What was missing in Charleston is now found.
Why is it that people stand in line to get into the Charleston Bakery & Delicatessen? Most likely because of our strong emphasis on a cuisine that once thrived as the very center of Jewish life. The founders sought to find a middle ground for young customers more accustomed to eating at the bland chain deli restaurants and itís older customers yearning for culture paved over by time.
Experience the results of 16 hour workdays in our open kitchen by first stopping at the coffee bar and then to the cases filled with handmade breakfast pastries, muffins, bagels, the best croissants in Charleston and fresh out of the oven crispy baguettes. Our cream cheese spreads are as good as Zabars and hand cut wild Scottish salmon sides are prepared in a way that store bought lox can never stand toe to toe with. If you’ve never experienced handmade cheese blintzes and perfectly seasoned potato latkes the Charleston Bakery and Delicatessen is a great place for a first timer, a perfect place for the experienced traditional delicatessen eater.
Few if any do Cubans, french dips and gryros as well as we do and the difference is impressively noticeable. Our artesian salads from around the world are perfectly complemented by our small batch spa dressings.
Come for the cheese cakes with sponge cake bases, rum cakes or black and whites cookies. Rugelah and eclairs bring back the tastes and memories of the northern bakeries many grew up with. Here you’ll never experience the typical behind the glass windows of our bakery cases. Here you’ll experience the art of baking as it was practiced decades ago.
There are dozens of delis and a handful of bakeries in town but only one that delivers the lost art of traditional foods of a Jewish delicatessen and bakery. L’chaim.
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Swiftly flows the day.
At lunch time the line again begins to form but this time for fresh bowls of matzo balls and chicken soup (with shmaltz of course). The Israeli hummus is unlike any store bought hummus and you’ll enjoy the sight as we pull the corned beef and pastrami (first choice naval cuts) out of the steam tables to cut perfectly and serve on our twice baked Jewish rye.
There are no average days at the Charleston Bakery & Delicatessen