Good | Worth a Return
Rae’s Coastal Cafe
Review by: Michael Stern
Rae’s is known for serving what old-timers know as the Green Jacket Salad (for the old Augusta restaurant that invented it): a well-marinated mix of iceberg and romaine lettuce, scallions, tomato, red pepper and countless little crisp croutons made from pita bread. It is a boon companion to just about anything on the menu, or suitable in full-size form to be a meatless meal . In fact, you can get a very forthright lunch of salad sided by yellow rice and black beans (this is not vegetarian-friendly; the beans are scrumptiously porky) or a tricked-up salad topped with strips of grilled jerk chicken. The chicken is marvelous — a Rae’s signature dish made from a recipe that Conrad the waiter assured me comes straight from Jamaica — perfumy, peppery, and allspice-sweet.
Other exotica from farther south include Cajun-spiced blackened mahi mahi, Gulf Coast coconut fried shrimp, and Key lime pie guaranteed to be made from genuine Key lime juice. But it’s the Carolina specialties that win my heart: thick and velvety she-crab soup, Low Country Frogmore Stew (shrimp, sausage, potatoes, and corn), and plump, filler-free Outer Banks crab cakes.
Among notable desserts are Kahlua-charged chocolate cheesecake and frozen mango pie that is a dense block of fruit-infused cream cheese topped with raspberry sauce.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|