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A Charleston Carb Christmas

A Charleston Carb Christmas
Photo by Tim Hussey

I have never had visions of sugarplums dancing in my head. My virtual chorus line is a biscuit holding hands with a tortilla chip and a French fry. If Santa really listened to me, he’d fill my stocking with carbs.

Since we all know the stocking is more likely to be filled with coal anyway, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands this holiday and order up my favorites here in Charleston, South Carolina. Here are the top-three carbs that fill my dreams:

Callie’s Biscuits / Full disclosure: there was a time in my life when I was one of the bakers of these baby biscuit beauties. Another disclosure: I ate at least one biscuit every day during that time. And there are many days I would still.

Chips and Salsa (Trio) from Minero / They come in a cute, handmade tortilla warmer, which would be enough to make me happy, but the seasoning, the crisp-level, and the salsas are the best I have ever had. And please note, I order chips and salsa every time I see it on a menu. In my world, this is a single-serving appetizer, none of this for-the-table business.

French Fries from Edmund’s Oast / Sit with a friend at the bar, order the burger and fries, then ask your friend to split it. That way, when you place another order for fries (light, crispy, seasoned, and perfect with any libation on the board), you can hold your head high.