No matter what part of Charleston you live in, it's easy to get stuck there. Every part of our city has something great to offer (whether it's shopping, bars, or dining out), so it's hard to find a reason to drive over a bridge or even across town when there's an easier option down the street. Even so, venturing out is good for the soul. So this weekend, we encourage you to hop in your car or on your bike and head to a new neighborhood.
If you find yourself west of the Ashley, try the Glass Onion's homemade pasta. "Not a lot of people know that we make our own," says co-owner Sarah O'Kelley of the restaurant's signature handkerchief-shaped noodles, which are served daily with a different protein and sauce. The secret to the pasta's success, says O'Kelley, is Celeste Albers' famed Sea Island eggs. "They make it really special, so it's not like the dry stuff." Tonight, try some served with red wine-braised Berkshire pork, an especially flavorful and tender breed of pig ($13). Keep an eye out for some more of O'Kelley's favorite dishes using the pasta, including one with creamy roasted chicken and bacon.
If you're feeling especially hungry, place an order for the cane-glazed duck at the Golden Cup Cafe on Johns Island. "We take half a duck and brine it in Charleston Tea Plantation's peach tea," says Chef Julia Barstow. The bird is then glazed with Steen's cane syrup, an extra sugary sweetener from New Orleans that is recognized by Slow Food as an endangered food product. This $16 bird is served with a warm white bean ragout and Barstow's daily selection of fresh veggies.
Lucky's just opened this week on James Island, and Executive Chef Michael Rogers recommends one of his favorite appetizers, pimento cheese broiled oysters. "A lot of people really have no idea what to expect when they see it on the menu," he says. This $7 starter consists of four whole oysters served on the half shell and topped with pimento cheese and broiled (shell and all). "Then we put another oyster on top of the broiled one, one that's been flavored with barbecue sauce and fried."
In the mood for something a little more conventional? Mt. Pleasant's Boulevard Diner offers two classic dishes every weekend. On Fridays, Head Chef Robby Struthers serves up a simple dish of fish and chips that's battered with beer from Palmetto Brewing Company ($12). Saturdays at the diner mean prime rib, which is covered with a rich herb demi-glace, topped with crispy fried onions, and served alongside fresh asparagus and mashed potatoes ($16).