Renzo is exactly what a perfect neighborhood restaurant should be (Charleston City Paper) Jun06

Renzo is exactly wha...

In a town teaming with establishments serving small, thoughtful, farm-to-table dishes, it’s hard to stand out. Renzo, employing a seeming mantra of originality squared, has found a niche. It’s the bastard child of a well-heeled Spanish/Italian chef and a mad scientist. Not...

Creativity Reigns at Tu (Resy) Jun06

Creativity Reigns at...

Chef Joshua Walker of Tu began his career in design—working as an artist and designer in New York, prior to parlaying that creative vision to restaurants—and it’s a background that shines through at each of his establishments. The first, Xiao Bao Biscuit, a Pan-Asian eatery co-owned by...

There’s something for everyone, even pups, at Mainland Container Co. (Charleston City Paper) May30

There’s someth...

There’s dog friendly, and then there’s Mainland Container Co. “Four-legged friends!?” my dining companion read aloud, visibly aghast. “Why would they write it like that? That’s horrible! And chickens don’t have four… Oh.” Yep. Mainland...

Cannon Green menu needs time to mature (Charleston City Paper) May23

Cannon Green menu ne...

Walking into Cannon Green is like arriving at a perpetual garden party. With its moss-like chair cushions and charming country house facade, the bright, airy space is evocative of both a stage set and a putting green. The restaurant is undeniably beautiful, filled with reclaimed heart pine...

Peninsula Grill continues to impress 21 years on (Charleston City Paper) May16

Peninsula Grill cont...

There are milestones in life that require a fancy steak. Or at least the kind of place where one can get a fancy steak. If you’re in the midst of such an occasion, Peninsula Grill has got you covered. At the same time, Peninsula Grill is also something of a local institution. If you...

At Saltwater Cowboys, it’s the view that’s worth the wait (Charleston City Paper) May09

At Saltwater Cowboys...

If you’ve ever had any doubts about the validity of the old “location, location, location” adage, try to get a table at Saltwater Cowboys on Shem Creek. Be sure to bring a light snack, some correspondence you’ve been meaning to address, and a deck of cards, because the...

Millers All Day is great any time of day (Charleston City Paper) May02

Millers All Day is g...

Sometime in the last decade, large groups of strangers began standing in line on Sunday mornings. Gathering in hordes that often snake around city blocks, these spontaneous societies don’t congregate for religious or political reasons, but for access to bottomless mimosas and a variety...

Great patios and a super slaw are Tattooed Senorita’s selling points (Charleston City Paper) Apr18

Great patios and a s...

Overlooking the marsh at the intersection of Old Folly Beach and Folly roads, Tattooed Senorita Cantina is sure to beckon anyone crawling by in sun-worship-related traffic. But this is no mirage, and the casual bar/restaurant offers plentiful seating in a range of ambiances. There are four...

FIG Chef Mike Lata on Hospitality (Resy) Apr12

FIG Chef Mike Lata o...

In 2003, Chef Mike Lata and co-owner Adam Nemirow opened the now-iconic FIG. “What we stand for goes back to the beginning when we first started FIG,” Lata recalled. “We were in a city where the fine dining restaurants were very elite and exclusive, and their check average – as well as the...

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. can hold its own (Charleston City Paper) Apr04

Edmund’s Oast ...

Just a little more than a half-mile from the original location on Morrison Drive, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. might at first seem a little redundant. Was it such a good idea to situate the two related establishments so close to one another? In the simplest terms, yes. Because where Edmund...

South Seas Sushi navigates troubled, albeit creative, waters (Charleston City Paper) Mar28

South Seas Sushi nav...

I kind of wish South Seas Sushi had been themed more like a speakeasy. Don’t get me wrong, the latest expansion of the South Seas Tiki Lounge and broader Oasis project oozes kitschy Asian cuteness. From its high, flowery paper parasol-covered ceiling to the playfully named dishes coming...

At The Getaway, the confit pork and ropa vieja outshine the spotty service (Charleston City Paper) Mar21

At The Getaway, the ...

The Getaway, Top Chef alum Emily Hahn’s new venture since leaving Warehouse, brings something different to King Street: A Latin American-inspired cabana bar. Formerly King Dusko, the space has been transformed into a hip, welcoming environment with the added bonus of an outdoor patio in...

One Broad Street lives up to its architecture (Charleston City Paper) Mar14

One Broad Street liv...

The first thing you need to know about One Broad Street is that it occupies a truly gorgeous former bank building at the T-bone of East Bay and Broad streets. It’s a remarkable restoration, two years in the making, and worth a stop just to gawk at the ornate trim. The second thing you...

Félix Chef Elizabeth Schultenover nails Parisian small plates (Charleston City Paper) Mar07

Félix Chef Elizabeth...

Front and center on their swanky website — well, right below the martini-quaffing frog GIF — Félix Cocktails et Cuisine declares its intent to serve “creative cocktails and small plates, all with the flare [sic] of today’s Paris.” Hardly a candle in the wind, Félix has...

Making culinary dreams come true in Charleston sometimes means being an itinerant chef (Charleston City Paper) Feb28

Making culinary drea...

In 2007, Los Angeles Chef Ludo Lefebvre introduced Ludo Bites, a series of temporary eateries that opened randomly across the city, lasted a few days or weeks, and then disappeared. Over the next decade, this trend spread, and a new term — as well as a culinary movement — was born. Pop-up...

With its unorthodox flavors, Tu can’t be pinned down (Charleston City Paper) Feb21

With its unorthodox ...

Let’s get real: Tu is cooler than me, and odds are it’s got one up on you. That’s okay though. As we all know, being seen with someone a little out of your league just improves your own mystique. And Tu is all that. Unabashedly hip, chic, and confounding, the menu reads...

Black Wood Smokehouse brings the smoke and the fire (Charleston City Paper) Feb06

Black Wood Smokehous...

Here is the equation. I’ll let you do the math. Strip mall + Barbecue Joint + West Ashley + Location that has changed hands more times than the Potato Head family = Cue Jaws theme song, right? But nope. It turns out this is some of that new math — the kind that doesn’t make any...

Purlieu is the French-inspired restaurant we’ve been waiting for (Charleston City Paper) Jan31

Purlieu is the Frenc...

Although I may not live long enough to see humanity achieve Star Trek-like teleportation abilities, a visit to John Zucker’s Purlieu is almost like living in the future. Beam yourself into the chic, tiny bistro, situated at the corners of President and Fishburne streets, and...

Warehouse continues to serve A+ bar eats under chef Jason Daly (Charleston City Paper) Jan17

Warehouse continues ...

Last August, shortly after appearing on Top Chef Charleston, Warehouse’s executive chef Emily Hahn announced that she would be leaving the popular bar to pursue a new project. Soon thereafter, Chef Jason Daly took over her post. Relocating from a remote island off of Maine, Daly...

Basic Kitchen serves up pleasing, mindful eats (Charleston City Paper) Jan03

Basic Kitchen serves...

In the common vernacular, to call anyone “basic” is pretty much an insult, indicating that one is an Uggs-wearing, pumpkin spice latte-loving simpleton content to try to keep up with the Kardashians. Although there’s house kombucha ($5), a smattering of smoothies and juices...

At NICO Oysters + Seafood, stick to the the fruits de mer (Charleston City Paper) Dec20

At NICO Oysters + Se...

Last January, roughly six months after leaving his near decade-long post at Fish, Chef Nico Romo announced he would be launching his own venture in the spring. Spring turned to summer and the “Coming soon!” sign continued to tease — if not torment — anyone driving down Coleman...

Wood & Grain is pizza heavy, but it’s the seafood that shines (Charleston City Paper) Dec13

Wood & Grain is...

Whoever first said ‘location, location, location’ probably didn’t have Wood & Grain in mind. Formerly the site of a nail spa in a strip mall off Shelmore, the restaurant has been strikingly transformed into a chic, sophisticated space. Set two doors down from sister...

What Ink N Ivy lacks in charming decor, it makes up for in solid bar fare (Charleston City Paper) Nov29

What Ink N Ivy lacks...

Having heard such foreboding utterances as “it’s like Ed Hardy threw up in there,” I must say I was quite relieved by my own first venture into Ink N Ivy. Where I had feared a schizophrenic, technicolor tattoo hallucination, the open space is surprisingly low-key, with high...

Southern Roots Smokehouse in Park Circle lacks the heat to compete (Charleston City Paper) Nov22

Southern Roots Smoke...

The restaurant business is very, very difficult. It demands the right combination of location, ownership, and staff, not to mention menu, ambiance, and dozens of other intangibles. Although it’s hard to put a finger on the exact elements that will lead to success, sometimes it’s...

Mt. Pleasant’s Grace & Grit delivers heavenly decadence (Charleston City Paper) Nov15

Mt. Pleasant’s...

G is for grace, grit, gastronomy, gluttony, and girth. Set in the Holiday Inn Express and Suites on Wingo Way in Mt. Pleasant, Grace & Grit provides a beautiful, airy space with a menu that promises to bring all these “G” words into your life, at least potentially. At its...