Chew on This: Local Restaurant News

File/Grace Beahm/staff Jeremiah Bacon’s The Macintosh was named one of Esquire magazine’s 2012 Best New Restaurants.

Two of Charleston’s restaurants made Esquire magazine’s list of 2012 Best New Restaurants. Selected by the magazine were Carter’s Kitchen at 148 Civitas St. in Mount Pleasant and The Macintosh at 479 King St. downtown. Jeremiah Bacon is executive chef at The Macintosh, and Robert Carter is chef and owner of Carter’s Kitchen.

Carter’s Kitchen can be reached at 284-0840. The Macintosh can be reached at 789-4299.

Keith Jones, owner, and Nathan Thurston, executive chef, opened Stars Restaurant at 495 King St. on Oct. 5. Dinner is served 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 577-0100 or go to starsrestaurant.com.

Verde, a locally owned and operated quick service, salad-focused restaurant, will celebrate its first anniversary by offering its signature salads and wraps for $3.65 (normally priced between $6.95 and $8.95). From 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 23, head to at 347 King St. to help celebrate. Go to eatatverde.comor call 579-2884.

On Oct. 21 from 1-4 p.m., Red’s Ice House and WCSC Live 5 will be hosting auditions for “The Late Show With David Letterman” segment Stupid Pet Tricks.

There will be a Letterman representative on-site to record the pet tricks to be taken back to the producers of the show. If any local pets are chosen by the show’s producers, they will be invited to appear on the Letterman show.

Registration begins at Red’s Ice House on Shem Creek at noon, and the tricks start at 1 p.m. The tricks will be performed on the decks in front of Red’s and The Lighthouse on Shem Creek.

To qualify for an audition, a trick must be fun, unique and safe. Animals must perform voluntarily and be treated humanely. All types of animals are welcome.

For more details, go to www.facebook.com/redsshemcreek. For more information on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” go to www.cbs.com/shows/late_show.

Chef Michelle Weaver and sommelier Rick Ruble of Charleston Grill have planned a dining event featuring the foods and wines of Argentina.

This event takes place Oct. 17 with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $90 plus tax and gratuity and includes wine pairings.

For more info, go to www.CharlestonGrill.com.

Blossom has a new lunch program on Tuesdays.

Each Tuesday, a different and previously unannounced lunch entree will be available for $7. The weekly entree options include pizzas, pastas, casseroles, potpies, soups and salads. Diners will be alerted of the special when in the restaurant.

Blossom is at 171 East Bay St. For more information, go to www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com or call 722-9200.

Pal Joey’s Martini Lounge is open in the Fairmont Plaza at 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Hours are 5 p.m.-until close Monday-Saturday and noon-until close Sunday. Expect live music, classic cocktails and a tapas menu. Call 388-7679.

Chef Nico Romo and his team at Fish restaurant have launched a new fall lunch and dinner menu.

The $10 lunch menu features steamed buns and coconut soup as well as the popular moo shu wraps, salads, pad Thai and seven protein selections.

Dinner includes small plates, dim sum, large plates, and gluten-free and vegan options. Frogs leg wontons, bouillabaisse, short ribs and a variety of locally sourced ingredients keep it local with a global touch.

Fish is at 442 King St. Call 722-3474 or go to fishrestaurantcharleston.com.

Mixson Market opens Friday at 4338 McCarthy St., North Charleston. Look for artisan sandwiches, picnic staples, wine, coffee and craft beers. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Go to mixson.com.

The Lot is open at 1977 Maybank Highway, with dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, late night until 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday and Sunday brunch 1:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The bar menu is served on the deck starting at 5:30 p.m. The Lot is a sister restaurant to the Charleston Pour House. Call 571-4343.

Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails at 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. is open daily starting at 11 a.m. Call 766-0223 or go to msroses.com.

Chef Robert Carter’s Rutledge Grill and D’s Liquor Bar plans a mid-November opening at 1300 Rutledge Ave.

Heirloom Eats at 1795 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant.

Next Door at 819 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

Morgan Creek Grill will be hosting oyster roasts 4-8 p.m. every Saturday through December at 80 41st Ave. on the Isle of Palms. Call 886-8980.

Chris and Missy Wallace plan to open Fired Urth Espresso Bar & Artisan Bakery at 245 Seven Farms Drive in the location of the closed Et Cetera cafe on Daniel Island.

On the menu: Counter Culture coffee beans, espresso drinks, Sweetteeth Chocolates and “sipping” chocolate, as well as house-made cupcakes, quiches, oatmeal and more. Hours are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

L.I.F.E. Bar has opened at 487 King St. Marshall Lowe of the Music Farm and Peter Evens are co-owners. The acronym has not been defined.

Pay them a visit and have your creative interpretation of L.I.F.E. selected and become a VIP for life.