Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

August 17, 2012 11:48 AM

Restaurant: High Cotton

High Cotton

Maverick Bar & Grill
199 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC
As you enter the restaurant, directly ahead is a bar room with a long bar with high stools and seating for another 40 people. It did not appear that regular dinners were being served there.

Just to the left there are two relatively small dining areas, the second of which seats 26 at tables of various sizes.

To the right is the main dining room. There are rounds of 6 and 8 on the main floor as well as squares of 2 and 4 for a total of about 100 seats in this main area. On this particular evening there was a table of 14 at one end of the room. It is clear that just about any size party can easily be accommodated, including a banquette at one end. There are 8 ceiling fans.

We were seated in one of three booths at one side of the room. It was on a raised area about 2 steps above the rest of the dining floor. It made for a very nice view of the whole room and the street beyond through the windows.

All the food served is locally grown.

Debbie and I shared a bowl of sweet corn and leek soup with lump crab fritters and a bibb lettuce wedge with apple smoked bacon, fried green tomatoes, blue cheese and tarragon vinaigrette.

Debbie selected Pan Roasted Snapper, soffrito, confit cherry tomatoes, basil puree and smoked paprika cracker.

I opted for Crab Crusted Grouper, Roast Red Creamed Potatoes, tiny green beans and smoked tomato broth.

We also shared an order of Succotash with basil shallots and cherry tomatoes.

For dessert we managed to consume an order of Pecan Pie and ice cream.

The men’s room is perfectly adequate. It has large tan tiles on the walls to shoulder height with the balance of the walls being painted tan. There are large brown tiles on the floor, white ceramic wash basins, with partial walls separating the wash basin from the urinal. There is a separate door closing of the commode.

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