Forked path Solving readers’ dining-out dilemmas

Congress in Mount Pleasant offers a tapas menu.

Q: We spend four weeks on Sullivan’s Island every year: Looking for nearby tapas restaurants without going downtown. Obstinate Daughter we know. Thanks!

A: Honestly, I hear the word “tapas” and think pan con tomate and garlic shrimp, but the phrase has shaken off its Spanish connotations, meaning bone marrow with marmalade is now just as much of a tapa as anchovy-stuffed olives.

Eastern Charleston County has largely resisted the small plates revolution; The Obstinate Daughter is one of the few prominent restaurants where customers are encouraged to order a mess of appetizer-sized items. But you timed your trip well this year: Congress, located in the old La Hacienda on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, offers exactly the kind of menu you’re seeking.

Last month, I reviewed the new part-Mexican, part-Italian restaurant for Charleston Scene, and was tremendously impressed. Don’t miss the ceviche and housemade mozzarella.

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