Just as quickly as restaurants are closing, new restaurants seem to keep popping up in Charleston every week! We decided to check out one of Charleston’s recent additions, Parcel 32. There seemed to be a lot of talk around town about how good the food was at this restaurant, so we did a little happy hour investigating, and discovered that they had some great happy hour deals on drinks and some great deals on food on their bar menu. Our indulging ensued.
Parcel 32 features a happy hour that runs from 4:30-6:30pm, Monday-Thursday. Their happy hour menu consists of a seasonal $6 sorbet and bubbles float, $1 off beer, $2 off all cocktails, and $6 house wine and bubbles. As for food, the bar menu offers items such as a $7 local pickle bowl, $9 pecan meal hush puppies, $4 crispy peanuts with an edible shell, $8 spicy pickled quail eggs, and an $11 blended smash burger. We opted for some cocktails and pecan meal hush puppies.
Tequila and Mezcal are just among some of my favorite combos, so I immediately was drawn to the 1861 Bramble cocktail, which consists of Vida Mezcal, Milagro Tequila, Lemon and Blackberry. I found this cocktail to be quite refreshing, but also just a bit too sweet. Probably could have done with a little less blackberry…and maybe slightly more Tequila. Ashley went for the Don’t Hait, which consists of Holy City Honey Ghost Whiskey, Charleston Distilling Co Tollerance Liqueur, lemon, and cava. I took a sip and we were both in agreement that this cocktail was pretty top notch. It was refreshing, wasn’t too sweet, but still had a crisp lemon taste, and the bubbles from the cava were the perfect finishing touch. We also love any cocktail made with liquor from local distilleries!
The pecan meal hush puppies were spectacular. We were both in agreement that just from trying this dish, Parcel 32 was definitely living up to all the hype surrounding it. These were not your average hush puppies, as you can probably tell by what they are called. Instead of being deep fried, they are encrusted with very finely ground pecans and are topped with pickled peppers, pimento cheese, and bacon powder. Could there be a better combination?? We think not. We also loved how soft and chewy these hush puppies were. They provided a good contrast from your average crunchy deep fried hush puppies.
We definitely plan on coming back to try some of the other food items on their bar menu, as well as some more cocktails. If you decide to try out their regular dinner menu, we would definitely suggest picking some items from the “Extras and Snacks” section, as a lot of those items are $10 and under. Otherwise, go early, find a seat at the bar, get yourself a discounted drink, and DEFINITELY go for the hush puppies!