Charleston City Paper reviewer Vanessa Wolf takes a critical look at European-style small plates cafe Babas on Cannon this week. The review is worth reading to know what to expect, but the real stunner of the piece is Ruta Smith’s lead photograph of the grilled cheese on brioche topped with a crown-like frico (crispy cheese). It’s the Instagram bait that is sure to lure in cheese lovers and food bloggers alike — extra points to the influencer that places that crunchy topping on their head like a chic new accessory.
But, back to the review. Wolf finds the wine a bit esoteric, but the free olives and potato chips may dehydrate customers enough to want to order something they’ve never heard of. The aforementioned cheese sandwich is a marvel. The tinned fish are, well, tinned fish. But the chickpea panisse is “Comparable to mozzarella sticks filled with warm hummus, they’re crisp, silky, and absolutely delicious. I’m not telling you how what to do, but if you don’t order some, you’re not living your best life.”
She concludes with “Confounding, quirky, and charming, Babas on Cannon is at once familiar and peculiar.”