By Kristin Hackler
The smell of fresh sticky buns rising in the oven waft from the front door of the Golden Cup Café on Johns Island. Located in the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center at the corner of Maybank and Main, the Golden Cup has been open for almost a year and is already gaining a strong fan base; and a lot of it has to do with the incredible baked goods coming out of their kitchen.
When owner Judy Anagnos met Chef Jared Young, she knew the café was meant to be. The former owner of Med Bistro, Judy was fed up with the late night restaurant scene and wanted to start something simpler; and a breakfast/lunch café seemed to be just the right idea.
With the closing of the Johns Island Café a few years ago, Johns Island was left without a coffee shop between Muddy Waters on James Island and Java Java in Freshfields Village. Judy jumped on the opportunity, selecting the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center as an ideal central location for the café.
Soon afterwards she found Jared, an experienced pastry chef who has worked throughout downtown in restaurants such as Circa 1886, the Pavilion Hotel and Tristan. His knack for making excellent pastries stuck Judy as the perfect match for her café and the rest is sweet, sweet history.
The Golden Cup is open seven days a week and serves breakfast from the time they open at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. on Sundays and 7:30 a.m. on Mondays) until 2:30 p.m. All of the food items are familiar and comfortable, but the quality of the food it what brings some of their customers coming back three to four times a week.
“Everyone loves the breakfast sandwich and the shrimp and grits, but we also sell a ton of the Cobb salad and the turkey & artichoke panino,” said Jared. Their lunch menu grows on a regular basis, but the fact that they serve breakfast all day has endeared them to many island locals.
While Jared bakes all of the focaccia bread in house for the lunch sandwiches, his fans will practically knock each other over for his sticky buns, and his pies and cakes could start a riot.
“We had samples of our pecan pie out a couple days ago and before I knew it, we’d sold four whole pies,” smiled Jared. And for good reason; although Jared’s pastries look wonderful, he is adamant that taste always come before appearance. For this reason, the café uses as much local produce as possible, typically buying from local farm, Ambrose Farms. In their efforts to support other local businesses, The Golden Cup purchases all of their coffee from Charleston Coffee Roasters, and their tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island.
Cakes, pies, pastries and bread are available to order from The Golden Cup, and several are available by the slice to satisfy even the crankiest sweet tooth. The Golden Cup is located at 3575 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island. You can reach them by calling 559-2727, or by visiting their Facebook page. Check their Facebook page on a regular basis for special discounts and “secret sayings of the day” which might win you a free treat!