When Spring temperatures rise, and the sun is up later into the evening we get the urge to get out of the house. That means dining out with friends and family much more frequently. A couple of weeks back and within five days, we went to Edison James Island twice. So clearly we have fallen for this place.
But Before I Get To That
I wanted to apologize for not posting at all last week. My job that brings home the bacon was in great demand and it took all my time to focus on my clients. But I am back at it again, so no point in waxing on, let’s get right to the dining experiences.
Edison James Island (Happy Hour)
While Edison James Island has been open two years now, it took Gary and I a long time to find our way there. Now that we have been, I am quite sad that it took us so long to give them a try. The menu is eclectic with something for all palates which is what a neighboorhood joint should be. The staff is super friendly, and the owners are hands on which really shows.
On Wednesdays and Sundays, they offer half-price bottles of any wine on their (really affordable) wine list. So a few weeks back we headed there on a Wednesday, sat out on the patio and drank some wine. Which then turned into dinner for some of us.
After two bottles Gary and I needed to put some food in our bellies. I ordered the Italian BLT which was perfection. Listen to this; Crispy pancetta, arugula, sun-dried tomato pesto, fresh mozzarella and balsamic aioli on focaccia. ($10). Super delicious too!
Gary ordered a cup of the Lowcountry Butter Bean Soup ($5) which he loved and devoured while joyfully moaning with every bite. He followed that with the Blue Gala Salad which he also thoroughly enjoyed. The salad is a bed of salad greens, sliced Gala apple slices, buttermilk bleu cheese crumbles, and toasted pumpkin seeds with an apple butter vinaigrette. ($8)
Edison James Island (Brunch)
What can I say, we had a great time on Wednesday, so that night we decided to come for brunch the following Sunday. Of course, any good brunch starts with a mimosa. Since there were four adults and two kids that called for two carafes of mimosas. Ok, the kids did not really matter but it made it sound like we had a crowd. Don’t judge!
First up, we split a couple of their house-made cinnamon rolls. You will note that there is “no picture” of these delights. That is because they were gone before the phone could be lifted to get the shot. Oh. My. Gosh – Super Delish! And after eating Ann Sather’s Cinnamon Rolls in Chicago for twenty years, I consider myself an expert on the cinnamon roll subject. Yes, Edison’s buns are incredible.
I guess I was still in a BLT state of mind because for brunch; I ordered the Smoked Salmon BLT for my main course. This masterpiece starts with toasted multigrain bread layered with smoked bacon, baby greens, Roma tomatoes, red onion, and herb aioli ($13) Crispy home fries were served on the side.
The rest of the adults at the table all ordered the same thing – The Edison Croque.
This is a hot ham & gruyère grilled cheese sandwich with caramelized onions, truffle butter topped with two over-easy eggs. Now some of you might say, but where is the bechamel? And I agree, but that is one of the things that I love about Edison, they take old standards and change it up. Given that so many others at the table ordered it, the Edison Croque must be a big hit. I will just have to make bechamel at home and DIY my Parisien-style Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame.
More than sandwiches
You may think based on this post that all they serve is sandwiches. You would be wrong. It just seems that on these two experiences that is what we ordered. We are heading to a wine dinner there on April 9th, and I promise you, I will not be eating a sandwich. And if you do not believe me, there is a link to the menu below so check it out.
This is a great neighborhood restaurant and bar. James Island has trouble supporting restaurants on the island for some crazy reason so they come and go quickly. The fact that Edison James Island is celebrating two years this month is a sign that they are doing something right. Something others cannot achieve on JI.
Edison James Island is located at 1014 Fort Johnson Road * James Island, SC 29412 * (843) 872-5500
* Dinner served nightly at 5:00 P.M. (until 9 pm Sunday to Thursday and 10 pm Friday & Saturday) * Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4:00-6:00 Weekend Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 3:00 * Half price bottles of wine: Every Wednesday & Sunday.
That is all for now.