Restaurant Week: Old Village Post House Inn

A scrumptious journey through Restaurant Week

Everyone’s favorite time of the year is finally back: Charleston Restaurant Week, and it has been extended due to the mandatory evacuation caused by Hurricane Florence.  Prior to Hurrication, I ventured out to the Old Village Post House Inn in Mount Pleasant to test out restaurant week for myself. The Inn’s restaurant has been around for years but recently it came under the ownership of the Hall Family. Let’s take a journey through flavor town to see how The Post House’s take on restaurant week measured up.

Appetizer: Corn Chowder

This appetizer is what first drew me to the restaurant week menu. From the start, I was captivated by the sound of a warm, comforting cup of soup despite the sweltering, humid Charleston temperatures just beyond the doors of the restaurant. I am a big fan of corn chowder, and I always try it when a restaurant features it on their menu, but it is hard to find in the lowcountry area. My favorite corn chowder can be found in Ridge Spring, South Carolina at Juniper, but the Post House’s rendition was a close second. The creamy broth combined with ample kernels of corn and red potatoes to provide the perfect comfort food. Somehow this corn chowder managed to package the perfect New England fall aesthetic into one tiny cup. If the Post House ever features corn chowder on their menu regularly, it is definitely worth checking out!

Overall,  9 out of ten on the flavor town scale.

Entrée Course: Allen Brothers Filet Mignon

Moving to the main event, the Post House’s restaurant week menu featured a mix of protein rich entrées, but I chose the filet mignon. Since the restaurant recently came under the ownership of the Halls family and their other successful restaurant is Halls Chophouse, the obvious entrée choice was a steak. The filet was paired with a sweet potato purée, broccolini, and a bordelaise sauce. Although I would have preferred to have it paired with a plain or garlic mashed potato, the sweet potato purée contributed to the entire fall aesthetic that encompassed the meal. I definitely felt as if I was transported to some quaint New England town while I was eating this. The steak was cooked to the perfect medium temperature and seasoned nicely, but the entire entrée was very rich. It goes along with that feeling of comfort food, but I was left wondering how I was going to make it through the dessert course by the end of my plate.

Overall, 8.5 out of ten on the flavor town scale.

Dessert: New York Cheesecake

If you know me, you know that I have an obsession with New York cheesecake. I was a seasoned Carnegie Deli (RIP) veteran in New York City and even had one of their cheesecakes flown in for my 16th birthday, so anytime I spot a cheesecake listed on a menu, I have to try it. The Post House’s cheesecake featured a chocolate and caramel drizzle which was a nice break from the standard strawberry cheesecake that most restaurants have. The cheesecake was a solid, pretty basic rendition of a cheesecake, but it lacked that certain softness that the best cheesecakes have and the crust was a little too crumbly for my liking. Maybe I had too high of expectations going into dessert or maybe it was because I was filled up with two already spectacular courses, but the dessert portion fell short for me.

Overall, 6 out of ten on the flavor town scale.

Charleston Restaurant Week is always a delightful time no matter the restaurant you go to. It is a time to get out of the house and enjoy a nice meal and conversation with family or friends. I would definitely recommend visiting the Old Village Post House Inn sometime for a nice comfort meal or any of the other wonderful restaurant participating in the culinary celebration.