Every restaurant owner with hopes of making it through the pandemic had to choose a survival strategy.
For Butcher & Bee owner Michael Shemtov, who ended last week short one catalytic converter he had at its start, the pandemic put business headaches in perspective.
I can’t shake the critic’s instinct that it’s silly to endorse a dish which might not be available tomorrow. I kind of miss taking chances, though. In other words: No promises. But here are my greatest hits from the first week of the dining ban.
Euro Foods is new to Old Towne Road, but not to West Ashley. It previously had a 13-year run on Ashley River Road, where it operated exclusively as a grocery store. Now the space bearing the Euro Foods name is split almost exactly in half, with a brightly lit retail section to the right and a counter-service café to the left.
Since launching the South Carolina Chef Ambassador program, the state has put approximately $360,000 into the culinary initiative. Less clear, at least according to data provided by sponsors S.C. Department of Agriculture and S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, is what eaters here and elsewhere have gotten out of it.
Community Table is decidedly not fine dining: The servers are dressed in blue jeans, and James Taylor keeps cropping up on the background music mix.
Prior to 2020, each restaurant was theoretically eligible for 15 stars, since it was graded in three separate categories: Food, service and atmosphere. But no longer.
What really characterizes the food in this alluringly gold-walled lounge is not the ingredients which the Wangs puts into it, but the feeling you get out of it.
Outside of Texas and Louisiana, where crawfish are a backyard party fixture, American eaters are most likely to encounter these newly trendy critters at seafood boil houses, where they’re bagged and buttered along with lobster, shrimp and snow crab legs.
The Charleston area this year was blessed with a tremendous set of new restaurants, a pattern established back in March when Vandy Vanderwarker and Will Love opened Maison on upper King Street.
Estadio general manager Brandon Underwood is genuinely enthusiastic about sherry, which is one of the fun things to drink at Estadio. Other choices include a well-considered selection of vermouths; localized gin-and-tonics and precise cocktails, the best of which incorporate one of the afore-mentioned sherries.
By opening an upscale café celebrating a specific subset of expat Latino cuisine, Tomas and Lynda Prado have taken the Charleston restaurant scene in a different direction.
Pleasure seekers with deep pockets have become accustomed to flecked gold in their burgers and shaved truffles on their fries, but Circa 1886 chef Marc Collins may well have devised the authoritative Cinderella treatment for pimento cheese.
After a spectacular start in 2016, McCrady’s Tavern ran low on creative fuel, and this year skidded to a stop as a quasi-steakhouse, serving its final meal in July. Five weeks later, the company opened Delaney Oyster House in Marriott property Hotel Bella Grace.
Charleston's newest restaurants
Maya, a regionally inspired Mexican eatery, is now open in downtown Charleston.
Your Mom's Donuts shop is now open on John's Island.
The Last Saint cocktail bar is now open on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.
Exploring what locals eat throughout a day
"Does anyone else spend an extensive amount of time planning, grocery shopping and prepping their meals for the week only to dine out 70 percent of the time? Same."
You’ve been served
Who’s right in this situation? Should restaurant owners be held responsible for mitigating natural phenomena beyond their control? Or should restaurant patrons accept that sunlight, heat and insects sometimes figure into dining out in South Carolina?
Should restaurants restrict kids' menus to elementary-school aged children? Or does any minor dining with his or her mother have the right to order the chicken nuggets?
The Post and Courier Food section weekly features a complaint that first surfaced online, along with testimonies from the patron and restaurateur. You, the readers, are the jury. Join us in our Facebook group to weigh in on whether the customer is indeed right, or if the case should be resolved in the restaurant’s favor.
The Post and Courier Food section weekly features a complaint that first surfaced online, along with testimonies from the patron and restaurateur. You, the readers, are the jury. Join us in our Facebook group to weigh in on whether the customer is indeed right, or if the case should be resolved in the restaurant’s favor. Let’s enter the courtroom.
Spotlighting artisan food producers
Laura L. Middleton was among the Black writers in South Carolina’s branch of the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Writers’ Project. She authored “Negro Restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina.”
Danny’s Philly Steak and Seafood all-day restaurant’s menu tilts toward unfussy workday meals.
The sign for The Taco Spot came down, and the sign for Taco Bartina went up on June 15, creating confusion among longtime customers and a new marketing dilemma for staff members.