what: Brie and Bacon Croissant
where: The Gourmet Shop, 724 Saluda Ave.
contact: 803-799-3705, thegourmetshop.net
When I was little, our food was pretty basic, and it all came from the Piggly Wiggly, or occasionally the farmers market. Green beans. Pork chops. Spaghetti. Vegetable soup. American cheese. Rice. We didn’t do fancy food because food for four kids gets expensive. We ate healthy enough, but with little drama. My friend, on the other hand, was the youngest child in her family, and they were pretty sophisticated compared to mine. To be fair, her parents and mine read a lot of the same books, which is what really counts, but I digress, and we’re talking about food.
I was around 10 when I went to the Gourmet Shop with my friend’s parents for the first time, and it seemed wildly exotic. I wasn’t sure what to order and probably would have gone with a turkey sandwich on whole wheat. And it would have been excellent. But my friend told me brie was French, I had heard of croissants, and I knew I loved bacon, so I went with the Brie and Bacon Croissant. Dear reader, in that moment, I became an adult.
Let’s be honest: melted cheese and crispy bacon on a buttery croissant isn’t as fancy as it sounds to a fifth grader. It can cure hangovers in a single bite, satisfy the most massive comfort food craving, or offer ample justification for leaving the house on a dreary day. It comes with a side, so order green salad or fruit if you’re feeling virtuous. You could also have soup as your side, often a tomato bisque that happens to be perfect for dipping.
A rain or shine Saturday treat for a fifth grader or weekday motivation for a world-weary adult, the Brie and Bacon Croissant is worth it every time.
The Gourmet Shop Café is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.