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Best of the Best: Halls Chophouse, The Ultimate Charleston Brunch

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Maybe it's an obvious choice, but I just can't help it. Halls was superior in every way. From the friendly manager (some call it schmoozing, but I personally like to pretend I'm a VIP) to the gospel singers and the deliciousness of everything I ate and drank, it was a divine Charleston brunch experience. Halls is known for its dry aged beef, and the Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon was on par with any other steak I've been lucky enough to eat. If you want something on the lighter side, the Lavender Scented Brioche French Toast with espresso mascarpone cream was thick, sweet and laced with layers of subtle flavor. Even the bread was distinctive -- airy popovers accompanied by a sweet butter. But the one thing I recommend most is skipping the bloody mary in favor of their Habanero and Passion Fruit Martini. It's the perfect brunch cocktail for those who like a little spice. The fresh passion fruit is citrusy, and it's immediately followed by a gentle kick that lingers a nice long time.