Pour Me Another Margarita!
Apparently, Santi's expanded to a second location in Summerville ten months ago and forgot to tell anybody! Or at least we didn't seem to know, which is weird considering that the downtown Santi's is a hop, skip, and a jump from our offices and hence a regular stop on the lunch tour. The Summerville Santi's has the same menu as downtown — so you can get your favorites like the chimichangas, Guisado de Puerco, chicken mole, and enchiladas verdes. Santi has dispatched two cooks from downtown to run the Summerville kitchen and make sure that the quality remains equal to the original. Check them out at 114 Holiday Dr. (843) 851-2881. —Stephanie Barna
More Options for Breakfast, Fewer for Lunch
In this challenging business environment, restaurants are adding and subtracting to the days and hours they stay open. Virginia's on King will start serving breakfast this week, Mon.-Fri. from 7-11 a.m. along with weekend brunch. Smart move; we remember the long lines that used to form outside the Bookstore Café when it was in that space. Expect classic southern offerings like fluffy sweet potato pancakes and housemade sausage. Over at the Blind Tiger, they've decided to open the doors for Sunday brunch, beginning in mid-March. Expect classics like crab benedict and fresh cornbread with sweet peach butter. Tristan is also now offering a weekend brunch, on both Saturday and Sunday, but has discontinued its weekday lunches, which is too bad because it was one of the best deals in town. —Stephanie Barna
There's a new Asian restaurant in town, and it's bringing some overdue sexiness to 604 Coleman Blvd. Bambu, a kind of large-scale Asian bistro and upscale bar (think Nobu or P.F. Chang's meets South Beach) will open its doors Wed., Feb. 4. The restaurant, with 8,000 square feet of dining space — half indoors and half out — boasts a palatial exterior, with "über booths," fountains, and aquarium tanks. The cuisine is a mix of traditional Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, and Chinese dishes with moden sauces and reductions. Look out for a late-night menu when the summer heat hits. —Hadley Lyman
A Charleston Export to Myrtle Beach
Another Charleston favorite is becoming a regional chain in its own right. King Street Grille, which already has locations downtown, in Mt. Pleasant, and out at Kiawah Island, will be opening a fourth restaurant in Myrtle Beach. Slated to open in May, this fourth Grille will be much like the previous three: packed with sports fans, TVs, cold beer, juicy burgers, and hot wings — just like a sports bar should be. —Candice Summers