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Charleston Date Ideas On The Cheap

Persimmon Cafe Date Night

“Persimmon Cafe hosts a date night on the third Thursday of every month, where a couple can drop $20 and receive two sandwiches, two sides, two drinks, and one frozen custard to split, from 4-9 p.m. And did we mention the cafe is located in a laundromat? Yep, that’s right. You can do your laundry while sharing custard with a cutie, which is a multi-tasking dream date if there ever was one.”

Ultimate Student Guide

Calling all CofC students!

Looking for a great place to grab a sandwich in between classes? Or you are just in need of a sweet treat? Check out Spoon University’s coverage on The Ultimate Guide To Student Eating And Drinking At College Of Charleston. (Yours truly is mentioned.)

Eat Like A Local

Waiting in long lines to get a table or searching for a reservations while on vacation often leads weary travelers to seek out those local joints kept hidden from the tourist crowds. Persimmon Cafe, on the corner of Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, is one such local hideaway. Located within walking distance of colleges, private schools and hospitals, the café is kept busy with a constant stream of doctors, students and faculty members who come in search of owner and chef Rob Cassi’s housemade soups and sandwiches. The fare may sound simple, but Cassi puts a gourmet spin on each item. For example, take his Sweet Potato Curry Soup. Cassi adds a bit of Jamaican curry for a punch of flavor with just a bit of heat , then drizzles in honey to enhance the sweet potato. The grilled cheese is made with goat cheese for a bit of tang, havarti for creaminess, and Pullman bread for a tasty crunch. Next time you’re in Charleston, take a break from the beaten path with Chef Cassi’s take on lunchtime classics.

Somewhere on the Corner of Comfort and Cheesetastic

Practically everyone in the western hemisphere knows that the grand dame of comfort food in winter is none other than the grilled cheese sandwich…(that and a cup of homemade tomato basil soup)… And here in Charleston, somewhere on the corner of comfort and cheesetastic, lies the best dang sandwich shop on the planet…

Insiders know that here in the Lowcountry, this venerable comfort food classic, along with all of its many delicious, sophisticated incarnations can be found right on the corner of Calhoun and Smith Street in downtown Charleston. (Oh, yes indeedy!)

Yup…flying right under the radar of everybody not living nearby is the wonderfully understated  Persimmon Cafe, a bustling takeout sandwich shop where it’s not uncommon to see a steady stream of customers; from CofC students, MUSC doctors, Ashley Hall high-schoolers, to folks who just live in the neighborhood…all of whom come and go daily for the best grilled panini sandwiches ever…

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The Persimmon Cafe: Somewhere on the Corner of Comfort and Cheesetastic

Charleston Daily – The Art of Sandwich Making

“I cannot tell you how many times I have driven down Calhoun Street on the corner of Smith Street and thought, “a restaurant in a laundrette.  What a novel idea.  I should try that someday”.  Over and over, that similar sentiment continued with each drive by.  Suddenly, organic word of mouth started trickling my way about the quality of the food.  The resistance finally converted into a lunch stop for us at the Persimmon Cafe.

Without a doubt, the energy level of the staff is overwhelmingly incredible.  The warmth, charm and genuine appreciation for your patronage before you even order a food item is refreshing.  As a first timer myself, I was offered a sample of the homemade basil limeade.  What a mouth tingling treat.  If that unique liquid concoction does not win you over, you can try a glass of the vanilla lemonade or rosemary lemon or fig agave ice tea.”… more here

Persimmon Cafe – Where the Art of Sandwich Making and Laundry Come Together