Torres Superettes' carnitas burrito | Photo by Scott Suchy

Dive bars, burritos and fancy dessert

Jack McKee of downtown Charleston enjoys a little bit of everything in his dream dinner — from a boozed-up drink at a local dive bar to an upscale dessert at one of Charleston’s finest establishments.

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DRINK: Long Island iced tea from Recovery Room Tavern. “A Long Island iced tea from Rec Room would ruin the food, but it would make everything else better.”

APPETIZER: Karaage (Japanese fried chicken) from Jackrabbit Filly. “I know this will upset a lot of Southerners, but the Karaage at Jackrabbit Filly is the best fried chicken in Charleston. It’s the juiciest on the inside, crunchiest on the outside and the lemon mayo ponzu is the perfect compliment to the chicken.”

ENTREE: Carnitas burrito from Torres Superettes. “The burrito with carnitas is the most consistent thing I eat in Charleston. It’s always got the perfect mix of meat, rice, beans, salsa and cheese. It is crisped to perfection on the outside and the spicy green salsa is absolutely necessary to add to it.”

DESSERT: Bittersweet chocolate cremeux from Circa 1886. “The bittersweet chocolate cremeux is a great chocolate cake, but it’s the dried raspberries that make the dish my favorite.”


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