John W. 
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Re: “Edison James Island

This new kid on the block is not messing around. Edison has already proven itself to be a serious contender in the Charleston restaurant scene, holding its own with bar-setting cornerstones like Macintosh and, yes, Husk, but with a price point about 20% lower than those and an atmosphere that is unpretentious and approachable. Edison offers an eclectic mix of delectable, multi-cultural menu items, which are a refreshing deviation from the clich, all-too-familiar phrases like "Refined Southern" that dominate Charleston's acclaimed restaurants. Edison is on James Island, and I'm happy about that; for the most part, the area has never really housed this caliber or style of food before. Dining options for James Islanders have now expanded beyond pizza places and Kickin Chicken.

Chef Owner Joel Lucas's talent, creativity, and gustatorial gusto are brought to life in dishes like Smoked Sausage Pops, Vietnamese Pho Tacos, and Duck Confit Lasagna, and his wine genius wife, co-owner, and bar manager Chelsea can offer you the perfect wine or craft beer pairing. Every dish delivers nearly every sensory perception of food in relation to taste and texture. With the seemingly simple Goat Cheese Tartine appetizer, for example, you get smokiness and crunch from the toasted hazelnuts, creamy and tart from the goat cheese, and sweet from the agave. Such is the visible brilliance of Lucas's mind and palate.

Let's talk about dishes. Vietnamese Pho Tacos - finally, a solution for people who love the flavors of pho but hate soup. The Edison Grilled Cheese is the grilled cheese your mom was too lazy to make when you were a kid. Similarly, the Sausage Pops are a delicious adult version of corn dogs. For a quick snack, grab the amazing Tuna Poke and a glass of white wine. The combination of parsley oil, truffle, and earthy Mepkin Abbey mushrooms in the Herb Gnocchi is an umami bomb you didn't realize you needed in your life, which gets soaked up by the accompanying cauliflower and heavenly pillows of gnocchi. Get your fix for the classic combination of Calvados, pear, and duck with the Duck & Ravioli. Like most people, when I go to a restaurant I'm usually seeking a juicy, melty, almost overwhelmingly fatty mouthfeel; the Braised Pork Cheeks entree delivers this in spades, with the cranberry compote providing the perfect counterbalance of sweetness and acidity. The house-made veggie chips may be the most underrated thing on the menu, so always get a side of those.

I've always sat at the bar, so I can't comment on tables and servers, but they seem fine. Wednesday is half price bottles of wine. All in all, it's a hidden gem. Go here.

4 of 6 people like this.
Posted by John W. on February 16, 2018 at 4:56 PM
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