January Skirt Table News Update

Find out what’s now open, what’s closed and what’s new on the menu at local restaurants in this roundup by Skirt Table writer Helen Mitternight. The latest update includes Valentine’s Day specials. Make your reservations now!

Opening and Closings

The popular food truck Short Grain is rolling off into the sunset and chef Shuai Wang is opening Jackrabbit Filly, in partnership with Stems & Skins. The menu is going to be local, inspired by Japanese cuisine, but drawing on Chinese heritage. The restaurant is slated for this summer.

Another former food truck, Herd Provisions, is opening a butcher shop and restaurant at 106 Grove St. All the meat – and that includes goat, rabbit and goose as well as the usual beef, lamb, chicken and turkey – was raised on owner Alec Bradford’s Virginia farm. The opening is slated for next month.

The Ordinary’s former chef de cuisine Carlton “Vandy” Vanderwarker and bartender Will Love are taking over the former Pancito & Lefty space at 708 King St. to bring a cozy French bistro. The opening is slated for late winter or early spring.

Smoke BBQ has closed its Mount Pleasant outpost.

The Granary in Mount Pleasant closed quietly at the new year.

The Royal Tern is open and serving seafood on Johns Island at 3005 Maybank Highway.

The South Seas Oasis, the Tiki bar tucked away in the alley off of Ann Street, is has left Charleston for a city to be named soon.

Kudzu Bakery and Market is slated to open next month – assuming the cooperation of the powers that be in the paperwork bureaucracy – at 1100 Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant.

That pounding isn’t a caffeine headache. Collective Coffee in Mount Pleasant is transitioning to Second State Coffee, and the Second State folks say they’ve stayed open despite onsite construction. They say they’ll offer breakfast and lunch as well as some products from local farmers and friends.

Lotus Vietnamese in Park Circle closed and reopens this month as the latest Basil location at 1070 East Montague Ave. Both are from owner Henry Eang, who says the sushi that Lotus offered will stay on the menu at Basil.

Spanglish is gone from the Workshop collaborative space, but the owners, Tomas and Lynda Prado, are opening the Cuban-inspired Dalila’s at 21 Spring St.

Events

Swig & Swine is hosting its Trophy Lakes Oyster Roast on Feb. 24, rescheduled from earlier due to bad weather.

Tickets are on sale for the Charleston Winter Wine Festival at Memminger Auditorium from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online or the day of the event (they’re $60 if you wait until that day). 

The Watch bar at The Restoration is offering Tiki Tuesdays with rum cocktails to make winter seem like summer.

Menu and Venue Changes

Chef Jorge Soto of Meeting at Market has added some new flavor to the menu: beer cheese fries with a Yuengling Lager base; a bowl of street corn; barbacoa tacos inspired by the dish made by the chef’s mom; an open-faced take on a gyro sandwich. The bar is located at the Shops at Belmond Charleston Place.

If you haven’t tried the melt-in-your-mouth Lewis Barbecue’s brisket, now’s your chance. The restaurant is now open seven days a week and value meals are being offered every Monday this month. Lewis is at 464 N. Nassau St.

Valentine’s Day Specials

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here’s what our sources tell us:

Chef Vinson Petrillo is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu at Zero Restaurant + Bar. The menu includes multiple courses and wine pairings. Tickets are $250 a person and reservations can be made through OpenTable.

Not feeling the love? The Cocktail Club will have its annual Jilted Lover’s Party on Valentine’s Day from open to close (5 p.m.- 2 a.m.). Jilted lovers’ stories will be submitted throughout the night, and the best (worst) story will win a prize announced at the end of the evening. Look for special cocktails and black balloons that you can pop, just like your illusions.

 But if you aren’t soured on Valentine’s Day, Mercantile and Mash is hosting an “In the Kitchen: Sweets for Your Sweetie” event with their pastry chef duo, Anne and Lizzy, from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10. Guests get hands on with heart-shaped, chocolate-dipped caramels. Bubbly and charcuterie will be served, and guests will receive a few take away items to help them continue making candies at home. Tickets are on sale through Mercantile’s  Facebook page.

Kudos

The laid-back vibe at King Street’s Graft Wine Shop & Bar has won it a place on the list of “10 Best Wine Shops Nationwide” and the top Southeastern choice for VinePair’s list.

Garden & Gun, the magazine for Southerners and wanna-bes, has said that Babas on Cannon is one of the South’s best new bars.

The folks at D’Allesandro’s Pizza delivered pizza and salad to TSA workers at Charleston International Airport who were stuck without pay during the government shutdown. No word on whether they had to take off their shoes and belts to make the delivery.

Yelp says that Halls Chophouse is the 18th Best Place to Eat in the whole country for 2019. Also on the Top 100 list were Myles and Jun Yakitori of Summerville (#33) and Greenville’s Maple Street Biscuit Company (#56).