The national media mentions are so numerous for Charleston bars, chefs, and restaurants, it's almost futile trying to point them all out, but we couldn't ignore a couple recent ones.
Today, in Bon Appetit's daily blog Charlotte Druckman breaks down the Fruity Pebble Oatmeal Cookie that Emily Boyst has cooked up over at Two Boroughs Larder. Oh my. If this story doesn't have you rushing right over to Coming Street in search of the cookie jar, you have more will power than Gandhi.
Closed For Business is the only South Carolina restaurant to make Draft Magazine's 100 best beer bars. They warn you away from the trendy pints and encourage you to hit flights like "Tall Dark and Handsome, featuring a thoughtful collection of black IPAs, stouts, porters and schwarzbiers." Care to weigh in on this designation, beer snobs of Charleston? Agree/disagree?
If you want to know what the adorably handsome Brooks Reitz does on a typical Sunday, check this little blog out. After the spread in Local Palate and now this, Reitz's boss Mike Lata at FIG and the Ordinary might have some competition on his hands for most adorably handsome food guy in town.
Southern Living has compiled an extremely useful compendium of bars in the South. From Leon's in Decatur, Ga. to the Crunkleton in Chapel Hill, the bars are a good representation of everything from high end to low end. For Dive Bars, our own Griffon joins the legendary Pinkie Masters in Savannah. The editors (and I'm assuming one of them is Jennifer Cole, who can be found tweeting from Charleston throughout the year), recommend a shot of whiskey and a beer back.
In the best whiskey bar list, they call out Husk bar for being "your best bet in all of the South to find Pappy Van Winkle" and recommend a barrel-aged Manhattan.
And probably the biggest appearance of the week was Mr. Sean Brock on his BFF Anthony Bourdain's new travel channel show The Layover. Our Southern prince does what he does best (or one of the things he does best): laughs his ass off and spreads the word about Southern food's awesomeness. Interestingly, Brock says Atlanta is one of the most compelling food cities in the South right now. My takeaway from this show: the Jack & Coke slushy! Can someone please serve this up in Charleston? That sounds incredibly dangerous.