(Florence, SC) For our family, plans for Sundays after church are always open for discussion and usually left that way until we hit the road after services. It’s usually a day of family time and a tangible exercise of faith. That said, we never forget the food and fun. Today, a bit of Charleston seemed to be in order so we dropped the car into gear and headed to Redbone Alley — where else? It’s literally a bit of Charleston here in the Pee Dee and the food definitely supports the theme. As many have enjoyed Redbone Alley, given its popularity, I’ll dispense with detailed descriptions of the decor – suffice it to say it’s unique and a must-see.
Though busy by the time we arrived, we were still able to get a table on the ground floor. Our server visited our table quickly, took drink orders and returned in no time for our entrée selections. The Shrimp and Grits is a signature of Redbone Alley and a dish that drives home that Charleston feel and flavor. Mrs. PDF decided on that classic. Our daughter ordered Fettucine Mosaic, because she’s a noodle nut. As for me, it was what you see pictured here.
Because we frequent certain restaurants, I always try to move around the menu to sample new flavors, textures, etc. Seeing the t-shirts with “No Grits, No Glory”, I took that as a challenge and simply had to have something with their signature fresh, creamy grits. Chicken Pontalba, my choice, is described on the menu as “Our ‘infamous’ cheese grits loaded with spicy fried chicken, local sausage, mushrooms and Low Country hash brown potatoes.” It is a sautéed mix of chicken, sausage, potatoes and spices over a base of those wholly divine grits and was stu-pen-dous. From the first bit, it packed a punch of flavor and was hot and savory. The local sausage was the star of the dish, because it was especially “sagey.” It was almost like a fresh breakfast sausage. It was perfect for the recipe and would work well for a future Redbone Alley breakfast/brunch menu.
As did Mrs. PDF, I ordered a lunch portion today and coupled with a house salad it was just right. Not having time to drive to the Holy City today, Redbone Alley was just right as well.
Whether dine-in or take-out, you’ll enjoy Redbone Alley each and every time you go, I believe. My advice about Redbone Alley, however? Dine-in and enjoy a unique, tasty and fun experience. Try the Chicken Pontalba or the Shrimp and Grits or the Fettucine Mosaic or the VooDoo Shrimp or … well, you get my point. It’s hard to go wrong with the “Redbone Specialties” section of the menu. To really enjoy the experience take some friends. Experiences, and meals, are best when shared. Have Fun. Eat Well.
Category: Restaurant Reviews
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