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Mesu Tequila and Sake Bar is now open on upper King in downtown Charleston

There is such a thing as Mexican sushi. It’s a Sinaloan invention, available throughout the U.S. Southwest, featuring lots of deep-fried seafood, grilled meat and cream cheese.

But that’s not what Mesu means by combining the “Me” in Mexican with the “Su” in sushi. Instead, the new Upper King restaurant’s version of the amalgam involves side-by-side presentations of familiar dishes from each cooking style. It’s up to the customer to mix and match, but the menu includes barbacoa nachos, tuna poke, taco salad, shrimp tempura and churros.

It also serves sake and tequila.

Mesu, 570 King St., is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. For more information, visit

Reach Hanna Raskin at 843-937-5560 and follow her on Twitter @hannaraskin.

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