“Where is Anson again?” This question kept coming up every time I mentioned I was heading to Anson to eat. Trust me, you need to know where this place is (located here ) and let me tell you why!
Many of times, I have walked by Anson restaurant and said to my husband that place looks pretty cute, we should try it sometime. But alas, this was our first visit and I assure you it won’t be our last.
As we walked up to Anson, the building, colors, and flowers struck me first. It is beautiful!
We arrived at Anson around 5:15 beating the dinner rush. At this time in the evening, the sun is shining perfectly through the floor to ceiling window/doors casting a warm glow and it’s like stepping back into a different time period. I mean really, why have I waited this long to come here? Although Anson has kept the historical charm, they have also modernized it after a fire hit in 2013.
The downstairs is quite different than the upstairs giving a variety of dining options best suited to your evening. The downstairs has beautiful hardwoods, a long bar extending the length of the restaurant, while the upstairs carried a more elegant softer style. Just a tip, try and get seated by the window upstairs as the glow and lighting are perfect. (How gorgeous are those lighting fixtures by the way?!)
Now for the Service, The Manager, Phil was fantastic! Cordial and informative but not intrusive to the dinner. The Maitre d’, Thomas and our waiter, William followed up with great recommendations and even better instructions (oh yes, I needed instructions on how to eat my Flounder)!
The food…. oh the food! The Chef, Jeremy Holst, has been there 5 years and once again, I have wasted 5 years of my life not eating here! Why oh why did I do that to myself. We started with their She-crab soup and the Crab Cake both were perfect. And of course, Champagne was a welcome addition to the meal. Plus, it just looks pretty in the pictures!
I’m not going to lie, I was hesitant to order the Whole Fried Flounder, but they assured me it was a local favorite and people travel from everywhere to eat this dish…. It did not disappoint. I have become a Flounder lover (is that a thing, well it should be)! Don’t worry, they showed me exactly how to eat it after it was placed in front of me. These instructions were invaluable to saving my clothes and my dignity! My husband got the Fried Pork Chop with Grits and Collard Greens and we enjoyed sharing them both (see pictures below),
So where is Anson again? Now you know, and now you need to stop wasting time and go eat the Flounder!
My best desciption of Anson is as follows: It has the historical charm of Charleston wrapped up into low country cuisine! Locals frequent and tourists seek it out and if you close your eyes, you can hear the clip-clop of the horse drawn carriage right outside the doors taking you back in time.