Charleston has dozens of culinary wonders with restaurants that create spectacular food. So imagine my surprise when on a trip to Charleston a few years ago, my most memorable meal was a humble sandwich from Caviar & Bananas.

In all honesty, a local foodie recommended the spot for lunch and I remember muttering something about a deli or sandwich shop not being my ideal food experience.

Shame on  me. Caviar & Bananas is as much a sandwich shop as a Ferrari is just a way to get to work.

Owner Kris Furniss lived in New York and on September 11, 2001, a routine coffee run saved his life. He ditched his life in finance and began to explore what he was truly passionate about. Namely, great food.

Furniss married wife Margaret and the two decided to move to Charleston and open a a gourmet market and café designed to be a place that made gourmet a part of the every day.

The humble sandwich memory haunted me, so I was giddy when I heard Caviar & Bananas was opening a site here. The Nashville location, at 2031 Broadway in Nashville,  is the first foray out of South Carolina for the brand.

Lucky us. Now we can experience an everyday breakfast like housemade ricotta, apricot-rosemary marmalade and pistachios, on toasted multigrain bread.

Breakfast and brunch are a must at Caviar & Bananas, but don’t skip lunch. Try the Tennessee Trio, a sandwich featuring house cured porchetta, crispy confit pork belly, Sweetwater Valley buttermilk Cheddar, Tennessee whiskey bacon jam, pickled sunchokes, arugula and Ciabatta.

Dinner is just as devastatingly good as breakfast and lunch, with a rotating menu that you can eat in the restaurant or pick up entrees and sides to go. (Think Maryland Style Crab Cakes or roasted ratatouille pasta.)

With small plates and a daily wine bar, the spot is a perfect cocktail hour option too.

Additional features include a charcuterie and cheese counter, espresso bar, a boutique wine and beer selection as well.

Is it any wonder a humble sandwich became my favorite food memory of Charleston?




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