Moving means two things. First, that you spend two weeks recycling about three different outfits because everything else is still packed. And second, that you forgo trying to cook anything because your pots, pans, and other utensils have also hidden themselves in the dark recesses of moving boxes.
A girl has got to get creative with food…and dining out quickly becomes second nature.
My better half and I stumbled upon Boulevard Diner as we were out and about trying to find furniture for my new apartment. I suppose it wasn’t so much of a stumble, as he knew exactly where it was…but we’ll say so for the sake of the story.
This Mt. Pleasant diner is truly a hidden gem. Anyone just driving by might be tempted to shirk the restaurant’s no frills facade–the building used to be a Dairy Queen, and that evidence is found in the sign which has been altered to look more like a fish…and less like the trademark Dairy Queen sign.
The interior has that familiar diner feel that is refreshing to the haute-cuisine Charleston scene. Settle into a booth and you’re greeted by a smiling waitress and two menus.
We picked the fried green tomatoes for an appetizer (although the chili sundae looked awfully tempting). The tomatoes were perfectly fried–crisp and just a hint of that tart bite a green tomato should have. Delicious.
Being a reformed vegetarian, I just had to order a hamburger with pimento cheese for my lunch. I heard an NPR story about this delightful combination and its popularity in the South, so I just had to give it a try.
The hamburger was a healthy portion of ground beef, and when combined with the flavorful warmth of melted pimento cheese, became the be all and end all of my hamburger dreams. The sandwich was served with french fries, which although standard, still had that delectable fried crunch you only find in a diner.
My beau had the famous Cajun meatloaf everybody raves about…and again for good reason. Perhaps the best meatloaf I’ve tasted…aside from my mother’s of course.
Perhaps the best part about this meal is its tiny cost–less and $30 for two people to eat healthy portions. A refreshing check among Charleston’s high priced restaurant world.
Boulevard Diner is locally owned, too. So you can feel good about contributing to the local economy.
Holy City Style gives this diner, two perfectly manicured thumbs up!
- You can read more reviews of Boulevard Diner in the Charleston City Paper.
- Boulevard Diner is located at 409 W. Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant