So much to eat, so little time..

With Charleston Restaurant Week and Second Sunday on King St. taking place this weekend, rest assured that there will be plenty to do.

As I wrote in January when Restaurant Week occurred, the event is an excellent chance to enjoy the cuisine of the Lowcountry at affordable prices. You can choose from various participating restaurants and menus that feature three courses for either $20, $30, or $40. The majority of restaurants downtown are included, along with others in Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, West Ashley, John’s Island, Folly Beach, and Kiawah. The event started on the 4th and goes through 9/15.

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Downtown Charleston‘s restaurant scene is thriving with an abundance of new places, along with many more to come in the next couple of months. Rutledge Cab Co. opened on the edge of Wagener Terrace/North Central. This has turned out to be an excellent location that is now known for their breakfast menu that is served all day long, along with some other unique burgers and appetizers. You can check them during restaurant week with three courses for $30.

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On King St. the new Republic Garden and Lounge is offering three for $30. The Republic replaced another cocktail bar and restaurant, Chai’s, and has been a hit since it opened last Spring. The Charleston City Paper seemed impressed with this included in their review:

Republic Reign has taken careful steps to create an upscale lounge environment with a strong cocktail program and respectable menu. The lounge opened in March under the watchful eye of Evan Powell, previously of Market Pavilion and Fish, with a menu created by executive chef Benjamin Harris, formerly of Poogan’s Porch.

With so many new places to try, it’s hard to imagine that there is more coming. There are 8 additional highly anticipated openings around town over the next couple of months. One of them, Sweet Radish Bakeshop, is Charleston’s first and only gluten-free bakery that is opening later this month. This unique new addition to the Charleston culinary scene in the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood is extremely exciting for those of us with celiac disease, and will also be a nice treat for everyone to enjoy.

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The owners of Bin 152, a fabulous wine and cheese bar in the King St. Historic District are opening a restaurant called Chez Nous in November in an entirely different location, not far from Sweet Radish in Elliotborough. It will be in a very cozy historic house built in the mid-1800’s that they are renovating. According to Eater Charleston,

The menu will consist of two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts and will remain the same through lunch and dinner. They want the place to feel like you’re sitting down to eat in a friend’s home. Co-owner Fanny’s family grew up in South West France, and she wants to showcase the simple food of that region. The smallest restaurant in Charleston with only 30 seats is set to make a big impact.

As if this isn’t enough to digest (no pun intended), or enough to plan for the next 10 days of dining, Second Sunday on King St. and First Friday on Broad St. are also taking place. Second Sunday on King has really expanded. Along with tons of great places to eat (some restaurants are even doing restaurant week lunch deals) there will be live musicians up and down the street, vendors, food trucks, and art. You can also pop into our lovely dunes properties office at 214 King St. and see the new art and then head next door for lunch at the new restaurant, Kitchen 208, for a bite!

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Another new perk is that free parking vouchers can be downloaded through the event website here. And don’t forget that tonight you can stroll down Broad St. and East Bay St. and wander in and out of the art galleries while enjoying snacks and wine for First Friday on Broad St.

 

 

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First Friday Broad. St. Art Walk

This weekend is also the first Friday of the month, which means that the First Friday on Broad art walk will be taking place. Gallery Row on historic Broad Street hosts this popular recurring art event in Charleston, which takes place the first Friday of each month.

You can enjoy fine art and refreshments in the boutiques, fine art galleries, and bodegas on Gallery Row. This event is hosted by The Broad Street Merchants Association and takes place from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The fifteen members galleries, between East Bay and Meeting Streets on historic Broad, extend a cordial fall welcome to experience the fine art on Gallery Row.

Participating merchants include: Ellis-Nicholson Gallery, Hamlet Fine Art, Edward Dare Gallery, COCO VIVO, Mary Martin Fine Art, UTOPIA,  Spencer Galleries, Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, Martin Gallery, SCOOP Studios, Bernie Horton, Lambert  GrayFine Art Studio, Jake’s, Blind Tiger and the Oak Steak House.

Party for the Parks 2012

I stumbled upon this picture from an event right by my house downtown in September called Party for the Parks. I live in a beautiful area in the Harleston Village that is near South of Broad. My house is right by a park called Colonial Lake. Here’s some great historic info about the lake from the Charleston County Public Library:

The lake and its park were part of the Commons established by an Act of the Commons House of Assembly in 1768, setting aside the area forever for public use. The tradition that the lake was developed as a small boat harbor for planters apparently has no foundation in fact. Most likely, it served as mill pond for a succession of sawmills which operated in the vicinity.

For many years the lake was known as the Rutledge Street Pond. It acquired the name, Colonial Lake, in 1881, in honor of the “Colonial Commons” established in 1768. Some residents still call it “The Pond.”
The park around the lake was developed in 1882-87. Fountains were placed in the lake in 1973, not for decorative purposes, but to aerate the water and prevent fish kills on hot summer days.

Additionally, here are the event details, already excited for next year: