Food for Thought: L'Elegance and a ghost or two prevail at The Brentwood Restaurant

Chef/owner Eric Masson is always cooking up lots of fresh things at The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro just across the state line in Little River, S.C.


The latest is a four-course prix fixe “Le Menu Paris” menu, harking back to Masson’s native France, for $35 or $49 with chef’s wine selection.

Appetizer choices include vichyssoise, St. Jacques pernod or escargot du chef served with sauvignon blanc.

The second course consists of salade Maison. Entrée choices are petit filet au poivre with cabernet sauvignon, flounder almondine with Chardonnay or crispy duck confit with merlot.

Dessert choices include key lime pie, crème brulee or fondant chocolat served with French sparkling.

All of the Brentwood’s menus can be viewed on the restaurant’s website, www.thebrentwoodrestaurant.com.

Formally trained chef Masson and his wife, Kimberlee, have operated the restaurant since 2007 after settling here with their children from their former restaurant ventures in upstate New York.

The charms of The Brentwood, along with its lowcountry French cuisine, are what make it special, he said.

Situated just a block off the well-beaten path of U.S. 17 at 4269 Luck Ave. and Mulberry Street, the award-winning eatery is in a quaint old white two-story Victorian home dating back to 1910.

It even has a ghost that has been the subject of news stories and paranormal investigations. Just last week, Masson and restaurant employee Mark Smith said they saw once again an apparition that showed up in the form of an orb near the upstairs bar on restaurant video.

Fortunately, the ghost doesn’t seem to be a mean ghost. To the delight and fascination of Masson’s customers, he has even had “séance dinners” to summon the apparition. Future plans call for a “ghost and gourmet” event.

But the most immediate item on Masson’s busy menu is cooking classes conducted from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on scheduled dates. Upcoming classes include Provence specialties on Sept. 10; a hands-on risotto workshop Oct. 8, and French sauces on Nov. 6. The cost is $45 per person per class.

Private cooking classes are also available for groups of 10.

For more information, call the Brentwood, which opens at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, at (843) 249-2601 or Masson’s cell at (843) 798-3053 or email chefericmasson@hotmail.com.


Do you know of news in the food or restaurant realm in Brunswick County? If so, send it to Food for Thought at llewis@brunswickbeacon.com or call Laura Lewis at The Brunswick Beacon at (910) 754-6890.