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“Great Birthday Dessert” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe

Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe
78 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
843-853-8270
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Ranked #39 of 758 Restaurants in Charleston
Price range: $0 - $8
Cuisines: Bakery, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Located in downtown Charleston, Kaminsky's "most excellent" desserts are prepared fresh each day by our talented pastry chefs with selections changing daily. We encourage you to explore our selection of signature desserts housed in the case at the front door.Relax and enjoy your most excellent selection of dessert with a beverage. In addition to our vast array of specialty coffees, we also offer a full beer, wine and liquor selection.Our signature desserts can be ordered for any special occasion or celebration. We ask that you call our restaurants to reserve your favorite gourmet cake or pie at least 48 hours in advance.
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“Great Birthday Dessert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2006

My husband, 2-year-old son & I came here for my birthday cake after eating dinner elsewhere down the street. They are open until 2am... we were there at about 8pm & it was pretty packed (although there was a table available). The dessert selection is great! I highly recommend the Oreo cake. :) Unfortunately, they actually did not have any birthday candles... they said they use them a lot & ran out. So if it's your birthday, bring your own candle! ;)

It's located around the corner from the Doubletree & next door to T-Bonz restaurant.

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Anderson, SC
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“A waiting line at 11:30 at night!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2006

We went here for coffee and desserts one night after a Spoleto play, and it was packed! We had to wait 15 minutes for a table at 11:30 at night! It's fairly small, with about 30 seats or so. But it was definitely worth it as the drinks and cake/brownie a la mode were delicious. Enough sugar to keep us awake for the walk back to our hotel!

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“Four nights in a row”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2006

We had four women in Charleston and the thing that never needed discussion was dessert at Kaminsky's. Yes, we went four nights in a row. The Brownie Sundae was the fav of the rest of the group. My pick was the Mountian of Chocolate cake with ice cream. My sister thought it was a little dry. Keep in mind that the chef makes different desserts each day with some desserts that are always available. For example the first night we saw Peanut Butter Pie but wanted something else that night, the PB pie was not there agian. So if you can't live without- go ahead a get it.

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“Try Kaminsky's for desserts, coffees and drinks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2006

Kaminsky's is a quaint, funky but comfortable little cafe right across from Charleston City Market serving only desserts, coffees and many types of alcoholic drinks - they're open late at night so great place for a nightcap. They offer all their coffees in either regular or decaf* (*excellent for those of us who have to limit caffeine) Their coffee blend is smooth but not a rich, dark roast. Even their espresso is not really strong, so I preferred cappuccino to cafe au lait. Desserts are quite good - they have an interesting selection in the front case and sell out quickly, with fresh desserts every day. Choices include towering layer cakes, tortes, pies, cheesecakes, cobblers and ice cream. We had Chocolate Banana Walnut Torte (for delicious freshness, be sure to ask for cakes to be heated) - mmmm, dark chocolate with buttercream frosting, definitely not too sweet but oh, so good. Went back the next night for a huge slice of Mountain of Chocolate Cake. Would definitely try the Hummingbird Cake next time we're in Charleston. Oh, and the prices are awesome - $1.50 for coffee with free refills, $2.50 for cappuccino and $4.50 for cake easily shared by two. To top it off, we had great service from our friendly waitress, Regina.

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“Good coffee; Okay desserts”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2005

If you want a great specialty coffee with or without alcohol, it's a nice place to go, particularly because it's open late.

But I have to disagree with the travel books that say Kaminsky's has the best desserts. You choose a slice of a cake that's kept in a refrigerated case up front. It definately doesnt taste fresh or delicious. Just so you're not disappointed.

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