Unexpected slice of France – in Charleston

need a break from shrimp and grits?

As you can tell from this decades-old T-shirt, this place is not a run-of-the-mill tourist destination in the port city. We stumbled upon it one rainy afternoon and stayed until well into the evening. At the intersection of King and Broad, this hole-in-the-wall place serves up French food fast – like it says.

Sandwiches on crusty baguettes, a plate of rich pates, sausages and stinky cheeses, hefty entrees, escargot,weekly ethnic specialties, nicely composed salads – it’s there on the brief menu. And all dishes come with a completely nice glass of house wine. Squeeze past natives and businessmen parked on stools at the zig-zagging zinc counters, claim your stool and feast. Coffee is made with a French press pot. Desserts are decadent – stuffed crossants, mousse cake. And did we mention Fondue night every Thursday? Yep.  Two artists opened G&M 25 years ago. They’ve created a real masterpiece.

We were thrilled when they opened another location near relatives who lived in Cary. Unfortunately, that location closed a few years ago.

So when you need a break from Low Country cooking during your next Charleston trip,  try your meat or seafood served the French way. Check it out yourself:

www.fastandfrench.org

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2 thoughts on “Unexpected slice of France – in Charleston

  1. I think a road trip is in order. You know me… I’m the one with the sign that says “will drive 4 food…”

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