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Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop, Charleston

I guess you could say we’ve been doing a lot of taste-testing in Charleston! The foodie scene in this town is remarkable. It seems we can’t turn the corner without running smack-bam into a new restaurant we just have to try.

I had been wanting to pop into Leon’s since the first time I drove by it’s summery patio shaded with lemon yellow canvas parasols. Inside it’s just as charming, which was fortunate since it was too hot to sit outside.

Leon's Charleston Outside Yellow

Leon's Charleston Oyster and Poultry

Leon's Inside Wine Sign Softserve Machine

Leon's Inside Dining Area Bar

Leon's Inside Garage Door Stools

Leon's Charleston Artic Boy Inside

Leon's Charleston Inside White Dress

When it comes to oysters, I normally don’t deviate too far from the raw-on-the-halfshell spectrum. But Leon’s is renowned for the char-grilled variety, so we wagered on an order.

Char-grilled Oysters, lemon, parsley, butter, parmesan

Char-grilled Oysters, lemon, parsley, butter, parmesan

Leon's Charleston Wood Fired Char-Grilled Oyster

Awww, shucks, they were good!

Especially with a dab of southern hot sauce.

Leon's Charleston Red Clay Southern Hot Sauce

We also dabbled in a little fried clams, crispy and wrapped in lettuce…

Fried Clam Lettuce Wraps, pickled vegetables, spicy mayo, fresh herbs

Fried Clam Lettuce Wraps, pickled vegetables, spicy mayo, fresh herbs

… and a corker of a shrimp salad sandwich, sprinkled with crushed potato chips!

Shrimp Roll, horseradish mayo, celery, potato chips, fine herbs

Shrimp Roll, horseradish mayo, celery, potato chips, fine herbs

Leon's Charleston Food Shrimp Roll Potato Chips

But the real main event was the fried chicken, soaked in buttermilk, and then double fried in Crystal’s hot sauce – it was plucking unbelievable!

Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken

After all that, we were totally full and ready for the check. But the waiter mentioned that the special dessert was a soft-serve cone with jimmies, and my inner child screamed for ice cream!

Leon's Charleston Food Soft Serve Vanilla cone with Jimmies

Leon's Charleston Food Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone with Jimmies

We walked home, sharing a cone, through Hampton Park – which originally used to be a race course and jockey club. Now the perimeter is bursting with trees and gardens, and lots and lots of magnolias!

Hampton Park Flower Bed Spanish Moss

Hampton Park Charleston Path Wooded

^^ This guy kept me laughing with a bunch of old school jokes, like “Which knight designed King Arthur’s Round Table?”

Circumference!

Hampton Park Charleston Path Moss

Hampton Park Charleston Path

Hampton Park Charleston Magnolia Bloom

We were blessed with another beautiful day to be out and about, enjoying the sights and weather in this wonderful city.

Kurobuta Chelsea

It’s been such a long week. I can barely look back and recognize this seemingly-happy person who was about to have the best Japense junk food dinner ever!

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Kurobuta is located at two hundred & fifty-one Kings Road in Chelsea. The first time I came here a few months ago, it was a pop-up run by an ex-Nobu chef who went hipster and hired a bunch of dudes with beards to serve his Japanese pub grub. It was awesome – just what SW3 needed.

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The only thing different about this visit is now Kurobuta is now staying permanently!

Welcome (officially) to the neighborhood!

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Now I will always have a joint nearby that serves Kirin with a frozen beer “head” on top.

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And to enjoy the open kitchen where cookery becomes theatre. It’s fascinating watching the chefs cook and prep each dish as it comes out.

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The sake selection is limited but there is always a new and intriguing label on offer. Our bottle went down a treat with a few of these rice crisps to nibble on as we prioritized our menu options.

Crunchy Rice Senbei Crisps with avocado-jalepeno dip

Crunchy Rice Senbei Crisps with avocado-jalepeno dip

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We decided to start with more traditional Japanese choices – maki, seaweed salad, and sashimi.

Spicy Tuna Maki | rolled in tempura crunchies

Spicy Tuna Maki | rolled in tempura crunchies

Bowl of Hijiki (seaweed)

Bowl of Hijiki (seaweed)

Yellowtail Sashimi | Kizami wasabi salsa and yuzu soy

Yellowtail Sashimi | Kizami wasabi salsa and yuzu soy

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Before going glam with some Wagyu sliders…

Wagyu Beef Sliders | steamed bun, crunchy onions, pickled cucumberand Umami mayo

Wagyu Beef Sliders | steamed bun, crunchy onions, pickled cucumberand Umami mayo

Then getting our hands (or rather, chopsticks) dirty with some insanely succulent BBQ chicken.

Free Range Chicken Kushi-Yaki with Japanese BBQ sauce

Free Range Chicken Kushi-Yaki with Japanese BBQ sauce

For desert, we mellowed out with our favorite cushy little rice pastry treats – mochi!!

Selection of Mochi

Selection of Mochi

And it’s official. I love Kurobuta and I’m so glad they are here to stay!