The Art Institute of Charleston is training its students to be the future chefs of America, and it's hard to do that if you don't give them some real experience. To that end, they've launched 24 N. Market, a full-service restaurant that offers guests three courses for $12. The catch is, of course, you'll be eating trainee fare with all the inconsistencies that might entail.
A couple weeks ago, we were treated to a three-course lunch, and between the four of us, we were able to try everything on the menu.
Appetizers ranged from a classic Caesar salad to a grilled calamari salad. For the main course, there was tagliatelle, Tuscan chicken, and marinated hanger steak.
Dessert was a choice of tiramisu, torta caprese, and panna cotta. We left stuffed to the gills. The appetizers were the best part of the meal with good flavors and pretty plates, while the entrees suffered from things like under-seasoning and bad execution (the tagliatelle was more like beef-a-roni than bolognese-y), but hey, anyone who's learning to cook will end up putting out some bad dishes on occasion.
And you can fill out a comment card at the end of the meal to help the students learn from their mistakes. If you're willing to take the chance and submit to the talents of the AI's students, make your reservations to eat at the restaurant by calling (843) -727-3500. They are likely to be shutting down soon for the holiday break and will reopen once students return in January.