Openings and Closings
The Isle of Palms’ Banana Cabana has closed, and the site will be turning into an oyster bar owned by Coda del Pesce’s Ken Vedrinksi.
The Wiki Wiki Sandbar – certainly one of the most fun to pronounce – is open on Folly Beach. It’s the latest project by restaurateur Karalee Fallert, who owns Taco Boy, The Park Café and The Royal American. Executive chef Jason DuPree helms a menu that takes advantage of the similarities between Hawaiian plate lunches and Southern home-style cooking. 106 East Ashley Ave.
Azul Mexicano is serving tacos and Mexican fare, but also the more rare vegetarian Mexican food, such as tofu al pastor. 1078 E. Montague Ave.
Looking for a snug bar where the lights are dim but the smiles are bright? Try Doar Bros., where Megan Deschaine (featured in the October 2018 Skirt Table ) has taken over as bar manager. The tiny place – only 35 seats – just opened last month and the bites are just as good as Megan’s cocktails, which use Charleston history as inspiration. 225 Meeting St.
Short Grain, the James Beard-nominated food truck, is getting closer to a bricks and mortar restaurant. The husband-and-wife duo behind the food has leased 4628 Spruill Ave. for a venture to be called Jackrabbit Filly.
Bourbon N’ Bubbles, the upscale small plates and spirits restaurant, has opened on Spring and King streets.
Barbecue pitmaster Anthony DiBernardo is bringing a fourth location of his popular Swig & Swine to downtown Charleston. Swig & Swine is replacing Lowcountry Bistro at 49 South Market St., both owned by Queen Street Hospitality.
If you like your biscuits bigger than your head, then head on over to Vicious Biscuit, now open at 409 Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant. You can wash down those massive biscuit sandwiches with coffee, tea, or just head for the craft cocktails.
VIP Bistro has replaced Spero at 616 Meeting St. and the menu offers plenty of comfort food, ranging from turkey wings and fried chicken to red velvet cake.
Don’t go crazy with the tequila and you won’t RUE your trip to RuRu Tacos + Tequila, the latest Mexican offering to spring up in Charleston. Brunch includes steak or chorizo with scrambled eggs and dinners serve up tacos and quesadillas with punny names that are amusing even without the tequila.
Chef Nico Romo is offering oyster classes every Monday in January at his eponymous restaurant in Mount Pleasant. There only eight seats per class from 6 p – 7:30 p and classes include 12 different oysters, two wine pairings, and an oyster knife to take home as well as a candle set and a signed book by the chef. Tickets can be purchased at the restaurant’s Facebook page or through Eventbrite.
Always wanted to try that one restaurant? What are you waiting for? Charleston Restaurant Week runs Jan. 9-20 and many restaurants have multi-course specials. Check the Charleston Restaurant Week website for details.
Park Circle is holding its annual food truck festival Jan. 26-27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.
Feeling a little stuffed after the holidays? MUSC’s Department of Psychiatry Weight Management Program is offering a Healthy Cooking Class and Dinner featuring Chef Brett McKee, owner of The McKee’s in Charleston. The class is Jan. 5 at 5:30 pm and tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/healthy-cooking-class-dinner-tickets-52720392112.
Mezzes and lamb, anyone? Biscuit maven Callie White of Callie’s Biscuits, is offering a Moroccan Feast cooking class at Zero Restaurant + Bar on Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. The class includes three courses and wine and her son, Miles White, who co-owns the very cool Graft Wine Shop, will help lead the class.
There’s still time to get your tickets for the Charleston Restaurant Foundation’s 36th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Jan. 27. Music, contests, and more than 80,000 pounds of oysters will be at Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant. If you don’t have your own, you can buy oyster gloves and knives at the event. Tickets are available for purchase online at charlestonrestaurantassociation.com/oyster-fest.
Menu and Venue Changes
Don’t like slurping oysters in public? Mount Pleasant’s Nico is now offering its whole raw bar menu to go. That includes oysters, lobster rolls and more. You can order by phone or on their website. The restaurant also is now serving Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tradds is now open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch. You can get sandwiches, soup, or just go decadent with their signature caviar offerings. 167 East Bay St.
Hotel Bella Grace on Calhoun Street is opening the doors of its Delaney House to the public from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and offering a full bar and light bites such as flatbreads, soups and salads. The space is available for events as well.
Parcel 32 on King Street is opening The Parlour, a cocktail lounge right upstairs from the restaurant. Patrons can enjoy some of the nibbles from downstairs at the restaurant as well as a full bar Tuesday to Sunday and late-night dining on Fridays and Saturdays.
First the folks who brought us Xiao Bao Biscuit opened Tu on Meeting Street. Now, they’re shifting the focus of Tu to feature Indian food as well as other foods they discover during their travels. They don’t want to call it an Indian restaurant per se…stay tuned!
Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve that doesn’t involve being mashed into a doorway with drunken young folk? Try The Cedar Room’s celebration heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a champagne toast and live music. Tickets are $150 at cedarroomnye.eventbrite.com.
At King Street sushi haven O-Ku! a multi-course tasting menu is $120 a person for New Year’s Eve and you can pay a bit more to add sake and wine pairings.
If you’ve forgotten to get New Year’s Eve reservations, you can listen to live music and enjoy drink specials at the Cocktail Club on King Street.
Another place you won’t need a ticket? Zero Restaurant + Bar at 0 George Street is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. If you’re not the type to take chances, you can guarantee your spot with a $125 Champagne and Caviar package for two. And, if you require a bit more sustenance, Zero George Restaurant is offering a six-course tasting menu with pairings for $250 a person.
If you don’t want to park yourself in one place to see in the new year, try Park Circle’s Progressive Dinner on East Montague. The evening starts with craft brews from The Brew Cellar and a snack from EVO Craft Bakery and Pizzeria. Next is an appetizer at Commonhouse Aleworks and then a small plate and wine or beer at EVO Craft Bakery, followed by a pizza at the pizzeria. Finally, Stems & Skins is offering sparkling wine and a dessert. Tickets for the stroll are $85, including taxes and gratuity.
Newly opened upscale bar Bourbon N’ Bubbles is offering food and cocktails. Individual tickets are $125 and include two cocktails or a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Couples tickets are available for $250 and include four cocktails or a full bottle of Veuve Clicquot, as well as hors d’oeuvres and dessert. For additional information and to purchase tickets please visit the BNB website.
5Church is offering a three-course dinner and dancing with music by a DJ starting at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The evening ends with a balloon drop. The price varies by when you have your dinner reservation. Visit the website for details. 32B N. Market St.
Josephine Wine Bar on Spring Street is offering holiday menu specials and a $35 champagne flight.
Foodies everywhere know about the Charleston Wine + Food festival. Now, the Today Show will be bringing the foodie to the kitchen counter tv when Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, and Al Roker broadcast the Today Show from the 2019 festival this March.
Southern Living Magazine has called out two downtown local eateries as “must-stops” – Chez Nous and Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Patissier.
Funky King Street Graft Wine Shop & Bar was named by VinePair as one of the top 10 wine shops in the nation.