I should have blogged about this awesome Charleston lunch spot ages ago. Nestled on beautiful Broad Street is the most fantastic, yet casual, French cafe. Gaulart & Maliclet, aka Fast and French, is on the top of my list for places to go in Charleston for an inexpensive great meal. The seating is unconventional as the space is crowded and small. This past visit, Geoff and I were at a four-top table with two strangers. Awkward. I, of course, delivered cheesy lines such as, “Sorry we’re late!” and “Let’s do this again!” I’m turning into my dad.
This visit, Geoff and I shared an open-faced Croque Monsieur with Seafood Chowder, as well as smoked salmon and cream cheese on rye bread.
The croque monsieur was deeelicious. Bubbly cheese, ham, and mustard on sourdough bread (or you can get it on a croissant or baguette). Open-faced is the way to go, especially if sharing. The seafood chowder, while delicious, was lacking in actual seafood. More like a seafood stock. And, as usual with the pair, the smoked salmon and cream cheese toast was tres yummy.
You can also order a combination of french cheeses and pates. Yes, bring on the cheese.
Final note: our server was snobby. But, as my husband said, maybe he was imitating the cliched French?