The old Sunfire Grill and Bistro on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard has been replaced by Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails. The newest project from the group behind Tristan has a much more casual feel. The design is best described as modern vintage. Funky neon signs, designed by Gil Shuler Design, flash the restaurant’s name while a slatted wooden façade out front gets a sleek stripe fit for the side of an old Thunderbird.
Meanwhile, “state-of-the-art audio-visual technology” is incorporated inside, with TVs flashing images of old-time Charleston and historic West Ashley. Ms. Rose’s strives to be the feel-good, neighborhood gathering place of West Ashley. The bar features 16 taps for craft beer and an array of handcrated cocktails like a gin and berry fizz. Two chefs will be manning the kitchen, Jordan Moore and John Holmes, both of whom have gained experience working at Tristan.
The menu puts Southern comfort in the context of Charleston’s current food movement. With the 1950s diner vibe, you can find simple Southern staples like Carolina-style ribs, grilled butcher’s steak, and Ms. Rose’s fried chicken, all around $15. If you’re heading there for lunch, sandwich options include a fried chicken biscuit, smoked meatloaf, and a classic reuben, all ranging from $7 to $12.
Everything is made from scratch: Meats are ground, smoked, and cured on site, bread is crafted in the kitchen, and they are making their own condiments. Some seasonal changes are sure to appear, but most of the standards have a sure spot on the menu.
The restaurant sources several ingredients locally like Anson Mills farro and Benton’s ham. The local vegetable pasta will rotate depending on what farmers are harvesting, as will the seasonal preserves on the sausage biscuit. Local Market Fish will also change frequently.
You’ll also find the unique combinations found at many of the new movement restaurants, like paprika-lime aioli for the mushroom rurnovers or Tabasco honey on the fried chicken. Ms. Rose’s also has fries cooked in beef fat and served with beef fat mayonnaise.
Ms. Rose’s opened last weekend and is serving lunch and dinner daily. For directions or to check out the menu, visit msroses.com.