Irish pub Egan & Sons hasn't drawn much attention to themselves since their opening last October. Online reviews look positive, but the experts had not weighed in. This week, Charleston Scene critic Deidre Schipani visits the restaurant at 5 Cumberland St. to give everyone the lowdown, and it's all positive.
She gives some insightful information for visits to the cozy eatery. For example, if you aren't feeling chatty, be sure to choose the short bar near the entrance, where the locals belly up for a pint—it's quieter on that side.
Chef Kyle Yarborough (formerly of bistro La Fourchette) is proficient at blending his French background with Irish fare and mixing a bit of the Lowcountry into the menu. While she enjoys all the entrees, her description of the meat and cheese plates best showcase the melding of cultures:
The "boards" menu - think Irish charcuterie with a Lowcountry accent - features cheeses, pates, house-made (spicy) mustard and tart pickles lavishly spread on rustic carving boards. Southern Benton's ham plays with Dubliner pimiento cheese and Cashel blue cheese is partnered with hexagons of honeycomb. Risks are taken with venison pate and confit of rabbit, but have no fears because a competent hand anchors the kitchen at Egan & Sons.
Schipani also reviews the playful cocktail menu and substantial beer program. She even goes as far to say "everyone will find the prices fair"—a bold statement in a town where many lament the high price of dining and drinking out.
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