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.

 

 

The Rarebit and Poogan’s Porch

As I was walking from my house down King St. this weekend with some friends, I  could not believe the amount of stores/restaurants that have closed and the amount of empty space. Some of these are already in process of being converted to new businesses, but quite a few looked to have just closed and were for sale. I’m hopeful that this means we will be getting some exciting new shops and places to eat.

Our journey lead us to the Rarebit, which is a new bar/restaurant that has opened on upper King. Along with the Rarebit, which is among the slew of new places about to open in this particular spot, I am also very eager to try out The Ordinary and what looks to be another upcoming restaurant where Chai’s was located.

Rarebit is a small place that I instantly fell in love with. They serve an amazing breakfast menu all day long, and have lunch and dinner. As I’m a huge fan of specialty-type drinks, their drink menu was fun. The favorite is a drink called the Moscow Mule that had ginger beer, vodka, and lime juice.

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I also had almost completely forgotten about Poogan’s Porch‘s popular throwback menu. At the beginning of the new year, Poogan’s throws their menu prices back to when they first opened 35 years ago. The menu is still pretty much the same. I think that this restaurant personifies southern cuisine. Among the items are fried alligator, mac n’ cheese, and shrimp and grits. Since they are participating in Restaurant Week this year, these low prices are very limited, and will not be available again until the last week of January. Luckily, I got to take advantage last night, and you should too!

Charleston Restaurant Week

The time is finally upon us! I love Charleston Restaurant Week. If you have never experienced this event, it’s a must. The next one is scheduled next week from January 10-20, hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association. It’s an excellent chance to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry with fixed menus consisting of three items for one price ($20, $30 or $40). This event applies to all participating restaurants, which is the majority of restaurants downtown, along with numerous others outside of the peninsula.

This is especially a great idea for some of the high-end restaurants such as Cypress, Peninsula Grill, and Oak Steakhouse, to name a few. Normally you will spend $100+ on a meal at these types of places, but Restaurant Week gives you the opportunity to have a three course meal for $30-$40. And the food is always fantastic.

You can see all restaurants and prices here:

http://www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/charleston-restaurant-week/