It's a good thing our trip to Charleston included miles of walking because we ate like Queens & Kings! It's great to visit a place that really appreciates good, locally-produced food.
We hate eating at chain restaurants (who needs to sample the TGIFridays in every town?!?). So we go out of our way to find quirky local options wherever we are. But you gamble any time you try a hole-in-the-wall place.
On a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains last summer we ate at a place in Copperhill, Tennessee (or was it McCaysville, GA?) that was just awful! The meal took forever (and was wrong when it finally arrived), the soda was flat and the air conditioning was broken. (July ... in the South ... with no air conditioning? Are you kidding me?!?)
On our drive to Charleston we stopped at Eva's Bake Shop and Caribbean Cuisine, which is tucked into a small strip mall in Douglasville, Georgia. It looked promising. The bakery cases were filled with cupcakes, the lunch menu was fairly diverse, and (thankfully) the air conditioning was cold.
We split a Cuban Sandwich. We always split. Portions these days are crazy huge!
The sammy was roasted chicken served french bread panini style with sliced ham, garlic mayo, swiss cheese, and pickles. We ordered a side of Broccoli Cheese Soup. Eva uses a really spicy pepper mix in it to lend a real zing!
We skipped dessert, figuring we should watch our calories heading into a week of Charleston Chomping. But, as we ate, one person after another streamed in to buy cupcakes, and I began to have orderers remorse.
Man, do I wish we'd bought a cupcake! In retrospect, skipping dessert at Eva's is kinda like ordering the crab roll minus the crab in Portland, Maine. (boo on us!)