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The Americano Restaurant in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Mount Pleasant: Meet The Americano

By Around Charleston, Charleston Dining, Current events

The Americano Restaurant in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

This week Mount Pleasant’s Coleman Boulevard added another notch to its growing portfolio of high quality restaurants with the opening of The Americano.  Located at 819 Coleman, just a few doors down from the Red Drum, The Americano offers a unique twist on Latin American dishes in a casual, 1940’s Cuban inspired atmosphere.

There are high expectations for The Americano and rightfully so. The owner John Adamson also owns the trendy, retro-style diner and cocktail bar Rarebit in downtown Charleston which has garnered high praise from critics since its opening. For The Americano, Adamson decided to focus on a mixture of Cuban style and Latin spice infused with traditional Lowcountry ingredients like the chili spiced Mahi with black beans, sauteed spinach, and pineapple and mango salsa. The menu also contains a variety of traditional Latin-American dishes including empanadas, tacos and tortas.

The Americano features an extensive cocktail list which is no surprise considering Rarebit’s excellent drink menu. The Americano is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out an early review by Charleston City Paper: First Look at The Americano’s menu.


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Charleston, SC

24 Hours in Charleston

By Around Charleston, Charleston Dining

Charleston, SC

Our gorgeous town of Charleston, South Carolina has seen it’s fair share of publicity and press recently. It began with Oprah – naming Charleston the best place in America to eat back in 2008. Then the New York Times started picking up on the energy of the town – telling its readers that our town is the cure to leave the stress of big city life behind, if only for a weekend getaway.

 It wasn’t long before Southwest Airlines grounded roots in our little airport, making Charleston an accessible 1-2 hour direct flight from Chicago, D.C, New York, Boston and Nashville, to name a few. Charleston had always been a destination for weddings and beach vacations for folks in the Southeast, but in the past 5 years, there has been a nationwide buzz about the Lowcountry. It’s easy to see why. We’ve got it all. Old-world charm, a slower pace of life, world-class cuisine, distinctive local art and the the most beautiful, Lowcountry waters – 3 beaches and a marshland ecosystem not found anywhere else in the world.

But none of this is new to you. If you’re reading this and don’t already live in Charleston, you’ve probably visited a handful of times or more – because once people come to Charleston, they come back again, and again, and again. So here is an outline of living like a local for 24 hours during the Fall season:

 4pm : Check into the Elliot House Inn

f30a3a81974e415c0c15ca87d68646c0This quaint little inn is nestled in Harleston Village – a residential neighborhood of historic downtown – and offers all the charm of a bed and breakfast with the cleanliness and professionalism of a 4 star hotel. You’ll be in the heart of the peninsula so getting around town will be a breeze.

5:30pm : Cocktails at The Vendue Rooftop

Vendue Rooftop in Charleston, SC

There is a reason it has been voted the best rooftop bar by locals for the past 7 years. Plush couches, multiple levels to lounge and a view 360 view of the city from river to river make the atmosphere perfect for sunset drinks. Order the Hot Lolita to drink and the Ceviche of Local Seafood to share. If you aren’t feeling seafood just yet, the Edamame Hummus is made in house and to die for.

7:00pm : Dinner at FIG

nmnThis restaurant gets it right, starting with it’s name, an acronym for Food Is. Good. The menu changes weekly andsometimes even daily, depending on what is local and available. You’ll be wow’d by the creativity of dishes offered, the unique flavors and pairings, and the reasonable pricing of everything on the menu. If you want to eat like a local, it doesn’t get better than FIG.

 9:30pm : Nightcap at The Gin Joint

Gin Joint in Charleston, SCDon’t be fooled by this little bar’s big East Bay street address. You might miss it if you aren’t looking for it, which is one reason it is so cool. It almost feels like a speakeasy because it can be so hard to find. Once there, grab a seat on the garden patio and put an order of Peanut Butter Bar Bites in for dessert. When you’re ready to order your drink here is a tip: give your waiter two adjectives – yes, as in descriptive words – and the bartender will come up with a customized drink that tastes like the adjectives you’ve given.

 9am : Wake up at the Marion Square Farmers Market
Marion Square in Charleston, SC

Marion Square in Charleston, SC

 Head to the center of the peninsula (about a mile walk from Elliot House Inn) and go straight to the Vietnamese Coffee truck. Once the coffee defogs your brain, you’ll be ready to decide on one of the many breakfast options at the market. Do you want omelettes, crepes or made to order donuts? Want a breakfast burrito? Look for the Roti Rolls food truck. Sit in the park, enjoy your breakfast, and then resist the urge to fall into a food coma by walking the market and browsing dozens and dozens of local artist’s tents. If you’re staying longer than 24 hours, pick up your groceries from all the local farmers that set up shop every weekend.

 11am : Rent paddleboards or kayaks at Charleston Paddler  
Charleston Paddler

Charleston Paddler

The best time in Charleston to get out on the water, in my opinion, is the Fall. The summer sun hangs in the sky and warms your skin while the crisp air keeps you cool throughout the day. It is a much needed reprieve from August and September’s soaring heat indexing and humidity – trust me, you’ll never want to be inside during the Fall in the Lowocountry. Head to Shem Creek and you’ll be able to experience the scenic waterways of Mount Pleasant.

3pm : Late lunch at the The Obstinate Daughter


 You might think I would suggest going to Poe’s for lunch since I’m telling you to drive to Sullivan’s Island, but I know my readers better than that – you’ve already been there a dozen times and while the pimento cheese burger and fries are heavenly, your 24 hours is coming to a close and there is no way you’ll be able to drive home with a belly full of Poe’s. Instead, go to Sullivan’s Island newest restaurant, The Obstinate Daughter. Order the Faro Salad to start and the Old Danger pizza as your main.

 4pm : Beach + gelato at Beardcat’s Sweetshop

You’re going to need something sweet bCharleston, South Carolinaut light for desert. Head just below The Obstinate Daughter and order the cinnamon gelato at Beardcat’s Sweetshop. Homemade gelato. Need I say more? Take your scoop (or 3) to the beach and end your 24 hours in Charleston with a lazy Sullivan’s Island bike ride.


King Street Charleston, SC

Why Is Upper King Street Thriving?

By Around Charleston, Charleston Dining, Featured Neighborhoods

King Street Charleston, SC

Commercial and Tourism Growth on Upper King Street

You know you’re somewhere special when you set foot in downtown Charleston. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you can sense the history on every street corner and a feel a buzz in the air. It’s a place where you’re intrigued to explore more, but the more you see and do the more you wonder what else you’re missing out on. 4.8 million people visit the Holy City every year and the majority start off in historic downtown where they are welcomed with the South’s finest cuisine, upscale fashion and designer shops, and renowned nightlife.

Of course, Charlestonians know that our city is much more than a historical tourist destination but also an emerging entrepreneurial hotspot, aeronautics manufacturing hub, and the 8th most valuable port in the United States. It’s no wonder why people are moving here at a record pace. With more people come more changes and for downtown, the change is happening now. With accelerated growth in real estate development in the Upper King Street district, business owners and investors are clamoring to take advantage of the prime openings in the newly revitalized area.

Commercial growth on King Street has been relatively steady over the last decade with over 30 businesses opening, many just in the last 3 to 4 years. These new establishments have found unique ways to renovate and revitalize buildings using original materials and recreating the architectural style from the 18th and 19th centuries.  The majority of businesses are comprised of upscale food and beverage restaurants, home design emporiums, and art galleries. Some of our favorite restaurants on Upper King include Closed for Business which has some of the best Lowcountry and seasonal beers on tap. Just down the street is  Rarebit which features a unique, upscale dining experience and must-try signature cocktails like their Moscow Muel. Another local favorite is O-Ku who pride themselves on their mouthwatering specialty sushi and vibrant atmosphere. These newer upscale establishments have drawn attention away from Market Street and East Bay Street, which were traditionally the epicenter of Charleston cuisine and nightlife.

Historic Downtown Charleston,SC

The shift in attention and popularity to the new hotspot on King has lead to increased demand for commercial space with retail space bringing $40 to $45 per square foot in 2014. In addition, Upper King now sports the new Elan Midtown Boutique Apartment Homes complex, which is historic Charleston’s only new construction luxury apartments.  As a result of this expansion and the 2-cent Food and Beverage Accommodation Tax, the city of Charleston saw a 17 percent increase in revenue as of 2013. Heavy expansion is expected to continue for the next 1 to 2 years as 5 new hotels are being planned for the area around Upper King Street and Meeting Street. Meanwhile, Evening Post Industries has proposed a 10 year construction project on 12 acres of land in between King, Meeting and St. Phillip streets which will be named Courier Square and will feature mixed use spaces for retail, housing and office space.

It’s no wonder that King Street was recently named one of the 10 Greatest Streets in America by the American Planning Association. Dramatic improvements in restoration techniques, smart city planning and a demand for new commercial and residential space represents a bright future for the once overshadowed district.

Neighborhoods Around Upper King



Radcliffeborough neighborhood is one of the peninsula’s most conveniently positioned residential areas to everything that downtown Charleston has to offer. Bordered by Morris Street to the north, King Street to the east, Rutledge Avenue to the west and Calhoun Street to the south, Radcliffeborough residents are only steps away from shopping and dining on King Street, cultural events at the College of Charleston, and the Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square. Read more about Radcliffeborough.[idx-listings tract=”Radcliffeborough” statuses=”1″ propertytypes=”293″ orderby=”DateAdded” orderdir=”DESC” count=”5″ showlargerphotos=”true”]

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Cannonborough Elliotborough Neighborhood Map Charleston South Carolina

Cannonborough Elliotborough Neighborhood Charleston South Carolina

Cannonborough is most known for the Medical University of South Carolina campus, which resides almost wholly within the Cannonborough borders. Directly next door to the MUSC campus is Roper Hospital, one of the Charleston area’s best hospitals. Residents of Cannonborough are only minutes away from the best healthcare in the state, and it is no surprise that many of the homes in this area house medical students, residents, and physicians, and their families. Read more about Cannonborough Elliotborough neighborhoods.

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Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina

The Mighty Hominy Grill

By Charleston Dining
Hominy Grill Charleston, SC

Hominy Grill on Rutledge Ave. in downtown Charleston.

Hominy Grill

It can be hard to stand out in the crowd of award-winning restaurants that Charleston has to offer, but the small but mighty Hominy Grill has managed to do just that for the last seventeen years. Their secret: serve up hearty, classic Southern food in a relaxed environment away from the hustle-and-bustle of the more high traffic areas on the lower peninsula.

Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill

Owned and operated by Chef Robert Stehling and his wife Nunally Kersh since 1996, the Hominy Grill is located inside a Charleston single-house in keeping with their focus on a traditional-with-a-twist approach to their restaurant. Stehling, who won the James Beard award for the Best Chef Southeast in 2008, was the first Charleston chef to do so. Locals have also bestowed multiple awards on the restaurant; the readers of the Charleston City Paper voted that the Hominy Grill offered the best breakfast and the best shrimp and grits, both high praise from a city known for its excellent Southern food.

Hominy Grill restaurant

Sauteed chicken livers, delicious mashed sweet potatoes and fried polenta.

His bold decision to locate the Hominy Grill in up-and-coming Cannonborough rather than in the more established East Bay Street/ King Street/ Meeting Street area has paid off. Now the Hominy Grill, located at 207 Rutledge Avenue, is a cornerstone of the revitalization that is occurring in the upper peninsula area.

Fodor’s calls the Hominy Grill’s offerings “uptown comfort food,” that includes standards like waffles and fried chicken as well as more eclectic items like Wadmalaw Island watermelon daiquiris and strawberry rhubarb pop tarts. A popular menu item is the “Big Nasty,” a biscuit with an entire fried chicken breast smothered in homemade gravy and cheddar cheese. Chef Stehling is committed to using seasonal ingredients and local seafood; Hominy Grill is a member of the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Project. This attention to detail is obvious throughout the menu, as every item is made from scratch daily.

See the menus here. Reservations are only accepted for dinner. Breakfast, brunch and lunch are first-come, first-served.

A few tips for first-time visitors: make sure to arrive early because this small neighborhood restaurant has been discovered by locals and visitors alike. Also, parking is extremely limited around the restaurant, so plan accordingly.


“Chef Robert Stehling.” Discover South Carolina.

“Hominy Grill.” Fodor’s.

“Menus.” Hominy Grill.

Moss, Robert. “Hominy Grill.” Charleston City Paper. Winter 2013.

Charleston restaurants

Must-Try Charleston Restaurants That Might Not Be On Your Radar

By Charleston Dining

Charleston restaurants

Cuisine chefs and foodies all over the world have a co-dependent relationship – chefs NEED foodies, and foodies NEED chefs. Couple that co-dependency with the historic romance of downtown Charleston, and you have a Southern love affair fit for the most talented chefs and refined foodies. Here are the Must-Try Charleston Restaurants that you may not have heard of  yet!

Indaco – The newest Italian restaurant to hit upper King Street, Indaco had a buzz surrounding it before it even opened. It is the newest project for The Indigo Restaurant Group and it has been an instant success. Offering custom pizza and pasta options, paired with local seafood like Red Snapper and Jumbo Shrimp, Indaco is a perfect blend of Lowcountry and Italian cuisine. Don’t miss: The new outdoor patio that opened just in time for summer!

Brasserie Gigi – The restaurant’s tagline speaks for itself: “A casual, lively brasserie in the heart of historic Charleston.” Brasserie Gigi is a breath of fresh (and delicious) air on Market Street, an area of town known for some unfortunate chain restaurant eats.You’ll find authentic French cuisine with an adventurous Lowcountry flair – Squid Salad, Roasted Monkfish and Fish du Jour Meuniere are sure to delight. It’s location in the old Mercato space offers a much-needed, hip and swanky atmosphere right in the heart of historic Charleston. Don’t Miss: The Seared Sea Scallops over creamy chive mashed potatoes, black truffle vinaigrette and Mache.

The Obstinate Daughter – Sullivan’s Island has been in desperate need of classic Italian fare! The Obstinate Daughter rounds out the island’s cultural restaurants and I am excited it has! You can enjoy small plates after a day at the beach or more hearty pizzas from their wood-burning oven, all in an atmosphere fit for historic Sullivan’s Island. The restaurant’s name pays homage to the Revolutionary War history of the island, a nickname given to the island after the defenders of Fort Sullivan defeated the British from overtaking it. Don’t Miss: The Mepkin Abbey Mushrooms with kale, breadcrumb, parmesan and a farm egg.

Chez Nous – Chez Nous is so homegrown that it doesn’t even have it’s own website. Snuggled up right below the Crosstown on Payne Street, the whole idea of Chez Nous is to be a local, neighborhood eatery offering up a small, exclusive menu that is sure to hit the spot. It is cozy and rustic with European style seating and a small bar to enjoy fine wines and cocktails. Don’t Miss: Any of it – Chez Nous serves 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts daily.

Coda Del Pesce – What makes this new hot spot on Isle of Palms different from all the others is Chef Ken Vedrinski. As food writer Jeff Allen describes, “Vedrinksi is not a chef with his name on a restaurant…he is a COOK WHO RUNS a restaurant.” With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Vedrinksi wining and dining his patrons, it’s no wonder that people are flocking to IOP to experience this new Italian Seafood scene! Don’t Miss: A wine on the Reserve List. Prices are negotiable…


Charleston, SC brunch

Fit For Foodies: Brunch in Downtown Charleston

By Charleston Dining

Charleston has been long known for its one-of-a-kind southern fare. Chefs from around the globe flock here to take risks with their craft because the people of Charleston are open to and excited about new and different cuisine with an old-fashioned Lowcountry twist.

Charleston has also been long known for its delicate seafood dishes, its decadent desserts and its charming, romantic dinner dining. It is no wonder why Oprah plugs our delicious city anytime she mentions the South, or why The Food Network has featured hot seafood and steakhouses like Hall’s Chophouse and Husk.

But Charleston has a new scene in town that is simply fit for foodies. Brunch.

Charleston, SC brunch

Charleston, SC brunch

And I’m not talking sloppy egg dishes and weak Mimosas. When Charleston does brunch, we do it right. Listed below are my favorite brunch spots in the Lowcountry. By the time you get through this post, you’ll be wishing for the weekend!

Upper King Street District

Stars Rooftop and Grill Room – Sunday Brunch – 10:30am to 2:00pm

Stars features one of the only brunch buffets on the peninsula. The menu is phenomenal and offers something for every pallet. Chilled starters include artisan cheeses, smoked salmon, local vegetables and leafy green salads. Then head to the egg station where a chef will pan fry your customized omelette in front of you. Don’t fill up just yet, because the brunch specialties are where this brunch truly shines! Local honey and sea salt biscuits made from scratch, fried chicken benedict, pecan praline French toast and of course, local shrimp and grits are just some of the options to choose from! For dessert, enjoy mini chocolate s’mores, a fruit parfait, banana pudding trifle and more. Reservations recommended. $24.95 Adults – $10.50 Kids 12 and Under. $4 Bloody Marys and $3 Mimosas. 495 King Street. 843-577-0100

Rare Bit – Tuesday to Sunday – 11:00am to 1:00am

The hours above are correct. It wasn’t a typo. Brunch is served all day long at this tasty gem on King Street. With breakfast dishes starting at $8, this brunch spot should not be overlooked! Famous for their Belgian Chicken and Waffle (which I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying at midnight), the Rare Bit has made a name for itself for being just that…rare! Whether its 11am or 11pm, you can order Steak and Eggs, Huevos Rancheros or an Egg and Bacon Sandwich! Just ask them to spike your coffee for an added touch to this great fare. 474 King Street. 843-974-5483

Hall’s Chophouse – Gospel Sunday Brunch – 10:30am to 2:00pm

You can always expect Hall’s to wine and dine its guests, and their Gospel Sunday Brunch delivers just that. With a full bar available and live music every week, going to Hall’s Chophouse for brunch is an event in itself! Enjoy she crab soup or shrimp cocktail to start and then feast on one of the many entrée options – Traditional eggs benedict with a special Hall’s flare, Blackened salmon salad or an 8oz filet mignon wrapped in bacon served over eggs any style. 434 King Street. 843-727-0090

North Central District

Rutledge Cab Company – Saturday and Sunday Brunch – 10:00am

Located on Rutledge Ave, this brunch hot spot draws everyone young and old to relax in their casual atmosphere for some great eats. A massive, covered outdoor dining area is adorned with heat lamps to create a warm, welcoming experience for all. Enjoy brunch favorites like omelettes, eggs benedict and French toast or go a little “Charleston” and try the fried oyster frittata! My personal favorite is the Longborough omelette – braised pot roast, Havarti cheese, sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms over toast. Yes please! 1300 Rutledge Ave. 843-720-1440

Tattooed Moose – Sunday Brunch – 11:30am to 3:00pm

You can always be sure that The Moose will offer unique dishes with hilariously creative names. The Tattooed Moose has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives because of its heavenly sandwiches, famous duck fat fries and a beer selection to keep you drinking all night. So when The Moose started their Sunday brunch menu, it was an instant success. Featuring house made gravies, duck confit hash, the infamous “Garbage Plate” that delivers anything but garbage, come hungry to this dive! 1137 Morrison Drive. 843-769-0228

Near the Battery

Leaf – Sunday Brunch – 11:00am to 2:00pm

Nestled in one of the most charming neighborhoods of Charleston, SC, Leaf’s atmosphere cannot be beat. In the warmer months – aka 10 months out of the year – Leaf opens its glass walls so all of its patrons can dine alfresco! Enjoy Charleston brunch classics like stuffed French toast with homemade sweet cream mousse and local honey, the Leaf benedict with your choice of salmon, crabcake or filet mignon, veggie omelettes or traditional eggs and toast. The experience is sure to impress. 15 Beaufain Street. 843-793-2230

Pooghan’s Porch – Saturday and Sunday – 9:00am to 2:30pm

If you choose Pooghan’s Porch for brunch, prepare your palette for some down-home southern cuisine you can ONLY find in Charleston, SC! Located in a classic Charleston home built in the 1800’s, you’ll enjoy a quintessential Lowcountry atmosphere paired with unbeatable Lowcountry flavor. For starters, you can try fried alligator and pimiento fritters. For your entrée, order the Chicken & Waffles or the Pulled Pork Benedict. Both simply can’t be beat! 72 Queen Street. 843-577-2337



Shem Creek - Mount Pleasant, SC

Shem Creek: Eat, Play and Stay

By Around Charleston, Charleston Dining, Featured Neighborhoods
Shem Creek - Mount Pleasant, SC

Shem Creek – Mount Pleasant, SC

If you want to experience a quintessential, Lowcountry morning or afternoon, spend some time at Shem Creek. Its name is quite deceiving. I once suggested to a tourist that he spend his afternoon on Shem Creek and he quickly replied, “A creek? How can I spend my entire afternoon at a creek?” It was his first visit to the Lowcountry and he soon realized Shem Creek isn’t just a creek.


For starters, Shem Creek offers 6 restaurants, 3 outdoor outfitters, 3 event venues, 2 marinas, a gorgeous hotel, a handful of local shrimp and crab distributors and the newly built Shem Creek Park! Nestled just a mile from the base of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge on Coleman Blvd., this area of Mt. Pleasant is a hotspot that is sure to excite foodies, fishermen and adventurers alike! And with many residential neighborhoods lining Shem Creek, the area is full of energy and known to be a prime location in the Lowcountry.

Shem Creek has been a hub for activities dating back to the 18th century when Andrew Hibben obtained a ferry charter which became the first mode of public transportation from Mt. Pleasant to the city of Charleston. It wasn’t until the 1900’s, however, that Shem Creek became the epicenter for shrimping in the Lowcountry and it still known for this honor today!

Shem Creek - Mount Pleasant, SC

Shem Creek – Mount Pleasant, SC


The gorgeous shrimping boats are impossible to miss when you drive, ride or walk over the Shem Creek Bridge. Nestled right against the docks of just some of the restaurants they serve, dining on Shem Creek is picturesque and an experience in itself. My personal recommendations include Vickery’s Bar and Grill for casual dining, Red’s Icehouse for a cold beer and The Wreck to experience a local hole-in-the-wall!

Vickery’s Bar and Grill is perfect for great views, a relaxed atmosphere and amazing al fresco dining year round. Vickery’s also offers first come-first served public docking for its customers so if you’ve been on the water all day, Vickery’s is a great place to stop for a bite. The fried Calamari is some of the best in Charleston!


Fresh oysters - Vickery's on Shem Creek

Fresh oysters – Vickery’s on Shem Creek

Red’s Icehouse has known for its awesome live music in the past 5 years, hosting both local and country superstars alike! With multiple levels of dining and drinking, most of the space is outdoors and your four-legged friends are welcome in the outdoor areas. Red’s also features weekly drink and all-you-can-eat specials, oyster roasts and other various public parties. Red’s Ice House is also home to the The Palmetto Breeze, Mt. Pleasant’s premier sunset cruise sailboat, offering cocktails, snacks and live music from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesdays.


The Wreck is Shem Creek’s best kept secret – a hole in the wall with some powerful history. Featuring authentic Lowcountry cuisine, the owners of The Wreck pride themselves in serving up coastal dishes indigenous to South Carolina. Overlooking Shem Creek’s weathered shrimp boats and unmistakable marsh views, this little gem showcases the physical beauty the Lowcountry offers. A little about the history of The Wreck, found on the restaurant’s website:


“When the monster [Hurricane Hugo] had finally passed and the water receded, the trawler [named Richard & Charlene] had impaled its enormous bulk on the bare pilings. For nine months the ruined trawler sat in place, immovable, washed over daily by the tides until finally removed by salvagers, never to sail again. It is in memory of this indelible event that the existing restaurant on the same site has been named The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene.”


Abundant Seafood, a new business owned and operated by Mark Marhefka, is one of the Lowcountry’s only sustainable fishing operations that works similar to a co-op. Residents sign up for a 12 week catch which includes 15 pounds of seafood, and each week fisherman Mark leaves Shem Creek to fish for his members! On Fridays, Mark cleans, fillets and packs his catch for each member! Get to his dock early though – Abundant Seafood now has more than 140 members!! Mark also provides local seafood for many of Charleston’s top restaurants.



There is so much to do on Shem Creek. You could spend an entire day having fun in the sun on its beautiful waters and surrounding marsh. It is common to see stand-up paddle boarders cruising the waterway, kayak tours meandering in and out of the marshes and walkers and joggers enjoying the boardwalks of Shem Creek Park.

The Charleston Paddler is a local paddling outfitter that offers SUP, kayak and mini-boat rentals, along with paddling tours and SUP Yoga! With expert instructors and guides, Charleston Paddler gives its customers a fun, safe and beautiful atmosphere for a killer workout or a relaxing time on the water! Check out the view from a regular day on the creek with Charleston Paddler:

Shem Creek Park is Mt. Pleasant’s newest public outdoor space, featuring a series of long boardwalks built over Shem Creek’s marshes and waters. Spend time walking the boardwalks and wandering through its short marsh trails. You’ll be able to see Shem Creek and The Charleston Harbor from a vantage point no one has been able to experience until now! You can fish off the boardwalks as well! And it has public bathrooms – always a plus!



Shem Creek offers travelers gorgeous hotel accommodations at Shem Creek Inn, in addition the area is home to some of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant’s most coveted neighborhoods to live in. Old Village, Cooper Estates, Shemwood and Bayview Acres are just a few neighborhoods that are nestled along Shem Creek’s shorelines, perfect for families looking for a safe, mature area to raise their children in. Shem Creek’s neighborhoods are zoned for the best public schools in South Carolina – Mt. Pleasant Academy (elementary), Moultrie Middle School and Wando High School. Homes for sale in these Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods typically start in the low $400’s and go up to the high $600’s in value.


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Charleston Restaurant Week 2014

Charleston Restaurant Week 2014

By Charleston Dining, Current events
Charleston Restaurant Week 2014

Charleston Restaurant Week 2014

Charleston Restaurant Week represents a rare opportunity for locals and visitors to experience some of the finest, local cuisine the South has to offer at discounted prices. Running from January 8th-19th, 142 restaurants in Charleston are participating in this semiannual event that dares food lovers to taste some of Charleston’s most unique culinary creations. Choose from a special prix fixe lunch or dinner menu with options ranging from $20, $30, or $40. To see a full list of participating restaurants and their menus for this event, visit the Charleston Restaurant Association website here.

Restaurant Week: Downtown

  • Basil-downtown  Basil’s award winning Thai cuisine has been well reviewed for over a decade and it’s no surprise that its reputation continues to grow as a unique fine dining establishment. Enjoy a a hot-pot of a delicious selection of Thai inspired soups or mouthwatering spring rolls. Or just sit back with a specialty cocktail and take in the unique atmosphere. Visit their website or call for reservations.
  • Rutledge Cab Company  This former convenient store and gas station turned neighborhood restaurant invites you to eat and drink comfortably. The Restaurant Week menu features a two course meal for $15 which includes your choice of a local escarole salad, house salad, or soup. 2nd course options include savory Huevos Rancheros, the big bacon cheeseburger, or a delicious shrimp salad sandwich. The Restaurant Week menu can be found here.
  • O-Ku Awarded “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire magazine in 2010, O-Ku has made a name for itself despite the booming competition on King Street. Known for its authentic Asian cuisine and sophisticated presentation, O-Ku’s exotic dishes are complemented by its unique ambiance. The Restaurant Week menu includes 3 courses for $30 and can be found here.
  • The Grocery The cozy, small-town atmosphere combined with the use of homegrown and seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen give The Grocery its identity. The wood-burning oven, extensive wine list and cocktail menu, combined with great service makes The Grocery a no brainer. The Restaurant Week menu features 3 courses for $30. Some entree choices include delicious Roast Duck Breast, Waygu Bistro Steak, and Lamb Sugo among many more. The full Restaurant Week menu is here.
  • Fleet Landing Housed in a restored Naval building from the 1940’s, Fleet Landing sits on a reinforced pier overlooking the Holy City’s harbor giving new meaning to the term “waterfront dining”. Enjoy unobstructed views of the bustling Charleston harbor while indulging in Chef Drew Hedlund’s contemporary spin on classic seafood dishes. Restaurant Week offerings include 3 courses for $30. That menu can be found here.

Restaurant Week: Mount Pleasant

  • Old Village Post House Visit this unique neighborhood tavern and inn tucked away in historic Old Village to discover the art of Southern dining and gracious hospitality. The Post House is offering a delicious 3 course meal for $30. The menu will be changing everyday during Restaurant Week. Some sample dinner dishes include pan roasted Grouper, cast iron Duck breast, and the Post House style shrimp and grits. Book your reservation online here.
  • Red Drum Named after the prized Lowcountry fish, the Red Drum takes advantage of their signature wood burning grill, comprehensive wine list, craft beers on tap, and years of experience in preparing delectable Southern dishes with a Texas style. The Restaurant Week special is a 3 course meal for $30. Some entree choices include smoked beef enchiladas with red Chile gravy, braised pork shank, and a tasty wood grilled chicken dish. The Restaurant Week menu can be found here.
  • Juanita Greenberg’s  Bring your dog, grab a seat on the patio, and enjoy a mouthwatering burrito and a tasty margarita. This fun and laid back atmosphere features daily drink specials and live music every Friday. Call ahead to check their Restaurant Week specials.

Restaurant Week: Sullivans Island

  • Hometeam BBQ  Awarded “Most life changing ribs” by Esquire magazine, Hometeam has developed quite a following over the past few years. The classic, Southern style cuisine mixed with the simplicity of comfort food has garnered numerous accolades from the locals. This Restaurant Week deal is a steal: 3 courses for $20. There are two Restaurant Week menus available here.
  • SALT at Station 22  Located in the heart of Sullivans Island, SALT features traditional Southern staples such as their flavorful buttermilk fried chicken with sausage gravy and Geechie Boy grits. There are also a variety of delicious seafood dishes including grilled Murrell’s Inlet Swordfish, pan roasted Carolina Red Drum, and fried vermillion Snapper. The Restaurant Week menu will change daily and features a 3 course meal for $30. A sample menu can be found here.

Restaurant Week: Isle of Palms

  • Morgan Creek Grill Come by land or sea to the Morgan Creek Grill located in the Isle of Palms marina! Enjoy beautiful views of the Lowcountry marsh and Intracoastal Waterway from Morgan Creek Grill’s rooftop. Enjoy Southern style seafood including shrimp and grits, almond crusted Flounder, or their signature Morgan Creek crab cakes. There is one 2 course meal for $20 menu here and a 3 course meal menu for $30 here.
  • The Boathouse at Breach Inlet Experience fine dining, a gorgeous view of Breach Inlet, and if you’re lucky a dolphin or two! Located on the south end of Isle of Palms, The Boathouse features a breathtaking view of the Intracoastal Waterway during sunset. Like the scenery, the cuisine is some of the best the Lowcountry has to offer. The Restaurant Week menu features a Phyllo wrapped Salmon stuffed with goat cheese and herbs, Southern style chicken with boudin sausage, or Guinness braised pork chop and sweet potatoes. The full Restaurant Week menu is here.



Fig Charleston

FIG: A Simple Approach to Award Winning Food

By Charleston Dining
Fig Charleston

photo credit: Olivia Rae James photo credit: Squire Fox

In the gastronomic center of South Carolina, it can be hard for a restaurant to stand out. Charleston has dozens of award-winning restaurants that cater to all budgets and tastes, but only one has won the Charleston City Paper’s Readers’ Pick for both “Best Restaurant Downtown” and “Best Restaurant in Charleston” three years in a row: FIG restaurant. While FIG has excellent food, a James Beard-award winning chef, and a casual-cool environment, it is a combination of all three that keeps locals coming back and visitors lining up to try whatever FIG has to offer.

Fig Charleston

photo credit: Olivia Rae James photo credit: Squire Fox

Helmed by Executive Chef Mike Lata and business partner Adam Nemirow, FIG has charmed Charleston since its opening in 2003. Both business partners bring extensive experience to FIG; Lata and Nemirow are both Le Cordon Bleu-trained. Lata has been nominated twice for (in 2007 and 2008) and awarded once (in 2009) the James Beard “Best Chef Southeast” accolade. Nemirow’s background also includes an MBA from Johnson and Wales. In short, these men know and love the food industry, and their passion is obvious in every part of FIG.


coddled egg close up Fig Oliva Rae James

photo credit: Olivia Rae James photo credit: Squire Fox

Lata and Nemirow had a vision for their restaurant from the start: they wanted a place that was “a haven for people who simply love food.” This focus is still evident in FIG’s mission statement, which promises that the restaurant will be a “unique restaurant that…feature[s] simple, seasonal food in a sociable, unpretentious setting.” Ten years later, the rotating food and wine menus still focu on these tenants. The ingredients for the menu items are locally sourced and cooked so that their basic flavors are highlighted. The value-based wine menu is selected to accompany these delicious, basic tastes.

Fig Charleston

photo credit: Olivia Rae James photo credit: Squire Fox

See samples of the dinner, drinks and wine menus. Reservations are accepted up to one month in advance. FIG’s dining area is open Monday through Thursday 5:30-10:30 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11:00 PM. The bar opens at 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. FIG is located at the corner of Hasell Street and Meeting Street at 232 Meeting.



“About: Adam Nemirow.” FIG restaurant.

“About: Mike Lata.” FIG restaurant.

“Best Restaurant and Best Restaurant in Charleston: FIG.” Charleston City Paper. March 2012.


Jones, Scott. “Three Special Restaurants.” Southern Living Magazine. December 2007.

82 Queen

82 Queen: A Southern Taste of History

By Charleston Dining

82 Queen

82 Queen has been at the forefront of the Charleston dining scene since 1982–and it is still going strong despite an increasing number of competitors. Named after its French Quarter address, 82 Queen is composed of three buildings clustered around a central courtyard; the historic buildings have been there since 1866, making 82 Queen one of the oldest restaurants locations in the downtown area. Each of the restaurant’s eleven dining areas provides a unique, intimate, and memorable experience.

82 Queen courtyard


The term “Lowcountry Cuisine” has nearly single-handedly been defined by the culinary staff at 82 Queen, as they combined African, French, Caribbean and English influences with traditional Southern food to create the menus. This combination has since been copied–though never perfected–and 82 Queen remains the standard when it comes to classic, traditional Lowcountry food. Executive Chef Steven Lusby has included slight twists on old favorites as a way to update the menu, but still remains true to the original vision of the 82 Queen owners.


82 Queen Crabcake

82 Queen Crabcake

As The Charleston City Paper puts it, “[82 Queen] is classic, and it works.” The She-Crab soup has been voted “Best of Charleston” by the City Paper readers, no small feat considering that she-crab soup is a staple of local eating. The restaurant is also the three-time winner of the Best City Restaurant by Southern Living magazine, which is further evidence of the enduring quality and service that 82 Queen provides. The menu offers classics such as fried green tomatoes, crab cakes and local mussels, as well as that Charleston favorite, shrimp and grits (one of their top-selling menu items).


See the lunch, dinner and brunch menus. Lunch is served Monday-Friday from 11:30 AM to 3 PM. Brunch is offered Saturday 11:30 AM-3 PM and Sunday 10:30 AM-3 PM. Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday 5:30-10:00 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 PM. Reservations are recommended.




“A 300-year-old address.” 82 Queen.


“About Us.” 82 Queen.

Doksa, Eric. “82 Queen.” Charleston City Paper. Winter 2013.