Friday, February 11, 2011
While we were waiting for Gavin to wake up from his nap this afternoon, Dave and Michael went out to pick up some sandwiches for lunch. They ended up getting them from a place on King Street called Groucho's.
Honestly, I would've expected more for the price. The sandwiches were each around $8, and they were REALLY simple sandwiches--some lunch meat, lettuce, tomato, and condiments between some regular ol' sandwich bread. After we all ate, we said we couldn't complain--there was nothing *wrong* with the sandwiches, but they weren't anything special either. I think we were all kind of "meh" about them. Definitely wouldn't go back there again unless there was no other place to go.
Shortly after we were finished eating, G woke up and we got ready and headed out. We drove to Boone Hall Plantation, which took us about 20 minutes or so to get to from our hotel in the Historic District. The ride took us over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, which has become a famous landmark in Charleston.
Our admission into Boone Hall Plantation cost us $17.95/person (thankfully, we didn't have to pay anything for the babes). Normally, it includes quite a few tours, exhibits, presentations, etc. but because we were there in the winter, some of them weren't available to us. Still, it was a nice, sunny afternoon so we appreciated the opportunity to walk around outside.
I'm about to post some pics of us near the slave homes, and we're smiling... I feel the need to post a disclaimer that we did not take where we were standing lightly. I know I can speak for all of us when I say that we were actually deeply affected by the slave homes. It was chilling to stand inside of them and know that enslaved people used to live there. Honestly, we were all still talking about it tonight. It was a strange feeling.
The tour ended on the back patio.
Once back at the hotel, we settled on Jestine's Kitchen, and walked down there. It was about 3/4 of a mile from here. It was a little stressful, as there was a wait for a table when we arrived. The place is really small, so we had to wait out on the street, even though it was pretty cold out. Thankfully, the wait wasn't TOO long, but when they finally wanted to seat us, one of the guys who works there was a pretty big jerk about our strollers.
Let me just say that I know strollers are a pain in the ass for servers, and they don't want to get tripped up by them or have the strollers get in the way. HOWEVER, we weren't trying to keep the strollers at our table or anything--all we wanted to do was get to our table where we could get settled, then break down the strollers and get them out of the way. Again, I understand the inconvenience they pose to the people working in the restaurant, but I thought we were being reasonable about them, and the guy could've been more friendly about it.
That was just the start of it, really--we never felt 100% comfortable there. I wouldn't exactly call the place "family friendly," even though it is completely casual in atmosphere.
When we all got our food, I think we were all mostly disappointed. Again, nothing was TERRIBLE, but Lynsay and I both had some kind of fried chicken that was overdone--they had clearly fried it for too long, which made the chicken itself pretty dry, and the breading pretty gross. Also, I ordered green beans as one of my sides, and they were underwhelming. THEY WERE CLEARLY OUT OF A CAN. I'm not even kidding. Perfectly uniform in size, mushy and with no flavor. Ick. Michael and Dave had meatloaf and pork chops, respectively, and I think they were both fairly happy with their meals. Certainly nothing to write home about! I just don't get what the fuss is about, but maybe we missed something. In short, we do not recommend.
By the time we were done with our meals, Nora was really fussy (poor overtired girl!), so we packed up and hit the sidewalks back to the hotel. Once ready for bed, Nora went down really easily tonight--we've had the TV on and have been moving about the room and she hasn't been bothered by it at all. I hope she gets some good sleep tonight... Lord knows she needs it!