First taste: Ink N Ivy opens soon on upper King Street

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The upstairs bar at Ink N Ivy. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • The upstairs bar at Ink N Ivy.
On the heels of P&C food writer Hanna Raskin's article, "Ink N Ivy comes to Charleston with middling health inspection record" this morning, I headed to the aforementioned restaurant for a media lunch. While the King Street spot is not open to the public yet — they're still waiting on that pesky liquor license — they are serving up food in a restaurant that we've been assured was recently awarded an "A" grade for upholding S.C. health codes (unlike the Bs and Cs previously passed out to the Greenville and Charlotte, N.C. spots).
Hi there, Ganesh. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • Hi there, Ganesh.
Plowing through that not-so-great press Ink N Ivy introduced their third location with all the bells and whistles, including a walk-through tour that sung the praises of the restaurant's decor. You can thank Artisan Rooms Mural Artists from (where else?) Ohio for the various murals, painting, and photos on the walls and ceilings of Ink N Ivy.
Woof. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • Woof.
The restaurant is three levels with the second floor mezzanine space reserved for private parties and as a spot for a DJ to set up on weekend nights and Saturday and Sunday brunches. The third floor features a yet-to-be-completed rooftop bar along with an indoor bar and additional seating. The third floor is also home to a pull-down screen for big sports games and the like.
The salmon salad: marinated and wok-charred salmon, seasonal greens, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, leeks, and house-made croutons, and ginger-jalapeno dressing. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • The salmon salad: marinated and wok-charred salmon, seasonal greens, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, leeks, and house-made croutons, and ginger-jalapeno dressing.
While the menu has yet to be finalized, I got a taste of Ink N Ivy's she-crab soup, salmon salad, and coconut cake. The soup was chock full of crab and the salmon was cooked crispy and flavorful so, so far so good. Oh and the cake was great — that's thanks to local Ashley Bakery, which provides all of Ink N Ivy's desserts, except the whiskey chocolate cake, which they make in house.

Our media mates said the Ivy Pups were tasty — shrimp, andouille, grilled corn, and sweet peppers mixed with cornbread batter with cheddar and jalapeno and smoked poblano cream. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • Our media mates said the Ivy Pups were tasty — shrimp, andouille, grilled corn, and sweet peppers mixed with cornbread batter with cheddar and jalapeno and smoked poblano cream.
Stay tuned for an official Ink N Ivy opening date and learn more about the restaurant online.

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