Sweet Carolina: Charlotte Rose Carolina BBQ

Carolina Rose's Sign 2

A highway drive through South Carolina’s Low Country isn’t just the means to a destination; the journey itself is an experience. You’ll pass shops, eateries and peach-cider stands. Nothing, however, stands out more than the barbecue. They know how to make it.

My nostalgia for the South is ever-present, and coming across a Carolina barbecue joint in Salt Lake City really took me back.

Charlotte Rose’s Carolina BBQ was opened in October 2013 by Trae Eller, a 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry. You can order barbecue pulled pork or pulled chicken as a sandwich or a platter. You get your choice of two sides, but I’d recommend getting them all and then calling your cardiologist. There’s sweet-potato casserole, cornbread, red rice, green beans, baked beans and mac & cheese. For dessert, you can try housemade peach cobbler or a brownie. There are no apologies for the fact that everything is cooked with copious amounts of butter, salt, sugar, milk and fat. It all tastes great as a result.

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Robin’s Nest: Authentic Italian Sandwiches in Downtown Salt Lake

The H & H Special at Robin's Nest

The H & H Special at Robin’s Nest

While visiting Cape Ann, Mass., I walked into a quintessential sandwich shop in Gloucester and ordered an Italian sandwich. They asked if I wanted “the works.” Not really understanding, I said, “Sure,” so as to not seem ignorant. We boarded a whale-watching cruise and I took my first bite. I ignored the scenery and gorged on the amazing sandwich.

Seven years have come and gone since that vacation, and during that time, The Robin’s Nest moved from 3300 South to its current location on Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City. I met the owner’s son while eating at another restaurant, and he invited me to try their gourmet artisan sandwiches.

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