El Conejo from Dalila’s | Photo by Laura Saur @lcs_studio

Seafood, tropical cocktails and a big dessert dish

Alec Barrett Thompson of West Ashley would invite an eclectic group of famous icons to his dream dinner, which is abundant with seafood dishes — and lots of dessert. “​​I will never do dessert in moderation,” he said.

DREAM DINNER GUESTS: Ernest Hemingway, Dave Chappelle and Elvis Presley

DRINK: El Conejo from Dalila’s. “The El Conejo is the perfect blend of smoke (mezcal) and a tropical splash (dark rum). The feng shui at Dalila’s is also unmatched. I hope I didn’t just let the secret out…”

Swordfish pastrami from 167 Raw | Photo courtesy of

APPETIZER: Crab cakes from Charleston Grill. “The best crab cakes I’ve come across in Charleston (and that’s saying a lot).”

ENTREE: Swordfish pastrami from 167 Raw. “I think I’m sensing a trend with seafood, but that’s not my fault. The swordfish pastrami at 167 is prepared to perfection. If I’m going to raise my mercury levels to astronomic levels, let it be from this dish.”

DESSERT: Turtle cheesecake and vanilla gelato from Carmella’s. “You absolutely can’t beat New York cheesecake with caramel and chocolate ganache swirl-topped with toasted pecan pieces with a graham cracker crust. Vanilla gelato because it pairs perfectly with the cheesecake.”


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