Tucked in a cozy Charleston single house on Pinckney Street, just a stone’s throw away from the busy City Market, chef and owner John Zucker has been serving wandering visitors and in-the-know locals for more than a decade now. Between his downtown dining room and its original namesake, Cru Catering, chances are you’ve had their crowd-favorite four-cheese mac, their shrimp and grits, or their other small bites. But you owe it to yourself to visit the cafe again. Stop in and be seated at tables lining the house’s old living room and porch — you’ll feel right at home. Expect satisfying plates ranging from their famous Thai seafood risotto for dinner to generous salads and sandwiches priced right around $10. —Sam Spence Dish, Summer 2016
Dine inside or sit out on the porch at this little gourmet comfort food restaurant.