2008 DISH Winter Dining Guide » Advertising Supplement

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39 Rue de Jean
39 Rue de Jean is a refined French café and bar offering the best in classic Brasserie cuisine. Enjoy a cocktail at the inviting zinc bar, or steak frites and a delicious bottle of wine. Widely known simply as "Rue," this John Street hot spot became an instant classic, thanks to an impeccable menu, a big-city inspired interior, and the "see and be seen" crowd. Rue opens for lunch daily at 11:30 a.m., serves through to dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., and offers late-night dining and a Sunday Brasserie Brunch. Sip on a Kir Royale on the outdoor patio, and savor a taste of Paris in downtown Charleston.

Downtown. 39 John Street
(843) 722-8881.
www.39ruedejean.com

AJ's Sports Bar and Grill
AJ's Sports Bar and Grill has redefined James Island's sports bar cuisine. In just its first few months, AJ's has taken the preconceived notion of a sports bar menu and turned it on its ear. Multiply your expectations by 1,000 before you come in here. Of course, there are wings, but AJ's also has Hot Legs, ginormous salads, wraps, beefy Angus burgers, and The Homewrecker — a one-pound hot dog smothered in chili. AJ's shows every sport (including UFC) on the highest quality TVs in the Lowcountry, and has a big outdoor patio that is pet-friendly. Oh yeah, and did we mention football?

James Island. 1291 Folly Road, Suite 1A.
(843) 769-5695

Amuse
Since opening in 2004, Amuse has defined the local tapas scene. Holly Herrick of the Post and Courier rated Amuse one of her top five restaurants for 2005. Due to popular demand, the menu recently expanded to include the owner's Italian family recipes. Diners can now enjoy great small plates from the Mediterranean tapas menu and full entrées from the Italian side (featuring homemade pastas, sauces, breads, and desserts). Five dollar wine flights are available from 5 to 7 p.m., and dinner is served Tues.-Sat. until 10 p.m.

West Ashley. Village Square Shopping Center, 1720 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.
(843) 573-8778

Arlaana
Visit Arlaana and experience the magic of its color-changing walls and bar, unique menu featuring flavors from around the world, and the beautiful covered patio from which live music emanates Friday and Saturday nights. Arlaana is truly unique. Co-chefs Jared Skidmore and Tim Schonsheck use only the freshest ingredients to create flavor profiles from the Lowcountry, Europe, and Asia. Friendly owners Arlaana and Chuck Black greet you at the door. Kick back and relax with a tropical martini, margarita, or cosmopolitan, and bring the kids to experience a menu created by kids just for kids.

Daniel Island. 259 Seven Farms Drive.
(843) 471-2400.
www.arlaana.com

A latté at Atlanticville Restaurant - LESLIE MCKELLAR

Atlanticville Restaurant
The Post and Courier says, "Atlanticville sets a high standard for island dining." Southern Living and Charleston City Paper also praise Atlanticville as one of Charleston's best, and locals rave about Thai Tuesdays and the extensive Sunday Brunch menu. Located on Sullivan's Island, Atlanticville features upscale cuisine served in a casually elegant setting. Chef William Condon's fresh local favorites range from new-age Southern to traditional. Seasonal nightly specials keep discerning diners coming back for more. Diners enjoy live music most Tuesdays from Triple Lindy and jazz on the porch on Fridays and Saturdays. Restaurant and bar are open nightly from 5:30 p.m. Brunch is served on Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome.

Sullivan's Island. 2063 Middle St.
(843) 883-9452.
www.atlanticville.net

Barberito's Southwestern Grill and Cantina
Way fresher, way better. Not only is Barberito's the home of "the best-tasting burritos in the world," but the successful franchise proudly serves Southwestern cuisine that is both delicious and healthy. The produce arrives daily, yielding only the tastiest and most wholesome meals. The menu has something for everyone, from tacos and quesadillas to nachos and salads. There's even a menu for the kids and ice-cold beer in the fridge. They cater too. No job is too big! Located on the corner of Maybank Highway and Folly Road in the Piggly Wiggly shopping center.

West Ashley. 1739 Maybank Hwy.
(843) 406-4955.
www.barberitos.com

Blend
Blend's mission is the "pursuit of excellence," and Executive Chef Matthew Niessner is orchestrating that pursuit daily in his brand-new Ashley Avenue restaurant. On the first floor, which has a courtyard patio, you can enjoy gourmet sandwiches and salads and a premium coffee bar with pastries for breakfast and lunch. Upstairs, the mood is more calm and serene with two intimate dining rooms and piazza seating. The chef's broad international menu features dishes like herb-roasted rack of lamb and crabmeat-stuffed flounder. Open for lunch and dinner, Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Parking available. Reservations encouraged.

Downtown. 170 Ashley Ave.
(843) 724-3391

Brixx Pizza
Brick ovens enhance the natural flavors of quality ingredients at Brixx, giving their pizza a great wood-fired taste unlike anything you'll find anywhere else. Delicious sandwiches are served on fresh-baked focaccia, with big salads made with only the freshest greens. The menu features a great selection of pasta dishes, and diners can enjoy any of the 23 beers on tap or 15 wines by the glass. Buy-one-get-one-free pizzas and appetizers every day after 9 p.m. The outdoor patio offers a perfect place for family dining and serves food until 1 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant. 656-G Long Point Road. (Belle Hall).
(843) 971-2120.
www.brixxpizza.com

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant and Market captures the charm and American spirit that made Paramount Pictures' Forrest Gump a classic. From the moment they arrive, guests are provided a glimpse into the world of Forrest and Bubba. This inviting atmosphere is unique and filled with movie memorabilia, pictures, and props. The dynamic staff provides continuous amusement with trivia, games, and fun facts. As Bubba talked about in the movie, this is a shrimpin' restaurant, but that's not all they have to offer. Go check it out, and you'll see why Bubba Gump is the best place for food and fun.

Downtown. 99 S. Market St.
(843) 723-5665

Bull Street Gourmet
Bull Street Gourmet sits on the corner of Bull and Smith streets, located just two blocks from the College of Charleston and three blocks from MUSC. This neighborhood spot has held a grocery of some kind since the early 1850s. Bull Street Gourmet not only carries on the tradition, they are raising the bar. Recently featured on the Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways, Bull Street offers some of Charleston's finest sandwiches, soups, salads, and pre-prepared meals to go. While carrying a wide variety of hard-to-find wines and beers, they also boast some of the best wine deals in town including four bottles for $20. They also carry fine imported products to assist with your cooking at home. Check out the to-go cooler for everything from pasta salads to freshly-cut fruit. A variety of foods are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Catering packages for businesses of all sizes.

Downtown. 60 Bull St.
(843) 720-8992

California Dreaming
At California Dreaming, every table is a "table with a view." Designed to resemble an 1800s fort from the Civil War era, the restaurant sits at the mouth of the Ashley River and gives diners a panoramic view of both the city and harbor. Serving classic American cuisine in a casual atmosphere, California Dreaming is open for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations and phone-ahead seating are available. Happy hour served Mon.-Fri., 4-7 p.m.

Downtown. 1 Ashley Pointe Dr.
(843) 766-1644.
www.californiadreamings.com

Cereality, where it's always Saturday morning - LESLIE MCKELLAR

Cereality
Create your own bowl from dozens of brand-name cereals and toppings, or just enjoy a signature cold cereal or hot oatmeal blend. You'll also find smoothies, fresh parfaits, Bakery Bars, and hot and cold beverages at Cereality, where it's always Saturday morning. Enjoy free WiFi, and use your CHAMP card. Serving breakfast all day, Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Downtown. 401-B King St. at Marion Square.
(843) 937-0026.
www.cereality.com

Charleston's Café
Charleston's Café is known for unbelievably unique breakfasts, which are offered all day, every day. The City Paper says: "The Café serves an excellent breakfast ... Check out the social scene going on and enjoy the creative dishes." Charleston's Cafe was recently featured on the Food Network's Hungry Detective for their gorgeous sandwiches and epicurean salads with fresh fish, homemade sauces, dressings, soups, and pastries with a definite Southern flair. Located four minutes north of the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant. 1039 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
(843) 856-7796.
www.charlestonscafe.com

Charleston Grill
Just in from the buzz of King Street lies the acclaimed Mobil Four-Star Charleston Grill. It features a unique balance of Southern, French, and contemporary cuisines created by nationally renowned Chef Bob Waggoner. With local jazz favorite The Quentin Baxter Jazz Ensemble, the Grill creates an elegant, yet relaxed ambiance for all its guests. Menu items include Sashimi with Pomegranate Molasses, Hawaiian Kampachi with Coconut Curry broth, and Venison with a Foie Gras Mousseline. From the impeccable service to the nearly 1,100-label wine list, Charleston Grill is a favorite among locals. Reservations suggested.

Downtown. 224 King St.
(843) 577-4522
www.charlestongrill.com

Chinar/Taste of India
Chinar and Taste of India boast an extensive menu of elaborate appetizers, delicious soups, prepared vegetables, fresh bread, and authentic entrées featuring chicken, lamb, and fish cooked in various sauces, herbs, and spices. If you think the food sounds good, the locations are even better. Chinar is downtown and Taste of India is in West Ashley. Both locations are open for dinner and have extensive lunch buffets; Chinar's is priced at only $6.99 and serves from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Downtown. 363 King St. (843) 937-9800
West Ashley. 851 Savannah Hwy. (843) 556-0772

Cintra Restaurant & Martini Bar
Located just east of the Market, you will find one of Charleston's best-kept secrets — Cintra Restaurant & Martini Bar. Cintra offers an eclectic American menu prepared in an exhibition-style kitchen by one of Charleston's finest chefs, Thomas Clayton, who has received rave reviews for his extraordinary dishes that showcase local ingredients such as seared scallops, grilled tuna, and peach-glazed osso bucco. In addition to Cintra's intimate atmosphere and extraordinary menu, you will be charmed by its sophisticated martini bar and lounge offering over 50 types of martinis, an extensive wine list, and new bar menu. Complimentary parking provided.

Downtown. 16 N. Market St.
(843) 377-1090

Coast
Coast serves up Charleston's freshest seafood with laid-back Lowcountry style. The chefs meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to procure the freshest seafood and produce available. The menu incorporates Charleston classics with unique creations. Favorites include the seared rare tuna, wood-grilled fish, and the full raw bar, along with additional original plates to take full advantage of bountiful local ingredients. Housed in a former warehouse in the Upper King Street area, the bar and dining areas are reminiscent of old-style beach shacks with tin roofs lining the open kitchen and the bar area. Dinner served nightly beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Downtown. 39-D John Street.
(843) 722-8838.
www.coastbarandgrill.com

Coco's Café
French-style cooking and rustic country fare combine with modern influences to create unforgettable experiences at Coco's Café in Mt. Pleasant. Chef Ollard's quintessential French country "from the farm to your plate" cooking is highlighted by daily gourmet specials. On the last Monday of each month, the five-course "Taste of France" wine dinner explores the different regions of France. Coco's Café offers full-service catering and several take-out selections, including house-baked breads and charcuterie. A new art exhibition space, Coco's Gallery, hosts various artists every few weeks and features an interactive show with complimentary food, wine, and live entertainment. You don't have to journey a continent away to enjoy a fine French dining experience: head over to Coco's and be transported.

Mt. Pleasant. 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
(843) 881-4949.
www.cocoscafe.net

Cordavi
Featuring eclectic American cuisine at its finest, Cordavi is Charleston's hottest new restaurant. Located on N. Market St., Cordavi's goal is to create a dining experience that features sophisticated cuisine in a casual environment. The menu is designed to encourage guests to linger and savor the experience of great food lovingly and creatively prepared. So whether you're in the mood for appetizers at the bar or a full five-course meal, diners can savor a variety of fresh ingredients along with some very rare imported items in a more relaxed atmosphere than is customary for haute cuisine. Cordavi — indulge your senses; arouse your palate; feed your soul.

Downtown. 14 N. Market St.
(843) 577-0090

Creekside Bar & Grill
Shem Creek's newest neighborhood restaurant has something for everyone. The menu offers fresh ground 10-oz. burgers, sandwiches, wraps, homemade chili and soups, garden fresh salads with house-made dressings, and a number of five-star entrees at casual prices. Find great happy hour drink specials Mon.-Fri., 4-8 p.m., and $2 Red Stripes all day, every day. Watch the game on one of 17 HDTVs, and enjoy views of Shem Creek from the rooftop bar or from one of the air-conditioned dining rooms or bars. On Shem Creek next to Shem Creek Bar & Grill. Open seven days a week, 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant. 508-B Mill St.
(843) 856-4803.
www.creeksidebargrill.com

Cru Café and Catering
Cru Café is home to some of the best and most consistent food in the Lowcountry. Renowned Le Cordon Bleu Chef John Zucker graduated at the top of his class and, in response to overwhelming demand, opened Cru Café in 2002. Cru is a true hidden gem in downtown Charleston's impressive restaurant scene. Locals and tourists consistently rank Cru Café and its award-winning Cru Catering division as top eateries. Enjoy indoor and outdoor porch seating, gourmet comfort food, a wine list tailored to the varied menu, and rich, satisfying desserts. Lunch is served Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and dinner is served Tues.-Thurs. 5- 10 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. from 5-11 p.m. Call Cru Catering at (843) 534-2433.

Downtown. 18 Pinckney St.
(843) 534-2434

Cupcake
Charleston's sweetest delicacy is available right on King Street. Cupcake, the Lowcountry's only cupcake specialty shop, sells old favorites in an exciting new way. Cupcake offers an array of delicious flavors such as red velvet, mint chocolate chip, praline, and carrot cake; with nine different flavors to choose from each day, you're sure to find a delight. The cupcakes are baked fresh daily with the finest all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. Cupcake's creations are perfect for birthdays, showers, office parties, business meetings, weddings, and other events — you'll be the hit of the party if you show up with these treats. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Downtown. 433 King St.
(843) 853-8181.
www.freshcupcakes.com

D'Allesandro's Pizza
Serving up authentic family recipes, this pizza joint offers much more than great 'za. The salads are big, the subs are hot, and the ingredients are always fresh. With whole pies starting at just $4, you can get great food at great prices. Offering a casual atmosphere for lunch or dinner and free delivery downtown, you're never far from a great pie. The great beer selections on tap or in bottles make it a perfect spot for happy hour. Open until midnight, D'Allesandro's satisfies even the late-night hunger. "These guys are for real, they know their way around pizzas and calzones." –City Paper food critic Jeff Allen.

Downtown. 229 St. Philip St.
(843) 853- 6337.
www.229pies.com

DB's Famous Cheesesteaks, Burgers, and Fries
Voted best cheesesteak by the Washington Post and Washingtonian Magazine, DB's is passionate about cheesesteaks. One bite and you'll be able to taste the difference authentic quality makes. Amoroso's rolls and sirloin steak straight out of Philly guarantee a flavor unique in Charleston. Ask for it with onions or without, or choose from a wide variety of toppings at no extra charge. The burgers are fresh, never frozen and cooked to order. Be sure to try the fries, fresh cut daily, and cooked in 100 percent peanut oil. A family-operated business with over 25 years of experience in the Northeast, DB's brings the real deal to James Island.

James Island. 915 Folly Road (next to Mondo's).
(843) 762-7232

East Bay Deli
Charleston's real New York-style deli slices sandwich meats fresh every morning and uses only quality products such as Thumann's deli meats and Hebrew National deli dogs. The varied menu comes with many options to choose from: soups, chili, both hearty and heart-healthy sandwiches, wraps, giant spuds, and desserts. The salad bar, a local favorite, provides a great selection with many options for even the most calorie-conscious patron. East Bay Deli believes in the importance of great food that's modestly priced and served quickly. Two great downtown locations open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a third location now open in North Charleston. Free delivery to downtown area.

Downtown. 334 East Bay St. (843) 723-1234.
Downtown. 159 N. Market St. (843) 723-4443.
N. Charleston. 4405 Dorchester Road. (843) 747-1235

Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ
Born out of Bunch's gas station built in the '40s, Home Team BBQ is dedicated to bringing you the best barbecue in Charleston. City Paper food critic Jeff Allen describes Home Team's barbecue as, "Excellent, tender, and moist ... The meat itself is divine — soft, savory, and not the least bit dry." With fresh ingredients, delicious vinegar-based sauce, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and wraps, these guys have a unique approach to barbecue that holds true to the traditional methods that are the foundation of great 'cue. Home Team proudly features eight beers on tap, 20 bourbons, and live music.

West Ashley. 1205 Ashley River Road.
(843) 225-RIBS (7427).
www.hometeambbq.com.

Fish
Fish first made a splash in the Charleston dining scene when it opened in August of 2000. The locally-owned and operated restaurant continues to delight locals and visitors alike. An Eastern minimalist approach in both menu and design allows guests to experience the true flavor of fresh and seasonal seafood. Executive Chef Nico Romo prepares Asian-inspired dishes, using top quality local ingredients and his native regional French techniques. Located in downtown Charleston in the heart of the city's uptown design district, the restaurant is housed in a beautifully restored 1837 Charleston single-style house. Lunch is served Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner served Mon.-Sat., 5:30 p.m.-until.

Downtown. 442 King St.
(843) 722-FISH (3474)
www.fishrestaurant.net

Fleet Landing Restaurant
Perched over Charleston Harbor in a 1940s naval building, Fleet Landing is the Peninsula's finest family-friendly seafood restaurant and the only place for waterfront dining downtown. Diners can select from the full bar or outstanding selection of wines while they enjoy beautiful views from the wraparound deck or dining room. Featuring Southern seafood fare, regional favorites, sandwiches and salads, juicy burgers, and more. Lunch and dinner daily, and weekend brunch. Reservations accepted, and complimentary parking available.

Downtown. 186 Concord St.
(843) 722-8100.
www.fleetlanding.net

Grill 225
On the prominent corner of Market and East Bay, Grill 225 delivers some of the nation's best classic steakhouse fare and exceptional seafood. A $5 million mahogany-walled high-energy restaurant greets diners with world-class service presented by expertly trained servers. All beef is the best available, USDA Prime, representing the top two percent of the nation's beef, hand-selected from exclusive sources, wet aged for a period that exceeds expectations of the most seasoned steakhouse connoisseurs and expertly grilled to tasty perfection under the masterful direction of Executive Chef Demetre Castanas in his specially designed kitchen. This dedication to excellence has earned Grill 225 the distinction as one of "The Great Steakhouses of North America."

Downtown. 225 East Bay St.
(843) 266-4222.
www.grill225.com

Häagen Dazs
Offering ice cream, shakes, smoothies, sundaes, and specialty cakes made from the finest ingredients, Häagen Dazs has become a name synonymous with quality. Founded in New Jersey over 80 years ago, this brand has grown to achieve worldwide success. Stop in their only location in South Carolina on Market Street between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily for tasty, made-to-order treats all day long. If you are planning a holiday celebration, call ahead for a specialty cake, as there is a variety of options. Locally owned and operated, this is one dessert shop not to be missed!

Downtown. 43 S. Market St.
(843) 723 9326

Hank's Seafood Restaurant
Located in a turn-of-the-century warehouse in the heart of historic Charleston, Hank's is a modern interpretation of a classic Charleston fish house. Chef Frank McMahon's menu combines traditional Lowcountry dishes and delicious fried seafood platters with seasonal specials and contemporary offerings. A Charleston classic from the start, Hank's has won the City Paper readers' award for Best Seafood Restaurant for eight consecutive years. The classic saloon-style bar is a perennial hot spot to enjoy oysters, shrimp, and other fabulous raw bar selections, including the famous "Seafood Tower," featuring iced shellfish from around the world. In Charleston, you go to the Market for fresh seafood and that means Hank's.

Downtown. 10 Hayne St.
(843) 723-FISH (3474).
www.hanksseafoodrestaurant.com

Henry's on the Boulevard
The perfect location for an after-work cocktail or an intimate evening, Henry's on the Boulevard is simultaneously spacious and cozy. Plush couches serve as the backdrop for a sophisticated bar environment that offers live music and karaoke. If you're out for an evening with friends, stop by for delicious drinks and sample from their creative menu. Fridays and Saturdays are known for some of the best live music in town, and Henry's has the only dance floor in Mt. Pleasant. With close attention to detail and a commitment to exquisite taste, Henry's on the Boulevard succeeds as an elegant choice for any evening.

Mt. Pleasant. 816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
(843) 971-1777

High Cotton, Maverick Bar & Grill
High Cotton, like the time-honored phrase, is first-class, high-spirited, and livin' large. It's an unabashedly American saloon. The old brick walls of this converted 18th-century warehouse, combined with mahogany woodwork, heart pine floors, and high ceilings, evoke feelings of warmth and well-being. The food, prepared by Chef Anthony Gray, is straightforward, hearty, and robust. Prime steaks. Game. Fresh fish. No confetti on the plates or in the descriptions. And, oh my, the desserts! The wine list is equally compelling. Whether you're looking for a California Cab or noble Bordeaux that will bring tears to your eyes, it's all here. This is one place you'll want to come back to. Dinner nightly, brunch Sunday, lunch Saturday. Space is available for private group dining.

Downtown. 199 East Bay St.
(843) 724-3815

Jack's Cosmic Dogs
This retro slice of American nostalgia has been dishing out an updated version of fast food on Highway 17 North since the invention of sliced bread (well, sort of). Voted Best Hot Dog every year in the City Paper's Best of Charleston, this hip hot dog joint combines style with homemade combinations of toppings that are out of this world. Channel 2 News says, "The Cosmic Dog with Jack's sweet potato mustard and blue cheese slaw is almost a new food group! Combine that with fresh-cut fries, draft root beer, and ice cream custard, and you know this just isn't another roadside attraction!" Food Network star Alton Brown says, "Best hot dog I've ever had. Ever." Check it out! Open seven days a week, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Three miles north of IOP connector.

Mt. Pleasant. 2805 Hwy. 17 N.
(843) 884-7677

Jasmine Thai Restaurant
Serving fresh and healthy Thai cuisine, Jasmine Thai is an oasis for people looking for a unique dining experience on James Island. They emphasize fresh, authentic, interesting, and healthy fare with dishes that can be customized for vegetarians and spiced up for those who like their Thai food hot. Celebrating over four years in business, Jasmine Thai is located on Folly Road and is just a quick commute from downtown. A perfect place to stop for take-out on your way home. Serving lunch and dinner. Open seven days a week.

James Island. 807 Folly Road.
(843) 406-2978

Juanita Greenberg's
From the pico and guacamole right up to the Royale Nachos and burritos, all of Juanita's food is cooked to order, using only the freshest ingredients. Not only was Juanita the first to bring original-style nachos, quesadillas, and big fat healthy burritos to Charleston, but she also serves up a "World Famous" margarita that pairs perfectly with a leisurely lounge on the brand new deck out back. Juanita Greenberg wouldn't have it any other way. Dine in or take out. Open late seven days a week. Happy hour every day, 4-7 p.m. New full bar and full service.

Downtown. 439 King St.
(843) 723-NACHo (6224).
www.juanitagreenbergs.com

Kaminsky's blackberry chocolate ganache fudge cake
  • Kaminsky's blackberry chocolate ganache fudge cake

Kaminsky's
Kaminsky's Most Excellent Café offers a vast selection of house-made desserts and specialty coffees as well as a full beer, wine, and liquor selection. Relax and enjoy your favorite fresh-baked dessert, exotic coffee drink, or libation from the full-service bar. Kaminsky's, voted Best Desserts for 10 years running, also makes full desserts to-go. Call 24 hours ahead.

Downtown. 78 N. Market St. (843) 853-8270.
Mt. Pleasant. 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. (Inside TBonz). (843) 971-7437

The Kickin' Chicken
For 10 years, The Kickin' Chicken has been a Charleston favorite among locals and tourists alike. They feature many classics, including wings, fingers, and delicious sandwiches. You'll feel right at home with their casual atmosphere and friendly staff. Aside from great food, the Chicken keeps the crowds happy with live music and trivia weekly, tons of TVs, and awesome beer specials you can always count on. Come "kick it" for lunch, dinner, or late night eats, or if you're a homebody, take advantage of take-out at any of their four locations.

Downtown. 337 King St. (843) 805-5020.
James Island. 1175 Folly Road. (843) 225-6996.
Mt. Pleasant. 1119 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. (843) 881-8734.
Summerville. 800 N. Main St. (843) 875-6998.
www.kickinchicken.com

Lil' Mama's
Folly Beach's gourmet pizza hot spot also specializes in sandwiches, salads, and big fat quesadillas. Beer and wine, a kids' menu, and vegetarian options have made this little spot a hit. Open seven days a week during beach season with indoor and outdoor dining. Lil' Mama's also offers free delivery on the beach! Yum, yum ... come get some!

Folly Beach. 106 Hudson St.
(843) 588-2212

Mad River Bar and Grille
Mad River Bar and Grille, located on historic Market Street, offers an upscale pub menu featuring famous gourmet burgers and much more. For starters, try the "Killer Con Queso" or the hummus platter. Then try the 12-oz. New York strip with herbed butter and two sides for only $14. If that doesn't fit your diet, try the ice cold beer. You won't find a better deal than Mad River's happy hour from 4-8 p.m., including half-price appetizers, half-price martinis, and $2 drafts. Boasting 27 plasma TVs and subscriptions to every sports game package, Mad River is the perfect spot to wind down during the week, and wind up during the weekends. Open daily, 11 a.m.- 2 a.m.

Downtown. 32B N. Market St.
(843) 723-0032

Manny's
Manny's is an old favorite that's sure to please even the pickiest group with an enormous menu encompassing everything from authentic Mediterranean cuisine to American favorites like burgers, sandwiches, and steaks. For Greek lovers, there's classic fare like spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, falafel pita, souvlaki, and Greek-style shrimp and pasta. Enjoy the signature lamb shank or choose an item off of the newly upgraded seafood and pasta menus. Manny's is open for lunch and dinner and is a great place to catch your favorite team or game on one of the 12 satellites and 50 TVs. Also enjoy Sunday brunch from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Too busy to come in? Manny's delivers their full menu to West Ashley and downtown.

West Ashley. 1680 Old Towne Road.
(843) 763-3908

McCrady's Restaurant
Just off East Bay Street in historic downtown Charleston, tucked away in the romantic little Unity Alley, McCrady's seamlessly intertwines world-class cuisine with impeccable service. Within its sophisticated 220-year-old walls, flavorful, modern and beautifully-presented dishes await guests. Chef Sean Brock's cuisine is modern American, sophisticated and playful. He's created an exquisite menu of bold flavors, stylish sauces, and an optional seven-course tasting menu. Originally built in 1788, McCrady's interior combines traditional with modern elements and features soaring skylights, dramatic chandeliers, exposed brick, bluestone tiles, and a striking honey-hued bar with a towering wine cellar and flickering gas lanterns.

Downtown. 2 Unity Alley.
(843) 577-0025

Mealweek.com
Mealweek.com is an innovative, affordable personal chef service. Chef Enan Parezo, former Chef de Cuisine at Charleston Place Hotel, serves up an eclectic selection of gourmet food with a healthy approach. Enan focuses on organic, locally-grown ingredients in his weekly changing menu. He vacuum-seals prepared meals to maximize freshness and personally delivers food to your doorstep. This affordable service allows busy families to enjoy healthy food without the hassle. Mealweek.com also offers catering for all kinds of events. Free delivery anywhere in the Greater Charleston area. Place orders on the Mealweek.com website or call 1-800-693-9551 or email info@mealweek.com.

www.mealweek.com

Mellow Mushroom
Pizzas, salads, calzones, and hoagies reign supreme at this funky restaurant in the heart of downtown Charleston which has been voted Best Gourmet Pizza seven years running by City Paper readers. The Mellow's pies are full of fresh ingredients and are always prepared to order. Toss in cheerful service, a relaxed environment, and a great full-service bar, and you'll see why the Mellow is a Charleston institution. Along with a full selection of premium liquors, the upstairs bar boasts Charleston's best beer selection, with over 150 draft and bottled brews and a 100 Beer Club that rewards you for sampling your favorites. Having garnered numerous Best of Charleston awards for Best Draft and Bottled Beer, and awarded Best Bar Staff in 2004, a visit to the bar at Mellow Mushroom is a pilgrimage all beer lovers should make. Dine-in and delivery available. Open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Downtown. 309 King St.
(843) 72-FRESH (37374)

Mercato
Located in the historic Market, this swanky social spot is Charleston's newest Italian restaurant. Voted Best New Restaurant by City Paper readers, Mercato offers true Italian attitude, combining stylish, sexy fun with Executive Chef Jacques Larson's intriguing blend of Italian culinary styles. The expansive menu delights patrons with dishes like lasagna with sausage, ricotta, parmesan, and house-made mozzarella in tomato ragu; linguine with local shrimp and littleneck clams served with a chili, white wine, and lemon sauce; whole-roasted snapper with capers, olives, parsley, and lemon; Italian specialty pizzas; a regional selection of European cheeses, appetizers, and salads, all of which can be paired with fine and affordable wines. Mercato's ambient, two-level restaurant is framed by richly-hued Venetian walls with Italian leather chairs and banquettes. Its sophisticated atmosphere includes a New York-style bar and open antipasti kitchen. Experience culinary excellence at Mercato, serving dinner Mon.-Sat., 5.-11 p.m., with a late-night menu until 1 a.m. Mercato's bar is open Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m., with live jazz performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Downtown. 102 N. Market St.
(843) 722-6393.
www.mercatocharleston.com

Meritäge
Newly remodeled and under new management, Meritäge continues to impress with their extensive tapas menu. They've kept many of your old favorites: great lobster mashed potatoes, pad Thai, and chocolate fondue. There are some great new additions as well. Sit down at a table or grab a bar seat to eat; the atmosphere is fun and casual at both. The back patio is open again with a separate bar to itself. The main bar is constantly a buzz with a varied scene and live music twice a week. Come early and see why City Paper readers voted Meritäge Best Tapas in 2006. No reservations accepted.

Downtown. 235 East Bay St.
(843) 720-4276

Michaelangelo's Kitchen
Michaelangelo's Kitchen is West Ashley's newest family-style dining experience, offering a touch of "Old World" Italian cuisine — homemade gnocchi, mozzarella, meatballs, sauces, pizza dough, and pasta dishes. Serving lunch and dinner six days a week, you can choose from gourmet pizzas, subs, calzones, salads, and the best homemade desserts around made with only the freshest ingredients at reasonable prices. Relax and enjoy our friendly atmosphere and the best Italian in town. Tues.-Sun, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

West Ashley. 1749 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
(843) 225-2128

Middleton Place Restaurant
What pairs well with great Lowcountry cuisine? How about a spectacular view of America's oldest landscaped gardens? Chef Brandon Buck stirs up Middleton favorites like duck confit, shellfish and grits, and pan-seared wreckfish. Nothing but the freshest vegetables accompanies each meal, most grown right on the plantation. Don't leave without finishing off that meal with some of Pastry Chef Michael O'Shaughnessy's chocolate sampler, Carolina Gold Rice custard, and a moonlight stroll through the gardens. Open for lunch and dinner.

West Ashley. 4300 Ashley River Road.
(843) 266-7477.
www.middletonplace.org

Modica: Gelateria & Italian Cafe
Located in the heart of downtown on the campus of the College of Charleston, Modica: Gelateria & Italian Cafe serves only the finest homemade artisan gelato, authentic Italian panini stuffed with imported meats, cheeses, roasted vegetables, and classic Sicilian espresso provided by Cafe Moak from Modica, Sicily. For an unforgettable experience try a cup of Marsala wine and portobello mushroom soup, followed by a prosciutto and fresh mozzarella panino on herb and olive oil focaccia bread with a side salad of mixed greens, roma tomatoes, red onions, and a balsamic vinaigrette. Finish off your meal with a double espresso and small pistachio with chocolate hazelnut gelato. Delizioso.

Downtown. 41-A George St.
(843) 723-8868.
www.gelateriamodica.com

Moe's Crosstown Tavern
Moe's is much more than just a corner bar to grab a pint. Voted Best Pub Food by City Paper readers two years in a row because of the great burgers, a kick-ass happy hour wing special, and some of the best homemade ice cream in town. They also boast one of the city's most renowned Sunday brunches, so get there early to grab a seat. Moe's has won Best Neighborhood Bar nine years in a row for its laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. Stop in to watch the game, no matter the season: they broadcast them all. Come to Moe's and see what City Paper readers have been talking about for years.

Downtown. 714 Rutledge Ave. (843) 722-3287.
Downtown. 5 Cumberland St. (Coming soon.)

Grilled squid in an herb marinade finished off with lemons, capers, and espelette at Muse - LESLIE MCKELLAR
  • Leslie McKellar
  • Grilled squid in an herb marinade finished off with lemons, capers, and espelette at Muse

Muse
New to downtown Charleston, Muse is an elegant restaurant and intimate wine bar where Mediterranean cuisine is served and complemented by an extensive wine selection. The menu reflects the cuisines of Italy, Spain, France, and Greece, with items such as grilled squid, seared manchego cheese and arugula salad, homemade pasta, Mediterranean sea bass, and braised lamb. One hundred wines are offered by the glass, highlighting every corner of the world. Dine outside on the cozy patio or stop by for happy hour, featuring $4 Grey Goose martinis. Pianist Jordan Gravel entertains on Thursday evenings. Reservations appreciated.

Downtown. 82 Society St.
(843) 577-1102

Necter Bar & Grille
The best restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment complex on James Island, Necter Bar & Grille serves fresh local seafood and local organic vegetables along with an assortment of steaks, pastas, salads, and appetizers. They also have a great selection of sandwiches, panini, and pizza. The Cheers-style neighborhood bar has an array of televisions to show all sports including the MLB extra innings package and all the NFL action, with 16 beers on tap. The outside "garden" has a full-service tiki bar and live music every weekend. The entertainment complex has many options, from Tuesday's Team Trivia to Karaoke on Thursday and live bands all weekend long. Monday is food and beverage night and Wednesday is ladies' night. Don't miss the Sunday brunch.

James Island. 951 Folly Road.
(843) 762-9333

Nirlep
If it's Indian cuisine you're craving, head to Nirlep Indian Restaurant, voted best Indian Restaurant by City Paper readers in 2006 and 2007. For those who are especially hungry or have trouble choosing, Nirlep has a lunch buffet seven days a week for only $6.99. They also offer a full dinner menu, including favorites like the hot garlic nan (flat bread), lamb vindaloo, shrimp curry, and a variety of vegetarian dishes. Quench your thirst with a selection of beer or wine, and then cool down with kulfi, a pureed pistachio, almond, and cashew ice cream.

West Ashley. 908 Savannah Hwy.
(843) 763-9923

Noisy Oyster
Noisy Oyster seafood restaurants have three very different locations for your dining pleasure. The downtown location, at the corner of Market and East Bay streets, has large windows that open to allow the harbor breezes to blow through. The Rivers Avenue location, in the shopping hub of North Charleston, is a great spot for lunch or dinner. The new Summerville location offers the same well-known food and service at an even more convenient location. All three provide extraordinary seafood and great service. Don't miss incredible happy hour specials, as well as phenomenal seasonal specialties.

Downtown. 24 N. Market St. (843) 723-0044.
North Charleston. 7842 Rivers Ave. (843) 824-1000.
Summerville. 9880 Dorchester Road. (843) 821-1213

O'Hara and Flynn Wine and Cheese Merchants
The downtown O'Hara and Flynn Wine and Cheese Merchants, formerly located on Laurens Street, is well-situated in the French Quarter. With an indoor wine bar featuring local musicians Friday evenings and street-side seating, it is quickly becoming a popular low-key spot for those who enjoy an alternative to the usual late-night fare. All wines from the retail store are available for consumption for a small corkage fee. O'Hara and Flynn offers small production wines, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, artisanal cheeses, local pâtés, good music, and friendly service Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 10 p.m.-until. Weekly wine tastings held on Fri., 5-7 p.m. and Sat., 3-5 p.m. Call for details and special events.

Downtown. 160 East Bay St. (843) 534-1916
Mt. Pleasant. 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 216-1916

Old Village Post House
Step inside the Old Village Post House and immediately experience its welcoming hospitality. This Maverick Inn and Restaurant, located in a picturesque historic village is designed to emulate the Post Houses of yesteryear. Guests at the Old Village Post House can dine on award-winning Lowcountry cuisine, sleep in the quiet comfort of the guest rooms, and enjoy the fellowship of the neighborhood tavern. Chef Tim Armstrong prepares a variety of menu items offering ingredients, flavors, and traditions of the Lowcountry. Join local neighbors in the tavern while you dine or relax with your favorite cocktail, or relax in the lush courtyard, which is available for outdoor dining (weather permitting). Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Space for private group dining is available.

Mt. Pleasant. 101 Pitt St.
(843) 388-8935

The chicken gyro at PaPa ZuZu's - MOLLY HAYES

PaPa ZuZu's
Papa ZuZu's is the kind of place where it doesn't take your senses long to tell you you're in the right place for some good eats. As you walk past the local tomatoes sunning themselves in the window, you see baskets of onions and garlic perched on buckets of Greek pepperoncini peppers. Beside the newspaper rack are large jars of kalamata olives bought directly from the importer who grew up under the very same trees from which they were picked. The aroma of the slow-roasted beef/lamb gyro grows stronger with every step forward into this friendly little hole in the wall. It's the kind of place you want to come back to again and again. Open daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Downtown. 370 King St. (843) 534-1666
Mt. Pleasant. 426 West Coleman Blvd. (Coming Soon.)

Parson Jack's Café
Parson Jack's Café is West Ashley's premier undiscovered restaurant and bar. The new concept from Steve Morgan, former "Mayor of Hootersville," takes pub food to a new level. Fresh, seasoned burgers, marinated grilled chicken salads, chicken wings, and the most unique dessert in Charleston make this new restaurant worth checking out. If you liked the "Mayor's Wings" before, you'll love 'em now. Jeff Allen of the City Paper advises you to "revel in the simple beauty of really good food, regular Joes, and an ice-cold beer."

West Ashley. 3417 Shelby Ray Ct.
(843) 769-7775

Pearlz Oyster Bar
Voted Best Raw Bar and Best Oysters in Charleston, this eclectic little oyster bar, located in the historic district on East Bay Street, is a fun place to go for the freshest seafood around. Pearlz Oyster Bar features an assorted mix of raw shellfish, local seafood, Lowcountry favorites, and the raw bar offers a variety of oysters and fresh seasonal shellfish. A full-service bar serves the coldest beers and unique, refreshing cocktails and has helped Pearlz become a favorite meeting spot. Patrons looking for a nightcap or bite to eat may order from a late-night menu that includes several of Pearlz' gems.

Downtown. 153 East Bay St.
(843) 577-5755.

Peninsula Grill
This world-class, four-star restaurant has won the City Paper's award for Best Restaurant 9 years standing. Internationally recognized and award-winning Chef Robert Carter has crafted a menu filled with classic American and Lowcountry favorites. Top-notch wines, impeccable service, and a sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere round out a dining experience not to be missed. Leave room for the sumptuous desserts, including the Ultimate Coconut Cake, which the New York Times accurately called, "a little slice of heaven."

Downtown. 112 N. Market St.
(843) 723-0700.
www.peninsulagrill.com

Philly's Restaurant
Philly's Restaurant in Summerville has proudly served the Lowcountry for over 25 years. This is a family-owned and operated business which originated in Philadelphia over 50 years ago. Voted the Best Cheesesteak in the Charleston area in 2007, Philly's was the first to bring an authentic taste of Philadelphia to the area. They serve an "original" style Philly Cheesesteak, pasta (including mouth-watering lasagna), delicious hoagies, strombolis, calzones, great salads (including their famous antipasta) and much more. Open Mon.-Sat. from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Summerville. 4650 Ladson Road.
(843) 873-0776

Pho Bac
What's the pho? You haven't heard? Pho-Bac has the best pho in Charleston, where the pho not only tastes good, but it does your body good too. It's light and delightful to eat. It's also a good remedy for what ails you, whether it's a cold or a hangover. Pho-virgins will become pho-natics once they've visited Pho-Bac. If you don't, you will have pho-fever and will be craving pho pho-ever, and that's a fact.

Mt. Pleasant. 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. (843) 849-6743.
North Charleston. 7671 Northwoods Blvd. Suite J. (843) 863-8552.
www.pho-bac.com

Planet Follywood
Planet Follywood boasts the best burgers, crab cakes, and drink prices on the beach, and they don't disappoint. The crab patty and roasted garlic cheddar burger are exquisite house specials among a flavorful menu that offers something for everyone — slider burgers, corn dogs, hot dogs, gyros, killer chicken sandwiches, salads, a kids' menu, and daily blue plate specials that will fill you up and keep your wallet full too. At Planet Follywood, enjoy great food, crazy happy hour and drink prices, and a great staff, right in the heart of Folly Beach. What Planet are you on?

Folly Beach. 32-A Center St.
(843) 588-7380

Queen Anne's Revenge
Queen Anne's Revenge has classic American cuisine, serving great steaks, prime rib, local seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads, and more. Known for its food, drinks, and fun historical atmosphere, Queen Anne's is the only restaurant dedicated to the authentic history of piracy along the Carolina coast. A unique collection of artifacts on display explores the "Golden Age of Piracy," circa 1690-1730. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Coming soon, a new outdoor deck and a bar featuring live entertainment.

Daniel Island. 160 Fairchild St. (next to Hampton Inn).
(843) 216-6868

Red Orchids China Bistro
Since its inception, Red Orchids has been serving up the best Chinese cuisine in Charleston, and has been consistently voted best Chinese restaurant by City Paper readers. If you haven't tried Red Orchids, you've really been missing out. Long gone are the days of heavily-breaded, mass-produced fare. No expense is spared in ambience, quality, or presentation. The staff and management are attentive, personable, and gracious. Red Orchids has the recipe for a romantic meal or a great business lunch. Enjoy them any time of day, and be sure to speak with any of the staff for suggestions on daily specials or staples that shouldn't be overlooked.

West Ashley. 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
(843) 573-8787

Red Pepper Squirrel
Specializing in fun, funky, and fresh cuisine, the Red Pepper Squirrel is located just over the Ravenel Bridge in Mt. Pleasant on Coleman Boulevard. They have indoor and outdoor dining, beer and wine, a kids' menu, vegetarian options, and unique daily specials. Open Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Stop by and check it out: It's sure to please every palate in your party. You know you want some!

Mt. Pleasant. 440 W. Coleman Blvd.
(843) 849-7400

Six Tables
Enjoy an elegant meal in an intimate setting at Six Tables of Charleston. If it's a romantic dinner, special occasion, or business gathering, guests can be assured they will receive an exquisite, personally-prepared dinner by Chef Jeremy Holst. The limited number of tables and warm atmosphere add to the intimacy of the experience. Six Tables, an intimate meal in an elegant setting ... the ideal destination for an extraordinary evening you'll never forget.

Mt. Pleasant. 664-G Long Point Road (Belle Hall).
(843) 971-8850.
www.sixtablescharleston.com

S.N.O.B.'s beet and spinach salad with a glass of Rodney Strong Chardonnay. - LESLIE MCKELLAR
  • Leslie McKellar
  • S.N.O.B.'s beet and spinach salad with a glass of Rodney Strong Chardonnay.

Slightly North of Broad
Internationally acclaimed and heralded locally, Slightly North of Broad is distinguished from the crowd by its cuisine, decor, and approach to food. It's a lively bistro where the unexpected is a key element. Chef Frank Lee, a native South Carolinian, is a Southern chef with classical French training. His menu emphasizes regional seafood and vegetables, which form the core of his dishes. His Maverick Southern cooking is Lowcountry food with a twist. S.N.O.B. has been recognized as a culinary leader by national and international media, has been included in many television food shows and cookbooks, and has received numerous local and national awards. Serving dinner nightly and lunch Monday-Friday.

Downtown. 192 East Bay St.
(843) 723-3424

Social
"Social is a splendid place," says the City Paper's food critic Jeff Allen. Featuring a diverse menu ranging from afternoon nibbles to late night sustenance and dozens of wine selections by the glass, owner/sommelier Brad Ball and his team are placing a premium on the unbridled beauty that well-paired food and wine can achieve. Choose from artisanal cheeses, pastas, gourmet wood-fired pizzas, and house-made desserts while savoring one of the city's most extensive wine programs. Open Mon.-Sat., 4 p.m.-until.

Downtown, 188 East Bay St.
(843) 577-5665

Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers has been serving Charleston's best ribs since 1992. It's no secret that slow, low-temperature smoking produces mouth-watering, tender ribs, chicken, and pork, and Sticky Fingers slow-smokes everything on-site at their restaurants. Voted Best Ribs by the readers of the City Paper, Sticky Fingers has always been a local favorite. All four locations have private banquet space for meetings, rehearsal dinners, and other special occasions. Sticky Fingers Catering serves up the restaurant's award-winning ribs, wings, and barbecue at your location. They offer both full-service catering and simple drop-off options to meet any party planner's needs.

Downtown. 235 Meeting St. 853-7427
Mt. Pleasant. 341 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. (843) 856-7427
North Charleston. 7690 Northwoods Blvd. (843) 797-7427.
Summerville. 1200 N. Main St. (843) 871-7427

Sunfire Grill and Bistro
Just off of I-26 at exit 216-A sits the Sunfire Grill and Bistro. Practically everything is on the menu — they've stocked the pantry, fridge, and bar especially for you to come in and relax. As far as seating, there are two private rooms, the main dining area, a music lounge, and the breezy, beautiful patio for diners to choose from. Whether you go for lunch, dinner, or for happy hour and live music, you're in for a truly spectacular culinary restaurant experience. Come as you are; guests are family.

West Ashley. 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
(843) 766-0223.
www.sunfiregrill.com

TBonz
For a family-friendly environment, head to one of the area's popular TBonz restaurants. The extensive menu ranges from hand-cut steak to off-the-bone baby back ribs, fresh seafood and poultry, and sandwiches. Bring your friends and share a cozy leather booth while snacking on Tbonz's acclaimed appetizer, Tommy's Texas Cheese Fries Deluxe. After dinner, head next door to Kaminsky's, their sister restaurant, for delectable homemade desserts and coffees.

Downtown. 80 N. Market St. (843) 577-2511.
Mt. Pleasant. 1028 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. (843) 971-7777.
West Ashley. 1668 Olde Towne Road. (843) 556-2478

Terrapin Café
Chef Paul McCollum first made the River Café a local favorite, and now he can be found alongside Chris Fallert at Terrapin Café, cooking up delicious eclectic American cuisine in a casual beach atmosphere. The Terrapin Café specializes in fresh local seafood, steaks, pasta, homemade desserts, and Lowcountry favorites like she-crab soup, shrimp and grits, and fried seafood. Check out Terrapin's Sunday jazz and blues brunch and occasional live entertainment. After 10 p.m. nightly "The Station Lounge" opens on the deck, featuring an interactive iTunes experience, high gravity beers, and premium liquors. Open daily for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m, for brunch. Reservations recommended.

Folly Beach. 4 Center St.
(843) 588-2101

The Trusted Palate
The Trusted Palate is a new wine bar, lounge, and restaurant in the Design District at 563 King St. The wine selection is absent of the usual brands, as the emphasis is on the value of the wine in the bottle. The food is distinctly European in style: charcuterie, cheeses, pâtés, confit, panini, and soups. The Trusted Palate uses mostly natural foods and will always source vegetables, milk, and eggs from local farmers. The guiding philosophy at The Trusted Palate is that the vine and ingredients are the stars and not the winemaker or chef. A great chef simply puts the ingredients together. With Executive Chef Dillon Snider in the kitchen, The Trusted Palate is headed in the right direction. A funky mix of community tables and leather living room areas makes The Trusted Palate a comfortable place to enjoy food and wine with friends.

Downtown. 563 King St.
(843) 564-6149

Tsunami
A two-time City Paper Best of Charleston Readers' Pick for Best Sushi, Tsunami is known for great sushi, great sake, and great times. Their innovative approach to sushi makes them a must-eat for those passionate about this culinary delight. Tsunami also offers traditional Japanese tempura, gyoza, tataki, and hibachi. Whether for a date or with a group, Tsunami is the perfect place for a sophisticated night out. Try it downtown or in their Mt. Pleasant location.

Downtown. 215 East Bay St. (843) 965-5281
Mt. Pleasant. 1909 Hwy 17 N. (843) 881-7061

Turtles Kitchen & Raw Bar
Nestled away in the back of the Belle Hall shopping center, this true New England-style raw bar is serving up more than just oysters. There are always five to seven different kinds of oysters, but that's just the beginning. The $9 lunch menu offers an array of upscale sandwiches and salads. At dinner everyone wins. It starts with martini specials and half-price oysters from 4-6:30 p.m., then it's up to you whether you want comfort food redefined in the dining room, or the exotic flare the raw bar chef cooks up for you. Either way, you're sure to leave pleased.

Mt. Pleasant. 660-C Long Point Road. Long Point Shopping Center.
(843) 849-3056

Vickery's
With an open patio and easy access to shopping on King Street, Vickery's Downtown has long been a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. Vickery's Mt. Pleasant, in one of the country's most picturesque locations, features water on three sides and tremendous views for all tables. You can stroll outside onto the deck, where there is additional seating, a shark bar, and telescopic viewers for a closer look at nature. Both Vickery's locations serve a variety of dishes — some simple and creative, some complex — from various regions and cultures, all consistently good and fairly priced, in a friendly, fun, and casual atmosphere with attentive, professional service.

Downtown. 15 Beaufain St. (843) 577-5300
Mt. Pleasant. 1313 Shrimp Boat Lane. (843) 884-4440

Wasabi
Voted Best Sushi in 2005, 2006, and 2007 and Best Japanese Restaurant in 2007 by City Paper Readers. Owned by husband and wife team, John and Wendy Tang, Wasabi is downtown's only Japanese steakhouse. Just steps from thriving Market Street, you can sit at the hibachi grill and watch as chefs prepare seafood, steak, and specialties like Japanese noodles right in front of you. The sushi bar is just as entertaining, as patrons watch the sushi chef in action, preparing a variety of favorites such as the scam roll, crunch roll, and eel and avocado roll. You're guaranteed nothing less than a fantastic meal at Wasabi.

Downtown. 61 State St.
(843) 577-5222.
www.wasabicharleston.com

The Dining Room at Woodlands Resort & Inn
Enjoy exuberant masterpieces that flow from the kitchen of South Carolina's only Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond dining room. Three-course a la carte dinners start at $54. The chef's famous five-course tasting menu is offered nightly featuring eclectic preparations with pairings from the extensive wine list. Gourmet magazine praises Woodlands for "innovative Lowcountry cooking with a sophisticated international accent." Executive Chef Tarver King's appreciation for the freshest ingredients assures artistically-prepared, simple presentations filled with deeply infused flavors. Their "Wines of the World" dinner is held the third Tuesday of each month with a monthly cooking demonstration the first Tuesday. Woodlands is located only 25 minutes from Charleston, so come enjoy some of this historic and romantic region's most celebrated dining.

Summerville. 125 Parsons Road.
(843) 308-2115.
www.woodlandsinn.com

A classic banana split at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream - MOLLY HAYES
  • Molly Hayes
  • A classic banana split at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream

Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Café
Whether you go for ice cream, the famous BLT with an unprecedented 10 slices of bacon, or a burger, you are guaranteed a heaping of a helping at this little café. Choose from 32 ice cream flavors, a full menu of sandwiches, entrees, burgers, soups, salads, and almost any other delight your appetite can muster up. Dine-in or take out. Serving lunch, dinner, and dessert from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Check out the new downtown location or visit our other nearby locations.

Downtown. 306 King St. (843) 727-1227
Summerville. 1205 Main St. (843) 871-7880
Summerville. 602 Trolley Road. (843) 871-7859

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