Circa 1886: Modern Comfort Food

Posted by Circa 1886 Restaurant on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nestled in the backyard of Wentworth Mansion lies one of Charleston’s finest restaurants. Built inside the old carriage house, the decor screams character. Soft lighting and intricate wood paneling line the walls of the rustic space. Each detailed room gleams of elegance.

Circa 1886 is a well-rounded fine-dining experience. Attentive waiters and waitresses are an intricate part of the meal, putting on a production from start to finish. The food is good, with the atmosphere playing an important role in the evening.

Executive Chef Marc Collins aims to put his own spin on traditional Low country dishes, creating modern but comforting dishes.

The Kaffir Lime Blackened Catfish (photo courtesy of Grace Samuelson)

The kaffir lime blackened catfish melts in your mouth. Mounted on a bed of crab mac n’ cheese and topped off with a celery heirloom tomato crudo, the flavors complimented one another flawlessly.

The crab mac n’ cheese was the highlight of the dish. Ditali noodles coated in a light cheese sauce made for a flavorful taste that was not too strong that it drowned out the rest of the dish.

An apple crisp soufflé topped with a rich salty caramel sauce and streusel made for the perfect dessert. The mixture of light, fluffy soufflé paired with rich, warm caramel sauce left taste buds tingling.

Circa 1886 deserves more advertisement than it gets. Every carefully crafted meal is plated to perfection with every ingredient playing an important role in the overall flavor.

Topped off with polished décor and amazing service, the unique restaurant is a great place to visit with family, friends or a date.

Apple Soufflé (photo courtesy of Grace Samuelson)

The restaurant has been voted one of the country’s ’20 best restaurants for a date by Men’s Fitness Magazine.

Circa 1886 also holds a Forbes Four-Star distinction, AAA Four Diamond rating and is often recognized by Wine Enthusiast as one of America’s Best Wine Restaurants.

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