The Glass Onion mercifully begins to fill the void that gapes between fine dining and dive dining in Charleston. I think in a lot of ways this new little restaurant points to the future of dining; one in which quality and affordability trump pretension and pomp. As people become more aware of and picky about the source of their food (as food literature on the topic abounds), restaurants like The Glass Onion will meet demand.
I’ve visited The Glass Onion three times (1 lunch + 2 dinners) since it hit the ground running a few weeks ago, and I don’t hesitate to call it an instant classic. They make an effort to source all of their ingredients locally or as close as possible to local and use good quality natural meats and local shrimp and seafood. And the prices are great, truly. $10-$13 gets you an entree with sides. $8 gets you a huge sandwich. On the side hand cut French fries are served with beef gravy or bernaise sauce, reason enough to visit.
For lunch I like the oyster and pot roast po boys, served on a fresh hoagie with house made pickles. The cornbread with local honey is moist and delicious and the collards are good. For dinner, the shrimp and bean entree is light and nice, though it came a bit under-seasoned to the table.
The Glass onion changes its menu daily; you can check it for updates on their webpage: www.ilovetheglassonion.com
As warmer weather approach, the menu will no doubt spring to life with strawberries, squash, tomatoes, and other spring and summer harvest. I will keep returning to The Glass Onion and look forward to the upcoming seasonal menu changes.