Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of American fare and drinks at Carolina Café & Grill in Camden.
Carolina Café & Grill pumps a steady stream of soups and lattes through the heart of Camden’s historic downtown, pairing homemade breakfast and lunch options with an exquisite collection of caffeinated delights. Deli chefs pile their culinary masterworks high with a smorgasbord of succulent meats and garden-fresh vegetables. The Granny’s ham and apple sandwich calls a truce in the ancient war between sweet and savory, melting swiss cheese over a crisp granny smith apple on a mustard-laced and buttery croissant ($6.99). Burger buffs can sink chompers into the sizzling beef and grilled onions of the patty melt ($7.25), or the Sprinkle burger, which checks in at an intimidating 5 ounces and dares you to suggest that its name is adorable ($7.25). Those with more herbaceous appetites can seek refuge in the leafy greens of a signature salad such as from the old-school favorite garden variety ($5.25). Homemade soups-of-the-day play their steamy roles with panache ($2.75 cup) and gracefully complement any of the café’s star entrees, while milkshakes ($3.50) and other homemade desserts provide the end credits to a poignant meal.
With a coffee bar and private English tea room, the Carolina Café & Grill suits patrons who need a quick morning coffee ($1.25) as well as those who want to reserve the tea room for a serene afternoon affair. The room’s quaint, cozy interior, along with a wide selection of tea ($1.50 each), allows pinkie-pointers to enact their suppressed fantasies of Victorian landed gentry and provides a peaceful counterpoint to the café’s lively entertainment acts on Thursdays and Saturdays.
1040A Broad St.
Camden, South Carolina 29020Get Directions