We’ve seen many a restaurant come and go at 293 King St. Not too long ago the space was home to Tacone Flavor Grill. After its quiet departure, Burger Babies set up shop and left quickly too. Is 293 King a cursed locale for restaurants? Fire Street Food surely hopes not.
Vietnam-native and restaurateur, Ele (pronounced Ellie) Tran is bringing her multi-cultural Asian menu from Savannah to Charleston. At both her upscale restaurant Ele and the Fire Street in Savannah, Tran has developed an authentic array of dishes with chef Sean Thongsiri. Originally from Vientiane, Laos, Thongsiri cooked alongside his mother and grandmother and now integrates traditional Asian fare with modern techniques.
King Street represents the Asian continent’s cuisine fairly well already. In the vicinity of 293, there’s Mama Kim’s Korean, CO’s Vietnamese, Izakaya Hiro’s Japanese, and Chopsticks' Chinese around the corner among others. What will make this place different is its casual, quick service atmosphere and all-under-one-roof menu.
In fact, the menu pulls from as many as four Asian cuisines, which means you can pick and choose from Thai curries, Korean barbecue, Japanese sushi, and Chinese dumplings, all made fresh to order. There are plenty of vegetarian options too. The Fire House Salad ($5.95) sounds particularly good with mixed greens, seasonal fruits, nuts, and a housemade ginger dressing.
The casual atmosphere lends itself to lower prices, which range from $2 for a side of rice to $14.95 for a wagyu burger or a braised duck, with most sandwiches and street eats. falling in the $7-$9 range.
Thanks to our friend Katelyn Rutledge for sharing pictures of her lunch there today. They are now open for business.