Sunday, December 7, 2008
Fleet Landing - Charleston, South Carolina
In fact we only went there because we were with a family with small children. Even though these were cute kids, I hate eating with small kids. You can’t have a good meal.
Case in point, my mussels appetizer
These bivalves featured an insipid cream sauce and were extremely overcooked. I refused to finish this dish.
Next up was the Fleet Landing Stuffed Hushpuppies.
Filled with a veloute of lobster, rock shrimp, leeks and corn over a creole tomato sauce, this dish reminded me why I should avoid anything “cajun” or “creole” when I am more than 300 miles from New Orleans.
It seemed like every single place in Charleston featured shrimp and grits, and God help me, I decided to try it during my last meal in Charleston. This was a horrible, horrible mistake.
Jumbo shrimp, andouille in a gravy over grits sounds so great in premise, and I have had this done to perfection many times. In this case, the shrimp were overcooked, and I have never had andouille this insipid. I just can’t understand why people try to recreate the taste of south Louisiana and leave out all the spice.
I wish I could say the best part about Fleet Landing was leaving, but you have to walk down the pier to the street, and that walk goes over a marsh. I’m truly glad that it was a cool night because that marsh stank. I pity the people who walk there during the summer. When there are so many fantastic places to eat in Charleston, I question the sanity of anyone who voluntarily chooses Fleet Landing for a fine meal.