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Critic Pines for Rice Cakes and Consistency at Palace Hotel

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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Once he found the place, critic Eric Doksa had a really great first impression of Hanover dive The Palace Hotel. Doksa cheers, "A plate of Chef Blake Joyal's blistered shishito peppers ($7) was just what the doctor ordered." Colorful expressions pepper the writer's descriptions, like "umami explosion," "genuine flavor bomb," and others, until he finds the object of his affection:

One of the biggest delights that night was a plate full of small rice patties that resembled discs of plantains. Lightly dressed in a combination of soy and oyster sauces, with a touch of basil, chilies, and scallions, the little pillows were salty sweet and quickly disappeared ($6).

Doksa's adoration is fleeting, as he discovers the rice cakes will never be the same as the ones he scarfed on that fateful night.

On a second visit, the critic is disappointed to find the carby treats are "mushy," and on a subsequent trip, they are overcooked. Doksa is pretty much the Goldilocks of Lowcountry grain here.

He has hope, however, concluding that "With a little work, the Palace Hotel could be the hidden gem I once thought I'd found."
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Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

2 New Montgomery Street, , CA 94105 (415) 512-1111 Visit Website

The Palace Hotel

35 Hanover St., Charleston SC