Unless you've been hiding under a rock or perhaps skiing the slopes in Big Sky, Montana, you know all about the openings of the Ordinary and the Rarebit, both of which we reported before the holidays.
A handful of other places have opened in the area recently, all of them in the surrounding suburbs.
Cowboy in North Charleston brings back the Brazilian steakhouse, which we've been without since Goose Creek's Amazon Grill closed a few years back. If you're unfamiliar, the Brazilian steakhouse model incorporates skewers of meats, many different meats (lamb, sausage, beef, ribs), served tableside by roaming gauchos. A token on your table lets you indicate whether you want more: "sim, por favor" or "nao, obrigado." To counteract all that meat, they've got a big salad bar with some seafood and cheeses too. They are located in the old Piccadilly space in North Chuck.
Phuong Vietnamese Restaurant finally opened in the old Raul's space on Rivers Avenue. We'd been hearing for months that the people running Pho #1 at H&L were working on a new space, and they finally opened right before Christmas. The menu looks great, and has a lot of our favorite Vietnamese dishes, including what's probably the best bowl of pho in town. Maybe we should host a showdown.
This photo by local photog Paul Cheney made its way to my Facebook page and made me want to hightail it to Phuong for a big hot bowl.
On Daniel Island, Sauer Grapes Wine Lounge opened in December. Owner Marie Sauer is serving up wines by the glass and bottle along with tapas and craft beer. They've also been hosting parties, tastings, and events with some jazz nights coming up on Jan. 11 and 12 featuring the Joe Wilson Trio.