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Eat This Tonight: Tweet and eat

Using social media to keep up with your favorite restaurants

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Sure, Facebook and Twitter are the prime destinations for finding out who your ex is dating or how cute your new nephew really is, but have you ever used it to find out food specials around Charleston? Many restaurants around town are using these social networks to inform customers about their specials, giveaways, and menu changes. Just thank Twitter when your tummy is full and your wallet is still heavy.

Barely off the College of Charleston campus is Caviar and Bananas, which uses its Facebook and Twitter pages to publish information about daily food specials. Every weekend the restaurant offers its special brunch menu that runs 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. For brunch, C&B offers its special dish “caviar and bananas,” which is bruleed banana, sweet tapioca, local honey, and brown sugar marscapone. They also serve a BELT, an untraditional BLT made with a bacon trio and fried egg. Stop by and check out their wide variety. The brunch menu items don’t get any higher than $9. Follow them at twitter.com/caviarandbanana.

Pearlz on East Bay tweets about their daily specials and listens to guest feedback on their Facebook page. Their happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m. with house champagne, liquor, and wine costing $3; domestic beer is $2.50. Pearlz is offering a dozen Gulf oysters for $7.95 and fish tacos for $4.95. The chef specials tonight are a grilled swordfish club sandwich and a dozen local Little Neck clams both for $12.95. Get over there and start shucking. Check out their page at twitter.com/PearlzOysterCHS.

Tucked in between Meeting and East Bay is Tristan on Linguard Street, which updates customers about their menu by using Twitter. “We are big fans of Twitter and we post about two times a day,” says Steve Harris, general manager at Tristan. “We post pictures of our chefs’ creations and feature dishes.” Today they are featuring a special six-course tasting menu. The menu includes seared diver scallops, quail carbonara, veal, and chocolate pot de crème. The six-course meal costs $75 per person and can be paired with wine for an additional $35. After the sixth course you’ll surely have to loosen your belt. Follow Tristan at twitter.com/TristanDining.

For those with a sweet tooth, there is Cupcake on King Street, which tweets daily about their cupcake specials. Today they are featuring two distinct cupcake flavors: chocolate wino and lemon. You won’t be able to settle for just one. Make sure that you follow them on Twitter as they may tweet about their power hour, when they offer free cupcakes. Here’s their page: twitter.com/freshcupcakes.

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