftop & Grill room (1) Steak (1) Sugar Bob's Finest Kind (1) Sugaree's Bakery (1) Summerville restaurants (1) Taco Recipes (1) Taco Seasoning (1) Teriyaki chicken (1) Thai (1) The Cocktail Club (1) The Fat Hen (1) The Grocery (1) The Macintosh (1) The Ordinary (1) The Pour House (1) The Southern General (1) The Warehouse (1) The Wich Doctor (1) The Woodlands (1) The strip District (1) Turkey Lettuce wraps (1) Vietnamese (1) Vitamix recipe (1) Washington DC Dinning (1) Weekend in Charleston (1) Zagat (1) bacon and pear pizza recipe (1) bacon recipe (1) burger cook off (1) butternut squash soup (1) cooking bacon (1) cooking bacon in water (1) curing bacon (1) gin (1) low calorie (1) making bacon (1) mayo recipe (1) moto (1) orzo mac n cheese (1) pear recipe (1) pickles (1) recipe (1) recipes (1) rum (1) soup (1)