Poogan’s re-creates Beard dishes for its local menu

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One of Charleston’s oldest restaurants, here in the predawn era before the Magnolias, FIGs and Husks rolled the wheels of new-South dining in the city, is Poogan’s Porch on Queen Street. But time is not standing still for the restaurant established in 1976.

In June, executive chef Daniel Doyle and company cooked a six-course dinner at the venerable James Beard House in New York City, a feather in his toque as well as his staff’s. On the tasty pork-laced menu were local pickled shrimp with pimiento cheese ravioli and ham hock-green tomato jus, and an heirloom tomato salad with grilled peaches and arugula. An Anson Mills cheese grits cake was stacked with pulled suckling pig, crispy seared snapper and watermelon radishes, accompanied by North Carolina barbecue “gastrique” (pictured).

Pork belly fries came three ways, including one with smoked tomato ketchup.

Through Aug. 5, diners can sample dishes featured at the Beard dinner by ordering from a special a la carte menu. The regular menu also will be available.

Call 577-2337 for reservations or visit Poogan’sOpenTable.com page.