What You'll Get
Café fare and relaxation have always gone together, like rock and roll, yin and yang, and bald eagle hatchlings and William Howard Taft's toupee. Experience a timeless dazzling duet with today's Groupon for Alluette’s Café. Choose one of the following options:
Whipping up a bevy of simple yet simultaneously scrumptious eats amid a cozy atmosphere, Alluette’s Café injects a variety of local, seasonal, and organic ingredients into its delectable dishes. Satiate palates in comforting concoctions of holistic soul food by sampling the delicious bounty of dishes, including wild-caught salmon fish stew, hormone- and antibiotic-free chicken salad, and the vegan-friendly organic brown rice and tofu stir-fry (lunch entrees $8.50–$12.50; dinner entrees $11.50–$18.95).
- Alluette's Café belongs to a genre all its own: holistic soul food. This means a lot of different things rolled into one. It's fresh, local produce and seafood. It's slow food. It's organic vegetables and hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat. It's Geechee-Gullah soul food served up with a New Age, whole-foods sensibility. And it's just plain good. – Robert Moss, Charleston City Paper
- Her shrimp, so precious, so lovingly butterflied, delicately dusted with dill and shallow-fried in peanut oil in her Le Creuset pan…will become the standard by which you measure all others, those others undoubtedly coming up short. But rather than spoiling things for you, you’ll simply be thankful for having been blessed by Alluette’s. – Marisa Marsey, Port Folio Weekly
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Alluette's Café
Next to the day's special dishes, the chalkboard at Alluette's Café proudly proclaims a few phrases that may shock loyalists to the fried-chicken school of soul food: "Vegans Welcome," "This is a no Pork Cafe," "Organic & Natural Products," and "Fresh Local Seafood." Alluette Jones-Smalls has been cooking up what she calls "holistic soul food" in various ventures since 1993, but after she overcame the cancer that nearly claimed her life, she embraced the concept of fresh ingredients, free of toxic chemicals, with more vigor than ever.
Now, she's come back to her Charleston roots at Aluette's Café. She cooks everything up to order, which takes a little longer—but Travel + Leisure magazine makes it clear that it's worth the wait, calling the food "vegetable-centric, truly luscious, Southern food." O, The Oprah Magazine's Celia Barbour praised the shrimp as "quite possibly the tastiest … I've ever eaten, dusted with spicy flour and fried so lightly that each sweet crustacean bore a crisp, fragile shell." Alluette doesn't add sugar to any of her dishes or drinks—including her signature Aunt Mary's iced tea, which is sweetened with fruit juice.
Guests can admire the local artwork on Alluette's brightly painted walls as they wait for local shrimp over organic, seasonal greens or hormone-free grilled chicken with brown rice and lima beans. Alluette frequently invites live musicians, poets, and other artists to perform in the shop, and out on the patio, herbs and flowers uproot themselves to waltz for diners.