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Best Value: You might be surprised to find that one of Charleston's best sandwich joints is housed in a laundromat! It's true: Persimmon Cafe, located at 226 Calhoun Street, shares its deli counter and eat-in seating with several dozen washing machines. Don't pass up the chance to visit this creative cafe for a gourmet panini, like their Curry Chicken Salad, Zucchini with pistachio pistou or the Adult Grilled Cheese with prosciutto and green apple. During the chillier months, Persimmon's soup plus grilled cheese combo warming and satisfying. It's not just the regular menu items that are responsible for Persimmon's growing crowd of regulars. Daily specials (posted to their Facebook and Twitter pages) like the Cubano, Grilled Butternut Squash, and Spanish Fly are also popular. Sides of Peanut Butter and Ginger Slaw and desserts like the Nutella and (tableside) Toasted Marshmallow Custard act as perfect compliments to any sandwich.

Lunch: You might be surprised to find that one of Charleston's best sandwich joints is housed in a laundromat! It's true: Persimmon Cafe, located at 226 Calhoun Street, shares its deli counter and eat-in seating with several dozen washing machines. Don't pass up the chance to visit this creative cafe for a gourmet panini, like their Curry Chicken Salad ($7.50), Zucchini with pistachio pistou ($6.75) or the Adult Grilled Cheese with prosciutto and green apple ($6.75). During the chillier months, Persimmon's soup plus grilled cheese combo warming and satisfying. It's not just the regular menu items that are responsible for Persimmon's growing crowd of regulars. Daily specials (posted to their Facebook and Twitter pages) like the Cubano, Grilled Butternut Squash, and Spanish Fly are also popular. $1.50 sides of Peanut Butter and Ginger Slaw and desserts like the Nutella and (tableside) Toasted Marshmallow Custard act as perfect compliments to any sandwich.

Take Out: Yes, Persimmon Cafe is located in a laundromat. Humbly sharing space with the washers and dryers, this neighborhood sandwich shop is serving up some simply delicious soups and sandwiches. The name of the game here is "grilled panini," and the Persimmon menu holds both consistent regular features as well as guest star specials on a daily basis. Count on regular menu sandwiches like the lump crab with carred onion mayo, the zucchini with fontina and pistachio pistou, the caprese, and the "Adult Grilled Cheese." Persimmon Cafe is also known for the occasional appearance of such specials as the buttnernut squash and curry cashew butter, and even a lobster roll. Pair that sandwich with an orzo salad or peanut butter slaw side and some seriously speedy service, and you've got a restaurant with a whole lot of regulars.

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Local Expert Clare Sweeney Says:

Best Value, Lunch: "Don't miss Date Night at Persimmon! On the third Thursday of each month, Persimmon offers 2 sandwiches, 2 sides, 2 drinks and 1 custard to share, all for $20!"

Take Out: "During the summertime, Persimmon's housemade iced or chai teas are the perfect refreshment."

Recommended as Best Value Because: Why visit Persimmon? Cross eating in a laundromat off your bucket list, 'cause Persimmon's paninis and hand-spun custards are enough to bring you in.

Best for Lunch Because: Daily Specials and staple menu favorites include grilled panini sandwiches that make you drool behind your work computer--that's what makes Persimmon a next-level lunch spot.

Best for Take Out Because: Persimmon Cafe's pressed panini menu items are quickly and freshly made, not to mention they travel well on the go!

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